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Old January 6th, 2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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I figured I most as well post this here to if anything give all you some laughs . This isn't a high $$$ build, it isn't a super nice build, but it should be interesting. My plan is this: build a truck I can use to haul things with during the week, have fun driving/playing with on the street on the weekends. I've seen a few different builds of these trucks online and it seems pretty cool in theory. I'm starting with a 99 Silverado reg. cab short bed 2wd with a 4.8L and auto trans. Everything is bone stock and the drivetrain is in good shape. The body however is not . The only straight panel is the tailgate . First things are to take care of some of the easier fixes to make it a little more enjoyable to drive. Next I will be concentrating on the body and panel replacements. Somewhere along the way I will be looking into programmers, exhaust, intake, and other hop ups along the way. Any advice that you guys might have on what are good for performance upgrades I greatly welcome. In hindsight I would have chosen a truck with a better body but the price was right on this thing and this is what I have to work with now.

The pictures below are what it looked like when I first bought it. Since then I have replaced the wheels/tires to all the same kind/size, replaced the grille and broken lights, and replaced the broken rear taillights with 03+ silverado taillights. Also, the right front wheel now longer leans.

Lastly, the "dumpster" name comes from the fact that the previous owner said that the kid he got the truck from literally hit everything with this truck. The last "big" thing he hit was a parked car and then a dumpster. Being that the truck looks like it belongs in a dumpster, thus the name.

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Old January 6th, 2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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Should be a cool truck when it's done. Intake, exhaust, custom tune, cam, valvesprings, stall converter, shift kit, and that thing will rip for relatively cheap
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Should be a cool truck when it's done. Intake, exhaust, custom tune, cam, valvesprings, stall converter, shift kit, and that thing will rip for relatively cheap
Kind of along the lines with what I was thinking too. Any certain brands, etc. that you know of that work better than others? I know the "internet is my friend" but there are as many opinions out there as there are a**holes.
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Texas Speed and Performance and Thunder Racing are great choices for cams and I know TSP has some good packages with valvesprings too. They even have some good ones with PAC, a Michigan company. Lots of good used deals on ls1tech and performancetruck too, especially this time of year when everyone is redoing their toys. Something like a TR220 would fit the bill nicely for streetable performance. I can't remember much on torque converters but I think friends have had good results with Coan and Yenk or something like that
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Subscribing, Should be pretty cool when it's done Travis if you can keep it that long.
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Subscribing, Should be pretty cool when it's done Travis if you can keep it that long.
I'm going to "try" to keep this one for a while. After selling the YJ I need something to toy with
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Texas Speed and Performance and Thunder Racing are great choices for cams and I know TSP has some good packages with valvesprings too. They even have some good ones with PAC, a Michigan company. Lots of good used deals on ls1tech and performancetruck too, especially this time of year when everyone is redoing their toys. Something like a TR220 would fit the bill nicely for streetable performance. I can't remember much on torque converters but I think friends have had good results with Coan and Yenk or something like that
Thanks for the info
I'll definitely look into these things.
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I love a short box chev. It doesnt matter what generation, or if it is 2wd or 4wd. I think they are just a cool sexy truck. Im kind of jealous, always wanted to build a short box but never got around to it. Im looking forward to your build.
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Umm, it's not a Jeep.
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I'm going to "try" to keep this one for a while. After selling the YJ I need something to toy with
When did you get rid of that?


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Sonnax shift kit 4L60E-HD-01. ~$125
Corvette servo $15.
Decent converter like bbaxj said but throw ati in the mix.
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Umm, it's not a Jeep.
Kind of the point
Don't worry, I'm not totally "Jeepless". There's a 96 ZJ with a V8 and a small lift sitting in the garage.

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Decent converter like bbaxj said but throw ati in the mix.
Well Tom unfortunately (well maybe fortunately) I was met with an offer I couldn't refuse on the YJ. After you adjusted the trans it was GREAT!! I drove it all summer until I got a HUGE cash offer I just couldn't turn down. Mega unfortunate though that the new owner (kind of became a friend) rolled the Jeep about a month after having it and lost 2 fingers in the process . I believe he has since sold it and moved onto other things.

