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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:54 pm

Yum! We dang near ate the whole thing!
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:36 am

Heck yea! Glad ya'll liked it!!! Some ppl like I said find it a little too bitter, but a preference thing.....then again mom usually doesn't waste time with powder sugar anymore & i'm sure that knocks some of the bitterness down. It's a pretty easy go to desert tho doesn't take much time or ingredients.....& if you got it it mixes with ice cream bad-a too. That crock pot one you shared....apparently that got made while I was in jail, wife wasn't a fan.....She'll make it for me if I really want, but I think i'll let her slide.....She just got into slow cookers while I was in, not even half a year of it under her belt....I'll save "my card" for some other smancy recipe. I already got to buy her another pot, she just got started with a 3qt, ain't no where near big enough for corned beef & cabbage. :/
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:38 am

Oh idk if you're into left overs but that desert reheats in the microwave pretty good, so just cuz you left some behind doesn't mean you can't finish it later.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:23 am

I didn't put he powdered sugar on. It was ready... I was ready...
My wife was taking a smoke break after cleaning her garage out. I told her it was ready... "In a minute, I still need to sweep" "But the instructions said to Serve Immediately!" .... "Fine!"

She figured out the microwave will rejuvenate it.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:50 pm

Lmao nice, glad I could repay in some way all the meals you've passed towards me. :D


I don't think you ever answered me about not having bisquick in the house tho.......seriously what do you do about pancakes!?
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:35 pm

-88- wrote:I don't think you ever answered me about not having bisquick in the house tho.......seriously what do you do about pancakes!?


Flour and baking soda, some sugar and salt. That's Bisquick. We don't eat pancakes very often. When we do I just google up a recipe.

I did have an open box of the Aldi's house brand pancake mix. I think my daughter brought it over at the old house, she wanted to try a pancake/bacon thing out. A slice of bacon in the pan and pour the batter over it. And then some home made peanut butter syrup. It was okay. Like hot cakes and bacon with peanut butter on top.
I don't think any of us were expecting much... to my daughter and her husband cooking is a social function. Everybody in the kitchen. Drives me nuts.

My old neighbor called me up yesterday, said his Nissan is in need of a brake job. We'll do that on Thursday.

A couple weeks after we moved I was driving through the old Hood and he flagged me down. Complaining about the people renting my old house. "There's something wrong with that guy!... I MISS YOU GUYS!"

That neighborhood's going downhill. ... I wonder if my new neighbor's say that when they pass my house? The boys have 3 dead vehicles cluttering the place up..
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:40 pm

You went from a pillar in the old neighborhood, to a anchor in the new one lmao.

See I don't have all that stuff to make bisquick......I live off that yellow box....We don't eat them very often eirher, but more cuz my wife doesn't enjoy them as much as I do. Your pancake things mediocre at best, I don't blame ya'll for low expectations.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:14 pm

Changed the brake pads on Ken's Nissan yesterday. His old pads looked really good, more than half remaining... I'd have run them. Oh well, his call and I got a case of beer out of it.

I told him I might start doing brakes, wheel bearings and some suspension work on the side later on. Nothing too in depth or that takes more than a day to do. He asked if I wanted him to put the word out... NO... not yet... too much of my own crap to do right now.

I ordered some new front spring shackles last week, they came in yesterday. So after Ken left I put the truck back on the lift .... I love that thing :love9:

Common problem on the M715...
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One of the Zone members said every MV with leaf springs that he's ever worked on has this problem. The springs aren't parallel, a little closer together at the front.. hence, trashed bushings.

And the cure!
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Saturn Surplus has a warehouse full of NOS spring shackles, $18 and some change each. Much easier than trying to burn/cut/pound the old bushing out and make a new one work.

I'd read that the hardest part of this was getting everything lined up to put the bolts back in because of the unparallel springs. Yeah. It sucked. Didn't matter which one you start with, the other bolt put up a fight. About an hour on each side just getting the second bolt to go all the way through... winching, prying, pounding, screaming, crying... all in all a very cathartic experience.

