Sergeant Steel

  • Picked up this 1986 Chevrolet M1008

    With only 49k miles, its a pretty solid truck but needs some TLC along with some improvements. Comes factory with a 6.2 Diesel, TH400, 14 bolt, Dana 60, 4.56 gears, Detroit locker in the back, grille guard, D-rings, Pintle hook, and some other military options. Went with 37" tires and 5" lift. Truck will mostly be used on the street with some mild off-road trails. The one nice thing about these 6.2 is they are decent on gas. Not the most powerful engine but it gets the job done. I did pick up a 4L80E transmission and might be doing a trans swap in the near future.

    New, New tires!
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    Updated: New Paint
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    Few shots at a nearby gulch-
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    Lift installed
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    Day I first got it. Barely fit on the U-haul trailer!
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    Inside needs a new seat cover, attention to the door panels and dash.
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    First problem found was the glow plug solenoid. It would stay on and drain both batteries quickly.
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    Another issue found was this vacuum regulator. The transmission would shift very late at higher RPM.
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    Wiper motor was barely moving and the washer pump would stay on the entire time. A new wiper motor/pump was ordered. Old one shown here.
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    All fluids were changed including the transmission filter. While changing the gear oil, diff covers got some olive drab color with some new bolts.
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    Heater core was also replaced. Full heat now. The new cores are smaller aluminum and may give some gaps inside the heater enclosure. 1/2" foam tape was used to seal both sides of the core to ensure air flows through the core and not around it.
  • Year:
    1986
    Make:
    Chevrolet
    Model:
    M1008
    Trim Level:
    Custom Delux
    Interior:
    Ugly
    Factory Options:
    Blackout lights, 4.56 gears, Detroit
    Engine:
    6.2 Diesel
    Transmission:
    TH400
    Transfer Case:
    NP208
    Steering:
    Stock hydro-boost
    Suspension:
    Stock for now
    Axles:
    Dana 60 front, GM 14 bolt rear
    Wheels:
    MB 17x9
    Tires:
    Crappy ones
    Paint:
    Olive Drab with Camo
    6.2 Diesel
    TH400
    4.56 gears
    14 bolt w/Detroit
    Dana 60