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Old 01-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:39 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:42 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:56 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Looks like an easy solution to an accurate speedo
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:12 AM   #31 (permalink)
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4L80 trans with manual valve body (quadzilla) and Atlas
Dan, Can you elaborate on the 4l80E mvb. This is something I have been debating.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:08 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Dan, Can you elaborate on the 4l80E mvb. This is something I have been debating.
Hey Tom, I wanted a 4 speed trans which could handle 600ft lb of torque. So not too many choices.
The mvb has no wiring or electronics, no modulator to break, no vacuum lines or detent cable either. It's also nice to select a gear like 1st and not worry about it shifting to 2nd.
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:23 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Very nice Dan, Do you do this kind of work for a living? If not, you should ! My wagon could be next in line ! Please let us know how the GPS based speedo works out as I have been considering this also.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:39 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Very nice Dan, Do you do this kind of work for a living? If not, you should ! My wagon could be next in line ! Please let us know how the GPS based speedo works out as I have been considering this also.
Ahh thanks buddy! You're dash looks good. I'll let you know when I get it and how it works. Sounds like a good deal, no speedo cable, no little gear trial and error. Not sure how expensive yet tho.
I just happen to love working on cars and stuff, using my hands, and being in Southern Cal I've been lucky enough to get to see how some top builders do their stuff. As always, you want to learn more and see more tips and examples of how to do it better or cleaner of easier. I've had to pay for help on this project as well as other projects, but I enjoy learning along the way and getting more skilled.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:43 AM   #35 (permalink)
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impressive work and thanks for sharing--chris
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:14 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Very nice work, really like your tailgate solution.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:52 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Pulled the trigger on the GPS speedo unfortunately it doesn't match my other gauges. That's what I get for rushing. I've got the tach on the wrong side. The new switch panel is going in, pics soon.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:41 PM   #40 (permalink)
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The thing I could have done, is just buy the Autometer GPS module (part#5289) which works with any electric speedo. Buy an electric speedo that matches and all gauges will match.

This GPS speedo has a few more functions though. Hmm..
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:15 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Switch panel installed. Came out pretty cool, IMO. Just need to finish cleaning up the dash, replace the speedo with a matching one (already found a home for this one). I think plumbing the a/c and heat is next on the list.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:47 PM   #42 (permalink)
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A/C lines done and charged. Heat and defrost done too.
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Not really enough room to put vents into the dash, so I'm going to mount them under the dash for now. I'll cut down this bracket and make 2 small ones. Maybe one 6"long/thin rectangle vent under the switches for a center vent.

Thought about welding up the glove box door and installing round vents in each corner of the dash, but I kinda like having the access and the look of the glove box. idk...
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Not really enough room to put vents into the dash, so I'm going to mount them under the dash for now. I'll cut down this bracket and make 2 small ones. Maybe one 6"long/thin rectangle vent under the switches for a center vent.

Thought about welding up the glove box door and installing round vents in each corner of the dash, but I kinda like having the access and the look of the glove box. idk...
X2 vote on keeping the glove boxes. They're small nonetheless, however storage is storage...take what you can get and it will also work as an access point to get in there to work under there. Nice placement of the vents and prefer the rectangular shape. IMO its in keeping with the genre overall...But what do I know? I've been putting a lot of thought into my dash and seats. No concrete plans yet so until I have a chassis sitting under it your guess is as good as mine.
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I've been thinking about welding the glove box and making a center console like in My Duramax, I think it will rattle a lot less, not that I will be able to hear it anyway......
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Yeah I guess can't go wrong with keeping it for now, even if it's only for access and looks at this point. Can't really use it for storage as the evaporator is behind there and takes up all the space.

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I've been thinking about welding the glove box and making a center console like in My Duramax, I think it will rattle a lot less, not that I will be able to hear it anyway......
Center console would be sweet!
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Made some pulls on the chassis dyno. Really happy with how she performed. Made 346rwhp with a flat torque curve turning big tires, a/c, etc.. pretty damn good

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Niiiiice! Who doesn't like a little WFO!
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