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I've decided on an upgrade route to the Camaro whenever I eventually do engine work (long ways down the road). Likely grab an LQ4 or LQ9 from a junkyard chevy work van as they're cheap power (6.0L iron block that all LS family parts will fit and have a bulletproof bottom end), then refresh the engine and throw a moderate cam in it, get fbody accessories/pan/etc, and get some Speed Engineering stainless longtube headers for it from ebay (under $250) to true dual it through some Hooker Aerochamber mufflers (love the sound from those). Would be relatively inexpensive and fun. A sort-of "sloppy mechanic" style build.

Of course, this would all happen after I have a house again, with a shop area, and actually have money and time to learn/do all this :laugh:
 
My name is Paul and I'm an addict. I have been clean for 4 months but today I am breaking that... Sorry everyone. I tried.
 
Of course, this would all happen after I have a house again, with a shop area, and actually have money and time to learn/do all this :laugh:
And who knows, maybe a smaller pair of hands may be interested in helping out too when that time comes. :undecided: Always helps to have people hand you tools as you need em.
 
Oh I think that could be fun. Part of the plan to do it together.
 
I had a relapse.... picked up these wheels this weekend. Found a ad on ebay with a best offer and saw they were local so lowballed and negotiated with me doing pickup so he could avoid shipping. 18x8.5 and 19x10. The new rubber for them was then sourced with 8% ebay bucks back and it shows them as out for delivery.

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So I've been doing some designing over my lunches over the last week or so, and today I got to play with the laser at work and scrap material (read: free). Not 100% sure if it will all fit yet, but there's lots of scrap if I need to recut. Also I'm not sure how I'll attach stuff yet either. One step at a time, while skipping ahead a bit to satisfy some impatience. It didn't laser out the second one's grid piece fully so I need to clean it up a bit more.

Any guesses what they're for? They are for my Silverado.

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Very close. They are bezels for my fog lights. Since the originals took on water I decided to put in projector fog lights and also (hopefully) bright white LED DRL in place of the low beam at 70% PWM duty cycle, in prep for the HID retrofit that is also back in process. I've already located and downloaded the wiring diagrams on how the DRL works, so I am pretty sure I can reroute it to operate the new LED DRL at full 12V power but have them operate just like factory.
 
Not really a truck mod, indirect truck mod at best, but something I've been tinkering on for about a month now... Since most of the time when I go to the beach, I'm rolling solo, if I wanted to make a day of it and pack my cooler, I'd have to roll my canopy and cooler in each hand, plus whatever was going on my back. Resulting in me being drenched in so much sweat by the time I got to where I was setting up, it looked like I just walked out of the gulf :no:

So my solution was to build a custom cart out of PVC that could carry the cooler and canopy together for one, and eliminate the need for the canopy's roller bag for two. I swear most of my setup and tear down time was spent getting the canopy into and out of the stupid bag. :mad: Took some design changes here and there, but this is how it turned out loaded, empty, and collapsed so I can fit it in the truck as well as store it.

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Fits nicely in the back of the EXT. On it's side, one of the front wheels sits down in the 3rd row footwell, and leaves a couple inches of clearance to the lift gate. Without needing the roller bag, the canopy is less bulky and also fits in the back, without needing to put the 2nd row seat down anymore. Cooler fits fine, and there's plenty of room for chairs and bags. :thumbsup:

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On occasion I'll have someone riding shotgun, almost never have someone in the back seat, but with the current setup, there's no encroachment into the 2nd row anymore, just in case. :cool:

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Well back to the drawing board. They don't fit. Apparently, the front of the lens of the fog light (that I modeled them from) is different than the bumper cutout. Go figure.
 
Different wheels on the DD again. I did put the extra 35s for the truck for sale so I can have some new mod money for it since it is begging for a summer refresh again.

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Capote

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The handyman's Oil Catch can lol, got this for a $14 steal. The 3/8 fittings and vacuum lines will be here shortly.
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Anybody have any idea what mod withdrawal looks like? Asking for a friend... :tongue: I have this strange dull itch to do mods, but I think it's been severely toned down due to not having any money to spend, and financially supporting my sister for the next couple of months.

