Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Feel free to post about anything here, just keep it work safe.
User avatar
ifixalot
Registered User
Posts: 668
Joined: Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:56 am
Location: Deerfield Illinois

Re: Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Postby ifixalot » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:10 am

Nice truck. A lot of nice touches you've added. It's not too loud like some guys do.
That Impala reminds me of the 72 Caprice wagon I used to have. The 400 BBC engine
from it, is what is in my 68 Camaro now. All stock.
I wish I had your energy. I'd like to put TBI on the 400.
Nice touch with the muffler clamps too. But don't they rust kinda fast?
It seems all my muffler clamps rust really fast.
I don't know nothing about why you did the differential mod but I've done ring and pinion changes.
It's nice you don't have to shim.
I did one and didn't get it right, it would howl when I let off the gas.



User avatar
woody90gtz
Registered User
Posts: 4426
Joined: Thu Jul 11, 2002 8:45 pm
Location: Walton, NY
Contact:

Re: Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Postby woody90gtz » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:58 pm

The truck came with an open diff, so it only put power to one tire. So even in 4WD there's only 2 spinning. The helical diff puts power to both wheels like a clutch limited slip. So 2WD is 2 wheels spinning and 4WD will be 3 wheels spinning.

That wagon had a 400 originally. My bro-in-law is weeks into the 6.0 rebuild without any real progress...keeps running into issues.


Image
91 "SS" WOT 3400/5spd - 13.57@100.7 GEARHEAD dezign

User avatar
woody90gtz
Registered User
Posts: 4426
Joined: Thu Jul 11, 2002 8:45 pm
Location: Walton, NY
Contact:

Re: Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Postby woody90gtz » Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:29 am

Bro-in-law's wagon still isn't running. That cheap LS swap has turned into thousands and problem after problem. I actually towed a new beater home for him recently since he needed a plan B. haha 96 Accord. Blah

I've been getting the truck ready for winter little by little. I don't have pics, but I welded some permanent mounts for the plastic fender liners. Also hacked off the tailpipe tip and rewelded the hangar. You can probably see in the earlier pictures that the stock tailpipe hung really low and looked ugly. Now it's basically an invisible turndown after the axle for better ground clearance, and it sounds better bouncing off the ground too! Win/win.

Tried to haul the FIL's camper from the campground a couple weeks ago but it blew a hydraulic hose before we could even hook it up. Cost about $1000 to fix it. I guess the more crap you got, the more crap you gotta take care of. Glad it wasn't my problem.
Image
Last edited by woody90gtz on Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.


Image
91 "SS" WOT 3400/5spd - 13.57@100.7 GEARHEAD dezign

User avatar
ifixalot
Registered User
Posts: 668
Joined: Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:56 am
Location: Deerfield Illinois

Re: Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Postby ifixalot » Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:49 am

Yes my old station wagon had a th400 in it but it was the long-shaft so I couldn't use it in my 68 Camaro. Sorry I didn't see your comment until now.
That is an appropriate name form a camping trailer. It brings to mind wide open spaces and countryside to spend time in.
On the other hand, I was joking with the wife while on the road about the trailers that are named, "Raptor", "Avenger" and for the faint of heart,
the Minnie. LOL, Who comes up with these some of these names?



User avatar
woody90gtz
Registered User
Posts: 4426
Joined: Thu Jul 11, 2002 8:45 pm
Location: Walton, NY
Contact:

Re: Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Postby woody90gtz » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:13 pm

Few things to catch up on...I took the headlights apart and added LED DRL strips from ebay. Turned out pretty nice. Did them as long term testing to see if the quality is decent for me to use red ones in my Camaro tails.
Image
Image

Finished up my wheel well liner project to add more plastic to block salt and water from washing away the Fluid Film rust prevention. Welded some tabs on the bed struts and used j-nuts to keep the Tahoe liners in place better than last year's zipties. haha
Image
Image
Image

Added 2in BORA spacers to give the rear liners some more room and to help the aesthetics a little. Trucks look dumb if the wheels aren't flush with the fenders.Good ol USA-made BORA actually machined them incorrectly, so I had to "lathe" my axles with an air belt sander. FYI, idling in 4th gear on jackstands is about 30mph.
Image
Image
Image
Image


Image
91 "SS" WOT 3400/5spd - 13.57@100.7 GEARHEAD dezign

User avatar
Rettax3
Registered User
Posts: 1624
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:34 pm

Re: Silverado build 3.0...or should I say 8.1

Postby Rettax3 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:36 am

Looks good! Nice touch on the LED headlights -I've almost done a similar mod to the 'old' Z-26, but with the 'louvers' (cut egg-crate grills) over the lights, the effect would be somewhat wasted. The Yellow Indy is waiting for me to transplant a set of E36 lights sans the outer lens, like the GTU has -I just have to cut the outer lenses off and fab the brackets up. That will leave exactly zero stock headlights on any of my Berettas... Huh.

The tire spacing looks right on that. Totally agree on the too-narrow-for-cool stock look. Also not a fan of 'hill-billy hang-out', so I gotta say you spaced those just about perfect. Any more than that and you might be obligated to install a gun-rack in the back window, any less and why bother? :good: Keep posting, some day I might grow up and need a truck too! Nice to see some good ideas floating around... :D


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26


Return to “Off Topic”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests