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Old 01-16-2014, 09:33 AM   #1501
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There's a chance I could pull off doing the roof black by myself, but I'm not sure how that would look with the strip of silver at the door tops separating the blacked out window line from a black roof.

And I have the stock SS 20s for summer, but for winter I have some 18" Boyd Coddington Smoothie 2's that I picked up from Craigslist in fall of 2012 since they have some nice Michelin winter tires on them The aluminum has no coating on it tho so all the brake dust basically just sunk into the porous aluminum and they were (from my perspective) pretty much junk because I tried scrubbing one of them for about an hour and a half at one point and it barely made any difference. I was planning to Plasti-Dip them flat black but they look soooooooooooo much better now that they're all shiny!
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hmmm, could you wrap the upper pillars too? What about wrapping the roof actually...?
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Quote: Originally Posted by tytotheler92
hmmm, could you wrap the upper pillars too? What about wrapping the roof actually...?
That's not a bad idea... I wonder if I can get some silver vinyl that would match the paint
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Wheels acid dipped:




Rear bumper painted & installed (my buddy wasn't thrilled with it's complexity, as noted by his hand )




Hood base coated (still needs to be cleared):

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Looks pretty good.
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Thanks Brandon
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Looking good
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Looks good so far!
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Thanks guys! 2 more pics he sent me yesterday:

Hood cleared... soooooo shiny!




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And then a pic I took last night of the brakes for the TB with one of the S10's 20s for reference

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You going to start making upgrade kits for the front brakes and sell them to the TBSS guys. Your setup is probably way cheaper then what's out there and probably works better than stock. I still need to make those rear height adjusting screws for those guys.
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Quote: Originally Posted by 262X02
You going to start making upgrade kits for the front brakes and sell them to the TBSS guys. Your setup is probably way cheaper then what's out there and probably works better than stock. I still need to make those rear height adjusting screws for those guys.
It's funny you mention that, the guy with the blue SS hit me up saying we need to readjust his because it got all crookedy on him lol. How soon could you make some of those?

And yeah, I'd love to make a kit for TBs that includes the rotors and calipers, or even a set of C6 Z06 calipers or something
Old 01-18-2014, 12:17 AM   #1512
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Hood on the truck. I do have to be honest with you guys, they didn't do it exactly how I wanted. What you see there is actually a smoked lexan center section melded with the steel sides of the stock hood; what you see through it is the new goodies I've been hiding from you guys...


















































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Alright, what? lol.
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Quote: Originally Posted by layinbody31
Hood on the truck. I do have to be honest with you guys, they didn't do it exactly how I wanted. What you see there is actually a smoked lexan center section melded with the steel sides of the stock hood; what you see through it is the new goodies I've been hiding from you guys...

















































Looks like you might have mounted a few shop lights under the hood. Nice!
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The shop lights are reflecting off the shiny lexan, what you see under it are 2 rows of 32 cell battery packs... Truck is all electric now
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Quote: Originally Posted by layinbody31
The shop lights are reflecting off the shiny lexan, what you see under it are 2 rows of 32 cell battery packs... Truck is all electric now
I... what? No.

Need pics.

Need pics now.
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Its not April yet.....I'm confused.
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All joking aside, I'm completely undecided on if I like the black on the hood or not. Some pics and angles it looks good, some ways it seems a bit awkward. But IMO the winter wheels in general just kind of make the truck look awkward... it's a completely different animal once I put the SS wheels back on

Got the truck home on Sat, worked on it for a bit yesterday and got the drivers side all buttoned up with the painted door handles installed as well as the painted rocker covers. All the silver matches up pretty decent for it being a patchwork of parts.

Gonna be returning the rental tonight after work and then I'll be out there to get the pass handles and rocker cover on. I'll have to remove the rear bumper to install a couple brackets, 2 that my buddy missed and 1 that I had forgotten to give him. After that she's good to go other than polishing the wheels, installing an exhaust tip, and eventually painting the roof
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Quote: Originally Posted by layinbody31
It's funny you mention that, the guy with the blue SS hit me up saying we need to readjust his because it got all crookedy on him lol. How soon could you make some of those?

And yeah, I'd love to make a kit for TBs that includes the rotors and calipers, or even a set of C6 Z06 calipers or something
I just have to figure out the proper tread size to use and purchase the left handed die. I have the dimensions figured out and the material in stock so it would only take a a couple of minutes once I figure out the tread size.
Old 01-21-2014, 10:10 AM   #1520
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Quote: Originally Posted by 262X02
I just have to figure out the proper tread size to use and purchase the left handed die. I have the dimensions figured out and the material in stock so it would only take a a couple of minutes once I figure out the tread size.
Sounds good!
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Well last night I finished getting the rocker cover and handles on the passenger side and then today had to drive it to work for the first time. Unfortunately we are literally in the middle of a blizzard What normally takes me 45 minutes getting to work took over 2 hours this morning, and there's a good chance it will take 2+ hours when I leave (whatever time that is).