I've been planning on an LED tail light retrofit build ever since I wrecked my Depo set last year. Looking at filament bulbs every time I hit my key fob is a constant reminder of how much I've been slacking on that. I've got all the components and modules priced out, but since it's not really a functional mod, it's gonna have to wait. Probably could have taken the money spent on the front lift and wheel spacers and put that towards this, but the bigger tires were rubbing and we can't have that :no:

Also having the recurring itch to build a new projector retrofit. Was going though some old boxes, moving stuff around the house, and came across my LS430s. For those I've pretty much settled on needing to bend some sheet aluminum to form a mounting plate to replace the stock reflector bowl. Have an old set of mini D2S projectors, I could remove the cutoff plate and solenoid, then install as high beams. Should/could probably stop there, but that's not how I roll. :biggrin: I've never been happy with the amber performance of the switchbacks I have now, during the day, you almost can't see them depending on where the sun is. So I'd want to remix what I did with the previous retrofit, but instead of using LED strips, get some PCB strips, solder some separate amber and white LEDs in a 2 to 1 ratio on the bottom and side areas. Replace the side marker lens, and cover the lower section with a thin frosted acrylic piece to diffuse the light, and hide the LEDs from direct view. The switchback modules I'm using for the 194 bulbs would be re-purposed inside the headlight, to control both groups of parking/turn signals.

While I love how the truck looks with the lift and spacers, and haven't noticed much difference in fuel economy (which wasn't expected since most of my driving is a surface street commute) driving through my neighborhood is a minor annoyance now. Speed limit is 25, and there are large speed bumps on the main roads. Previously, I would cruise at 20 mph all the way through. With that speed and wheel base length, the suspension would handle those speed bumps nicely with not as much vertical cabin movement or noise. After the lift, the struts top out with a nice clunking noise at that speed, before the front end comes down. So I have to slow down to 15 mph for some of them, which results in the truck getting lifted, and dropped, since the suspension recovers while it's on top. :thankyou: @HARDTRAILZ for posting about the Bilstein B8 5100 adjustable struts, if I woulda known about these before I got the lift, I would have ordered them as well. I'll continue to deal with the speed bumps for now, since a lot of the times I'm behind someone in something that rides low anyway. But they're on my wishlist, should I get some cash burning a hole in my bank account. :hahano:

This thread has been dead for months, so what is everybody NOT working on, that they want to?
 
Well, I stalled out on my retrofit on my Silverado again. Just have not had time, or I didn't have a place to adjust alignment in the dark, or both. And the fog/DRL retro I have would be easiest to do by taking off the bumper, but I don't have a good place to do this. Apartment living sucks! Plus new family with a little baby and all I just don't have free time to go out and tinker for an hour, and my lunch break isn't long enough to take a bumper off and back on to mess with the fog and DRL retro.

Eventually, maybe...
 
My '07 TB is bone stock, including the thrash can, except for the HU and turn signals in the mirrors. Been wanting to install the LED tails (from the '02), cut off the thrash can, add fogs and front tow hooks. Also wanting to put LEDs in the interior. With the current fleet of vehicles, just maintaining them is taking most of my time.

The Saab's mod days are basically over since it's just rusting away and relegated to winter beater duties.

Even the Caprice, which I have a set of headers and mufflers for it, is still stock except for the modded stock HU and added backup camera. I plan on doing the exhaust and swap the cam to possibly an LS9 or LS3. Also want to do something for a center console, probably one from a G8.

Although I'm retired now, time is still lacking and weather rarely cooperates, especially with winter coming :cry:
 
I've been planning on an LED tail light retrofit build ever since I wrecked my Depo set last year
What you got planned for the taillights. I can't stop thinking about them ever since I got my headlights done πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I was thinking of something like the new Escalade lights

Other mods I've been wishing for is chrome door handles. Was sooo close to getting them, but had other expenses to take care of.

Have a big one planed when I'm back home though 😏.

Also need to get the front bumper repainted as it has been faded and to plug in the the damn license plate holder holes.

Ahhh feels good to post on this thread again. Helps me when I actually get home and be like 'what was I going to do again!?!!?' πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
 
Sell your lift and buy those adjustable...you did not have that option before.

I been working on getting the swings back on my rear bumper, but snapped a heim joint in storage/barn time or something, but I tried to easy out and its jacked. Got a buddy that ha s a guy he works with that says he will get it fixed up though.

Mods are kind of an old dream now. Its maintenance and helping the old man with his renewed infatuation of Triumph cars. He has bought 3 plus enough to build about 2 more and we keep loading and unloading and picking up stuff and yada yada, but it pays and he about has hi 36x54 shop done for me. Concrete went in on tuesday and in about 6 weeks the lift and doors will be in. I think he is actually just going traditional NG furnace for heat rather than woodstove or marginal electric heaters.
 
What you got planned for the taillights.
A spin off of the quad brake, dual turn mod. I already have a set of aftermarket tails that are all chrome with clear interior lenses. The lenses would get removed, and I'd scuff and paint the chrome black. The reverse section is round, and the same size as the other 2, so I'd put round PCBs that take 2 sets of LEDs. Outer ring for all 3 would be red, that function as parking and brake lights. Inner sections of the top 2 would be amber for turn signals, inner section of the bottom would be white for reverse. Switchback functionality on all 3, so turn signal overrides the park/brake LEDs of the top 2 sections, while it remains on the 3rd. Shifting into reverse overrides the park/brake LEDs on the bottom, but leaves the top 2. Only way there would be no red LEDs active when they should be, is if I was in reverse with the turn signal or hazard flashers on. Don't see that happening often...

