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Old 05-28-2018, 03:09 PM   #201
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Not a lot going on right now, it's cold, well, by Arkansas standards at least. I've been gathering a few parts though, the metra dash, a back bumper, it's a black powder coated westin bumper and since the under dash panel had holes drilled in it, I picked another one up. I cleaned the dash and panel up, wiped them down in alcohol, and dyed them to match my dash. My radio is on the way!
Have you had any problems with the fitment of the vent on the left side of the dash? I have the same dash plate out and the left doesn't mount as cleanly as the right side vent does. I think I'll have to take a pic of that.
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Old 05-28-2018, 03:21 PM   #202
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Have you had any problems with the fitment of the vent on the left side of the dash? I have the same dash plate out and the left doesn't mount as cleanly as the right side vent does. I think I'll have to take a pic of that.
Let me check. I haven't noticed anything odd about it yet, but it isn't snapped completely in yet either. I'm not entirely happy with my bezel lights so it's coming back out.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:19 PM   #203
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Not much going on waiting for the painter, but I did take advantage of the 15% off memorial day weekend sale from super bright led. I picked up the clearance lights for the cab and the under hood light shown here. I'll have to wait till after the paint to see how much brighter the cab lights are.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:53 AM   #204
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And hopefully your painter is getting close. If not, have you thought about just having him paint the tailgate and just touching up the rest of the truck? The white should come back really well with some compound, etc. The nice thing is that it doesn't fade like some other colors do.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:50 AM   #205
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And hopefully your painter is getting close. If not, have you thought about just having him paint the tailgate and just touching up the rest of the truck? The white should come back really well with some compound, etc. The nice thing is that it doesn't fade like some other colors do.
Actually I'm checking on painter #3. I'm taking it to have the trans checked out and probably rebuilt next week, it won't stay in OD, then if I haven't heard from painter #2 It's going to #3.
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:20 AM   #206
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Yes, get the greazy work done before shinny new paint!
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:50 AM   #207
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In typical fashion for me the transmission guy couldn't fit my truck on his lift so I'm going to have to pull it. Since I was that close, I ran it by painter #3 and he's supposed to get started on it in about 3 weeks.

I'd planned on the 8.1L swap being at my leisure after I had this on the road again, but if I'm pulling the trans anyway, I may as well do it all at once.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:19 PM   #208
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Talk about “running flat out!”, thats a lot of work, but should be worth every bit of effort you put in.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:35 AM   #209
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Parts are coming in. I'm going to change to the 2004 and up style cam sensor so a new sensor, timing set, and cover were needed. Ordered a express van balancer and the correct alternator bracket, four seasons fan, hd fan clutch, and new oil pump shaft.
The compression is excellent and all the plugs are clean so I may install the engine as is.
I am getting new intake gaskets and 65mm bolts.
Anyone know of a source for gm corporate blue paint as good as por 15 or Eastwood?
Eastwood discontinued and I'm not sure how long rattle can paint will look decent.
May end up going Chevy orange or black, but I was trying to be a touch different.
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Old 08-06-2018, 02:45 PM   #210
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Working on swapping over the timing set while I'm off today. I had to pull the old balancer off with a three jawed puller, which was a first for me. The old 2002 style set had hardly any slack so I'm feeling better about the quoted miles on this engine.

I also downloaded the 8.1L factory service manual from the 8.1L classified fb page for free. It's a huge and invaluable wealth of information on these engines!
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:34 PM   #211
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Done for the day. The new timing set is in and I pulled the oil pan off and installed a new pump shaft. The motor is very clean in the bottom end, I could still see the cross hatch pattern in the cylinders. Also installed a new crank sensor while I was at it.
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Old 08-07-2018, 03:44 PM   #212
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Had to borrow a balancer installation tool to get the correct balancer on, but it went on pretty easy. My water pump should be in later today then I've got to go over the list I copied from Larry's thread for the bolts and miscellaneous things I've got to buy.
I've not listed any of the part numbers since they are up in several places on different forums and such, but if anyone needs something specific just ask. I'm basically using Larry's thread as a guide.
Also, I did pay for my paint today so here's hoping it gets sprayed in my lifetime lol! They took a pic of my wife's vin tag and matched it with their computer. I have seen it all!
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Re: 97 3500 454 4x4 project

So, my forgettery is working...what color are you going for?
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:28 PM   #214
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So, my forgettery is working...what color are you going for?
The same as my wife's Subaru, crystal white pearl with the fender flares black.
This isn't her car and you can't really see the pearl in the pic, but maybe it'll give you an idea.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:05 AM   #215
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Yep could not see it on my phone, but the desk top makes it look ok. Have you thought about painting the flares the same colour as the body? Then do the blackout around the side windows????
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