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Old 09-08-2017, 05:32 PM   #126
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Re: 97 3500 454 4x4 project

Final update for the day. Headliner is in, not finished, but have it up and putting what I can back on without having the carpet trimmed out. I've been waiting a while for it to start looking truckish again.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:25 PM   #127
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Old 09-12-2017, 03:24 PM   #128
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Carpet is in, seat belts and trim back in place too. I won't put the door panels on till after I get some paint on it. I still have to fit my speakers in the rear door panels and of course do a little more cleaning. I've got to either find new seats or have mine recovered. I'll try and see what's available close and go from there.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:27 PM   #129
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Took my drivers seat apart just to see how bad it was. It's pretty bad, several springs were off and the wire frame had rusted apart on that section. The cushion is toast as well. My other seats, passenger and back are in great shape. I should be able to cover them once I clean them tons.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:07 AM   #130
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Ok, so what do you ask for when shopping for new coverings that replace the factory ones? I looked up seat covers and got millions of slip on covers....got frustrated. Just looking for factory style.
...my bad, as the kids would say...Your interior is starting to look nice.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:46 PM   #131
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Here's a source for new factory style covers. I have no experience with them but plan to use them when I redo the seats in my 98.
https://www.theseatshop.com/
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:09 AM   #132
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H, thanks for that. I have sent an email just now.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:20 AM   #133
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Here's a source for new factory style covers. I have no experience with them but plan to use them when I redo the seats in my 98.
https://www.theseatshop.com/
I signed up as well. I sent an email asking about the rear seat too.
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:23 PM   #134
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Hey, the seat shop has an excellent range, and they were very helpful but I was looking for cloth seat coverings. Anyone have a lead for me?
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:25 AM   #135
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Have my led map and dome lights in. For some reason the back lights work and the front doesn't. A volt meter from one lug to ground show almost 13volts. I've ordered a new headlight switch, the dome over ride only works now and then so I'll see if I can hunt down the problem when it comes in.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:36 PM   #136
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I had the same problem, found a bad earth.
I checked the supply and it was ok, the earth was insulated by some oxidation between the lug and screw
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:52 PM   #137
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Have 7 straight nights behind me so I went "junkin" today. Found a decent set of seats, though they're blue, and the bumper I'd been looking for.
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:06 PM   #138
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Back seats are home. He still has the head rests, but I picked these up to give him a little more shop space. Cleaning up my risers now.
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:50 AM   #139
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Back seats are home again! I picked the front ones up yesterday. I've got to clean up the risers a bit, paint over the blue and bolt them in.
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:54 AM   #140
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LED lights are awesome. I do wish I had changed the ash tray bulb out before I put the dash back together though it wasn't to much of a problem.
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:35 AM   #141
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Looking good!
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:40 PM   #142
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Had a little time to work on the truck today so I started bolting the front seats in. I took the risers off, cleaned them up and painted over the blue. When I went to bolt the passenger seat in I discovered the risers weren't the same, quite a bit longer. Got my originals out and after another round of cleaning and paint, that one is in.
I've still got to clean the drivers side up and double check everything on the power seats, it's getting there.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:26 PM   #143
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Busy time of the year for me. I've been planting apple trees, mostly limbertwig varieties and found time to camp out in the deer woods, but I couldn't resist this. It's a 2002 496, supposedly 120k good runner. After I'm done with the interior and I'll probably paint it first too, this will replace the 454.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:56 PM   #144
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Cool! I'm in the middle of putting one of those in my 86. Should be a noticeable improvement.
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Very curious to how much you have to change!
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:52 AM   #146
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Very curious to how much you have to change!
Here is a link to a swap thread. This guy is also a member on this forum as well. I'll need a new harness, computer, brackets, this is Arkansas I'm keeping my air, and a few odd and end things. It's really a great write up for someone wanting to do a 8.1L swap.

https://ck5.com/forums/threads/l18-8...thread.308019/
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:35 PM   #147
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Cool addition to the rebuild...I guess if you ever have to pull a battleship you'll be set!
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:50 PM   #148
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I assume you are keeping the 4L80E behind it when you swap?
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I assume you are keeping the 4L80E behind it when you swap?

There's no reason to not keep the 4l80e. It was behind the 8.1 in 01 and 02 3500HD trucks(15,000 GVW) and the 3/4 ton suburban and avalanche.

And an Allison won't fit without a body lift.
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Busy time of the year for me. I've been planting apple trees, mostly limbertwig varieties and found time to camp out in the deer woods, but I couldn't resist this. It's a 2002 496, supposedly 120k good runner. After I'm done with the interior and I'll probably paint it first too, this will replace the 454.
Looks good. I really like the vortec 454, but that engine will look good in there!
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