1986 GMC S-15

1stDeuce

Explorer
Thanks again for sharing all your trip photos Andrew!!! Wife and I hoping to do some trips up your way and to Alaska in the next few years, and your thread is such an inspiration! Keep it up!!!
 

Andrew_S

Observer
^ gosh Alaska and the far north has been on our bucket list for almost 10 years now. Dream trip for sure.

2nd 8.8 fitted up and will work perfectly. I did some quick calcs on the wms distance and offset these forgelines came with, worked out absolutely perfect, zero poke.


Now I need the sandblaster to answer my calls...


Scored some shiny parts on a bargain for the rear as well. It's a setup for the big ford 9" flange design, but with some tweaks will work perfect for my needs and the 8.8.


Final product will look something like this


Immediately after picking up the new Wilwood parts, we took off on another trip.

Lake Revelstoke bound for 5 days


Night 1, this beauty spot with a view of the snow capped mountains and a waterfall across the lake.


False morels were popping up everywhere,


Side by each with some real morels the wife found.


evening paddle


Hash with fresh morels the next am


Love this old revy hwy. Prior to the dam flooding it over, this was the only way up to mica. So cool to see nature taking it over.




2nd black bear spotting of the trip. This was 1 of 17 bears we ran into.


We ran up to Kinbasket on the 2nd day. Checked out some of the old logging equipment on the way.


This old boat read "Forest Engineer Victoria" would love to know the history on it.


3 old barges remained at this old launch. Check out the rutting on the steel sheeting from the duallies. That was 3/8 plate, maybe 1/2" at one point - serious loads.


Our spot for the night on the big lake, bottom left side of the photo.


Checking out some of the Mica formations in the rock. Wish I knew more about geology and could truly appreciate these formations.


Afternoon nap views from bed


The lake was down a solid 100' from full pool. Truck in the back right for perspective.
 

Andrew_S

Observer
The wind finally broke the next morning and we were able to get out for a paddle.


Absolutely love this place


We made our way over to an area in attempt to hunt a black bear. We were immediately greeted by these fresh grizzly tracks and decided to get back in the canoe.


Another section of the old hwy. Great place to test a snorkel kit!


Made our way across lake Revelstoke the next day and found this stunning sand bar. Seized the opportunity and did some laying around.




Hard to make out but we watched these 2 giant grizzlies cruising the shoreline for the better part of the evening. We paddled out to them at one point and got within 500m or so. Once out on the water we also noticed a bull moose feeding towards the grizzlies. An hour or so later we watched the grizz chasing the moose up and down the shore line and through the forest trying to put it into the lake. It got dark and they were still hunting that moose, no idea who made out better on that deal. We were just happy to soak it in and enjoy the experience.


If the nature show wasn't enough, this was the paddle back to camp.


At camp watching the bears some more.


Day 4 more canoeing and beautiful weather...




Scouting out Goldstream river for a potential future trip


Spotted this Cow moose with 2 brand new calf's.


These little guys could barely stand up for long enough to suckle and then immediately fall over and lay down.


Came across this old logging outfit on our way back down


I was so stoked to see this old high lead still operating. Imagine chainng up all 16 tires and driving this thing up the mountain, unreal.


All the creature comforts in the tower,
 

Andrew_S

Observer
When trying to find a place to call home on the 4th night we came across this old cable car.


I've asked a couple of guys I know that grew up in the area and logged, none of them have a clue about it's past.
I scoped it out and truck would definitely fit on that hanger!


Final camp spot was a dandy. Right on the lake with a beautiful creek right next to us for ambience.


The wife capped off the evening with a perfect bull trout in the canoe.


Getting creative when on very uneven terrain. Much easier than stacking rocks!


Went for a paddle the next am and were greeted by this amazing nature sighting. 2 beautiful caribou who couldn't have cared less about us.
After this sighting I learned that both sexes grow antlers. The males drop them over the winter after breeding, while the females don't usually drop theirs until late spring. The whole time we were staring at them I thought the one with the single spike remaining was the male when it was actually the opposite.
Regardless, very unique and rare sighting for these parts.


Paddling up to Goldstream falls before heading home.


I finally got to line our rig up next to a buddies set up.


Just a smidge different in size.


That's a wrap for that outing. Hoping to go out again this coming weekend.
 

