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  1. Larry

    K5 Camper. My offroad home away from home.

    Looks good dude! That RAM mount looks brutal. That one sure shouldn’t shake like a watermelon on a pogo stick like mine did until I added an extra brace.
  2. Larry

    Larry's 1978 K10

    I sure don't as I don't mess with much AN stuff. AN fittings are like Legos, there are thousands of different ones. You'll probably need to call someone at Earl's or something
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Outside of replacing the EOC lines with AN fittings and hose the other option is two pipe plugs in the engine block, remove the drainback valve above the oil filter and send the old lines with the trashman. Neither my K10 or Suburban 8.1 have EOC's, mainly because I don't have room to add one...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    If they were in GMT400 3500-HD trucks, then they were 8.1Ls (8.1s were in GMT400s in 2001 and 2002). L21's were only in the big TopKick, Kodiak and P-chassis.
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Not really. I’ve seen them around and they are often confused with 8.1Ls because they have coil near plug ignition. They also have a pretty desirable 24x reluctor wheel behind the timing chain crank sprocket that allows the engine to run on an 0411 P59 ECM just like an 8.1L or early LS engine...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    That sounds like a decent deal! Depending what you plan to do with it, the Allison may not be a good fit. The Allison eats a lot of power and robs fuel economy out of 8.1s. You’ll get much more power and fuel economy out of them when backed by a manual
  7. Larry

    Larry's 1978 K10

    No doubt about it. I’ve been preaching for years that manual transmissions exaggerate the bad habits of Detroit lockers whereas the torque converter soaks up the difference on an automatic.
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Exactly! I was happy to see it uses a very common fluid as well. As much as I dig NV4500s they are very finicky and quite honestly, I don't think they are all that durable compared to say an old SM465 or even a ZF manual. The only thing a NV4500 really has going for it is OD and it shifts...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    You will need a different brake pedal for hydroboost as the connection hole is in a different spot. Those pedals aren’t super hard to come by as there are may CUCV parts sellers out there or comb the junkyards for a squarebody with hydroboost. But, there will be a few bigger challenges as 1981...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Nope, nobody offers a manual transmission in full-size trucks anymore in the US (RAM was the last in 2019) but a new crate Tremec TR-4050 can be had from these guys…. Or try to smuggle on up from Mexico out of a late model GM 4x4. They are much like a NV4500 and come in 2wd and 4wd flavors...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Just another square body with hydroboost. Most 1 tons, big blocks and diesels had hydroboost. Nah, I wouldn’t go backwards on the Tcase to a 241. Not that 241’s are bad, they just aren’t as the anvil a 205 is. I have a 241 behind a NV4500 in my Burb and it works great with a respectable low...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Maybe today. I need to take the part numbers from the Amazon links you sent me and find a different vendor. I don’t want to order these from Amazon because there are some things I don't want the CFO of the house see what they cost 🥴
  13. Larry

    Larry's 1978 K10

    A few other updates that are new around here is the K10 and Polar Bear Burb have gained a stable mate. I’ve finally begun building a 1985 K5 Blazer for myself. I’ve always wanted another Blazer since I sold my ’72 K5 over 25 years ago! This K5 will literally be like building a 1:1 scale 1:25...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    That's why I was in a hurry.....needed gas! Just kidding, that was actually half tank as the right tank was still full and I hadn't started transferring fuel yet. Does make for an appropriate picture though. Lol
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Wow, I almost had forgotten about that issue…..Yes, the new axle did fix the axle. The guy that bought the axle put it in a rock crawler and never had a problem with it, but its trailered everywhere and doesn’t see any highway. I’m confident the issue with the old axle barfing oil out the vent...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Neat! Which dealer are you at? I pretty much know all of them in the US and Canada. As far as the 8.8s I’ve only been able to play with them at our Woodridge training center. We really don’t see any issues with them so I haven’t gotten a chance to play with one in the field. The only issues...
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    Larry's 1978 K10

    Hehe, ya…. I hear you on that. I hope my daughter scores a scholarship too so that her college years don’t interrupt my play money 😥. Still have a long time…she is only 6. Nah, I live in the better area where more native Coloradans .……..Pueblo West, which is about an hour to hour and a half...
  18. Larry

    Project “Polar Bear”: 1989 V2500 Suburban

    You guys better knock it off before I post up pictures of Zoo’s K5 with a broken axle stub and Don’s Waggy with a slashed front tire being changed by a paraplegic while Don just stands there scratching is ******** ;) Right, our old open channel framed trucks are like Gummy worms! At least now...
  19. Larry

    Project “Polar Bear”: 1989 V2500 Suburban

    Yeah, me and my best pal from High School :p
  20. Larry

    Project “Polar Bear”: 1989 V2500 Suburban

    Hehe, well here is the during of one of the dingers… This was about 2006 while doing some validation near my house of the freshly installed lockers it got at the time, Detroit rear and TrueTrac front (The TrueTrac’d D44 now lives in the Suburban and the K10 has ARB’s front and rear). If you...
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