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Old 10-18-2021, 02:18 PM   #51
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Re: 86 Suburban w/ 56k miles

These trucks look much better with the running boards removed. mine are gone too and love it.
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Old 10-22-2021, 01:20 PM   #52
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Re: 86 Suburban w/ 56k miles

What is the story with these Chevrolet key fobs? I've seen another one with a 1985. Does GM match the original owner to the number on the key fob? Was this a dealer option? Is there any way to update GM records?
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:59 AM   #53
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What is the story with these Chevrolet key fobs? I've seen another one with a 1985. Does GM match the original owner to the number on the key fob? Was this a dealer option? Is there any way to update GM records?
Iím not sure. My guess is this was the later version of the protect-o-plate cards.
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Old 10-31-2021, 10:47 AM   #54
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I was scrubbing the tank, prepping it for POR15 and found another build number. 83. Itís written everywhere: under dash, on firewall, on rad support, on frame. Pretty sweet that it is all still legible.

Got the new sender installed, going to paint the top of the tank with POR 15 and repair the few surfaces on the frame where the anti-squeak padding was holding moisture and causing rust. The rest of the frame in that area is still factory black and shiny which is awesome.

Next will be all new fuel hoses, gluing on the new anti-squeak pads and then getting the tank back in.
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Old 12-01-2021, 10:04 PM   #55
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Well I got the fuel tank and all new hoses installed. Hooked up the new sender andÖnothing. It still doesnít work. Kinda made me mad a little bit. But, oh well weíll continue troubleshooting. I thought maybe the gauge went south on me so I figured Iíd get a new one. But then while I was looking up a new gauge, I started eyeballing the aftermarket tach kits and thought, yep, Iíll add that since Iím in the dash anyways.

So I got that installed tonight and works wonderful. Iím very impressed with the quality of the LMC tach kit. Itís probably the best aftermarket/reproduction part Iíve ever seen. Itís nice to see some high quality parts coming back on the market.

Now I have to focus again and solve this dang fuel gauge problem. Iím almost certain I have a break in the wire somewhereÖ.
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Old 12-02-2021, 12:31 AM   #56
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Well I got the fuel tank and all new hoses installed. Hooked up the new sender andÖnothing. It still doesnít work. Kinda made me mad a little bit. But, oh well weíll continue troubleshooting. I thought maybe the gauge went south on me so I figured Iíd get a new one. But then while I was looking up a new gauge, I started eyeballing the aftermarket tach kits and thought, yep, Iíll add that since Iím in the dash anyways.

So I got that installed tonight and works wonderful. Iím very impressed with the quality of the LMC tach kit. Itís probably the best aftermarket/reproduction part Iíve ever seen. Itís nice to see some high quality parts coming back on the market.

Now I have to focus again and solve this dang fuel gauge problem. Iím almost certain I have a break in the wire somewhereÖ.
Nice. I've been looking at that tach conversion kit but they don't have the style to match my speedo in stock. I'll keep an eye out for it though. That looks great.
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Old 12-05-2021, 02:15 PM   #57
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Nice. I've been looking at that tach conversion kit but they don't have the style to match my speedo in stock. I'll keep an eye out for it though. That looks great.
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Old 12-05-2021, 02:19 PM   #58
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Re: 86 Suburban w/ 56k miles

So here's what it was like to install the aftermarket tach kit; again, really impressed with it:

I took out the original cluster and swapped the original gauges, bulbs, and little indicator light covers to the new cluster.

The first pic the gauges are still in the original cluster. I took some photos of the stickers that were on the original cluster. I also took a photo to show the black finish on the aftermarket fuel gauge is just slightly more flat than the originals. But when it's all installed, you can't tell.
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Old 12-05-2021, 02:29 PM   #59
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After the new cluster assembly was together, then I had to run the tach wire to the distributor. This required drilling a hole in the fire wall (cringe), but the grommet they supplied and the location I chose, I think it looks pretty factory.

I realized when I went to hook up to the tach signal, that the spot was already occupied? Turns out, my dealer installed Chapman security system not only locks the hood from being opened, but used the tach signal port on the distributor to kill the ignition. So, even if you pry'd the hood open, you wouldn't be able to tell why the truck wouldn't start because it all looks factory and everything is hooked up. Pretty cool system. I took some pics of what it looks like.
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But in the end, the install was very easy and straightforward, the parts are quality, and the kit has everything you need. Even the power supply to the tach has the factory style plug.
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Old 12-05-2021, 02:39 PM   #61
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Re: 86 Suburban w/ 56k miles

Now that the tach distraction is over, I got back to troubleshooting the fuel tank problem. I've verified every wire, connection, and gauge function. Therefore, I think I bought a bum sender. I know the sender itself works electrically, because I tested it before installing it. So the float must've had a leak and filled with fuel. Can't be anything else. But I've already put a half tank of fuel in it and I'm just not in the mood to drain it and drop the tank again. So this is getting put on the back burner.

Honestly, I'm really considering fuel injection and putting in a TBI fuel sender/pump assembly in the tank when I drop it next time. We'll see!
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Old 12-10-2021, 01:49 AM   #62
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That tach conversion is really clean. I'd like to do it, but I think I'm just going to go with the aftermarket column mounted / fold away tachometer option.
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