Everything posted by barry G
Its in every color where I live. black has an awesome longevity.. assume its the way it stays drier in the sun after storms. I set up my metal hobby for my 96.. plasma cutter etc. can even make a different weight class out of them if motivated.
I see maine in there. it is never the top ten of much. it is also a place that breaks 5 yr old anything. A most amazing trend has emerged with the 88-98. I have never seen anything like it. I moved here in 1987. I am finding welding on framing is getting to be much more relaxed. steel issues are looked at twice rather than scrapping over a dented rocker panel. So many places got spoiled apparently back in the day. people hang onto their stuff longer than I have never seen...especially the 4x4
within that list, there is zero toyotas in my location. I have an elderly lady neighbor replacing the batteries in her prius nearly all gm otherwise.. its freakish. the most popular are 20 years old or older. (88-98) trucks own it many times over the burban count. this is just an SUV list. I trust it for sure.. just get a look around. I am finding city steps up thinking they are the world of great density it coincides with their wisdom: very dense.
one more weld I heard a squeak, unusual place. This truck is abrick.. a squeak is something moving. So I started smashing and poking at the rear left tail near hanger.. the only area that has had just one plate, and nothing more. sure enough, I took out a whole section near the hanger. added new plate. this may have been the longest weld yet.. I noticed 5 hours went by. almost 2 more pounds of wire, 18 inches of plate. Also added welds to the ugly hangers bottom .. its like adding two more rivets. I have two new hangers, and am in no hurry. I am keeping full tow ability. I take my time. fixed the old tailgate hinges, now I just slam it like an old barn door. I can also use it as a tail end reference. squared up heading into another winter. odometer fast approaching 380k 5th full year in the coming january gained 38k miles since feb 2015. drivetrain has needed nothing. Running very strong.
new compressor.. it may have original manufacture "debris". its usually a fluid challenging the freon. I refilled two years in a row after a brand new one. runs excellent now. full vacuum pull and refill. it gets expensive at a shop, unless the shop knows it needs a flush for being new, they might let one in for free. I knew to get the refill equipment on my own to DIY before it was put back together.
was wandering around the dealer yesterday.. my dad just bought the 2019 gmc sle, x31. with tow. the rear diff is large, like the old school one ton tube sizing.. but its at at 12 bolt. Keeps the non floater look with 6 lugs. I need to find what diff that is. not sure how they did it, but x31 sits up more than lesser trims. with no blocks, maybe tires did it. I see no lift. rancho shocks at4 has extra factory blocks lift kit.
yikes, hope it fairs well. the singles are tortured in the frame between bed and cab. If you are into welding, you'll get and keep all you want. I weld my own, in the north.. very rewarding. Not for everyone..
my scariest weld yet to the left of gas tank. Judging how local it stayed, it appears one of the lines in years past must have broke and got fixed right away. This area left to even a vent tube would have a frame shattered into a pile of rubble by now. the yellow is where i welded the plate from the outside,it is the height of frame, and 3 inches wide. the bottom is angle iron I put in a couple of years ago. Not a scary weld to me, but for those that don't know what maine does. this injury stayed local, I was fortunate. I poked a golf ball sized hole last winter, while inspecting (I tend to do that twice a year - the truck is that old to me) I waited until july to cut out the shape I wanted for the plate. Again nothing to notice going down road or hauling.. this frame is some kinda wonderful. I am at nearly 6 pounds of mig wire, weight of steel unknown. Flat stock, angle, cross sills, box beam etc. It is sure to be near 100 pounds rebuilding the back end. The hellwigs keep this old heavy weight (and getting fatter) level and raked nicely. this will stay like this through next years May inspection, then I attack again for summer. you see, the weld date I use is gone past.. it is already getting too cool at night. this risks a break when the whole chore can't stay with the whole frame. I learned this weirdness local years ago. From here on out, welding can be lightweight stuff, like panels, or removable items. The frame is very serious to me...casually so. I make it look easy.