I'll try to snap a pic if I can but it's pretty much buried in snow...
Old 01-27-2014, 12:40 PM   #1522
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Had a chance to run it through the car wash on Sat since it was sunny and dry and the roads weren't too covered with snow, and then I was able to let it sit in the garage the rest of the weekend til I had to drive it to work today.




After spending 2+ hours shoveling my driveway last night I was able to get both the TB and Explorer in the garage (after cleaning up the garage). Unfortunately this morning when I went to leave for work there was 2.5 foot drifts across my driveway again and with no time to shovel I had to just plow my way through it Thankfully it seems like the front bumper held up to the abuse
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Your TB is 4x4 right?
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Yes it is
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Did you make front bumper support brackets for the middle or does yours flop around like many of the TBSS's.
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Quote: Originally Posted by 262X02
Did you make front bumper support brackets for the middle or does yours flop around like many of the TBSS's.
It moves around a little bit. Is there a template somewhere for these brackets? I've never heard of them before
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I think the ones at the dealer are a flat piece of steel with a small bend in them. I think they attach to some metal braces behind the bumper.
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Hmmmmmmmm I'll have to look into that. Thanks Brandon!
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Got the rear drilled/slotted rotors and Hawk pads on the TB this past week. Working on water jetting the Silverado caliper's abutment brackets at work this week so I can get the front big brake kit on it here in the next week or two. Gonna pull the rear calipers and paint them all at the same time (hopefully with the truck not in the garage for overspray reasons) and then the brakes should be completely done (only like a year and a half late lol)
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Can't wait to see it done and see the results of these bigger brakes on your TB.
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Couldn't agree more. Too bad there's not a single road in the region that doesn't have a billion potholes now Hit one a few blocks from my house last night really hard and damaged the right front winter tire. It immediately purged a bunch of air but once the pressure dropped it still held that lesser amount of air? Looks like I'm gonna be constantly adding air and driving on a low tire for the next month or so, until I switch back to the 20s
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That sucks man, but at least you can manage with it for now. I can't wait to see it with the 20's, it's gonna be sweet.
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That sucks man, but at least you can manage with it for now. I can't wait to see it with the 20's, it's gonna be sweet.
Thanks, I can't wait to see it on the 20s either, especially with the ginormous brakes behind them

And I agree about the winter tire, good that I can manage it for another month or two. And thankfully I plan to sell those wheels/tires after this winter since I plan to put some all-season tires on the 20s before next winter and run them year-round til I get some replica 22s, at which point the 20s will become the winter wheels.

I just can't get over how the 18s make the truck look... they're not a bad looking wheel in their own right but something about them on this truck just doesn't look right to me. They completely take away the SS look from it IMO and make it look like an LS, even though it's got all the SS parts on it now
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Yeah I know wht you mean about the wheels. I think it's just because they are so much smaller than the SS wheels. The things that really "make" a TBSS are the big wheels and stance. Without at least 20s on it it's gonna feel like you just have a Trailblazer.

Also I don't think I said anything about it before, but I absolutely love the way that the paint turned out. Seriously your truck is causing me to have very confusing feelings towards Trailblazers. I have always been kina like "Meh" towards them in general... but lately I could seriously see myself driving a TBSS or clone... or maybe just lowering my Tahoe while my wife's not looking.

Wait isn't that basically exactly how this whole project got started in the first place?




Also, just checking, but is it sacreligious to lower a Z71? Because I really don't want to be struck by lightning for considering it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Slow_S10
Yeah I know wht you mean about the wheels. I think it's just because they are so much smaller than the SS wheels. The things that really "make" a TBSS are the big wheels and stance. Without at least 20s on it it's gonna feel like you just have a Trailblazer.

Also I don't think I said anything about it before, but I absolutely love the way that the paint turned out. Seriously your truck is causing me to have very confusing feelings towards Trailblazers. I have always been kina like "Meh" towards them in general... but lately I could seriously see myself driving a TBSS or clone... or maybe just lowering my Tahoe while my wife's not looking.

Wait isn't that basically exactly how this whole project got started in the first place?




Also, just checking, but is it sacreligious to lower a Z71? Because I really don't want to be struck by lightning for considering it.
Took this one just for you, since you like my paint and all



I totally agree with you about the 18s vs 20s on the TBSS, and I think it might be a bit sacreligious to lower a Z71 lol
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I really do like that paint job... Although I think I just figured out why.

It's very similar to the paint job that I had on my old Civic waaay back in the day. Except it on my car was blue and silver and it also had stripes on the sides. And before the real paint it was the exact same design in black and gray primer. Yes kill me I was one of those people driving around in a primer gray Civic.

