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Texas82GP

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So I've been wanting to do some clay bar/machine polishing/waxing work on the truck. Especially the top and hood. The truck has always sat outside, the entire 13 years I've owned it. The hood wasn't looking that great.....
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Sean helped me hang some plastic in the garage and plastic up the rest of the truck. We clay bared the hood and top. I got out my 6" DA polisher and assortment of foam waffle pads and tried to go to work with some Meguires #2 Fine cut cleaner. The hook and loop backing came right off. Ok, I'll use a slightly more aggressive pad. The backing came right off. These pads are probably five years old and were put up right, but I guess the glue went bad.

I started over with a red pad (medium cut) by hand. I went over the hood in sections twice. Then I went to a green pad (soft polishing) with Meguires #9 Swirl remover. Finally I went with a coat of the Meguires Hi-Tech Yellow Wax (Paste). This is no OldsCool but the hood really came back. To tell the truth, I'm relieved.....
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While I was working on the hood, Sean went over the top with the fine cut cleaner with an orange pad (slightly less aggressive than the red pad I was using). He had a family commitment so when he pulled off I went over the top two more times with the fine cut cleaner and the red pad. Then the same process as the hood with the swirl remover and the wax. The top was worse off than the hood but it really came back....
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I'm planning to clay bar and wax the rest of the truck over the next week or so. Not much else on the truck needs polishing like the hood and top did. I ordered some new supplies, including new foam polishing pads. I'm planning to help Sean do this on his truck.

I guess that's it for now friends.
 
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I never, ever would have guessed that truck lives outside.
 
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Texas82GP

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250 miles later, I really like the Coopers. We'll see what I think in a few years. They are very grippy. I have to get very aggressive to make them spin.

There's been some belt noise on the front of the engine for the last six months or so. I was sick of it. I decided to restore it so I bought both belts, both tensioners and the idler. When I got it apart Sean noticed that the pulley on the alternator had a significant wobble to it.

The original alternator went out in 2017. I didn't have a backup car back then so I had to fix it then. We have a NAPA at the front of our neighborhood so I went there. The alternator they sold me didn't charge. They couldn't test it and didn't have another so I ended up going to Advance.

I don't know if the pulley has been wobbling this whole time or not. It's hard for me to imagine/believe that I wouldn't notice it or would ignore it. Nonetheless I got Advance to swap it out.

The job took longer than it should have. At the very end, I hooked up the negative cable and then Sean went to install the brace that goes from the fender to the cowl, over the battery. He dropped one of the bolts and it didn't fall through. Off came the wheel and the fender well. Out came the battery. An hour and a half later we found in the K&N air box. Because pics or it didn't happen....
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The third brake light on the truck is looking haggard. I noticed it last weekend when we were working on polishing/waxing the hood and top.

I bought a new GM assembly and decided to try my hand at painting it with the VHT Nightshades coating....
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It turned out good. I think I put a bit much on it. It's a bit of a pain to install with the bed cover, and these are very leak prone so I seal them with clear Silicone sealer. I'll swap it out next weekend and snap some more pics.

I really like the VHT products. I'm thinking of painting the new GM headlight assemblies I have for the truck with Nightshades.
 
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Texas82GP

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The truck rolled 195,000 miles at the end of last week. That's:
  • 113,000 miles on the cam swap
  • A little under 26,000 miles on the 4L85E swap
  • roughly 2300 miles on the new Cooper tires
This past weekend Sean and I changed the oil, rotated the tires, adjusted the air pressure in the tires, and did another drain/refill on the 4L85E. The drain refill on the trans replaces about 8 quarts of fluid and I'm doing it every 10,000 miles, just because. In the last 73,000 miles I rebuilt the 4L65E twice and then swapped to the 4L85E so I want this one to last. The fluid looked great. There wasn't much on the magnet on the drain plug so I think all is well there. At my current rate, It looks like it will roll 200,000 miles in January.

When I put the new tires on the truck, I replaced one of the wheels. I did this because one had a little road rash on the lip. Instead of discarding that wheel and tire, I decided to keep it and put it in the bed. It's newer than the 13 year old tire under the bed and, even more importantly, I don't have to get under the bed to retrieve it. I decided to get a 2.5 ton floor jack and a four way lug wrench to go with it. This way, if I have a flat on the truck it should be a lot easier to deal with.

I once found myself laying under the truck on the side of I-10, in the rain, with heavy trucks going by trying to get the stock jack situated and trying to get the spare tire out from under the truck. I don't want to relive that experience. After finishing up the maintenance work, I got everything situated in the bed and tied the spare wheel/tire and jack down with some ratcheting straps. Am I hauling around unnecessary weight? Absolutely. I think it is worth it though....
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