Wanting to drop hitch, as tails are welded to a very old receiver mishap. That gave this truck an easy life. the inspiration to utilize bumper as half of the 7500 came after tuigging at dad's peterbilt on ice. This is one hardened old half ton. found this on ebay. its purpose is exactly what I want. Good for half ton limits.. and my version of dispersal is the other half of the load. Bolted it up today with whatever hardware to map welding. Will have four grade 8s going through the factory ball deck. welding this seam as well. It was cheap enough to not suffer a loss if bumper needs a swap some day will share when it is done. the decision was the 900 pound helpers and big ubolts. It was dragging the boats license plate.. ball hitch too tall after levelling truck. using old tire crossmember laminated as 2 of the end points. Between you and I ... it is more than a half ton capable, but am going by model number and towing laws for the category. just well done.. .that is all.
saw a picture on a facebook group for gmt400. guy was going to take his xcab in for new brake lines... and the truck broke in half on the lift. the sad part is the owners surprise.. wasn't expecting it. not even a pile of rust underneath after it let go. It did have a big truck cap on, etc... the resonance of years must have hammered a legit crack to fatigue right between cab and bed. I seriously have a legit phobia of that area in all makes and models.. even dump trucks. it started when I was a boy. anyway, my truck is same year.. I am taking it back to the 7500 it was advertised to do from day 1. lucky for this truck, there was an improper receiver install decades ago. No one ever bothered putting a real one back on (the first attempt had four bolts instead of the six.. missing the long arms that go toward front of truck.) That saved this trucks wimpy tails for sure. Could not haul heavy off the bumper alone. I bought this truck needing that lower rail filled in. They even cut triangles to install whatever dumb thing that was...and then left it there. I ponder some kind of receiver rental hack job.. uhaul or something. thinking ahead, I added angle iron 2 years ago, the other day added a weld seam. photos are terrible, but you get an idea anyway. Driver side has some local drama to old hydro carbon problems that must have emerged somewhere along the years. the heat stayed in the metal for a very long time... I know I made a change and won it back, and added a sweet spot. passenger side has no errors...gave it the same weld. I'll add plate to this just to knock it further towards 1 ton territory. up next would be worrying of 10 bolt axles if to freight it. I am adding my version of the 400 pound tongue and 7500 hitch.
running good cold, the engine gets more fuel until 160F. in live data, you may watch that switch to weird runtime you refer to. could help glad you found the disty problem.. I'd target injection/fuel my own went goofy to find plugs all went to beyond .100 gap. miles unknown. I am at 375k odometer.. running beautiful. Oil is at 1200 miles (I full it back up in half quarts.)
been a while reinspected new fender stainless steel brake lines and where I am the one working the old frame, I took an air chisel to one hanger. could not kill it.. so now I have two new ones in a box I laughed out loud to the torture I attempted on the old one... now at 375k miles. Been keeping miles down. I love the thought of this simply starting and being comfortable. I may get yet another one. A 1998. a/c recharged, everything is still working. this summer gets more welding in spots i know will catch up faster than I expect. I also have a toolbox squaring up the bed. I like it in this xcab model. I live rural.. there s more than 500 pounds of "stuff" in it. Carefully placed, full to the brim. the old delta pro can handle it. Learning the steel as much as I have these past 4 years... I like the weight placement and geometry.
mine did this with bad speed sensor. 1996 is the first year for the modern one they all got. it narrowed down to burping weather changes. my locale is 20s F below to 90s. does it just once per the autumn and spring. I am thinking yours may have a strange air suck someplace.. little bubbles. the abs stays wicked, and it may be finding something within itself. no leak, just losing that laminar clean flow some how. I also went to synthetic and stainless steel lines..stuff was getting old. I have no complaints at all...it really works.
its been awhile. not much to update.. miles now at 374k needs nothing. this year my locale has frost heaves I have never seen in my 30 years here. the steel extras and tires, suspension... I am actually enjoying this even more. almost 4 years on the tires, no uneven wear. everyhting works. bought a new passenger side mirror, had 1 error... and got a genuine delta pro old logo truck box today very cheap. our ground is frigid. A trait of maine.. air temps don't matter for late jan and february. this year is unique. I carry nearly 300 pounds of stuff living rural. including chains, a generator, 3 ton jack (73 pounds by itself) the box has been a must do for quite some time. this summer gets a dig at frame near gas tank, and the same on the other side. I have been smacking at exfoliation random since I bought this.. time to dig in to keep good measures. I am beyond half ton already, but hardly leads to trouble. I need silly strong. you should see my roads... not that I am here to play weird music.. but this song started playing as I finished typing.
october already, tightening my hurst shifter was the winter chore. I swapped lenses in front parking to clear.. did not like giving up the old ones...but had to move on. 370k miles and 22 years. They deserve a break. I was losing ground wire in the parking light passenger side for no reason. Well.. not wanting to reveal the mystery. The lense had to go, it took on a life of its own and bothered the circuit. I do mean the lense by itself had an electrical life of its own. new lense looks good, painted the outer edge of lense black. Should get photos.. looks modern for sure. painted frame with kbs in the back, tire crossmember. rotated tires. truck is still the go anywhere vehicle, at any moment.. I mean from here to so cal and back if I need it The latest compliment was by a homeless man. He approached me while sitting in it. That was nice of him. I gave him 60 cents. that compliment was yesterday.. my neighbor today mentioned the sound. "this sounds damn good" I have concluded it will never end. I truly mean that.
I found it is I-6 not a v6.. I kinda hope so.
been awhile. only 1 chore thus far as I rack up closer to 400k mile marker... charge up a/c. dropped to 18psi after our northern maine version of winter. 24 below was the coldest low outside my window it sat for days as I was in florida etc...20s below, many many high teens below. we had several weeks of that in a row. nothing above single digits for a high. a tip to add a sealer that responds well to large systems..Especially on brand new a/c pumps. I found a kit a parts store put togther just for gm trucks. Real 134a etc.. no gimmicks. I dropped system to 30 inches vacuum and let all new stuff in. Colder each year as I go ahead with it. It just might keep the charge for a whole year. Other than that, the oil change after a winter was spotless. the stainless mesh captures everything. Very content motor. Will be doing steel chores soon, will share my simply addons...basic repairs.
nice looking truck. i like the chrome version bumper being back to normal up front.
standing by.. I like the sight of this one. reminds me of the older 96-99 a bit more.(my favorite of all time)
they are all good.. there is a disable kits and tunes for the newer offs and on variable fractal geometry. comparing vortec to LS and thinking LS is more reliable is gong to leave you with a bad LS... you can't keep a vortec reliable in its original setting? an LS is just a mainstream facebook fairy tale stampede you are joining. when the aluminum LS engine hits 400k miles let me know... I bet you think the 350 is the SBC of choice too.. silly cults of idiot. my brother has a 2003 gmc, 5.3... with 130k.. he hates it, won't tell me in English why, and complimented my 96 instead. quite an epiphany... I still wouldn't trade if he wanted.
another map sensor that little gadget sure does something good. between that and new coil... ls spark plugs are fast acting as well. all back to normal plus a percentage unknown. This was never a normal sounding tug boat of a gmt400 anyway.. I just added to it even further. very alive. this is a unusually feisty ecm anyway.. manual trans takes a huge load off of functions. It concentrates on motor only...and a/c. the random p0420 code is now deciphered as well. the timing controls are faster than the fuel.. you may have seen the unfamous black puff from the newer LS engines, tuned engines...they can go as far as a fire spit. this old 1st year vortec won't ever go there, it is just enough control. In live data I caught in action. the trigger is immediate throttle off, and this engine almost barks. that code goes ignored.. just like my usual inspector does. that is due thismonth, expecting no problems. The frigid new ebrake cable is back to usable now as well. good to go. calling this as no codes.
take lid off of air cleaner box. live data map sensor, check coil for old and swollen.. check plug wires, they like to attack each other at the last 3 cylinders on passenger head before any other spot. check engine ground while in that area. there is other things, but under load weirdness, I go for electrical first. in michigan? that IAT will climb just 10F beyond outside air. you get 20 below like maine, it is going to do something not friendly eventually. I found the radiator doe snot need to flow for several weeks here.. that spell ids finally broken just this past weeks. It has been 8 weeks this year. my truck is at 369k. it has had a damn good engine replacement at least once (I think it is on its third, I have clues, no facts).. but used older gadgets from prior engine. I am willing to bet you got the same thing. my backfire spell was just recent. it was coil. I also blamed salt for keeping a freakishly dry high static engine bay. electric does not like that. 0% humidity.. that needs to stay in so cal.
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