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Long Trip Engine Prep

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by willyswanter, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Heading for MOAB on Tuesday, good 1000 miles or so each way for me...

    Anyway, vortec 454 in my 96. Today, along with the 3000 other things to do to it I'm going to do oil, filter, fuel filter, pcv valve, air filter, and I'm throwing in some fuel system cleaner. It runs fine and drove 350 miles the other day to pick up a new tranny so I'm not all that worried. Just curious as to what some of you do before long trips... I just did the plugs and wires and cap about a month ago.
     
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    w00t. Road trip!
     
  3. Confedneck

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    sounds like you got it nailed down captain...just make sure all the fluids are filled and clean...and let her have hell
     
  4. tRustyK5

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    Check the stupid sh!t like belt tension and condition, electrical plugs all firmly connected, vac hoses all OK, hoses not ready to explode etc etc.

    Grease U-joints and stuff before you leave too, also give the truck a once over looking for loose bolts and stuff.

    Rene
     
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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yeah I'm going to get up close and personal with my torque wrench later tonight and go from end to end on everything. Unbalanced 39.50's on hummer rims tend to shake stuff loose alot /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Engine looks good and everything looks good in it, now I just need to get the rearend together!
     
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    Jason, shouldn't you be outside working on yer truck? Moab is still the same weekend you know. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Rene (truck is ready...)
     
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    /me thinks the fact that he just removed the front shaft, tires off, and the 14 bolt is sitting in the garage with nothing on it means hes not going... that and like a 4000 mile trip I guess it is
     
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    Check the Blazer Bash forum...Jason is going, just doing the major last minute thrash to get it ready. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    The reference to the long road trip is the drive to Moab...

    Rene
     
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    hahah not an IRC person, I meant me when I said he /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Yeah but I was in posting about the rearend problems so I started this thread to go along with it to keep it company /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Uh-huh...get back to work dude. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif The time for BS and beer is next weekend.

    You camping or???

    Rene
     
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    See you tell me to get to work but then ask me questions /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    I'm camping, I have a no hook-up space reserved at slickrock through Monday.

    Oh and hey, I'm on dinner break, I have an excuse to post /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    LOL, I'm a bad influence... /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Rene
     
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    DOn't forget about the stuff you need to bring along, brother. I do a 400 mile round trip drive at least twice a month out to my rec property. My truck is already over-maintained but here's a list of things that are ALWAYS packed in the back:

    -Fluids - includes ATF, 10w30, 1 gallon of coolant, brake fuid, PS fluid, and especially windshield washer fluid during the spring thaw.

    -Spare fuel filter- you never know when you're going to pick up some dirty gas at an out of the way filling station.

    -Extra fan belts- and of course the tools you need to swap them out.

    -A cooling hose patch kit- they may be a little hokey but they'll get you to the next town.

    -A bevy of spare fuses

    -Various tools to perform minor roadside repairs

    -A small 12 volt compressor to fill a slow leak on a tire

    -An emergency survival kit- includes a blanket, a candle, a folding shovel, and some Power Bars

    - A cell phone

    I'd imagine that most of your trip will be on the Interstate highways, but having some extra stuff along gives you the confidence to take less travelled roads somtimes.

    Good luck, brother!!!! And have fun, eh? /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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