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    Re: "The Distraction" Why I haven't updated the stereo in my car...

    OK. So over the last couple days, I duplicated my template in 16ga. I made it in 3 pieces, and I had JUST enough material to do it. I had 2 pieces of 6x18" 16ga to work with.



    16ga is a pain to bend. First I just tried to do it over the edge of my "table." That didn't work. Then I clamped a piece of 1/8" thick 2x2" angle iron and a piece of 1" square tubing to the hand rail on the handicapped ramp in our garage.

    That didn't work much better. I tried a small sledge hammer. It just kinda made it wavy. So, I beat it back to flat, and used the grinder to thin the metal a little to make it easier to bend.











    Tacked it together and verified fitment with the parking brake so I could see how it sits in the truck. It looks close to the shifter in Drive, (and it IS closer than I'd like) but the mechanism had to go there to leave me enough room on either side for the sides of the console I'm going to build and clear the seats and seatbelts (which are integrated onto the seats I'm using.)



    I sprayed the last of my weld thru primer on the bottom, where the reinforcement goes, and did the rest in regular automotive spray can primer. I seam sealed the edges, as well.







    While I was waiting for paint to dry this morning, I filled in the hole from the factory parking brake cable. I used some metal from when I cut off the factory rocker panel so the gauge matches.











    I painted the underside of the tunnel, and the top of the reinforcement black. The reinforcement, got a coat of Rust Reformer, first. I won't be able to get up there later, so I wanted to make sure there wasn't any bare metal.







    Then I ran a bead of seam sealer around the top of the reinforcement (like it had from the factory). I bolted it together and waited til this morning. I welded it through the original weld spots. After that I used Rust Reformer and flat black paint to seal it up.











    Then I put it in place and marked it out on the floor. I left 3/4" toward the inside and punched a bunch of holes in the lip before cleaning the paint off.











    Then I welded the spot welds at the front and tacked the rear, and couple of spots on the driver's side. Then I went under the truck and beat the 3/4" lip I left up to match. This serves two purposes...I can make sure it's attached to the body, which will help support the factory seat belt mounts and it closes up the slight gap at the bottom (so the seam sealer won't ooze under the truck.) On the up side, it closes up the gap tight enough I could probably just stitch weld it

    and cut the excess lip from underneath.







    I have to pull the passenger seat to finish the other side, which means pulling the truck out of the garage (I can't open the passenger side door where it's at) and it was raining today.



    Jay

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    Re: "The Distraction" Why I haven't updated the stereo in my car...

    OK, so I had to make a supply run yesterday, so I got back later than I intended. My plans were to pull the engine out of the frame, reinstall the H3 pan and notch the frame so I could load it and unload it without having to unbolt the body. But, I didn't get back until like 4, and knowing that things weren't going to go as hoped, I decided to wait until today....aaaaannnndddd, it's raining. I don't have much room in the garage, so I have to work outside.



    Yesterday, I did make a "thing" so I can use my engine hoist to lift the cab off the frame so I can clean up the bottom of the floor, and work on shaving the firewall. So, it wasn't a total loss.



    This morning, I went out and it was drizzling. It wasn't *supposed* to rain, but I figured I'd start with stuff that didn't require me to move the truck outside.



    I pulled the valley cover so I could install my Dirty Dingo lift plate.



    Knock sensors (before I pulled the plate):











    Under the valley cover:







    Bottom of the valley cover:







    Knock Sensors:











    So, I guess this will be my mock up engine. lol



    I was thinking I'd get it running on this one, then buy a better one and swap them...looks like I might be rebuilding this one or replacing it sooner than expected. Not sure if I want to stick with an LQ4 or do an Aluminum block 5.3



    I drove the truck this engine came out of home with no major issues. Kind of a bummer.



    It's raining, and I have bare metal on the cab, so not expecting to get much done today.



    Jay

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    Re: "The Distraction" Why I haven't updated the stereo in my car...

    The weather seemed like it was going to come back around. It got sunny and in the 60s, so I went back out and pulled the engine. The engine hasn't had an oil pan on it for probably 2 years. I couldn't get the engine/trans in as a unit without pulling the cab. The H3 pan would hit the crossmember, and I needed the space. Now I'm trying to put parts back on the truck where I can since they take up space in my tiny work area. Anyway, I've cut a lot of wood, ground metal, welded etc, with the pan off (and sitting right side up in a corner), so the pan was full of crap. I cleaned it all out before putting it back on. When I tried to install the pickup tube brace in, it didn't seem to want to fit right, so I took it back out. So, I stuck some nice new parts on my old crappy engine. lol



    I have a transmission dipstick for it, but it doesn't line up with the back of the head. I may have tweaked it trying to make it clear the S-10 firewall. I installed it, but I may have to swap it for something else.



    I threw a new oil filter on it too.













    And then (while I had the engine and trans hanging off my hoist) it decided it wanted to rain again. I had everything out in the driveway. And we have a brick driveway.

    Makes moving the hoist a real PITA. But I put the motor next to the truck so hopefully tomorrow, I can notch the frame and possibly put it back.



    I hope to pull the cab this week.



    Jay

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