As for the trans, you my friend have signed yourself up for some more work (if you want it). I was actually going to ask you if I should go with a shift improver kit or should I just invest in a good programmer and adjust it through that?

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Old January 6th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #12
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Damn, I've wanted to build one of these for awhile now. Looks like a fun build.
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Don't worry, I'm not totally "Jeepless". There's a 96 ZJ with a V8 and a small lift sitting in the garage.



Well Tom unfortunately (well maybe fortunately) I was met with an offer I couldn't refuse on the YJ. After you adjusted the trans it was GREAT!! I drove it all summer until I got a HUGE cash offer I just couldn't turn down. Mega unfortunate though that the new owner (kind of became a friend) rolled the Jeep about a month after having it and lost 2 fingers in the process . I believe he has since sold it and moved onto other things.

As for the trans, you my friend have signed yourself up for some more work (if you want it). I was actually going to ask you if I should go with a shift improver kit or should I just invest in a good programmer and adjust it through that?

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WOW that sucks.

Go with the shift improver kit. The programer will change shift points and slightly raise epc pressure but do nothing for durability. I'm up for it, let me know when you want it done. After late June I'll be tied up with a new baby for awhile.
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Don't worry, I'm not totally "Jeepless". There's a 96 ZJ with a V8 and a small lift sitting in the garage.
That's good. I wouldn't want to have to divorce my brother!

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Damn, I've wanted to build one of these for awhile now. Looks like a fun build.
Well knowing our history Thomas, there's a chance you might end up with it .

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WOW that sucks.

Go with the shift improver kit. The programer will change shift points and slightly raise epc pressure but do nothing for durability. I'm up for it, let me know when you want it done. After late June I'll be tied up with a new baby for awhile.
First off: Congrats on the new baby Tom!! That's awesome. As for the truck, I'm not quite sure when I'll be ready but I'll definitely give you a heads up first. I have a LOT of work I need to do on our house this year and I'm not sure how much "truck time" I'll be able to have in there as well.

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That's good. I wouldn't want to have to divorce my brother!

Cool project buddy!
No need for the divorce just yet. There are times that I probably won't have a Jeep, but one way or another one always ends up back in my stable
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Anybody have anything thoughts on Hypertech programmers? A friend of mine has one for my year Silverado and is offering to sell it to me for a very good price.
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Anybody have anything thoughts on Hypertech programmers? A friend of mine has one for my year Silverado and is offering to sell it to me for a very good price.
I wouldn't bother. For probably the same cost you can have a custom tune done for your exact mod combo, dial in the fuel maps, optimize power, mileage, and shift points, etc, etc.
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Not a lot new to post, but a little.
I did pick up the Programmer I mentioned before but haven't had a chance to play with it. The price was right and I figured what the heck. I've been driving it for most of the week since my current family DD is up forsale and sitting out of a friends business. I've fixed some small "issues" along the way like no radio, an annoying rattle in the driver's door, etc. For the most part it's a lot of fun to drive the way it is. It's no race car, but it's pretty quick for what it is IMO.

Today I did manage to pick up some new parts though. I have a new/used front bumper that's STRAIGHT and a passenger front fender that I had a friend paint to match the truck. I have a line on some other body parts, but we'll see if I can make the $$$ part happen without dipping too far into my bank account. I'll post up some updated pictures once I swap them on. It'll be nice to actually be able to open the passenger door without it scrapping the front fender and having everyone in a 50 ft. radius staring at me to see what the h3ll is going on
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Fender is on, bumper is waiting for new plastics. I'm actually trying to work out a deal right now on a 99 Sierra with a 5.3 in it which would save me a TON of work on this current project if I just went with it. As of right now the truck is on the back burner until I decide what I'm doing.
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Well it looks like this project is taking just a little change of direction. 2 days ago I ended up buying a 99 GMC Sierra Reg. Cab step-side box with a 5.3 in it with a better body and more options. This will save me a TON of work. Quick stats: 99 Sierra with 5.3, auto, PW,PL, Cruise, AC, Trailering Package, etc. Runs and drives great. It needs a drivers fender, hood, Grille, Headlight, and bumper. Besides that, the body is pretty nice.

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