Sell your lift and buy those adjustable...you did not have that option before.
I wouldn't need the adjustable struts if I did that, I'd also bottom out and have tire rub on the top of the fender well again. Maybe if I went back down to 265/65 tires I'd consider it. But I also like not having the rake anymore. Probably end up looking at drop springs and shocks for the rear again :bonk:
 

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I'm still doing some mods although a lot more has become maintenance.

The sound of the exhaust coming out of the engine bay has me sick and thats something that might have to be put off till next weekend.
Blend door actuator is still on hold aswell.

My brother is doing his thing getting my parts coated at least. IMG_2875.jpg
I wonder how spohn performance would feel about seeing there parts coated in pink. lol.

Biggest mod happening this weekend is painting and installing new fixtures in my mother-in-laws 3rd floor bathroom. yay me. lol
 
I just remembered my old school Caddy "train" horns I need to put in the truck also.
 
Well, one backwards mod I'll have to do is turn my AWD 9-7x into a 2WD as I think the front diff is borked. Out will come the axles and driveshaft. Never liked this system anyway, engaging the front wheels quite violently when there was rear wheel slip. Maybe I'll get better MPG without all that crap spinning.
 
A spin off of the quad brake, dual turn mod. I already have a set of aftermarket tails that are all chrome with clear interior lenses. The lenses would get removed, and I'd scuff and paint the chrome black. The reverse section is round, and the same size as the other 2, so I'd put round PCBs that take 2 sets of LEDs. Outer ring for all 3 would be red, that function as parking and brake lights. Inner sections of the top 2 would be amber for turn signals, inner section of the bottom would be white for reverse. Switchback functionality on all 3, so turn signal overrides the park/brake LEDs of the top 2 sections, while it remains on the 3rd. Shifting into reverse overrides the park/brake LEDs on the bottom, but leaves the top 2. Only way there would be no red LEDs active when they should be, is if I was in reverse with the turn signal or hazard flashers on. Don't see that happening often...
I'll have to read that a few times to understand :coffee:.

Would it be possible to maybe get one of those taillights that are flat rather than those with the circles poking out. Remove all the bulbs stuff. Put in some Led strips for the brake lights, and maybe a shorter one for the turn signals and an even shorter one for the reverse lights

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Something of this sorts
 

Capote

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I'll have to read that a few times to understand :coffee:.

Would it be possible to maybe get one of those taillights that are flat rather than those with the circles poking out. Remove all the bulbs stuff. Put in some Led strips for the brake lights, and maybe a shorter one for the turn signals and an even shorter one for the reverse lights

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Something of this sorts
IPCW LED tails is your best bet, if you want anything remotely close to that: 1540548302018.png
 
I'll have to read that a few times to understand :coffee:.

Would it be possible to maybe get one of those taillights that are flat rather than those with the circles poking out. Remove all the bulbs stuff. Put in some Led strips for the brake lights, and maybe a shorter one for the turn signals and an even shorter one for the reverse lights
Anything is possible, given enough money, time and effort. :wink: For me personally, I'm at the point where I don't want to use pre-made LED strips, and would rather make custom setups that are exactly what I want. If you stick with LED mods long enough, you'll get there too.

The aftermarket tails I have now (bought off a former member here) are like these, except the red interior lenses are clear. Doesn't really matter though, since they'd be removed anyway. The set I have now may just be used for testing and mocking up, and I buy a brand new set that has the black interior housing instead of chrome. The good thing about these, is they don't have those bubbles in the exterior lens either.



The openings are the right size for these round PCBs, along with some high powered LEDs. Red would go on the outside ring, amber or white would go on the inside, depending on which bulb opening and function. Here are some sample pics. In my application, I'd never have both rings lit at the same time...

 
I wouldn't need the adjustable struts if I did that, I'd also bottom out and have tire rub on the top of the fender well again. Maybe if I went back down to 265/65 tires I'd consider it. But I also like not having the rake anymore. Probably end up looking at drop springs and shocks for the rear again :bonk:
You dont need the lift with adjustable struts. They provide the lift in the front to level and you can keep your tires. You just sell the lift to get some money back not to lower the truck down.

IPCW LED tails is your best bet, if you want anything remotely close to that: View attachment 86358
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IPCW LED tails is your best bet, if you want anything remotely close to that: View attachment 86358
Seen those a lot on TBs here. Want something different πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ž

I'm at the point where I don't want to use pre-made LED strips, and would rather make custom setups that are exactly what I want. If you stick with LED mods long enough, you'll get there too.
How'd you go about making custom setups?!?!? I'm at that point. I swear πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
 

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