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erichevy 01-21-2020 01:27 PM

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Wow, looks amazing! Give me some inspiration for my 87 SWB.

STOCKISH 01-21-2020 03:44 PM

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Absolutely amazing work! Cant wait to see more!

lukeembry 01-21-2020 04:41 PM

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a few more chassis pics

lukeembry 01-21-2020 04:45 PM

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Belltech springs and sway bars

SCOTI 01-21-2020 08:09 PM

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Super nice!

moregrip 01-21-2020 10:03 PM

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Solid! better rub some dirt on it! You know what happens if you don't!

lukeembry 01-22-2020 09:18 PM

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Final blocking of the Tamco 5310 primer with some 320 grit, reminding myself why I quit painting a few years ago! After this I finished with a DA and 500 grit before heading to the paint booth.

Kermitt47 01-23-2020 01:05 AM

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Beautiful truck, I love your attention to detail. I have a couple of engine questions. Does you front accessory drive lengthen the engine over the stock truck drive and where are you connecting the vacuum for the power brakes? The exhaust manifolds look great. Thanks

lukeembry 01-23-2020 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Kermitt47 (Post 8664546)
Beautiful truck, I love your attention to detail. I have a couple of engine questions. Does you front accessory drive lengthen the engine over the stock truck drive and where are you connecting the vacuum for the power brakes? The exhaust manifolds look great. Thanks

Thanks, I will have you an answer tomorrow on the accessory drive. Im going to compare them. For the booster I drilled and threaded a 1/4 npt 90 degree 3/8 fitting under the rear cover.

lukeembry 01-23-2020 07:41 PM

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A few cab trim in pics using Tamco basecoat and 2104 clear

lukeembry 01-23-2020 08:04 PM

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I’m hoping for a extremely quiet truck inside with windows up so I went with Vibro Solutions for sound deadener. They have some nice kits for C10 trucks. 2mm mat with a 6mm closed cell foam for top layer. I covered the floor, firewall, back wall, under headliner and inside doors.

lukeembry 01-24-2020 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Kermitt47 (Post 8664546)
Beautiful truck, I love your attention to detail. I have a couple of engine questions. Does you front accessory drive lengthen the engine over the stock truck drive and where are you connecting the vacuum for the power brakes? The exhaust manifolds look great. Thanks

comparing a L83 to the Holley mid-mount it looks to move the accessories forward roughly 1/2"-5/8" forward.

STOCKISH 01-24-2020 10:48 AM

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What color code is that blue?

lukeembry 01-24-2020 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by STOCKISH (Post 8665283)
What color code is that blue?

Code 21 factory color

lukeembry 01-24-2020 10:51 PM

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All new American Autowire body/chassis harness, ecm mounted and all 3 Dakota Digital boxes mounted along with Vintage air evap box.

Kermitt47 01-24-2020 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by lukeembry (Post 8665212)
comparing a L83 to the Holley mid-mount it looks to move the accessories forward roughly 1/2"-5/8" forward.

Thanks for the measurement. That makes a nice tight package. Are you going to keep the Active Fuel Management in the tune? This should make a nice driver when you get all the engine wiring sorted out.

lukeembry 01-25-2020 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Kermitt47 (Post 8665739)
Thanks for the measurement. That makes a nice tight package. Are you going to keep the Active Fuel Management in the tune? This should make a nice driver when you get all the engine wiring sorted out.

Yea Im happy with the accessory drive, the fit, function and OE looks are awesome. I turned the afm off, I figure I can get 20 mpg without it and skip any issues it could cause in the future.

Mattchu60 01-25-2020 02:51 PM

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We must think alike, as my build is pretty similar to what your doing (yours is nicer!) but I also have the American Autowire 83-87 kit on the shelf to install into my c10.

How was the wiring install? The directions look pretty good - it does seem like all the engine wiring stuff can be skipped with the LS swap - did you end up using any of those wires in the engine bay side or coil them up/cut them off?

