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I've been on here long enough. It's about damn time I start a 'project' thread, although it's not much of a project. Yet.

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The truck was given to me by my mother-in-law just over a year ago. Her father had given it to her a few years earlier, when he inherited a butt-ton of money, and bought 2 brand new vehicles. She had no use for it, since she can't drive standard. So, it sat under a tarp, under some pine trees for almost 3 years.
Considering that, it's in pretty decent shape. The cab corners and rear wheel arches are shot, but the paint is still holding it all together. A few pictures of when I first got it:







First thing I did was get rid of the bedrail caps, and paint the wheels and bowtie black. I also took off the bulky front plate bracket/holder dealy. I tinted the tails, side markers, and third brake light lenses, too. I really wasn't a fan of the sunken-in headlights, so I made a pair of covers that sit flush with the grille. From a distance, it just looks like tinted composite headlights, but I think it looks cool and a little different up close.







It stayed pretty much like this for most of last summer and fall. Mainly due to me being lazy. I scrounged around on Ebay, and found a hell of a deal on some mirrors, and a bodykit/rollpan combo. Those sat for a few months, until I attempted to paint them. Something got f-ed up between me prepping and cleaning everything, and actually spraying paint, because everything was all fish-eye-ish and ugly as hell. The mirrors and rollpan eventually got sanded down, and rattle-canned, while the rest of the bodykit has been sitting in my front hall for 6 months (and is currently for sale in the classifieds...go look!).





I had planned on buying all the necessary parts to drop it last October, as a birthday present to myself. Instead, my clutch slave cylinder decides to leak on me. So, that, along with a clutch kit, and refacing the flywheel took all my money instead. Luckily, I was able to do it myself, at work, in a fully equipped garage. If not, I would have been SOL.
Again, it stayed pretty much the same (except for an Ebay intake) until I altered my rollpan a little this past spring.







I do have a thread on the rollpan project, in the exterior/paint forum. If you read the whole thing, yes it already looks like crap up close. I AM going to redo it soon. A couple weeks ago, I was FINALLY able to drop it. Nothing drastic.







It was supposed to be a 3.5"/3" drop, with ZQ8 coils and spindles up front, and blocks in back. Ended up being just a 2"/3" for now, due to not having the time/patience/energy to wrastle with the front upper shock nuts. The front definitely needs to come down more, though. I bought new shocks all around, but might be returning them tomorrow to have the cash to go buy a decent-looking set of GTA replica wheels I found on Craigslist for stupid cheap. I'll post some pictures of said wheels when I pick them up, if the guy hasn't sold them on me.

Stay tuned for updates and hopefully crap-loads more pictures.

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pretty cool with the rollpan logo.
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Thanks. I really wish I had taken the advice I was given before I finished it. I really don't know why I didn't. It looks ok, until you bend down and really look at it. Then you can see the seam between the pieces. Oh well.

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meh, you live and you learn.

i hear that mustwizzle dude put his swaybar on upside down....idiot.


lol i love your truck man, and the color.

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your truck would be super hot if it was bodied. I love that color

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Looks good. I second that about the color!

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Thanks, guys. I really like the color, too. I've only seen one other S-series this color in person, and one on the forum. It's my daily driver right now, but I'd like to eventually get a Colorado, and turn this thing into a massive project. But, to do that, I need money.

...And, that Mastrizzle guy sounds like a fuking noob.

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So am I, apparently, with my double posting.

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yeah, massdrizzle is a dumbass.

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No real updates or anything today. Had quite a bit of down time at work, so I gave it a nice bath. Buffed out a lot of scratches and scuff marks, and took some 000 steel wool to my chrome trim rings. Looks so much sexier now. I'll have to get some pics of it tomorrow. Also, going to pick up the GTA wheels tomorrow. Will take pics of those also. Hope to have tires mounted and on the truck by the end of the month...If I can afford it.

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the mesh GTA rims? if so you'll need spacers for them to look right.

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Yeah, Mo, these mothers:





After I brought em home and cleaned em up a little bit. Both wheels in the first picture have some dents. The one on the left is actually kinda severe. They held air, and should be able to be straightened back out. Looks like someone took a freakin ball peen hammer to it, trying already. The other two, in the second picture are pretty nice. Very minor curb rash, and a tiny bit of clear coat flaking.





Now, I just gotta find some good, cheap used tires to throw on, and some spacers, chrome lug nuts, and center caps, and I'll be good to mother f-ing go!



I just went out and took some measurements. 16x7 wheel with 4" backspacing. Think I'm still gonna need spacers? I'll have to test fit them first.

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those aren't GTA rims dude. GTA rims are 16x8 and have different BS front to rear. they have 4.75'' of BS front and 5.25'' rear, the centers look different too. BUT if those are 16x7 and have 4'' of BS along with the proper bolt circle they should bolt right on with no spacers.

