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by starspangled6.0 on Jul 14 2012, 12:59am
As I making a right turn today, I heard a nasty couple of pops, and then a terrible squealing started. The speed limit was only 35 MPH, but that speed was enough to cause the squealing to get worse and worse. We pulled over into a Burger King parking lot (yes, we were downwind of the chimney; yes, it was paradise ), and we whipped out the bottle jack in the spare tire kit, after we isolated the sound to the driver's side front tire. Even though the length needed to jack the truck up was over 2x the length of the jack, it kept cranking, and allowed us enough room to get the tire off. From a quick 2 minute inspection, we found a small rock stuck between the brake rotor and the rotor shield. Hurray for small bottle jacks that save the day! Oh, and no damage was done to the rotor, thankfully.
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by starspangled6.0 on Jun 08 2012, 8:24pm
Tomorrow's job requires about 20,000 lbs worth of materials. The first load I'm getting is about 8500 pounds of dirt, with some misc. shrubs and poly sheeting. After we get the dirt installed, we'll throw on some 1.5" River Rock, about 11,000 pounds worth. Just got the trailer a few weeks ago, and I'm already wishing I had a bigger one (or at least one with bigger axles) ! Pics are sure to follow...
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by starspangled6.0 on May 27 2012, 2:12am
We had a customer who needed some brush piles they wanted removed. They told me just to drive up the side of the of their property. We had just received 4.5" of rain the day before, so things were a bit soft, but not as bad as I thought. I popped the truck into 4x4, and set the new employee at the top of the hill to catch all the action. Of course, this being a GM truck, there wasn't any action- we powered through the weeds, 20' trailer and all ! After we got it loaded- that's when the fun started. I had to back up, and turn the whole rig around (watch out for all those apple trees, Jon!). The load was quite heavy, and I had to spin the engine up the 3000 RPM just to get the thing moving in the soft ground. Tranny and engine temps climbed rapidly, but we made it out of there just fine. The truck did struggle a little to keep up with freeway traffic, especially on the hills. I think maybe it's time for Duramax swap, or maybe a Lew tune, or maybe both . Oh well... that's something to save up for.
Check it out (and check out the load we had after it was all done):
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by starspangled6.0 on May 07 2012, 1:01am
Found this fun video from Motor Trend: Lingenfelter tuned a Camaro ZL1 to about 720HP at the tires , and sent the car to a track to see if it could top 200 MPH. Find out if they did it here (oh, and get a load of that supercharger sound ):
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