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DVANBRAMER'S Build - 1997 Chevy K1500

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by dvanbramer88 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:11 pm

1997 K1500 Z71 ECSB
270,000+ miles

Current Photo:

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Engine:
5.7L Vortec V8
Intake resonator delete
NGK Spark Plugs
WIX filters
PCMforless Performance Tune
Deleted EGR system
Cat Converter Delete
Flowmaster Scavenger Y pipe
Thrush 2 chamber welded muffler

Drivetrain:
Factory:

-4L60E trans

-Corporate 8.6" 10 Bolt rear

-1/2 ton IFS

-3.73 Gears

-NPG 243 T-case

-Relocated all Breather tubes
-Auxiliary transmission cooler
-Power steering cooler



Suspension

Z71 Offroad
Rear: AcDelco Gas Shocks
Front: AcDelco Gas Shocks

-OEM Aluminum Accessory drive Guard
-Aluminum Front Differential Skid Plate
-Aluminum Transfercase Skid Plate


Wheels and Tires:

Wheels off a '99 Yukon
Prime Well PA 100 P265/70/R16
Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT265/75/R16 6PLYC up front
Cooper Discoverer A/T LT265/75/R16 6PLY C out back

Electrical Mods:
-VHF Radio - center console mounted - Roof NMO mount antenna - external speaker
-Uniden Pro 510XL CB Radio -mounted in dash- duel co-phased Rami 4' multiband antennas (P/N: MASC3AF7S-48) mounted to tool box- external speaker.
-Auxiliary Reverse Lights
-Dash Video Camera
-Transmission Temp Gauge Install
-12 volt 36 quart fridge
-400 watt power inverter

Appearance and Exterior Mods:
Front bumper off of a '92 C1500
Valance Delete.
Truck Bed tool Box
Deleted DRLs
Repaired and Painted front grill flat black.
ORTB.com and TECORE stickers

Interior Mods:
Sentry Safe lock box bolted to floor under rear bench
Deleted door chime
Mud and grease stains
Last edited by dvanbramer88 on Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:59 pm, edited 25 times in total.
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by dvanbramer88 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:30 pm

Mission Statement:
This truck serves all of my daily driving and transportation needs. It needs to maintain tip top mechanical condition and maximum reliability. I need to be able to jump in and go anywhere, or use her to get out of anywhere. She can Operate with little assistance or resupply with a plethora of tools and spare parts on board. It gets me to work and I keep it going. She earns me money when I use her for scraping and selling pallets. She keeps me warm when I use her to haul firewood. I use her to tow our boat and camper, to haul my kayak or canoe. She goes hunting and fishing with me. I take her on weekend camping and offroading trips. The entire time I've owned this truck has been a learning experience. I believe this truck has changed who I am and helped me reach a higher potential and mechanical ability. Teaching me about vehicle maintenance and repair. Learning about diagnosing and replacing parts. They say all educations cost money, and I think this education has been a fun one. I feel the experience I've gained from keeping this old girl on the road is priceless.

On Board "Stuff"
Maglight
LED flashlight
Car Phone Charger
Tire gauges
Valve stem tool
First Aide Kit
Pocket knives
Batteries
Pen and Paper
2 Lighters
Magnesium Fire Starter
Maps and repair manual
GPS
Bail Out/Get Home Bag
Blanket
MRE's and Water
Cordage
Toilet Paper

ONBOARD/SPARE EQUIPMENT LIST
5 quarts jug oil
1 gallon anti-freeze
2 Quarts ATF
1 Quart PS fluid
1 Quart DOT3 Brake fluid
2 loose quarts motor oil
1 Quart Gear Oil
camp chair
spare serp. belt
1 spare distributor cap
spark plugs
Jumper Cables
Spare 4x4 switch
Extra wire and wire connectors
barbed fittings and hose clamps
spare pieces of vacuum hose/fuel line
boards for recovery traction and or jack bases
Spare CB antenna
Recovery Bag
Shovel
Tarp
Tire repair kit
-Plugs and patches
-Extra valve stems
-Valve stem tools