GTAs for reference...

disregard the text in the pic.

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I know they're not real GTA wheels. They just look pretty similar. Still, for a buck-fiddy, I'm not complaining.

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word. i'm sure they can be straightened too. is there a name on them anywhere?

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Didn't see anything cast in to the wheel, anywhere. Looks like they may have been repainted at one point, too.

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they'll look tits on the truck. what do you plan on doing for centers? i've seen a few guys get away with using chain link fence post caps like these...



depends on the size of the hole in the centers but if there's some that'll fit they're buttcheap at the hardware store.

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Hmmm...I may look into that. I was thinking black centers, and chrome nuts. Although, the cone shaped cap would look cool.

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yeah, they would look sweet in black. go measure the diameter of zee holes.

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nice truck dood, if your wheel arches and corners still look like they did in that pic sand em down soon! that is just surface rust, sand it before it rots!

i like those wheels and the roll pan looks sweet, and its nice to see another green truck round here

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Trust me, Frey, the cab corners are gone. The driver side wheel arch is starting to rot and separate on the inside. It'll all get taken care of at some point. Thanks for the compliment. I freakin' love the color of this truck.

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yeah, they would look sweet in black. go measure the diameter of zee holes.
Center holes are just a vag-hair shy of 3". I did some looking online on Home Depot's and Lowe's sites, and can't find any of those caps bigger than 2 3/8". I'll stop in and see if they carry anything bigger. Can't find much on Ebay that big either. The quest continues!

I should be finishing my drop this Sunday. Swapping out coil springs for ZQ8's, replacing all 4 shocks, and probably removing rear bumpstop brackets (only bottomed out a couple times, so far, but do plan on going lower in the future.)Also plan on trimming down U-bolt ends so they're not sticking down 3" below the lower shock mount, and probably cutting off the majority of the tailpipe, and having it dump down just after the muffler.

Should be a grand ol' time. I'll have pics to prove it, too!

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i searched 3'' center caps on ebay and got a few results for other makes, maybe you can frankenstein something.

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nice project man. I love that green color, anyone know code for it?

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Maybe. I'm not having any luck finding anything bullet/cone shaped, and that size. If worse comes to worse, I bet I can make something decent looking that will fit. I should probably be putting more effort into finding a set of tires, though, as I can't exactly put the new wheels on without those. I can always worry about caps later.

88, the color code is 309D - Fairway Green Metallic. Thanks.

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Maybe. I'm not having any luck finding anything bullet/cone shaped, and that size. If worse comes to worse, I bet I can make something decent looking that will fit. I should probably be putting more effort into finding a set of tires, though, as I can't exactly put the new wheels on without those. I can always worry about caps later.

88, the color code is 309D - Fairway Green Metallic. Thanks.

Awesome, thanks!!

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they'll look tits on the truck. what do you plan on doing for centers? i've seen a few guys get away with using chain link fence post caps like these...



depends on the size of the hole in the centers but if there's some that'll fit they're buttcheap at the hardware store.
Did a little more searching on Ebay, and found black vinyl coated, 3" acorn post caps for $3 apiece. Under $5 to ship em, too. If Homo Depot and Lowe's don't yield anything similar, I will definitely be ordering some of these.
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nice! that deal is like a sore dick.

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Living in Mass = land of salt and rust . I did my time there.
Too bad your truck has rot on it. I'd suggest buying a winter beater and not driving your dime in the foul salt. I'd also suggest that you replace parts instead of the bondo routine. Rust NEVER sleeps, it ALWAYS returns. I ended up buying a clean bed ($100) in Baton Rouge for one of my dimes and hauling it back to the other land of rust and salt = NY State. Still has paint underneath, no rusty surface shiz.
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i hear that mustwizzle dude put his swaybar on upside down....idiot.


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I gotta be the dumbass of the week cause I did the same F*cking thing, only my junk is front dropped 3". That means the springs were sleeping while the sway bar was doing OT with the frame. Wondered why the truck rode like an outhouse on steroids...
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nice! that deal is like a sore dick.
Yup. Can't beat it!

Max, hopefully when I can afford it some day, I'll bring the truck to a body shop to get all the rust and other crap taken care of the right way. I'd love to be able to get a winter vehicle, but, unfortunately it just isn't really practical right now.

I should have an array of pictures up soon. Hopefully, I'll be finishing dropping the front on Sunday, and then finding someplace cool to snap some shots. Wheels will be a little farther off than expected, as I am very poor right now. Soon enough, though. Soon enough.

