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So i had a std cab 1st gen bagged and bd'd but i had to get rid of it cause it couldn't fit the rest of the fam when we went to shows and me and the wife were tired of taking 2 cars to a car show. so selling that paid for the start of this project. The donor truck started as a '95 Sonoma, it will not end that way.

And here it is.....

Everyone knows what a sonoma looks like as it gets taken apart so i didn't take many of those.



Made room for the Oil pan for dropping the motor an inch.


An inch sectioned out and welded back in.


Motor mounts cut apart to drop the motor an inch


And welded back together. I later learned that you can't drop a 2.2 and put a cavi intake on it, so live an learn. i have new motor mounts that just got delievered so i'm gonna put them in this weekend. and the motor will again be in it's stock location and can then install the cavi intake.


And the motor installed an inch lower incase anyone wanted to know what it looks like.


MMW made some SICK control arms. I bought the budget arms cause it only makes sense to spend a little time swapping over the cross shaft and installing the bushings myself to save like $300. FYI, the lowers are HEAVY AS F$CKING HELL.


And this is the cab that's getting swapped in so it holds the whole family.
It's tucked away in the garage in case Sandy wanted to launch a random branch at it. Drove all the way to Pitt to pick this up(thank you Dave) and came with a complete interior......SCORE!!!!!!
 

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Tomorrow, the front suspension is gonna get put back together, i need to change the door pins on the cab, and i want to get the motor back to it's stock height and the cavi intake on. If there's time i'd like to section an inch out of the front body mounts.
 

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Full plans are as follows:

BD to the doors
stock hood
frame from the firewall back
2.2 turbo
18x7's in the front
18x10's in the back
triangle 4 link, bag on bars
raised bed floor
interiors gonna stay mostly stock




what are your full plans? bodydrop? and why you want to raise the motor back up?

going to be a cool build ill be watching this, love me some crew cabs
when i tried to bolt up the cavi intake, it hit the upper arm before i could line up the bolt holes. so now i have to move it back up to make the intake work.
 

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i just read about your cavi delima hitting the uppers. are they hitting the stock uppers or the flat uppers pictured above? i have the cavi intake w/ speedway tubular uppers and have zero issues hitting, just curious as to whats different on your set-up
 

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slappy, my motor is an inch lower than yours right now on account that i thought i had to drop the motor an inch AND us the cavi intake in order to clear stock hood. but once i bring it back up to stock height i'll be able to mount the cavi intake.
 

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ahh, ok. gotcha. i was wondering that too while building mine but as i went, it just seemed to all work itself into its new home. making the intake tubing out of old exhaust tubing was the only "trick" i would say on my install but it wasnt even too bad. you should be good once back in its original place
 

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johnny i'm gonna need a hand next sat. gotta get the truck and cab on a trailer and bring it to larry 's shop.
 

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didn't get much done today. only had 3 hours to work on it cause it was my father-in-laws birthday. got the spring pockets cut with my new plasma cutter. got the lower arms installed. would have had the bags installed but SD(Thoerbeck) sent me bolts that were too big. I also need to get a "T" and a ball valve so i can lift the truck off garage air.
i'll post some pics tomorrow.
 

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Good luck with the build. I will be in the same situation in a couple of years, and was actually thinking to do that now. It's either that or sell the noma!!
 

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lowridin: it will definitely make things soooo much easier when we go to shows. i'm not gonna go crazy with the interior but im def gonna put tvs in the headrests for the kids so they can be occupied. When you think about it, it's not really that hard if you have a bagged platform already you just stretch the frame like 14"-16" i think and add the middle set of body mounts.

Kansas: Actually she has two, but ones married and the others seeing someone.......sorry. lol
 

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Finally got the front back together and a makeshift ball valve setup so it'll go up and down off my compressor.

I also pulled the drop in bedliner out and was very surprised to not see any rot under it.

Enjoy!!




90psi lift


sitting on the inside of the fenders
 

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lol i swear, nobody in this club can put that sticker on straight
i think it's straight, the truck was actually on an angle. look at the roof line compared to the garage door.

after pullin the bedliner out, i kinda want to leave the bed floor the way it is. i like that weathered look the bed floor has. me and larry were talkin about how i want the bed BD'd and i'm just gonna have him raise the bed floor up. Keepin it pretty simple with this one.


is that a club up in NY?
Yes, we actually have a few chapters. One on LI, one in Pitt, one in NEPA, one in ohio, and one in Jersey.


I can't wait for this weekend, it's goin to the Fab shop to get a 3/4 frame made and the rockers cut off the cab.
 
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