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Old 02-11-2013, 12:28 AM   #101
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I had rebuilt my factory windshield washer pump once, but was never happy with it's performance, especially compared with any of the new vehicles in the driveway. For less than the cost of the gas to drive to the wreckers, I swapped in a tank and pump out of a '90's Chev truck. It works so well, the washer fluid sprayed over the cab into the box before I adjusted the nozzles down.







And for a couple of bucks I repainted my bowtie to match the truck.

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:30 AM   #102
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fun night got me a new washer fluid bottle.
also an old mod i had done i found a steering wheel and in bed carrier in the basement. to fix the problem of crawling under the truck for the spare
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #103
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Tired of the gauges messing up because of the connection so I Built a new wiring harness for the gauge cluster. At the same time i didnt want to hack the harness in case this harness ever went bad

What you need:
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A Test light and 12v power source (If you like to test everything like me)

So Basically the trick is pull back the fil a bit and solder your wires to the circuit board. I cut my ATX extension in half and soldered it down. Made sure all the connections were not touching and hot glued that baby in place. I then ran 12v to each wire and tested the board to verify connection. Success






Then I built my adapter with the other end. I cut the connector out of my spare harness and followed the stains to drill holes on the top and into the sides of the connection. I then used molex connectors to put in the holes to put my connections in place. once the connectors were in place I hot glued them in to hold them firm and keep the wires from moving and touching each other...

Its a slow process but ultimately i think its worth never having to worry about my connections on my cluster screwing up lol


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Old 02-11-2013, 02:40 PM   #104
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new halo headlights I got recently...$38 plus shipping..one of the koolest things I ever put on my truck so far.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:51 PM   #105
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new halo headlights I got recently...$38 plus shipping..one of the koolest things I ever put on my truck so far.

where did you get those??? Those are awesome!!!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #106
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You can get them on ebay and on amazon
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:30 PM   #107
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where did you get those??? Those are awesome!!!!
bought them on ebay. had to mod the headlight buckets to fit but they work great. now I just have to adjust my high and low beams. they're a bit off. just hooked up the halos for now. I'm thinkin about running a separate switch to the other blue lights
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #108
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This is one of my favorite threads!

I recovered my dash like 1978chevybigten mentioned on the second page. Cost $37 for the fabric and glue.



I haven't done this yet but I saw it in another thread. This place: http://www.automotivetouchup.com/ sells "touchup paint" in aerosol spray cans. They color match the factory paint that is on your truck. It seems like it would be great for smaller areas like rocker panels after rust repair. The basecoat cans are $20 and the clear cans are $8.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #109
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I don't smoke so I cut the upper screen type thing and the little hook in the lower corner out of the ash tray. Then I sprayed the inside and the part of the outside that you see with Plastidip. It makes a great place for my iphone (or whatever). Plastidip is a very cool removable rubber coating. It's pretty amazing stuff. People are coating whole cars with it now. Anyway, I think the spray cans are around $8 at Lowes.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:17 PM   #110
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I think this may have been mentioned already.... If you're steering shaft rag joint is causing your loose steering, you can swap in a Jeep XJ Cherokee steering shaft to eliminate the rag joint. It is a very easy swap for older square body trucks. The earlier trucks have a different steering column (changed around 1981) that makes it more difficult. The Jeep shafts are usually less than $50 at a junk yard.

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Old 09-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #111
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One more...

I needed tie downs in the bed but having them in the bed floor won't let me use a bed mat. I bought some stainless threaded rings and replaced the bottom bolt that attaches the front bed panel to the side panel. I backed the rings with some large washers and nylock nuts. These won't be for holding lots of weight. Just to keep things from rolling around or sliding out the back when the tailgate is down.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #112
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rust-oleum bed liner in a spray can. also comes in tan. 2 cans will do both dors and a little extra. i think it was about $8-10 a can
Changing my interior to black, can clear be sprayed over this, like SATIN CLEAR
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #113
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Bump... Looking for more ideas!
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:48 PM   #114
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One of my favorite threads...let's see some more!
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #115
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One of my favorite threads...let's see some more!
X2!! I know there are more out there im suprised i havnt seen the headlight relay mod yet
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #116
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Add or replace cab lights for $29. I already posted the details but I thought it was worth repeating: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=605771
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:34 PM   #117
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this is THE best thread i have found here. i did a quick change of my blinkers and running lights to LEDs so they are way brighter and dont draw as much as my old lights. if u buy the lights from a led website they will run u under $10 i also painted behind my grille flat black so in the daylight you can seen any of my lights behind the phantom grille. i also bought a led light bar for my license plate for under $10 which i thought was a bit different

i dont know why the pics are all upside down if anyone can tell me how to change this it would help all of u
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #118
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my two favorite mods are to swap out the interior lite with the old jet style with the two eyeball lights
also I always like spraying the bezels and grille with the duplicolor paint the light silver it is a good match to the OEM color
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Funny those door panels pictured are now in my brown truck lol. I went over them with $10 duplicolor bed liner and it doesn't have any grit. Looks nice on everything else
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #120
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a few times a year Pick'n'Pull has a 50% off day - got a bench seat in really good condition for $25 - took it to local car wash with a detailing shop and they steam cleaned it for $20
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #121
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Funny those door panels pictured are now in my brown truck lol. I went over them with $10 duplicolor bed liner and it doesn't have any grit. Looks nice on everything else
they help up decently for me. I even put my bmx bike in the cab then i go places and it beats around. i figure its safer in there than the bed
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:07 PM   #122
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Okay....I paid $20 at a swapmeet for a perfect leatherwrapped steering wheel from an early 90's S-10 Blazer LT.

I scored a Theftlok GM CD player from a boneyard along with a 1990 Suburban instrument cluster bezel and with the radio harness adapter I had to buy new I had right at $50 in it all. That gave me a 1.5 DIN opening to keep it looking factory and allows me to plays CD's now.

Another $50 upgrade/mod was the brushed silver instrument cluster overlay from LMC to finish the above mod.

What else.....

I Also scored buckets and console courtesy of a 1990 Suburban from a junkyard for $45 and after a couple power wash/scrub session it all looks brand new.
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I had rebuilt my factory windshield washer pump once, but was never happy with it's performance, especially compared with any of the new vehicles in the driveway. For less than the cost of the gas to drive to the wreckers, I swapped in a tank and pump out of a '90's Chev truck. It works so well, the washer fluid sprayed over the cab into the box before I adjusted the nozzles down.







And for a couple of bucks I repainted my bowtie to match the truck.



This reminded me of another mod I did on my 86 K10-I used 88-91 Suburban wiper arms with the built-in washer spray nozzles and retainer-it keeps you from shooting fluid at the glass and instead flows along with the blades as they move up/down. Cost me $5 for the wiper arms at the junkyard.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:40 AM   #124
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I bought a 73 Suburban recently and noticed it was backfiring on cold start. Check for spark and the spark seemed weak.

then checked for voltage at the BAT terminal of the HEI...only 11.4Volts. Checked the voltage during cranking and it even dropped to only 7-8Volts. This is a common problem with old cars. A lot of stuff runs of the IGN, but upgraded parts (like point to HEI ignition) and old wiring cause voltage drops.

Solution is simple: use a relay to supercharge your HEI directly to your junction on the firewall where the alternator keeps the voltage at max.

http://www.hoigto.com/tech/powerHEI.htm







The cost is well under $5 so a very affordable great upgrade.

result: cold morning starts are great, backfires didnt happen anymore and idle is nice and strong
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kikkegek - great idea
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