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Old 11-20-2011, 06:10 PM   #1
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Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Hi there I am new to these forums, Just thought I would introduce myself and some of my projects. This is my latest build. I call Him "Billy Big Rig" inspired by my time in the 2nd battalion Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, I built this truck in memory of a couple friends I lost while overseas. Here are some pics of the finished product and ill be posting some of my progress photos later too.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Wow, What a truck!!! Nice.
Sorry for your losses of comrads, thanks for your service, and I'm glad your our neighbors.

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:17 PM   #4
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Here is some progress pics
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:23 PM   #5
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lol trying to find all my bare chassis photos and the powertrain install soon to come.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #6
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

What did you paint the underside with? POR-15?
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:11 PM   #7
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Interior is still needing to be done in the spring and a 5.9L 12v cummins to install. I am currently running a 454 on propane, NV4500 tranny and all rebuilt drive line. Rear shackle mount bracket flip and re-curved rear springs(Stock). I put a 3" body lift. front springs are 8" BDS leaf with bilstein reservoir shocks all around. I am running a Sky Manufacturing high steer and crossover conversion. Dana 60 front and 14 bolt rear totally rebuilt. the chassis was completely stripped down and sandblasted along with the bottom side of cab and box.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:12 PM   #8
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the underside is sandblasted then used a dupont metal conditioner then painted with 4 coats of Clovacoat 300 industrial.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:08 PM   #9
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Excellent choice on the seats

Do you have any pictures of the install/brackets?

Having lived on both side of the border I realized that we don't apprecaite our men and women in service as much as we should, i would like to thank you for doing one of the few jobs i don't think i could do...

If your ever in Edmonton give me a shout, i'd love to buy you dinner and a few beers while looking over this truck

Nice work sir, nice work
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:20 PM   #10
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Very simular to my 98' build I just completed. Will be on the cover of 8LUG in January.

Very sweet looking rig, wish I had of went with that wheel combo.......maybe still will..lol. Looks great, can't wait to see more pictures.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:23 AM   #11
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Very nice!!
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:34 AM   #12
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Sweet looking truck man - would love to see that one in person!!!
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:25 AM   #13
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

wow man! that is one sick crewcab...love the color...

can you tell me why the shocks in the third picture from the top are in opposite location from another?
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:03 AM   #14
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:52 PM   #15
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Re: Billy Big Rig ( 1989 GMC Crew Cab V3500) Lifted custom

Thanks alot guys, yeah I put alot of sweat and blood into this rig.
Thanks alot hick I appreciate it, will hit you up one day for sure.
The wheels are a 20x14 Fuel Hostage rim wrapped in a 38.5x15.5r20 Toyo open country MT. The olive drab paint is a endura colour and it is a NO GLOSS chip. I love it my wife actually helped me pick it out haha. The shocks are on the opposite side of each other for stability. all the old chevy's i have had have been like this.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:02 PM   #16
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Does anyone know how I can get a youtube video posted on this thread?
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #17
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I still need to remove the spring bumpers and complete my exhaust pipe right out the back
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:15 PM   #18
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hahah I should actually mention the wife helped me with alot of the truck too (engine and tranny install and odds and ends like sanding the headers lol) and here's a few more pics
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:24 PM   #19
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Nice truck! Nice wife!
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:29 PM   #20
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First off from a fellow service member from south of your boarder thanks for your service. 2nd wery nice looking truck. Wish mine was that far alog. 3rd how the heck did your gal to help out on your truck? What year are those seats and what options did they have?
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:26 PM   #21
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The wife just liked helping alot on it, shes pretty mechanically inclined (even tho she works at a jewelry store lol) and those seats are out of a 2006 Chevy duramaz they are fully powered heated seats with all the controls like tilt, lumbar ect... I haven't hooked up the heat switches yet because I still have to finish the carpet inside and the headliner.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:16 PM   #22
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Good lookin' !!
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:15 PM   #23
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Awesome truck and cool build! I'm also sorry to hear about your losses, and thanks for your service from another south of the border truck lover. If you have any questions on the cummins swap, feel free to ask and I'll help you as much as I can.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:30 PM   #24
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Is that plywood in your bed?
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:51 PM   #25
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Your truck is one of my favorites. I came really close to painting my dually olive drab after parting out the M1008.
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