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Yes. that is a chain around the axle and frame. I'm a skeerdy cat. Safety stand and come-along trying to find the combo of vertical and horizontal pressure to unbind the bolts.

Looks like the leaf spring bushings could use some R&R too.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:37 pm

And the new shackles in.
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The old ones were pretty toasty.
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Either Memphis Equipment or AB Linn has NOS front and rear leaf spring sets, $100 a set. Guess I'll put new springs on the list. .. . it never ends..

I also took the driver side locking hub apart again, trying to figure out why it doesn't like to stay disengaged. Thought maybe the detents on the control ring inside were messed up. Stupid thing is made out of nylon.... really? A lot of M715 owners are pretty pissed that Warn stopped making hubs for them. When they come up for sale they go quick!

Detents looked okay. The spring has an extra half coil on one end, makes nice, smooth contact with either the gear or the cap, depending on which way you put it in. The other end look like it was just chopped off and bent just a little. Some scarring inside the cap where it was digging in.... oh. Tried flippign it around but then that end gets hung up on the teeth of the gear. Either way, the spring is hanging up and forcing the hub to turn... spring loaded engagement.

I ground the end down a little and some filing. Seems to work right now.

Then I went to Wally World and Aldi's... the M715 makes a really piss poor grocery getter... and that killer harmonic is gone when the front is locked out.

... which leads me to take another look at this mess...
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I noticed it when I was working on the front axle... tried ignoring it but it didn't go away.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:55 pm

Uhm............Nope, not gonna say nothing.


Sweet to hear you sorta figure out the hub issue...an idea on it in the least. All that grocery running tho without mention of tonight's menu. Guess your still figure that out.....You get ready for "business" you can help with my 2.6 head so yay for that!
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José Rosé-92 Pu't Spacecab; 2.6 2wd, auto, future 16inch steelies, old skool street rubber,
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby hessmess » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:20 pm

I cannot see a problem at all! Metal to metal is kind of standard I would think.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:54 pm

-88- wrote:Uhm............Nope, not gonna say nothing.


Sweet to hear you sorta figure out the hub issue...an idea on it in the least. All that grocery running tho without mention of tonight's menu. Guess your still figure that out.....You get ready for "business" you can help with my 2.6 head so yay for that!


Ended up being fried chicken, green beans and Dickie Dust mashed potatoes with gravy. Couldn't make up my mind on using cream of chicken soup or buttermilk for the batter so I mixed both together. It was pretty good!
The taters... The boys love my mashed taters, especially Brayden, he's a tater eatin fool. I put garlic salt and onion salt in the water when I boil the taters and the salts help the taters soak the spices up.
Brayden asked what I put in them and I mimed collecting and spreading some Dickie Dust on them. He said I don't care what you put in there... good AF.

Hess, I'm trying to get away from the metal on metal standard on this thing...

Last year when the exhaust was put on... can't remember why but it took two days, I drove it home and then back for him to finish up... fix a leak or something. He mentioned it looked like the shaft was hitting the pipe (I don't remember getting airborne...) and then he cut that part out too and redid some stuff. ... I guess that wasn't a part he fixed. ... on the list now.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:06 pm

You didn't tell me no, so i'm taking that as a yes!!!


We haven't done /real/ mashed potatoes in a long time...don't use taters enough so most spoil b4 we get to them, use the powder mixes...tolerable.....When I do make them I do the same thing garlic & onion powder, with black pepper when boiling the water. When it comes time to mash instead of milk I usually use ranch dressing or cream cheese....sometimes even chive & onion, or Jalepeno cream cheese....Kind of depends on the entre & mood, fried chicken i'd probably stay more traditional, maybe even milk. :D

You used soup & buttermilk for the pre breading batter huh? I'm gonna have to keep that in mind.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:32 pm

Boy you make it hard to keep up !! Sidetracked with food combos that make my mouth water , greasy car part adventures , metal on metal issues of the turd kind ... It's awesome and tantalizing all at once ...

