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    Default Mainer with a 91 k1500 shorty powered by a 96 5.7L vortec

    Hello everyone, I finally got my truck back on the road after it sat for more than a year with a blown up TBI 4.3!

    Background on the truck: 91 GMC K1500 Regular cab, short bed, 5 speed manual with 142k miles. I bought it mid summer of 2007 for $600 and put $800 into balljoints, steering linkage, fuel pump, brakes, etc. for an inspection sticker. I drove it with the stock TBI 4.3L from December '07 until October '08 when I spun a rod bearing trying to do an 8th mile brakestand... (I love my vehicles).

    After I blew the engine I bought a crashed '96 K2500 for the Vortec swap for $500 around January '08. I pulled the engine, dash, engine and dash harnesses, steering column, ECU, engine mounts, fuel pump, etc, etc. out of both trucks... FUN! (No).

    It was almost summer now and I was tired of working on my truck and decided to buy an '87 Mazda RX-7 from a friend. The rx-7 also had a blown engine so now my spring project was to rebuild the rotary before spring and rock the 7 through the summer. Mission success! The RX-7 is awesome! Much more fun to drive than the old 4.3 truck. Then i blew the transmission in the RX-7 in October '09 and plan "Fix the truck for snow" was on.

    So the Vortec swap is now complete enough to drive legally and I am doing it! Great power, smooth runing, sounds mean, in every aspect a giant leap up from the old TBI 4.3! Truck will probably be for sale spring of this year (2010), what do you all think I might expect to get for it? Thanks, Ben

    Thats my story, hope you liked it.

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    Welcome to the site!

    Bobby - North Carolina
    2008 4x4 5.3L V8
    6" Suspension Lift and 1.5" Body Lift
    20x9 Ballistic Jesters w/35" Toyo Open Country MT's & 1.5" rear wheel spacers
    4:56 Yukon Gears
    Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator
    Baja style bed mount spare tire carrier
    Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust
    Recon Smoked LED tails/3rd brake lights/black projectors w/switchback LED's in the corners
    N-Fab Nerf Steps
    K&N CAI
    No Fear Pedals
    Tint, Line-X bedliner, Window visors, Rear wheel well liners
    Painted front grill, bow ties and door badges, de-"lettered" tailgate
    Powder coated front and rear bumpers

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    Welcome to the site!


    '94 Chevy Suburban K1500
    3" exhaust w/ aero turbine non-baffled muffler
    CFM Technologies TB spacer
    CB w/ 44" whip antenna

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    Welcome to the site!!
    If you find yourself slipping,.....tie a knot.....hold on tight

    2008 silverado
    1500 crew cab
    5.3 L 4x4
    Borla exhaust, rbp black tip
    tint, bed liner
    2.25 in ready lift leveling kit
    18x9 rbp 94r
    33x12.5x18 toyo mts

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    Eddie Z71's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Hi, and welcome to the site!
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

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    Welcome To The Site!!!

    '96 K1500, 5.7
    6" RCD
    35" Toyo M/T On 16" Black Raceline Raptors
    4.56 Yukon Gears w/ TruTrac Rear
    S&B CAI
    Dual Flowmaster 40's
    Camo Wet Okoles
    Line-X Bedliner

    NW BlackDiamond Edition

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    Welcome to the club!!

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    Legend s5belford's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Kalamazoo Michigan


    Welcome to the club!


    2009 Silverado LT1: All Star Edition
    5.3 Liter V8 4x4

    Locking Rear Differential
    3.73 Rear Axle
    Fog Lamps
    Factory Remote Start
    Locking Tailgate
    20" Wheels

    Rear Wheel House Liners
    Molded Mud Flaps
    Stainless Nurf Bars
    Driver Information Center
    20% Tinted Windows
    Low Profile Diamond Plate Tool Box
    GM Bed Liner
    Silver Birch Metallic Mirror Covers
    Silver Birch Metallic Vent Visors
    Flowmaster Super 40 (knock off)
    20" Wheels
    Bed Rail Protectors
    Extang Tonneau Cover

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    Would anyone guess at what I could expect to get for this truck when I sell it?

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    Welcome to the GMTruckClub!

    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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