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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I'm looking for a show of hands here about how bad an idea I have been kicking around. At least I have a truck for testing, measuring, and mistakes. Given the length of the run of tube and engine flow requirements, I bought 4.5" tube and bends. Another option would be dual 3" intakes...
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    TruTrac vs Locker for Transit 250

    I had a rear air locker on my K10 truck and replaced it with a TruTrack because I got sick and tired of replacing parts in the locker to get it to work. It literally leaked air the entire time it was in the truck. Perhaps an e-locker would not be so much trouble. I have TruTracks on front and...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    The pleasure is all mine. Thanks for the advice. You have a treasure there, but we only got to explore Land Between the Lakes for a few days. We did manage to find the spot we discussed. It is beautiful. One can see a few bald cypress knees sticking up out of the ground to the left in...
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    K5 Camper. My offroad home away from home.

    @zoomad75 , now is the time for adding factory AC... I've got just about every piece needed for an 86 K10 factory set up, if you are interested.
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I finally got the traction boards mounted on the rack. They fit perfectly and are out of the way. I also added a tether to the pin that holds the swing-outs closed...three guesses why. The beach was nice, if you don't mind swarms of biting flies and 97 degree temperatures. I'm...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I've been out and about some lately. Here is how driving through a train tunnel in Red River Gorge Kentucky looks. Nada Tunnel I stayed at the Cave Run Lake campground, which is a nice and convenient place to stay. I managed to find some reasonably challenging off road trails not far from...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    Pull the pin and the sway bar disconnects. I'm going to weld the bolt on the axle bracket and have a quick release pin on the bottom as well. Then, I can just use a velcro strap or something to pull the bar up out of the way if I need to do some serious wheeling. The only issue I can see...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    The AC is installed and wiring completed. It works well at least in low 90's temperatures. I've had some time to work on a front sway bar. It isn't obvious how to do it given all that is going on under there. Sorting out where the brackets would go on the axle was the tricky part. I...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    The room provided by the swap is prodigious. I have yet to relocate the ground strap that attaches to the engine. Connecting the refrigerant lines should not be too much fuss. The wiring is straightforward, but I need to determine how to wire the trinary switch with the ability to turn off...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    The stock AC is removed and the new Vintage Air unit is installed. Here is how the firewall looks without the 'suitcase' and blower motor. A test fit and mark up of the panel using two stock bolts to locate. It's about time to rebuild the King shocks. They have begun to creak slightly...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I got the side storage lockers painted and installed. I'll be sticking the bed rack on there soon for a trip coming up. I took some time to work over the radiator overflow tank. I changed the location and shape to free up some space. The bosses on the side are to mount a fuse block...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I use anti-seize on all threads and have had no trouble so far. What I have seen is road salt that soaks all the way back into chassis and driveline bolts. It is hard to believe until you see it first hand. It would sure be nice to live in a western state without the worry of road salt and...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I got the 7075 links made and installed--Summit Machine in UT makes them for less than I can by the raw material. They are solid (not hollow), as strong as mild steel, and bend like mad while returning to the original shape. I was able to go with a smaller diameter on the panhard bar, which...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I finally got round to fabricating a skid plate for the rear fuel tank out of 1/4" 6061 aluminum. I think it turned out fine, but time and impacts will tell. I bored a hole so that the tank can be drained without removing the bash plate. From the front. And rear. One can see the...
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    Why are other full size SUV's not used in overlanding/offroading as often as Forerunner/Landcruiser?

    Masters degree and do not know the difference between there and their? Maybe that is because you speak 5 languages.
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    As an update, the fuel system is working well. I drove from KY to home (500+ miles) without stopping for fuel and had about 10 gallons left in the third tank. I had a bulb in the front go again (xenon, or some such). So, I thought about getting LED lights and found a set of replacement LED...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    I suppose from the discussion so far an Atlas transfer case is not in the consideration set. I have an Atlas II with a 3:1 ratio, NV4500 first gear of 5:61, and 4.56 gears for a crawl ratio of 76:1. If that isn't good enough, one could get a 5:1 Atlas II that would provide a 130:1 crawl ratio...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    Here is the valve switch box thing. The switch on the left chooses between inputs (primary or one of the two auxiliary tanks). The second valve chooses between which auxiliary tank, given the primary is not chosen. I kept it simple with ordinary fuel line and worm clamps just in case it...
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I'll have 58 gallons (220 liters) in total. I kept the rear tank small (18 gallons) to keep a decent departure angle, room for bash plates, and space for a large battery in front of the tank.
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    Great White: A Chevy K10 Build

    I finally got the truck tuned. It was pulling some timing due to the knock sensors not expecting headers. It put down 580 hp and 640 lb/ft to the wheels. Having 600 lb/ft at 2,200 rpm is nice indeed. The truck is more responsive and now I can wind it up, if necessary, without worry. The...
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