Cleaned up the heads and made sure the plugs were
indexed correctly as well as played with the M1, new injectors and fuel rails.
Started looking for an airbag setup now. I need a parallel 4link in the
rear end with all the power Ill be putting down as well as I'm tired of the
static suspension. Easier to work on if the truck can go up n down without a
jack or stands. Not sure if Ill order now or wait.
Polished up the MP PCM and put it in. Pulled the driveshaft & drained the trans
and removed my wideband o2 and front narrowband to help get the exhaust out.
Cut the exhaust behind the cat and removed a hanger to get the tranny out. My
3ton floor jack crapped out so off to CdnTire tomorrow to get a new one (little
pos 2 ton wont cut it)
Ordered a powder coating kit and a bunch of
powder/paint plus IR curing lamp. Ill use my old kitchen stove for smaller items
that can be baked and things that cant go in the oven Ill use the lamp. Picked
up a pressurized gravity feed tank for sand blasting larger items.
Got the 3.5 ton Michelin jack (blue) with 25" max lift and 6 ton stands. My
3ton stands too short to get the tranny out from under the truck. Big thanks to
my wife, she was a good help and even gave me a hand lifting the trans into
the back of my 4x4. Dropping it off at Mr Transmission (28th) so Ray and
the boys can do their magic and upgrade everything to a PATC Ramzilla level 4.
Figure at least 2weeks before its ready. (maybe longer due to parts) Ordered the
last of my fuel fittings and 6' of 8an, 6' of 12an and 20' of 10an braided
Aug 1 Finally
started cleaning up the frame today. Only got from the back of the lower control
arms to the trans cross member (inside of frame). Removed the cross member and
cleaned it all up. Ill sand blast it later when I'm ready to start
painting. (or pwdr ct) At Straight Line Racing picking up the last of my fuel
fittings and braided lines. Still need to modify the fuel cell, remove the 3,
8an bungs for a 12an feed and 10an return. May just take it into an alum
fabrication shop with all the work I still have to do.
Aug 4-6 Put the
first coat of POR15 on the frame from the drive shaft loop to firewall after I
finished cleaning it up the rest of the way. Looks pretty good but may have to
give it another coat. Continue on tomorrow with cleaning the rest of the frame.
My new tranny is ready and Ill pick it up on
Friday. Ray Sanchez at Mister
Transmission (Scarboro) put together one mean tranny. It has all the PATC
Ramzilla Level 4 tricks except used a better pump and went with the 4.2:1 ratio
instead of the 5.0:1. Ill be picking it up on Friday but wont be reinstalling it
till I finish the frame painting and fuel system.
Finally back at it again after waiting on some more supplies. Powder coated my first pieces today.. Couple brackets that
may or may not go back on the motor (alt/ac brackets) After sand blasting the
pieces I used starlight purple which looks great with lots of metal fleck in it.
I want to try a coat of translucent blue on them to see if I can get it closer
to Indy color. I don't have a stove hooked up yet to cure the bigger pieces so
Ill have to use my IR cure lamp (takes a lot longer). When I figure out the
color(s) I'm using and do a few more test pieces Ill go on to doing my main/sub
blower brackets and a couple other pieces as well as detailing a few parts.
Stripped the alt bracket back down plus blasted my water
outlets on the front of the M1 (2) trans dipstick tube, 4 sets of nuts and
bolts, back right shock tower and egr block off plate on the back of the M1.
Custom mix (75Navy/25Starlight Purple) on the 2 water outlets, nuts and bolts
and alt bracket. Mirror black on shock tower and egr block off plate. Adding more pics
as I get more things finished. I cant take shots myself while working on the
parts cause of the gear I'm wearing/using so my
wife's been trying to get a few pics of me in action (tyvm)
Sanded down the back main mounting plate for the Procharger and powder coated it
mirror black, also a couple of bolts. The trans/motor cross supports and fuel
rail mounts are now reflective chrome. May give the fuel rail supports an
additional coat of either anodized red or translucent blue. (need to do some
test pieces first) Few pics of what Ive been up to.
After much debate, started to remove all the POR15. Some area's it wasn't
adhering properly and the finish wasn't uniform so I'm re-doing it all. Using
all the recommended products and following directions to the letter front to back.
Under hood passenger rail I've now sanded out the weld splatters and over welds
at the mtr mounts so it will look cleaner before the POR15 goes
back on. Still have to clean up the passenger rail around the steering pump and
shaft on drivers rail.
cleaning the frame cab forward. Blew it out, wiped it down with Marine clean
(2:1), rinsed/wiped it with clean water, dried it, applied zinc/phosphate wash,
rinsed/wiped it with clean water and dried again. Now ready to paint with POR15.
Cleaned up the tranny hard lines.