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TOOLS

Tool Box:
2 1/4" and 2 3/8" Drives
Deep and shallow sockets, metric and SAE.
screw drivers, 5-in-1
pliers, channel locks, vise grips
small hammer
smaller wrenches
small light
razor
marker
extensions
Torx bit set; 1/4 and 3/8 drive
Calipers

Tool Bag:
3lb hammer
Pickle Fork
Drum brake tool
1/2" ratchet and breaker bar
1/2" deep and shallow sockets, metric and SAE
1/2" extensions
Big vise grips
Bigger wrenches
Work Gloves
Penetrating oil
Length of pipe
RTV
35mm axle nut socket

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Inventory Pictures

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12V spotlight, 1,000,000 Candle Power.

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Road Atlas and Repair Manual.

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Tool Box with Jack and stuff

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Spare Lug nuts

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Ponchos

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Ratchet Straps

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Recovery Bag.
Chain
1 30' tow strap without hooks,
1 20' tow strap with hooks,
Extension/Tree Saver strap,
Hooks and Shackles.
2 drawstring bags (can be used as parachutes)
Bumper/Lift mate strap


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Shackle mount for 2" receiver. Rated class III (10,000 pounds)

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Recovery Shovel.
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by dvanbramer88 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:08 pm

RADIO EQUIPMENT

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Added an external CB speaker. Mounted against dash/ventilation assembly on transmission hump.

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VHF Radio

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View of VHF and its external speaker from the passenger side.

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VHF antenna
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by dvanbramer88 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:14 pm

Added auxiliary reverse lights today. I noticed while wheeling at night the other night that I couldn't see anything backing up in the pitch black dark through my tinted and muddy back windshield. We'll see how these help.

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I mounted them under the bumper. I wired the (+) wire to the green wire for the taillight harness. I grounded them to the black ground wire in the taillight harness. If i can justify a need for it, i will put in a switch so i can turn them on as work lights or other purposes.
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by dvanbramer88 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:14 pm

Rig shots/the things I do.

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by dvanbramer88 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:21 pm

Completed Trips:

TECORE 8
TECORE 9

At least a half dozen day trips to Wharton State Forest.

A couple overnight fishing/camping trips a couple of hours away

5 trips to Corova Beach NC. 4x4 and beach driving required
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by dvanbramer88 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:23 pm

11/1/2012 Scored a Truck Tool Box for 50 bucks. It's a Delta with double gull wing doors. Keys included.

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I added new AcDelco gas shocks to replace my old hydraulic shocks that started leaking at the seals.

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by dvanbramer88 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:45 pm

10/2/2012

Dash Camera Installed.
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3773

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by dvanbramer88 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:41 pm

11/6/2012 Installed Duel CB antennas.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3792

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by dvanbramer88 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:50 pm

November 16, 2012
Breather Relocation

http://www.gmc4x4.com/topic/520-breather-relocation/


The truck:
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The materials:
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I bought 10 feet of vacuum line. It is slightly smaller in ID from the hose that came off my transmission.
The plastic caps, i found out, are a dealer part. So the general consensus on the internet is, use a cheapo lawn mower fuel filter. I checked it by blowing into it, and it flows almost equally in both directions.
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I got 4 small hose clamps and had the barbed fittings laying around, I ended up not needing them.
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My transmission breather was broken and hanging down. Time to do something about it
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that's all i had.

Let's start with the transmission. Let's assume yours is broken or missing. When i pulled on it to cut a small piece off to take into the autoparts store, the whole thing fell off. I was like, great, now I'm never going to find where it goes. After a bunch of reaching around and trying different angles, I found the nipple. It sticks out of the top of the transmission right above where the cooling lines run out. It is on the passenger side and the nipple is rather skinny, with a barb on the end. It almost points right at the right rear tire.

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this is the old line re-attached to the nipple and coming down.