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Well, I didn't finish dropping the front today. Financial situations kinda put me in the mood to not want to do anything. Ended up returning the shocks I bought to Pep Boys. I was a genius and threw out the receipt, so all I got was store credit on a gift card. That did nothing to help me. I'm just gonna end up soaking the shock nuts in penetrant for a week, and see what happens next weekend. It should almost definitely be done next Sunday. I'm also gonna try to straighten out the two bent rims, and smooth out the hammer marks from the previous person who tried straightening them. Probably give them a good cleaning and polish, and mock them up to see what they'll look like on the truck.

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on occasion i had luck taking them off by putting a box wrench on the nut and then holding the top of the shock shaft with a pair of vise grips. hitting them with a propane torch probably wouldn't hurt either.

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Tried Vise-grips the first time around. Just kept stripping the shaft, even with them as tight as I could get them. I'll probably just end up cutting the old ones off, as originally planned, and buying new shocks...again.

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Still no real progress or updates. I had planned on finishing the drop today, but ran out of time. I WILL be doing it tomorrow. I did, however, start working on getting my wheels looking a little less beat up. Like I said before, it looks like someone tried using a hammer and a pipe wrench or something to straighten out the couple big dents that were in 2 of them.

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And, the not as bad one:





I just sanded them down with 100 grit sandpaper, then 400, then 800. Now, I just need to straighten them out, buff and polish them, and they won't look like complete crap. You can still see the deepest parts of the dents, but polishing them should make it less obvious. While sanding them down, I did contemplate completely sanding down and re-clearing the lips of all 4 wheels. But, they were cheap, and the truck is only a 20/20 daily driver at best, and I'm lazy. So I decided not to. I also need to get some black touch-up paint, to fill in a few spots where it's chipped off.

I should have some pictures of the ZQ8 spring installation up by tomorrow night. That is, assuming I actually get it done.

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Well, I'm a fukin liar. Didn't even touch the truck today. Haven't even looked at it, actually. Spent a relaxing morning and afternoon at the beach, and didn't feel like getting dirty and sweaty and frustrated when we got home. Next weekend, I'm sure I'll have time to get it all done. And, maybe have some tires by then. But, probably not.

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That sucks about your rims being bent. I really cant wait to see them on your truck though.

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this dude works on his truck just like i do.

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Eh. I knew more or less what shape they were in before I bought them. Two are perfectly straight. Minimal curb rash, and only a few chips in the clear coat. One only has a very slight bend, that probably won't even be noticeable once a tire is mounted on it. The worst one has one nasty bend, and one smaller one. Nothing a BFH and a block of wood can't fix. If not, there's a couple places near me that can straighten alloy wheels for pretty cheap.

I need you guys' and girls' opinions on an exhaust setup. Right now, I'm still sportin' the original muffler, with half a dozen holes rusted through it. I'm planning on running a header. Probably just a cheap stainless steel Ebay one. The converter is only a couple years old, so it's staying put for now. What would you recommend for a muffler? I want something a little aggressive sounding, but not like a weed-whacker on steroids. My brother has a Borla on his Alero. Similar sized engine, and it sounds pretty decent. But, they're pretty expensive. I'm looking to spend under $50 on the muffler.
I also can't decide what to do for a tailpipe setup. I'm planning on having it exit in front of the passenger rear wheel. Just not sure on the angle, and the number and angle of tips. I'm thinking of maybe running dual tips, exiting at an angle, but with angled tips, so that the edge of the tips is parallel with the side of the truck. If that makes any sense. I guess anything is better than the big ol' schlong hanging down below the rollpan.

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Heheh, yeah Mo. The past few weekends I've planned on it, but other stuff comes up, or I'm just not in the mood. Working on other cars 5 days a week kinda has that effect, unfortunately. It'd be nice if I could find something in a different field, but I went to school for it, and don't have enough experience doing anything else to earn what I'm making now, right off the bat. Not that I even have a ton of experience in the automotive field. I'm diggin' the new sig banner, by the way. Classy.

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i just run a stock style muff with a turndown before the rear axle, but i would like to kick it out before the passenger side rear wheel like you're talking about so i'll be paying attention to what you do.
i kind of wish i had a job as a mechanic sometimes lol i went to school for it too. thanks for the compliment on the sig, it's entirely wildmanss' creation.

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It'll probably be a little while before I get a new muffler, and tips and all that. For now, I'm just gonna hack off the tailpipe enough that you can't see anything under the truck. Maybe I'll hit wildmanss up and see if he wouldn't mind using his artistic talent for my benefit.

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Brent is a cool dood. i'm sure if you pinch his butt a little and compliment him on his silky smooth balls he'll hook you up. lol

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Well, he hasn't yet...

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i know all his photo manipulation shit is on his faptop which he only has time to crack open on occasion so give him a little time. i'll mention it to him in chat next time i see him in dere.

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Oh...I just meant I've been telling him his balls are smooth as glass for years...Haven't actually asked him anything about creating me anything yet.



My, how quickly almost every thread you're a part of turns gay, Mo. I love it.

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