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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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My fun and hopefully reliable daily to keep forever

My truck is either hailed or hated. I started with a 95 2500 auto SRW 4wd CC Longbed. It already had:<br>
1. Flexalite dual fans<br>
2. wastegate actuator disabled<br>
3. no fuel plate, modded AFC arm<br>
4. some ugly wiring of aftermarket accessories<br>
5. EGT, Trans temp, Boost gauges in pillar<br>
6. Sonnax accumulator, billet apply lever, billet strut<br>
7. I was told it has a dual disc converter(I haven't actually looked at the converter)<br>
8. KDP tabbed<br>
9. Banks powerpack<br>
10. some (in my opinion) idiotic front suspension... Long arms on the bottom and stock on top.<br>
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typical falling apart dash<br>
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Since I've had it, I cut the rusty stuff out out of the cab and made a new trans tunnel and front floor panels, making a new dash. I took out AC and the PCM because I don't like them. So yeah, I rewired a bunch of stuff, while I was at it put two AGM batteries in the custom center console, internal regulator for the alternator, mechanical fuel shutoff, four point harnesses since I don't have airbags. BHAF, fender exhaust, I shimmed the governor springs with washers, I put a deep transmission pan on it, deleted the heat exchanger, put in a cable shifter... not too much else significant that i remember off the top of my head. <br>
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I've done absolutely everything myself and realize there are some others who have also deleted the stupid PCM. My "Run" switch powers: Trans solenoids, fan, alternator field, instruments, brake and signal lights. SIMPLE<br>
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The two dilemmas were the speedometer and fuel sending unit. From what I understand, the stock speedo sender won't work with anything but the PCM. So I added a GPS box and antenna for that. From what I understand, the fuel level sending unit graduates OHMs reverse of standard and even with a calibrated aftermarket gauge will read empty when full, and full when empty. EASY SOLUTION HOPEFULLY... I plan on flipping the arm and float around modding it so it moves in reverse of stock and will then work with my programmable gauge.<br>
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Things someone may or may not hate about my truck:<br>
FENDER EXHAUST<br>
NO AC<br>
MANUAL lockup and Overdrive Selection.<br>
FOUR POINT HARNESS on a DD<br>
AND then there's the people who shake their head and mumble "damn hicks"<br>
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In my opinion, the truck works great the way I have it set up right now and has been incredibly reliable.&nbsp; However I'm greedy and want a little more.&nbsp; I've been driving it daily with no AC and don't mind even in the Alabama Summer. It is pretty noisy with the fender exhaust, but surprisingly it doesn't get all that much soot on the side of the truck. <br>
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I drive it hard sometimes... I need better suspension <br>
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I plan on:<br>
Goerend Manual VB with lockup capability in 1st and second. I will wire a momentary off pressure switch on the shift lever to unlock during shifts.<br>
Goerend Triple disc converter<br>
I want to rebuild the trans myself and add frictions, replace seals etc.<br>
I'm considering 5x11 SAC injector nozzles and shims from PDD for now. <br>
Stiffer valvesprings<br>
Better headstuds<br>
I'd like a bigger turbo in the future, or a compound system and then appropriate fuel upgrades. <br>
I like simplicity, so I'm looking at the "Hotrod" modded mechanical lift pump from PDD.<br>
I havn't decided on suspension as of yet, but I'm considering three link in front and fourlink rear. <br>
Eventually I'd like to put disc brakes on the rear and one day find a Dana 80 for the front.( I will put kingpin 60 outers on it. I plan on running 37inch tires and from personal experience ball joints suck for that... I hate replacing them all the time.&nbsp; And kingpins are my preference.<br>
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I'll post some pictures of my beloved junk in a bit.

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Is this thread just a build thread or were you asking a question? I am confused. If it's a build thread, dont waste your time. If it's a question, please repost just the question.

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Is this thread just a build thread or were you asking a question? I am confused. If it's a build thread, dont waste your time. If it's a question, please repost just the question.
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Is this thread just a build thread or were you asking a question? I am confused. If it's a build thread, dont waste your time. If it's a question, please repost just the question.
Well, It may or may not be a build thread to you... depends on your definition of such. I don't believe I specifically questioned anything in the previous post, however I ask you why do you think I'd be wasting my time by starting a build thread? And also why you advise me against doing so?

I think that by participating in any sort of informational thread, one can increase their capability by using collective knowledge held by a broad group of people rather than limiting their information to only personal knowledge and experience. Surely, you understand that quick and efficient exchange of information improves overall situational awareness and the ability to initiate an appropriate action.

Now, hopefully you aren't so confused as to why I'd take advantage of my forum membership, SEAL.
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Here's some random crappy pics I've taken of it...

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I'll try and manage to capture some recent pictures... Building it and driving it can be challenging, but doable.

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The pics make all the difference. I'll retract what I said. I am now intrigued by this build. I like the switches it looks like an airplane pit.

Problem is alot of people on here talk about doing a build and never do. Looks like you are well on your way with somthing interesting.

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Looking good RPM

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From what I understand, the fuel level sending unit graduates OHMs reverse of standard and even with a calibrated aftermarket gauge will read empty when full, and full when empty. EASY SOLUTION HOPEFULLY... I plan on flipping the arm and float around modding it so it moves in reverse of stock and will then work with my programmable gauge.
FYI you might look into a sending unit from the 98-02's. They are structurally identical to the 94-97 units -- will drop right in and plug right up to the harness -- but they're reversed in terms of resistance values. (probably a different range too, don't have the values offhand). Might work for ya. Bought one by accident some years ago, was kind of fun to see the fuel gauge slowly go up...

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Do you have more interior pictures?


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How are you cutting all the sheet metal? Do you have a water jet or plasma table? Or are you free handing all those?

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I'll bet it gets good mileage?

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