I ran the new hose up along the fire wall following the big wire harness and transmission lines on the passenger side of the motor.
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After i figured out the length and the path i was using, I zip tied the new hose to the transmission cooling lines right where they came out, I also left a little loop of hose between the zip tie and the nipple.
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I ran the hose up to the wire connector bracket for the hood light.
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Than i angled the hose down and zip tied the fuel filter to the AC reservoir. My theory was an upside down "drip loop" If you are familiar with Aquariums and the electronic accessories to them. I put a short piece of hose on the other end of the filter as a rain guard.
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Transfer Case:
I did not relocate the breather per se. I just checked the function of the cap and put a hose clamp on it to secure the cap. I also checked the connection where the hose connects to the transfer case.
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The hose runs up the driver side of the transmission and follows the large wire harness and fuel lines to behind the motor along the firewall on the driver's side.

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Front differential:
The front diff breather can be found on the driver side of the radiator tucked up behind the oil cooling lines.
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It is connected with a metal bracket under the black evap. canister there above the power steering lines. I left that alone. I pulled it up to put a hose clamp on it and inspect the end. I re-routed it to a slightly higher spot.
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I zip tied it to the spring clip on the upper radiator hose.

Rear differential:
Stock location, passenger side along the frame where the brake line runs.
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I did not relocate at this time. But if you were too, Most people run it up to the gas tank fill neck and zip tie it to the little breather hose for the fill neck. I did however check the cap of function and made sure it was secure on the hose.

(I did not relocate it because it did not have the right size hose or barbed fitting. It is a much larger hose than the transmission breather. Also, I have been through plenty of deep water before and have since changed the rear diff fluid, and there was no signs of water ever being in the differential.)

NOTE: I could of left the transmission breather tied to that bracket or even the trans dip stick and that would leave it higher up. BUT, that would but it right over the exhaust manifold. And on the off chance fluid ever get burped up, I'd rather not have it hit the manifold. Right now fluid would piss down the firewall/inner wheel well if it ever burped up. The breather is right about the same height as the intake for the motor, so the sacrifice of height doesn't really matter anyway.
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by dvanbramer88 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:36 pm

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by dvanbramer88 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:42 am

Future Mod Plans:

On board Air.
-MV50 compressor
-Hang a 5 gallon tank under the tool box

Dual batteries.

Hide some spot lights in the grill

Bigger auxiliary reverse lights

Hard mounted/Hard wired power inverter

UltraGauge

LT285/75/R16 A/T tires
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by dvanbramer88 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:08 pm

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Repaired and painted grill, wet sanded and polished head lights.
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by dvanbramer88 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:33 pm

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Installed a power steering cooler, and I replaced my OEM auxiliary transmission cooler. It decided to start leaking. So far it seems just as efficient as the OEM cooler. Same dimensions as OEM. I Still have it plumbed in a circuit.

Trans->radiator->Auxiliary cooler->Trans


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by dvanbramer88 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:12 pm

Installed a lock box under the back seat. Used hex head self tappers.

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by dvanbramer88 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:37 pm

I cut one of my new to me BFGs on a rock at TECORE 9. And my spare tire popped a cord(s) on the ride home.

Just got 2 new Cooper Discoverer AT3s installed on the front. LT265/75/R16 C. They almost match the Cooper Discoverer A/T I have on the rear.

They also mounted and balanced my BFG on the spare rim for free.

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my flat

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Popped cord on the spare

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by dvanbramer88 » Mon May 26, 2014 8:36 pm

May 2014.

PCMforless performance tune.

93 Octane
Shift firmness 3
Decently aggressive shift points
Torque management removed from the motor and transmission
Removed cat converters
Removed downstream O2 sensors
Removed EGR system
Increased throttle response and driveability


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www.pcmforless.com
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by dvanbramer88 » Mon May 26, 2014 8:41 pm

May/June 2014

New long block crate motor. 2 bolt main L31 Vortec truck engine.

http://www.jegs.com/i/Chevrolet-Perform ... ProductId=

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Installed route66mods EGR Block off plate and delete kit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151302985590?ss ... 1423.l2649

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Old motor out and in the bag. New motor in the truck ready to turn the key.


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Painted Exhaust manifolds and all new hardware for them

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by dvanbramer88 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:06 pm

New exhaust installed.

Flowmaster Scavenger Y pipe. 2.5" tubing, Thrush 2 Chamber muffler, and factory tail pipe.

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