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I figured Id post my new build on Pirate.
This is mostly copied from my build thread on CK5.

Youre building a short crew?
Me too:D
Im starting with an 89 GMC 3500 2wd 3+3

Its gonna be a SLOW process (funds and time) but Ive got a pretty good start, so here goes.

The plans for my new truck are.

-3 link front with coilovers (hopefully)
-dual triangulated 4 link rear with coils
-shorten the wheelbase to about 135"
-6.0L LQ4 TH400 NP203/205 Dana 60 H072

Im using as much stuff from my crashed shortbed to use on this build to save money.
As always your advice is appreciated.:thumb:

Here is me bringing it home from Albany (a strange place to find a mostly rust free chevy)
My tow rig is also an 89 GMC 3500 2wd, different nose though:confused:

 

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Had to change the output shaft on my TH400 to mate with the NP203.
So while I had it apart I am doing a complete rebuild and changing to a lower planetary gear set I scored off Pirate.
Its a Kilgore which lower 1st and 2nd gear from 2.48 / 1.48, to 3.1 / 1.57.

 

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After running a TPI 350 in my shortbed for years Ive decided to go a different route and use an LS engine for the new truck.
I scored an 01 LQ4 6.0L complete for $800.


Started removing all the accessories to replace the water pump and clean everything up
 

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Got my 203 ready for the doubler and added a washer under the detent spring...
A trick I learned from SweetK30



I used some shinitsu grease from work, Im a Honda mechanic, to hold the needle bearings in place. Worked like a charm.



 

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Finally got the parts I needed for the TH400.
All was going pretty well on the build until I came across this...
The 2-3 accumulator piston was broken, I missed it on the initial teardown.

I scored an aluminum one at a local trans shop for $9

 

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Took out 30 inches.
Was originally gonna take out only 12-14 and toss the short bed on it.
But Im gonna wheel it and I know I wouldnt be happy with a 150 inch plus wheel base.
Gonna have to section the bed now.


 

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Good looking build so far, truck looks pretty straight.

Curious, why are you planning to run coilovers in the front and then just coils in the rear? What are you planning on using the truck for?

Oh, and I'm jealous of your tow rig, it's pretty :grinpimp:
 

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I would like to use coilovers at all 4 corners, but funds arent gonna allow it.
Chose to run them in the front because on my last truck the coils were too short to allow much travel.
The coils I used in the rear worked well and plan to reuse them on this build.

But, if I score coilovers for all 4 corners that would be awesome!

My tow rig "pretty"? haha thanks.
It gets the job done, and dont have to worry about scratching it.
 

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Good to see you building another, shame about your truck.

How high is this thing going to sit? Tires? Take lots of pictures of the motor install.

P.S. I will take that shit box welder off your hands, howz 300 sound? :flipoff2:
 

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Im gonna try and keep it low.
Running 40 in Nittos.

As far as the engine install, Im open to suggestions and will take lots of pics.
I bought a set of the LS plates from Patoyee and have a basic idea of what Im gonna do for the mounts and crossmember.

$300? cash money?
No way that thing is worth its weight in gold.
 

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close to the way i did it for the spacer to make the detent spring tighter to match the 205 stick feel . i used a 5/16 nut with outside hex rounded off. then added it under the cap/plug so the spring fits up 100% on the arm inside.

you prob wont have a problem. but just the way i did it.

and why all the work for cut the frame and reweld. i just cut the back off after i moved my suspension up.
 

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and why all the work for cut the frame and reweld. i just cut the back off after i moved my suspension up.
Personal preference...I wanted the "hump" to be over the rear axle for a more factory "look"
 
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