Little suggestion , when ever messing with suspension main components it'll make life easier and safer if you loosen up the U bolts too , that way you get a bit more give and adjustability not to mention the opportunity to adjust the trueness of the axles a bit ...

Thought I'd let you know I'm still here trying to stay caught up ..

By the way I'm a big fan of crusteze pancake mix , add a little vanilla extract and water and done deal !! Kids eat them like it's their last meal lol
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby hessmess » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:43 pm

2nd on the crusteze, I never have been a fan of bisquick, never cared for the flavor. A number of decades ago I was a military cook on a ship for the Coast Guard. In fact my ship just was retired last month. Every thing was made from scratch. Today I hate to cook. I never complain about the wifes cooking, she knows I can cook and will tell me to do it myself.
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Postby -88- » Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:39 pm

Ya'll mean krusteaz? Having grew up on legit str8 from the tit buttermilk I can't stand their imitation attempt....But by the time toppings are piled on it doesn't matter much. Like Brad said throw tasty-ness in the batter if you really wanna flavor it up.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:08 pm

This weekend at work SUCKED. I barely had time to make that post yesterday. Short-sighted executives that can't see past the end of the quarter saving money by not letting the plants stock spare parts, not approving needed upgrades to aging equipment we NEED.... Silly bastards.

So I'm slaving away and pulling what little hair I have left out and you guys are yacking about pancakes... LOL.

Did the Coast Guard teach their cooks the same way the Navy did? A guy the used to work with me was a Baker in the Navy. BEST pineapple upside down cake EVER! Jerry Johns. Great guy. Had like 8 kids, could curl 200 lbs and played hoops like a pro. I think they had their last kid when he was in his late 50s. I'd have ate a bullet...

Yeah, that probably would have gone easier if I'd loosened up the U bolts. .... Wish I'd thought of that.

And James, I don't know how much help I'd be on your 2.6 but yeah, that was not a no. And jalapeño cream cheese in the taters.... my wife would love that.. she loves her some taters

I took Thursday and Friday off... and Monday through Wednesday and this coming weekend are my regular days off this week. That gives me a week off for 24 hours of vacation. I love my work schedule sometimes..
I'll take the truck to a different muffler shop and get an estimate on fixing that mess.
Funny, I didn't think the suspension on that thing was limber enough for the driveshaft to travel that much....

I took off for our 5th Anniversary. The 23rd. She took Friday off. Neither one of us has a clue what we want to do to celebrate. Might just hide the cars and lock the doors....

There's an old family heirloom of my wife's (no idea what it is other than huge furniture) in her brothers garage in Frisco TX. May try to talk her into riding down there in the truck to get it... spend a night or two in Denton. More than likely shed be meeting me there in her Maxima...
And her brother just bought an old CJ.... Need to check it out. Looks pretty cherry in the pic.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:16 pm

Don's Jeep and his daughters. Cute little stinkers...

When I was looking for a Jeep for him he nixed all of my finds.... No, I don't want to work on it. I just want to drive it every once in a while.... LOL, my eyeballs don't even see vehicles like that, they are invisible.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Just a thought, but is it possible that the driveshaft is only resting on the exhaust at full drop? I can see that it is sitting on the lift in that photo. Perhaps peak at it on the ground.

I'm going to try some of these potato ideas next go around. I usually throw a chunk of Boursin Cheese in mine for that extra creamy and garlic flavor. We have Aretha Frankenstein's here and they are known for their pancakes. The local grocery stores sell their mix and you usually end up with THICK cakes. Pretty tasty.

Frisco? That's where my brother lives. Well, I think its technically in Allen, but he always says Frisco when people ask. He goes by Von as well. Weird.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:34 pm

Cuz Frisco Texas is alot more recognizable then Allen, Tx......Same as I live in Dublin, but usually go with Stephenville cuz close enough & ppl might actually know it.....When all else fails hour & a half south, southwest of DFW.

Boursin Cheese I'ma have to look into that.

Bring pancakes to the world to ignore the trivial problems at hand, i'm good at that.