Todd n Natalie

OverCamper
Amazing pictures! Glad to see you were able to get out and enjoy.

17 black bears? Wow. That's nuts. Same with the Revelstoke highway. Nuts. Might have to check that out next time I'm headed to the Okanagan.
 

ITTOG

Well-known member
I have always wanted to drive from Vancouver to Calgary. Your pictures just make that desire burn brighter.

I bet watching the the bears chase the moose was something you will never forget. What an amazing experience.
 

Todd n Natalie

OverCamper
I have always wanted to drive from Vancouver to Calgary. Your pictures just make that desire burn brighter.

I bet watching the the bears chase the moose was something you will never forget. What an amazing experience.
That's a fantastic drive. Really love the scenery around Bridal Falls, Hope and of course Banff. Really pretty much all of highway 1.... lol

If you have some time en route to Calgary, take the drive from Black Diamond on Highway 40 in the Kananaskis area... Amazing views.

Highway 40 hooks back up with highway 1 which takes you into Calgary :)
 
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ITTOG

Well-known member
That's a fantastic drive. Really love the scenery around Bridal Falls, Hope and of course Banff. Really pretty much all of highway 1.... lol

If you have some time en route to Calgary, take the drive from Black Diamond on Highway 40 in the Kananaskis area... Amazing views.

Highway 40 hooks back up with highway 1 which takes you into Calgary :)
I have spent about six or seven days in and around Banff and Lake Louise. Beautiful area's. When making the drive I want to spend at least two weeks doing it. Maybe even four.
 

Andrew_S

Observer
Amazing pictures! Glad to see you were able to get out and enjoy.

17 black bears? Wow. That's nuts. Same with the Revelstoke highway. Nuts. Might have to check that out next time I'm headed to the Okanagan.
For sure, I wish a guy could still connect to Golden on the old Big Bend hwy, that would have been such a neat trip.


I have always wanted to drive from Vancouver to Calgary. Your pictures just make that desire burn brighter.

I bet watching the the bears chase the moose was something you will never forget. What an amazing experience.
100% an experience that I'll never forget. It was also a glimpse at why we should never mess with a grizzly.

Back out on Mabel Lake this weekend,


Beauty weather for grocery shopping




Fresh picked mushrooms for supper




The lake turned to glass while we were eating



Hard to beat this after a day at work




These guys were everywhere at the next stop


On our way over to Sugar lake, not getting down this road without some serious effort. Next 8km was like this apparently,


This cinnamon phase black bear was almost red.


On our way up to green bush lake. Almost made it, 3km shy...


Almost a meter of snow on the road up around 1000m elevation.
 

Andrew_S

Observer
Sweet set up for moving some snow


This was spot #2 of the weekend


Dehydrating the morels


Brioche bun with some creamy morels, could eat this all the time.


Going to check out rainbow falls during full blown freshet.


So much power


If only a photo could demonstrate noise, this was deafening


More morel picking this aft


an hour of effort produced this haul, such a good year for them


Sugar lake is low, coming up quickly though


Lunch at the Cherryville Rec site, beauty spot overlooking the river. Then headed home. 2 nights sure makes for a short trip.
 

Andrew_S

Observer
Small update,

Went to pick up a compressor last week and the guy had this in the driveway,


Said compressor. Pretty tough to beat these smittybuilt units for smaller tires, especially for $75 used.


Started blasting apart the 2nd 8.8


Love this process, from this toooo


to this


So happy to have this local contractor available. $120 to blast all these parts. Not even worth the time and effort to do anything else.


'86 got some new pads as an intermission


Blew any remaining sand off this unit before paint.


Then decided to cut the old sway bar mounts off and blow it all of again


Paint time. Por 15 is a fantastic product.






Took me a minute but I got this puzzle all bolted together


Fitted up perfectly


This 4 piston 12.8" rotor package came up for sale just minutes down the road at a 1k discount from the new price. Not really stoked on the mismatch black/red calipers but I couldn't argue with the price. Gets me on the road and if another set comes up, maybe 6 piston, I'll go that route instead and resell these.


Side by each with the rears for comparison. These things are huge.


2nd coat of paint


Mock up,


They'll fill out the 18" wheel nicely.


The wifes going away for 3 weeks during the end of June. I plan to go hard on a few projects during that time. Been waiting on some select parts for sooo long. 6 months + at the moment, crippling progress.
 

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