The Cali nostalgia project.

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Backstory: First truck was my grandpa's 1988 GMC C2500 (pictured, red) that i drove through high school, got stuck a lot, cleaned up well with the intent of restoring, got me through my first year in the Navy to and from South Carolina, then was parked, and is now rusting in peace. An intermittent electrical issue sometimes prevents fire depending on god knows what (has been troubleshot extensively) and has rusted fatally.
5 years later, in SoCal, i decided i was ready for a new project when i found an 89 K3500, dually, ext cab, 454/TH400. (the rest of the pics, blue)
It's mostly unmolested, down to the factory tape player. It has an aftermarket seat, and underneath is the first generation of GE brand car phone. Warranty book proves i'm the second owner, With the gentleman who sold to me named with a delivery date of 18 September 1989, 36 miles on dash. It now reads 129,000. Truck has VERY light surface rust on some of the frame, but most of it still has the original paint underneath. However, i believe based on the underside of the hood that it was resprayed (poorly) from that ugly greenish blue. There's a tiny dent in the driver fender, and when the light hits it right, it makes it look ten times worse than it is.
It's missing 5 lug nuts which has been a fiasco, tried some from other 1 ton OBSs at a junkyard, no juice, turns out its a Dana (70?) axle with 5/8 fine threads studs.
Had to replace a leaking radiator, worst part was running the trans lines, last set was cross threaded and didn't seal.
Installed a tach, Going to have to drive this thing Cali > WVa in the spring of 2022 with my worldly possessions in tow. Without AC as i've learned, it has the old, apparently illegal to recharge R12 system.
The endgame: Next year after deployment and return to civilan life, i'll have time to see the plan through. I'll be switching to single wheel, and maybe 4 inches of lift, and 36s or 37s, maybe HMMWV tires. A flatbed, with wood stakesides. Brush guard at minimum, maybe a beefier bumper, but nothing too obnoxious. The cab hatbill thing from red will come over, most hate them, but it was grandpa's touch. Possibly a post 94 AC swap, but first, the heater core. The hose coming off the radiator is capped off so i'm assuming it's leaking.
All in all, for it's age, this truck is in great shape inside and out, underneath included. Not a bad start for a project.
 

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Swapped the "super futurey ultra green space lights" dash to blue, had done it red in the other truck. Fits well. Same with the front plate, that was a high school project years ago, it's 1/4'' steel CNCd, been colormatched to every vehicle i've had.
Was at the junkyard looking to dissect a parking brake pedal to fix mine, and found an 8 lug tahoe with those same American Racing AR26s, couldn't believe it. One was laying in the back seat mint condition, and two took a little cleanup, but these will be the first step in the SRW process.
Probably wont do anything else big until after deployment, the cross country drive will come next, Spring of 2022. After that the teardown will start, and this will get serious.
 

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It's not illegal to recharge an R-12 system, you just can't find R-12 any more. It is perfectly legal to convert it over to R-134a. Screw the conversion fittings onto the old R-12 lines and work like normal. I'm sure someone else can chime in with the correct oil to run that won't turn to gunk when mixed with the new stuff, but it's been years since I dealt with an R-12 system.
 

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Screw the conversion fittings onto the old R-12 lines and work like normal. I'm sure someone else can chime in with the correct oil to run that won't turn to gunk when mixed with the new stuff
The best way to do it is flush the entire system, replace the accumulator, orifice tube, and some folks replace the condenser too.

If you want to do it on the cheap, use an ester oil not PAG. The ester oil is compatible with R12 and R134a.
 

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Doh! Sorry. I don't always pay attention to which section of the forum I'm in. It looks like a heck of a score for a daily driver/tow pig. Who converted it to the composite headlights?
 
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Doh! Sorry. I don't always pay attention to which section of the forum I'm in. It looks like a heck of a score for a daily driver/tow pig. Who converted it to the composite headlights?
Original owner, I'm switching back ASAP... Kinda. I bought 4 LED pods the shape and size of the original sealed beams, going for this look but went rectangular, same height, just wider to fill out the empty space better than this one did.
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