A High School Amateur's Storm Chase Vehicle

Feb 19, 2018
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You know what, the yellow truck might not be the best vehicle for the situation. I have listended to your sugguestions, and I think I could build something less deadly.

After replacing the TPS sensor on the 'burban, the trans is shifting as smooth as it ever did, so I am going to sell it.

"Why would you sell it?" you may ask.

Well, I just bought another truck that is absolutely perfect for the job.

My neighbors '88 C1500 Silverado, he's had it for 20 years, and finally decided to get rid of it.
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It has about 100,000 less miles on it than the 'burb.

I got it for scrap price and it even has newer tires on it.

It has a few issues like the rust (I'll fix that right up).
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It also needs a bit of a tune up.

The biggest issue by far, though, is the transmission (3rd/4th are cooked).
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I might pull the trans apart and replace the clutches for about $50, but it would be easier to drop $250 for another used TH700R4.
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The guy used it as his farm truck and drove it 5 years like that.

Hell the A/C still even works.
 
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Feb 19, 2018
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I got the trans out finally!
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I had to pull it without the torque coverter since I stripped off a bolt, but it's out.
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I might replace the 3rd/4th clutch packs, or I might just get a used trans.
 

James K

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Jack R. Jester said:
I might replace the 3rd/4th clutch packs, or I might just get a used trans.
Wouldn't you be be better replacing them all/doing a full re-build while you've got it out/taken apart?
 
Feb 19, 2018
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I would probably screw it up.

Automatic Transmissions are amazingly complicated.
They are one of those things that people pretend they understand through science, but is really magic.

Also replaceing 3rd/4th doesn't require a full disassembly, you just have to pull the front pump off in order to get to it.
 
Feb 19, 2018
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I don't have a Powerglide anymore!!!
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$150 later, I now have 4 forward gears.
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I got the trans out of a '88 C4 Corvette, and it swapped right in.
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Now I just got to do some general tune up stuff, and also fix the "Natural Line Lock" that had developed (Somebody replaced all the rear brake lines except this one section that rusted out).
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I also think I want to paint some sort of graphics on it. You can probably see the look I'm going for with the license plates covering the rust holes.
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Feb 19, 2018
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I started by sanding down the bad spots with 80 grit, spot priming, and filling in some dings.
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I sanded the rest of the truck with 320, in order for the paint to stick.
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I then shot it with a few cans of Rustoleum Turbo spray paint.
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I got a paint gun, but my friend has my air compressor right now.
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The final product does not look too bad for a twenty-footer.
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I also added a pinstripe and as well as put a tool box in.
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I hope to take it chasing later this week, Thursday seems promissing for some local chasing.