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Ol' Sparky
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Well the time had finally came to bag my truck, the parts were gathered and I had a week off work. I wanted to have this done by the end of March, but work got hectic.

The truck started it's life as am 03 ZQ8 extended cab with a 4.3 and a automatic. I bought the truck in Feb of 06 with 50k on it. It is hard to find a 2wd truck in West Virginia so I snagged this one as soon as I saw it.

Here is a pic from when I first got the truck.



Next came 2" drop spindles and 3" blocks in the rear. I thought that would be low enough to satisfy me.....turns out it wasn't. lol



After lowering it, I kept scrapping the bearing carrier cross member on everything, so I got a raised one from SD.



Next came wheels. I was not planning on adding rims at this time, but luck intervened. My wife and I was at an all Scion show, where she was showing her mild XB. She won the major door prize of one set of rims and tires from Appalachian Tire. Since she had just put new rims on her XB not even two weeks before, she gave me the prize for my dime. They are 17x9 Ion wheels wrapped in Toyo 245-45-17 tires.



There I had me a sharp little truck to drive around, but the itch was there to start bagging it. After getting the green light from the misses I ordered up my air management from SD.
2 Viar 450C compressors, 8 gal tank, 1/2 SMC valves, water traps, gauges, switches, and train horns.



Next I picked up one of SDs front specials, 2B6 bags (man these bags are tiny, I swear the coil that came out was bigger lol), and a set of 3” upper cups.



To finish out the front I ordered up a set of lower control arms from Suicide Doors. I got them powder coated in a bright Pepto pink. It looks a lot more Pepto colored than what is in the picture. I know some people will raze me on here about the pink, but I like how it contrasts with the black.



For the back I went with the Road Grater and SD fix it wish bone mount. The reasons were simple for me, I can not weld and living in the middle of nowhere I have no one close that can either. ART says that the RG can be installed in about four hours, plan on doubling that. If the truck was already completely dissembled, then maybe in 4 hours. The only problem I had with the RG was that the locater pins was off. This seems to be a common problem with the RG. They could solve this by slotting the holes for them to make them adjustable right to left.

Before the bagging began I built me a little console to house the guages. It is made from a 1/4" wood skeleton, covered in spandex, resin, and mat. After a few light coats of bondo to smooth out the rough spots, I painted it. I wanted it textured like the stock interior, since I thought smooth would look out of place. I got a little too much texture medium in the paint though, but I still think it look pretty good over all. Not to bad for my first time fiberglassing imho.




All of the bagging was done in front of my house by me and my Dad using only hand tools, with the exception of an electric drill, sawzall, and a air grinder on a portable compressor. It took us about 4 evenings to finish.

No some pics of the bagging.

The RG loosely bolted on.




Cutting the frame.:woah:



The bed. I still need to get a notch cover.




Finished pics.








Well there she is. Not to bad I don't think for the first time ever bagging a truck. I still need to tidy up a few things and I have to mod the tranny cross member.
Well thanks for looking, I hope you all enjoyed it.
 

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I'm on a boat!
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nice transition man. looks good all laid out. glad to hear you pulled it off with pretty basic tool and no welding.
 

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Mini Truckin' = Lifestyle
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Nice truck man....pink is different I just wouldn't get carried away with it....O by the way the itch won't stop here.
 

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looking good man, just one question, your girl have a sister? you better hold on to her bro, hell my ex hated the fact I wanted to sink money in my old dime let alone give me a set of rims lol, looks damn good man, and like the others have said, that itch won't go away anytime soon, you'll be shaving before long
 

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this inspires me to try it myself with help of my dad and uncle. im in the same boat, no experience and cant weld. i was gonna take the hike up to my buddies shop in RI but maybe ill just bag the rear by myself and the front up there since ill need to do some work to my stock arms up front. again nice job and i have officially subscribed to this thread.
 

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very nice work! truck looks awesome
 

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Ol' Sparky
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Thanks for the replies. I do appreciate them.:cool:

Nice truck man....pink is different I just wouldn't get carried away with it....O by the way the itch won't stop here.
Thanks. The pink bow tie and arms are all the pink for now. At a later date, after all the body shaving I have planned, I want to two tone it in 1970 Chrysler FM3 Moulin Rouge upper, True Black lower.

looking good man, just one question, your girl have a sister? you better hold on to her bro, hell my ex hated the fact I wanted to sink money in my old dime let alone give me a set of rims lol, looks damn good man, and like the others have said, that itch won't go away anytime soon, you'll be shaving before long
Yup she has a sister, but trust me, you do not want any involvement with her. Like ever sister-n-law out there, mines crazy as well. :haha: Honestly I got lucky with my wife, she is into cars so she supports my car habits. Yup the itch is still there. I plan to add a smooth pan and shave the tail lights and tailgate handle this winter. I have a 90 Camaro I shaved the door handles on and after living with it for the last 8 years I swore I would never shave another set of door handles. I may swap in a better looking set at a later date.

this inspires me to try it myself with help of my dad and uncle. im in the same boat, no experience and cant weld. i was gonna take the hike up to my buddies shop in RI but maybe ill just bag the rear by myself and the front up there since ill need to do some work to my stock arms up front. again nice job and i have officially subscribed to this thread.
I say give it a shot. I was not that bad of work, just time consuming. Plus I had a great time working on it with my Dad. Everyone says go weld in, but sadly not everyone is able to, so I did what I had to to get it bagged. I had found a shop about 2 hours from me that would four link the back, but wanted $1600 to build a reverse four link. :eek: The RG is a beefy kit over all, it should easily go the distance.
 

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Ol' Sparky
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looks good i see you left off that bolt there that one is near impossible to get in we left them out on my roadgrater install too
We got it in, it just took some work. In those pics we were drilling out the bottom holes and still loosely mounting everything. It took a little trimming on the old shock mounts but that bolt went in. I think all the ones ART done had the old shock mounts removed, I like having a spare tire to much to remove them. lol
 

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r u planning on relocating the evap box? i think everything looks awesome but the evap...try welding it onto ur gas tank crossmember, above the exhaust...
 

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Ol' Sparky
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The only problem I have had is a slight leak on the right front, turned out to be at the fitting between the dump and the line. All fixed now and hopefully leak free.


nice! how do you like being a bagged member

I love it. :D

good job manny....keep it up bro
Thanks, I could not have done it with out you guys. SD ROCKS!!!!!

r u planning on relocating the evap box? i think everything looks awesome but the evap...try welding it onto ur gas tank crossmember, above the exhaust...
Nope no plans to do so, it will be hidden soon enough anyways. I will be putting in a notch cover in the next couple of months.

lools good man! now finish layin out the front!
Front is in the plans. I have to pick up a tranny cross member and a guy I work with is going to modify it for me. The wheel wells are clearing fine, the upside to a small wheel. lol
 
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