But I really do love the way your truck turned out. Not many people really make a statment with their cars paint job anymore unless it's just over the top ridiculous. Everything is either a solid color or some garish airbrushed mural of M&Ms or something. You almost never just see a nice tasteful two tone paint job anymore.
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Hey thanks man! I try to be tasteful in everything I do to my trucks, yet always strive to do something different that nobody has done before. I think that's obvious with this truck with the paint and my big brakes and stuff, and with my Sonoma (now S10) with the grille/front end and also the lift spindles and lifted stance for winter. And with my crew cab being AWD and me doing the doors/pillars the way I am, and with my dirtbike with the conversion to the new bodywork, and...
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Quote: Originally Posted by Slow_S10

Also, just checking, but is it sacreligious to lower a Z71? Because I really don't want to be struck by lightning for considering it.
No. Do it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by layinbody31
Took this one just for you, since you like my paint and all


I really like the two tone.
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When are you going to finish the 2-tone?
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Quote: Originally Posted by tytotheler92
I really like the two tone.
Thanks Tyler!
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When are you going to finish the 2-tone?
What's there to finish? lol

And I JUST realized that I never coordinated with you to get the height sensor links this past weekend Let me know when you might be available next
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You gotta paint or wrap the roof man so it flows right. Hey don't worry about it and I won't be back up there till the 7th or the 14th I think. Your friends going to have you install them cause the hardest part is getting those rubber ends off.
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You gotta paint or wrap the roof man so it flows right. Hey don't worry about it and I won't be back up there till the 7th or the 14th I think. Your friends going to have you install them cause the hardest part is getting those rubber ends off.
Yeah I'm gonna install them for them, I'll let them know it will have to be after the 7th or 14th.

As far as the paint, I kinda feel like the blacked out window line completes the 2tone look. IMO it looks like I was driving and a bucket of black paint fell off a truck, nailed the grille and covered the hood and then blasted through the windsheild and painted the window line black from the inside out lol

Maybe I'm goofy for thinking of it that way but I am planning to just paint the roof silver and call it a day. I think if I did any black on the roof it would almost give it a 'reverse skunk' look, or then I might also feel obligated to paint some sort of black stripe down the lift gate, but I don't think there'd be any way to make that look good
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Since we are (hopefully) clear of any freezing weather I swapped the SS 20s back on. Looks a billion times better than the Boyd 18s IMO

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yup def looks better Brent. Ive been looking at a lot of TB's myself this winter and thinking bout doing the same thing you have with SS parts. A real SS would be nice but from what im told they suck to daily I guess that all depends on where ya live and the gas prices tho :rofl:
Looks good man hope all is well
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trailblazer looks good buddy!
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yup def looks better Brent. Ive been looking at a lot of TB's myself this winter and thinking bout doing the same thing you have with SS parts. A real SS would be nice but from what im told they suck to daily I guess that all depends on where ya live and the gas prices tho :rofl:
Looks good man hope all is well
Honestly I wouldn't recommend trying to do a clone like I did. The SS bumpers are not reproduced by any aftermarket company so the only way to find them is used (usually wrecked in some manner) or new. The used ones still go for anywhere from $300-600+ and new ones are $1,000 each for all the pieces and parts and they'll need paint. Then you have to either find painted rocker covers ($100+) and handles ($50+) and paint them to match OR sand smooth the textured plastic parts (not recommended) and still paint them to match, plus find a grille ($100-300), mirrors ($100+ but thankfully the signals are a plug-and-play on any TB), remove the roof rack and (to do it right) shave the holes for the nut-serts (means a repaint of the roof), and lastly round it out with the SS wheels ($400+ depending on condition) and lowering parts ($200ish if you buy them). SS's also have bigger brakes so you'd want to factor in money for the larger front rotors and at a minimum a pair of front abutment brackets for the calipers (I think that's all it takes... not sure tho). The SS's also have a slightly different set of front fenders on them, but you can get away with not changing those as the difference is so minimal most people would never notice, although I can tell when I look at the bumper to fender fitment on mine.

So basically you're looking at like $3,000 not including any paint work (which I would safely estimate $1-2,000). So for the money you save by not buying an SS you really end up putting most of it back in for the truck to look like an SS, and you don't even have the 400hp motor Now granted a lot of mine came from insurance money so I don't have near that amount into it, plus by spreading it out over time it lessened the blow on things. But not everybody will be able to do it the way I did or have the patience either haha


I have a neighbor who just bought a real SS and he drove his all throughout this "Polar Vortex" winter we had even though it is slammed on 22s. Being an AWD model with some nice all-season tires he said it handled absolutely awesome in all the snow, ice, & slop, although he doesn't necessarily care about the mileage as he has a 2.2 S10 for that lol
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Re: [ProjecT] Work Truck

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trailblazer looks good buddy!
Thanks Jim! It was good to see ya for a bit last night
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