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  1. #1
    Jr. Apprentice
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Huntsville, alabama

    Default Newb From Alabama

    Hello All,
    I found this site while hunting for some helpful instructions. I just picked up a 1996 z71 from the original owner a few days ago. Funny thing was, I wasn't actually looking to get a truck. I was meeting a guy to look at a set of dana 44 axles for my jeep cherokee when we started talking about how I wanted my cherokee to be a weekend vehicle and I want to find a good truck as a DD, and then this guy was looking for a cherokee as a project and he has 3 trucks. The rest was history. I figured I can build a cherokee at anytime that I want.

    Anyways, My cherokee was pretty sweet, but having a truck is a must right now............especially with a family, home, and yard.

    The z71 is all stock and in good shape. It does need the timing set, someone messed with the distributor thinking they would adjust the timing and now the CEL is on and it idles rough, but smooths out as RPMs rise. I pulled the code and it said "crank and cam position........somethingornother" but I know that the timing is adjusted by the PCM but the cap still needs to be set correctly. Ignitions timing at idle was -21 to-23 degrees according to the code reader.

    So I hope to get alot of insight and help from here since this is my first GM truck. So far I really like it, but it does need some TLC. Ill post some pictures later, its a good looking truck for its age.

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    you will get some advice here. This is a good place to be. Welcome to the club
    Tim Walters (Curky)

    Wrangler AT/S 265/70R17 - Trail-FX window vents - Husky fitted splash guards - Silver Star zXe - Leveling kit -

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    Welcome to the club, it's great to have you aboard.

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab SportSide: See Mods in My Garage

  4. #4
    Jr. Apprentice
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Huntsville, alabama


    Thanks for the kind welcome. I am looking to make this a great DD and pick up an extra "project" in a couple of months. In the mean while, my Z71 will needs:

    1. Timing set
    2. Driver Door bushings and pins
    3. Passenger door handle
    4. Passenger side view mirror glass replaced
    5. A/C Recharged
    6. Fluids Changed

    Things that I want to do:
    1. Leveled
    2. Open up the exhaust and intake
    3. 140amp Alternator
    4. 33" All terrain/Mud Terrain

    Other than that, I want to DD it, hunt, and fish out of it. My oldest girl was alittle skeptical because she loved trail riding in the Heep, but it just isn't practical to maintain and drive everyday.

    If anyone has any suggestions on other modifications/maintenance, please let me know. Thanks again.

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    Welcome to the G M T C !

    2010 Z/71 Colorado C/C
    Black 4X4 w/5.3L V8
    2007 Winnebago Adventurer
    w/8.1L Chevy & Allison 6spd.
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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