My eyeballs are the same way, they don't see vehicles like that either.....might as well being invisible.......Jeeps that is lol, I had to, but all I see is cute kids playing on one ugly jungle gym.

Kerry, have you ever done a head job? Do you have confidence in doing a head job? Do you atleast have a torque wrench? Then you could be of help to me! I've only ever been intermittently part of a head job....they later failed anyways....So my confidence is low, & I feel it's a little above my mechanical experience. I lean more to fabrication & the less temperamental side of mechanics......:/
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:07 pm

-88- wrote:Kerry, have you ever done a head job? Do you have confidence in doing a head job? Do you atleast have a torque wrench? Then you could be of help to me! I've only ever been intermittently part of a head job....they later failed anyways....So my confidence is low, & I feel it's a little above my mechanical experience. I lean more to fabrication & the less temperamental side of mechanics......:/


.. uh.. I've only been asked that once before in my life. And that was by a lesbian I was dating, turns out she was bi if the fellow had a steady job, recently divorced and willing to buy breast implants..
I prefer the term Valve Job. And yes, I have done valve jobs. Many moons ago and I had access to a valve grinding machine. Grinding valves and seats was all I could do, if the seats or guides needed replacing we farmed that out to a machine shop. That was in Auto Mech in high school... Class of '83, GO HAWKS!

I've taken a ton of heads to the machine shop since then.

I'd thought about finding an old valve grinding/seat grinding machine on ebay... and a brake rotor/drum machine too.. but I figure I'd only take on jobs like that for myself or friends so they'd never pay for themselves. And O'Reilly's turns rotors and drums for $15. And a real shop will vat the head, inspect for cracks and warpage, all that stuff.

Yes! I have a torque wrench. I love the internal stuffs. Pulling an engine apart, rebuilding... For me the worst part is actually getting to that point, digging through the wiring harness and plumbing and getting that crap out of the way. Tedious. That's why I like the older stuff, less of that crap.

ooh. reminds me, one of my projects this week is to see if I can get the Fairlane started... Would really, really like to hear that 289.

I remember dad telling me about old school valve jobs he used to do. One was on an old Hudson he had with a flathead straight 8 in it. Flathead.. the valves are in the block instead of the head.. he pulled the head, put some lapping compound between the valve and seat, a stick with a suction cup stuck to the valve... and spin the stick with his hands to grind the valve and seat.
He said that straight 8 was so long he was laying across the front of the car, stretching to reach the back cylinder and the radiator cap was digging into his junk... uncomfortable.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:10 pm

That was my exact thoughts about head job! lol!

I had the chance to buy a valve grinding machine two weeks ago. This fella had some VW tools for sale and while he was there, he showed me all the stuff he had for sale. He was working on a 33 Plymouth too. The valve grinding machine seemed very pricy and I wasn't planning on setting myself up to do valves, so I just bought the line boring tool for the VWs though.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:18 pm

N law wrote:Just a thought, but is it possible that the driveshaft is only resting on the exhaust at full drop? I can see that it is sitting on the lift in that photo. Perhaps peak at it on the ground.


Yeah, that's the deal. It wasn't in contact all the time. It had about 1.5 inches clearance when the truck was on the ground. I was wondering if maybe a few good contacts would warp the shaft but kinda doubt it. Those drive shafts are pretty sturdy.

Last year there was a big shindig downtown, a festival to highlight all the revitalization efforts downtown. It was fun. There's a lot of cool old buildings down there rotting but they've been working on them and encouraging business to move down there.
Anyway, we went through the Museum of North Texas History. https://www.museumofnorthtexashistory.org/ They had some pretty cool stuff in there. One exhibit was for photography, old cameras and stuff. I have(had) my grandfather's old 8mm projector. I finally found it again when we moved and today I took it down there to donate it.
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And a Bugs Bunny short that Papa used to play for us when we were kids. The director was tickled pink with it. The original cloth covered cord wore out years ago and Papa replaced it with part of an extension cord. The director said that didn't matter. Original is nice but just that it still WORKS made it priceless to them.