If you have any other tips for the wiring install please let me know - it looks strait forward when its sitting in the box, but in real life is usually not so easy.

lukeembry 01-26-2020 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Mattchu60 (Post 8665997)
We must think alike, as my build is pretty similar to what your doing (yours is nicer!) but I also have the American Autowire 83-87 kit on the shelf to install into my c10.

How was the wiring install? The directions look pretty good - it does seem like all the engine wiring stuff can be skipped with the LS swap - did you end up using any of those wires in the engine bay side or coil them up/cut them off?

If you have any other tips for the wiring install please let me know - it looks strait forward when its sitting in the box, but in real life is usually not so easy.

The harness is super nice, anything you dont want to use you can unpin and save in case you need it later. The only engine stuff I used was the alternator trigger wire. I remember shortening the headlight/parking lot harness some for looks. Make sure you have the correct crimpers and its not bad at all. I spent about 2 weeks in the afternoon but Im very picky about how things look and usually do things multiple times so it takes longer. Feel free to pm me if you have questions. Be glad to help.

lukeembry 01-26-2020 11:37 AM

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A few pics of the new harness.

lukeembry 01-26-2020 11:46 AM

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I looked @ your build thread on LS1.com. Kind of figured you were going bigger than the L83 since you already had a 6.0.
I highly recommend swapping out your rag-joint set-up for a Cherokee XJ shaft swap. I chimed in on pg.2: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...=505196&page=3

Here’s a pic of the steering shaft I built. stainless 3/4”DD and powder coated 1”DD shafts. Used Borgenson stainless u-joints with the lower having the rubber dampener

SCOTI 01-26-2020 11:21 PM

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Heres a pic of the steering shaft I built. stainless 3/4DD and powder coated 1DD shafts. Used Borgenson stainless u-joints with the lower having the rubber dampener

Looks clean. Hard to beat a clean satin black/SS combo.

marcoman 01-31-2020 09:45 PM

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Such beautiful work and so inspiring. Also, what kind of lighting do you have, because it looks color-balanced, which helps when viewing things "correctly?"

mongocanfly 01-31-2020 11:57 PM

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Really nice build...oh so clean...

lukeembry 02-02-2020 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by marcoman (Post 8670408)
Such beautiful work and so inspiring. Also, what kind of lighting do you have, because it looks color-balanced, which helps when viewing things "correctly?"

Thanks! Nothing special, Im just getting lucky with lighting I guess. I have a really bright garage with LED ceiling lights and grey walls and floor.

lukeembry 02-02-2020 11:02 PM

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Originally Posted by mongocanfly (Post 8670486)
Really nice build...oh so clean...

Thanks! Keep in touch

lukeembry 02-02-2020 11:36 PM

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Lots of updates in the next few pics, finally got around to getting it painted. I used Tamco basecoat and clear, pretty happy with the results, it had been about 4 years since I had sprayed a vehicle. I remember why I quit! once painted I let it rest in the heat for about 3 days and then started sanding the clear. I used 800,1000,1500,2000,3000,5000,8000 water paper and when finished I had a nice semi-gloss finish that was fairly easy to buff out to a great shine.

lukeembry 02-02-2020 11:48 PM

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vintage air going in and that awesome looking Dewitts radiator

MikeB 02-03-2020 09:40 PM

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Beautiful truck, before and after. Probably more money there in brakes, tires, and wheels than I have in my entire truck! More power to you.:)

rodstored-72 02-04-2020 10:40 AM

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luke,
Nice progress and a great eye for the little things. I was wondering if you have any pics of the firewall after the V.A. install? I would be interested in how the lines look going through the firewall? also how smooth did the install for the unit go for you?

lukeembry 02-04-2020 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeB (Post 8672071)
Beautiful truck, before and after. Probably more money there in brakes, tires, and wheels than I have in my entire truck! More power to you.:)

Thanks

lukeembry 02-04-2020 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by rodstored-72 (Post 8672317)
luke,
Nice progress and a great eye for the little things. I was wondering if you have any pics of the firewall after the V.A. install? I would be interested in how the lines look going through the firewall? also how smooth did the install for the unit go for you?

