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Old 06-06-2019, 12:41 PM   #801
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

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Thank you for the reply. that is the info I was trying to figure out. It sounds like it was not too hard to intergrate into the elec. system. I would like to try & incorporate them into my upcoming build & just looking for a general "degree of difficulty" related to the install. Thank you again for your time & the quality info you continue to provide.
If you have every pulled a cluster, you know its more of a hassle getting to the cluster than it is to take it out. Hooking the Dakota Digital cluster up can be done in a day. Its more time consuming routing wires than it is difficult to install.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:47 PM   #802
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

Ok, lets talk trucks again for the moment. I took loaded Jake up on my recently purchased trailer. Its a tight squueze on an 18' but it works. I jetted off the New Star Muffler to get a temporay exhaust installed from the manifold back.

My plan was to have them tun new 2.5" pipe from the stock manifolds down to the middle of the truck. They would install my Magna-Flow mufflers and use the existing hangers.

I was shocked that the quoted me 400.00 considering I provided the mufflers but I wanted it quieter. I would like to work on the motor and not rattle the walls with an open exhaust.

Unfortunately the bolts on the passenger side were seized up. They tried heating them, but they sheared off. Even after welding a nut to the remaining stud that sheared off too.

So I picked it up as is and decided to hold off till contemplate my options.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:52 PM   #803
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

The next leg of the Saturday morning adventure led me to Cypress Auto Interiors. I dropped off the inserts that Jaime had previously stitched up. The padding on the top was too thick so they had to be modified and re-glued.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:55 PM   #804
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The final stop for that trip was at Homegrown Hotrods. We wanted to pull the bed so Aaron and his crew could get another round of blocking and Tamco sealer in place. We pulled the bed and left it on a cart .
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:33 PM   #805
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If you have every pulled a cluster, you know its more of a hassle getting to the cluster than it is to take it out. Hooking the Dakota Digital cluster up can be done in a day. Its more time consuming routing wires than it is difficult to install.
Ken,
Thanks for the info. Yea.. I "autometered" my '72 dash as I installed a Custom bezel too. So i know what you mean!!! i would venture to say that the squarebody dash is a little more involved - you know with all the new tech. that the manufacture had bettered in a year or so...
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:06 PM   #806
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

With the exhaust issue, is it now LS swap time for Jake?
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With the exhaust issue, is it now LS swap time for Jake?
Problem: Broken manifold collector flange bolts for a non-LS based engine.

Possible fixes:
1) A set of headers or manifolds.
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2) A complete LS swap.

I can see where serious thought is required to come to a decision .
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:22 PM   #808
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Problem: Broken manifold collector flange bolts for a non-LS based engine.

Possible fixes:
1) A set of headers or manifolds.
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2) A complete LS swap.

I can see where serious thought is required to come to a decision .

I plan to see what difficulties I run in to on the exhaust manifold removal. If I can save it, I will. If not I'll replace it with a new stock manifold. The motor swap will come at some point when I find a donor at a fair price.

Regarding that, in the past I have sought after an LS 6.2 based on my experience with them. Unfortunately they are expensive and finding a low mileage donor is now near impossible.

The LT is certainly as good as the LS platform and I think it will prove to be even better. Couple that with the ability to find low mileage take outs, and it looks very inviting. I just bought a 2019 GMC Sierra (ugliest truck I have ever owned) and love what the 8L90 does for the LT 5.3. I'm getting 22mpg and it has less than 1000 miles on it.

I feel that a cammed and tuned 5.3LT with a 8L90 would be a great package for Jake.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:24 PM   #809
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Truck looks great Ken.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

I once had "luck" blowing a broken stud out with the torch. I saw the owner of a local engine shop do it and it looked pretty slick. I was able to do this on a customer's truck to the dismay of my boss when I told him how I fixed the problem. I have tried it a couple times since and basically cut the ear off the manifold. If you had the correct size torch tip and some luck this could be an option to get the stud out.
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Old 06-28-2019, 11:46 AM   #811
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I once had "luck" blowing a broken stud out with the torch. I saw the owner of a local engine shop do it and it looked pretty slick. I was able to do this on a customer's truck to the dismay of my boss when I told him how I fixed the problem. I have tried it a couple times since and basically cut the ear off the manifold. If you had the correct size torch tip and some luck this could be an option to get the stud out.
My luck doesnt run like that. I'll pull the manifold and see if I can get it out. If not, I'll buy a new one.
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I'm suffering withdrawals...Just sayin.
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Are you finished playing with trailers yet? Its been a whole month without any Jake progress...C10' in the Park is only 74 days away.
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Are you finished playing with trailers yet? Its been a whole month without any Jake progress...C10' in the Park is only 74 days away.
Yeah, I know. I had to take a break and focus on my "Honey Do" list before my family came to visit. We spent a long weekend at Crystal Beach and another week together after. My Niece and her family continued on to Mexico and my sister is leaving here tomorrow.

I actually sold a 2018 C&M 18' dovetail yesterday. My HOA is threatening legal action so I'm taking a break from trailer sales.


Since time is short between now and C10s in the Park, its time to get busy again. I'll have updates coming soon.
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Ok, I do have a small update. I dropped by Homegrown and checked in my bed progress. The factory spot welds on the tailgate had been worked smooth a a coat of Tamco high build had been added. That was blocked and Tamco 2k sealer was laid over the top. Its baking in Texas sun before another round of blocking.
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Very nice Ken. I may have missed it somewhere but is this one going to be a semi-gloss/flat paint or is there eventually going to be shiny paint like the old one?
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That's the nice part about Texas, Free paint baking! Dang, no more Krazy Ken's Trailer Emporium! I had Discovery Channel on the phone!
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That's the nice part about Texas, Free paint baking! Dang, no more Krazy Ken's Trailer Emporium! I had Discovery Channel on the phone!
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Very nice Ken. I may have missed it somewhere but is this one going to be a semi-gloss/flat paint or is there eventually going to be shiny paint like the old one?
It will have a gloss finish when complete. What your looking at is a slow process of the bodywork getting done between complete paints at the bodyshop. It should be in final stages of K2 epoxy before C10s in the Park.
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