He said most of the projectors he's seen are pretty flimsy, pretty much just boxes you had to unfold, a light and reel contraption.. This one is the most "substantial" and well made projector he's seen.

Papa was cheap, they raised babies during the Depression. he didn't like to spend money.But when he did he made it count.
I'm glad they'll get some use out of it and it'll be enjoyed. It was just going to rot away in my garage.

I had to wait for him to finish up a meeting and wandered around the exhibits a while. I was pretty disappointed there wasn't a model of the M715 in the Viet Nam War exhibit...

Stopped by a muffler shop on the way home and had him look at my mess. Told him where I'd had it done and he said he hated those guys, hated working on their crap... but he'd do mine.. He wanted to redo the whole thing, doesn't like way the back was done either.. But for $20 he cut that one pipe off and bent a new one that rode lower and gave me some more clearance.
After I get the NP205 in it I'll go back and have at least the down pipes and Y pipe redone. It'll be easier with a different TC crossmember in there.

maybe lasagna tonight.... Hamburger meat is all I've got thawed out. Or maybe sloppy joes..! Yeah. I've got a bell pepper that's gonna rot soon, might as well use it, Sloppy Joes it is. Not that manwich crap.
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Putting some country style pork ribs out to thaw for tomorrow... more quesadillas. And a sweet potato pie in there somewhere.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:36 am

I may have intentionally phrased it that way intentionally! :/

Tho valve grinding shouldn't be necessary, but I do love the enthusiasm! Head was pulled, taken to a machine shop, & checked & decked, & whatever other magic sorcery they do to be able to say "It's good give me two hundred dollars".....Been bolted back down to the block with the intake hanging off the side, but cams & rockers need done..........What's actually gonna happen is pull the head back off & start from there. I thought I had a good mechanic but he balls'ed out where it sits.....So I don't feel comfortable trusting he clean the block good enough, or especially ran a tap down the head bolt holes.....or any of that crucial stuff when doing a head......Also I pointed it out like 5 times that I wanted to do the stream line stuff to the itec intake & guess what got glossed over? Then do all the stuff you said you hated doing Von :/
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby -88- » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:20 am

I didn't talk about you in that /\ last post....had to accomplish other things....but i'm back :D

That projector looks bada-- & the gesture even more so. We had or have a newer model gloating around here...When I was 10 or so dad had a camcorder that took little midget VHS tapes. One night when my great grandparents were visiting the projector & screen got set up, along with the camcorder. Dad filmed the projector as it played & the grandparents narrated the old footage. One of these days there's a dresser drawer 3x3 full of those midget VHS tapes i'll have to get transferred to DVD & digitized.

Recent dinners have included pancakes on random night, for some reason probably this thread I had a craving, cinnamon french toast 2night to satisfy the wife's craving. It was sposed to be 2 days bkfast but on her day off work popped her to go take a random drug screen so our plans got jacked....we did have Fuzzy's Tacos for lunch out of it......Sunday I had found a Hawaiian marinade in a bottle we figured we try with chicken in the slow cooker. Tasted like a watered down hienz 57 sauce, but was a good sauce......She threw that, the chicken, about 3/4s of a land shark, & some fresh lime in the slow cooker & let her rip. Flavor wise it was really good, but wife swears all she could taste was the beer......She was sicky & a woman so her opinion is null & void......What did suck, it was her first time doing chicken in her magic little pot, used to doing beef & I think once pork.... Even on low 8+ plus hours is way too long for chicken I knew better, but never thought about it, being busy doing grown up stuff.

Atleast the exhaust will get you by alot better now....I'm curious tho, especially with having the lift, why not tackle it yourself? I mean yea it's nice to farm out....but you have a lift! That's like 80% my hatred doing exhaust....The bender is great, but can be bypassed.....Leaving just the welding, do you not weld bruh?
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José Rosé-92 Pu't Spacecab; 2.6 2wd, auto, future 16inch steelies, old skool street rubber,
Frank-95 Pu't Reg. Cab; 2.3 2wd, 5spd, T-bar crank and cheap shackle lift... Mild down a bit & sold, but still near & dear.
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