its a pretty easy install, if you have a friend to help hold the inside box it helps. its a nice upgrade to get rid of the cables and huge duct work under the dash, it allowed me to mount my ecm and other controls behind the dash and still have room. the variable speed fan motor is nice but they do create alittle more noise due to the fan motor being inside the cab but its not bad.

lukeembry 02-04-2020 09:37 PM

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inside of bedsides and wheel tubs cut and buffed, I doubt ill cut and buff the floor. starting to look like a truck, cleaning all the buffing compound out of every crack before installing trim and bodyside molding. got the fuel tank vents installed with some simple brackets I made hidden up in the bedsides.

rodstored-72 02-05-2020 04:02 PM

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luke,
THANK YOU!! exactly what I was wanting to see.:ito: My install looks very close to yours , but not near as clean:lol:. I know what you mean about a pair of hands. my nieghbor came over to lend a hand to hold the lines while I installed the hoses (wife tried)-but I was too strong for her..:lol:. Curious: did you use the plate on the firewall due to factory wall "thinness"? The pics also confirmed my heater line connections, I was not sure which lines connected to the LS motor?;). lastly what "vent" are you using for the gas tank(s)? If willing to share? I might try to copy the idea as well??

Thanks!!:metal:;)

lukeembry 02-05-2020 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by rodstored-72 (Post 8673176)
luke,
THANK YOU!! exactly what I was wanting to see.:ito: My install looks very close to yours , but not near as clean:lol:. I know what you mean about a pair of hands. my nieghbor came over to lend a hand to hold the lines while I installed the hoses (wife tried)-but I was too strong for her..:lol:. Curious: did you use the plate on the firewall due to factory wall "thinness"? The pics also confirmed my heater line connections, I was not sure which lines connected to the LS motor?;). lastly what "vent" are you using for the gas tank(s)? If willing to share? I might try to copy the idea as well??

Thanks!!:metal:;)

since this truck was a factory air truck there is a big hole behind the plate, so id rather use the supplied plate than weld the firewall up.

the fuel tank vent is sold by Holley part #19-174 I made a bracket and used one on each fuel tank.

lukeembry 02-05-2020 10:30 PM

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Earls Ultra-Pro trans cooler installed along with a power steering cooler.

Time for some interior work, I picked up carpet and lower door carpet from ACC, they have the OE colors and an excellent fitting product.

lukeembry 02-05-2020 10:37 PM

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one thing I knew I wanted was a nice modern sound system that fits like factory and no sub box behind the seat. I went full Memphis for factory size speakers with a 200 watt amp for highs and a 10" powered Memphis sub for under the seat.

Mattchu60 02-06-2020 01:33 PM

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Your Truck looks extremely good - this is a top quality build!

2 questions - on the paint lines for the 2 tone cab roof - I'd be curious if you could show some pictures of where you made the tape line (I'm thinking of a white roof and don't have any examples of where the paint dividing line should be).

2nd question - those front dash speakers look nice - have you tried fitting the dash yet? I'd be interested if they fit without hitting the dash pad. I put some aftermarket ones in (different brand) and they were too tall.

lukeembry 02-07-2020 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Mattchu60 (Post 8673740)
Your Truck looks extremely good - this is a top quality build!

2 questions - on the paint lines for the 2 tone cab roof - I'd be curious if you could show some pictures of where you made the tape line (I'm thinking of a white roof and don't have any examples of where the paint dividing line should be).

2nd question - those front dash speakers look nice - have you tried fitting the dash yet? I'd be interested if they fit without hitting the dash pad. I put some aftermarket ones in (different brand) and they were too tall.

Thanks! I will get you some pics of the 2-tone

I did have issues with the speakers, I had forgotten until you asked. I ended up buying another set of Memphis 3.5 that the center didnt stick out on.

MHarvey 02-10-2020 08:38 PM

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Looks great Luke! Keep up the good work!


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