Welcome to our collection of mostly random but hopefully useful stuff.

We record and store this information to help ourselves and others in the hopes it will prove useful, as well as write articles to expound on our automotive and mechanical viewpoints and opinions.
 Miscellaneous projects Miscellaneous projects
 Vehicle projects Vehicle projects
 Engines Vehicle engines
 Brakes Vehicle brakes
 Fuel Vehicle fuel
 Transmissions Vehicle transmissions
 Electrical Vehicle electrical
 Systems Vehicle HVAC
 Body Vehicle body
 Vehicle sensors and security Vehicle sensors and security
 General vehicle information General vehicle information

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Vehicle projects


 1988 Chevrolet Suburban 1988 R10 Suburban
1988 Suburban refurbishment project.

 1973 D-200 Dodge crew cab pickup 1973 D200 Truck
1973 D-200 Dodge crew cab pickup truck refurbishment project.

 1987 E-150 Ford Econoline Clubwagon 1987 E150 Van
1987 E-150 Ford Clubwagon passenger van refurbishment project.

 1974 Stepvan Bucket Truck 1974 Stepvan Bucket Truck
1974 Stepvan Bucket Truck. Information, pictures, and 3D models.

 1978 Chevrolet El Camino 1978 Chevrolet El Camino
1978 El Camino refurbishment project (still currently underway).

 1987 Chevrolet Suburban 1987 R10 Suburban
1987 Suburban refurbishment project.

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Miscellaneous projects


 CNC router build CNC router build
Description and information for our CNC router system build. Includes parts list and build pictures.

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Vehicle engines


 366T/427T engines 366T/427T engines
Knowledge base and information for General Motors 366 and 427 tall deck, big block engines.

 4.7L intake manifolds 4.7L intake manifolds
Information dump on Dodge/RAM/JEEP/Chrysler 4.7L V8 engine intake manifolds, regarding failure of the rear plug/cap assembly.

 The budget build myth The budget build myth
This article explains our opinion on the myth of the 'budget build', and why it is generally not possible with the standard 'hotrod magazine' formula. It is possible, but not in the way most people think.

 GM 4.3 liter non-start problem GM 4.3 liter non-start issue
GM fuel injected 4.3 liter V6 engines that will not start. A summary of one of our recent diagnosis and repair.

 1987 Dodge Ram 318 engine troubleshooting and diagnostics 1987 Dodge Ram 318 engine troubleshooting and diagnostics
A practical guide to troubleshooting and diagnostics with specific references to the 318 cubic inch engines used in 1987 Dodge Ram trucks. Contains information relevant to all engine troubleshooting and diagnosis.

 Revolutionizing the Small Engine Industry: Polymers and Ceramics Revolutionizing the Small Engine Industry: Polymers and Ceramics
This paper presents a quick view of the introduction of polymers and ceramics into small engine manufacture.

 Engine oil database Engine oil database
Knowledge base for engine oils, and general information for oil systems and parameters. Kind of like 'oil for dumbies'.

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Vehicle brakes


 Hydroboost brake systems Hydroboost brakes
A quick guide to hydroboost brakes, and line routing.

 2001 and 2002 ABS Module 2001 and 2002 Toyota 4Runner ABS Module
Symptoms and repair for failure of the ABS module in 2001 and 2002 Toyota 4Runner models. May include other years/models as well.

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Vehicle fuel


 Weak fuel pump disassembly Electric fuel pump weaknesses
A teardown and diagnosis of a weak electric in-tank fuel pump.

 Magnetic fuel treatment Magnetic fuel treatment
There is a strong and long-held push on the internet for magnetic fuel treatment devices. What's up with that?

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Vehicle transmissions


 TH400 parking brake TH400 parking brake
Information on transmission tailshaft mounted parking brakes for the General Motors TH400 transmission.

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Vehicle electrical


 GM square body headlights GM 73-91 Headlights
Troubleshooting and fixes for 1973-1991 General Motors 'square body' full size truck headlights. Problems, overheating, switch functionality, wiring diagrams, and fixes.

 GM Custom Cruise III cruise control GM Custom Cruise III cruise control
Cruise control systems for General Motors 1983 and up 'square body' trucks. Includes functionality, parts descriptions, wiring, vacuum routing, and troubleshooting information.

 GM 89-95 DRAC module GM 89-95 DRAC
External VSSB/DRAC (Vehicle Speed Sensor Buffer / Digital Ratio Adapter Controller) programming and adustment.

 Wiper motor GM 1985- forward 'square body' truck wiper motors
Rebuild information and procedures for GM 1985- forward 'square body' truck wiper motors.

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Vehicle HVAC


 Automotive A/C Automotive A/C
Functionality and troubleshooting of automotive air conditioning systems. Specifically information for r134a systems, but some information applies to many refridgerants.

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Vehicle body


 GMT-400 door handles GMT-400 door handles
General Motors GMT-400 body, full size truck door handles (full size trucks). Includes information on conversion to Kodiak/Topkick/3500HD style handles.

 73-91 Chevrolet Suburban gear drive tailgate window motors 73-91 Chevrolet Suburban gear drive tailgate window motors
Information on 1973-1991 Chevrolet Suburban tailgate window motors, with a section on conversion to the more readily available door window motor.

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Vehicle sensors and security


 GM Passlock II system GM Passlock II system
This page covers in detail how the system works, what it does (and does not do), and details about maintenance and bypassing.

 GM OBD I code guide GM OBD I code guide
GM OBD I code guide and knowledge base.

 PS262 oil pressure sender PS262 oil sender
Information and troubleshooting for the PS262 oil pressure sender used on General Motors engines. Deals with functionality and problems. This sensor is a combined pressure sender and switch unit.

 Bosch TPS Bosch TPS
Information on Bosch TPS (Throttle Position Sensor), failure symptoms and troubleshooting, etc. Specifically for the 0280 122 001 models. These sensors are used on some Kohler EFI engines as well as select automotive engines. In general the information applies to many TPS units.

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General vehicle information


 Automotive literature Automotive literature
Collection of automotive literature.

 Downloadable, printable bill of sale

 Daily driving our 1988 Suburban Daily driving our 1988 Suburban
A log of our escapades, fixes, and other details that anyone who daily drives an older vehicle might find interesting.

 The 85 MPH speedometer The 85 MPH speedometer
The 85 MPH speedometer. Why it existed, why it doesn't any longer, why it was great, and the modern solution.

 1991-2002 GM GMT-455 3500HD database 1991-2002 GM GMT-455 3500HD database
There is a lot of confusing, contradictory, or misleading information out there regarding these trucks. This database contains information based off of GM records, formal documents, literature, or firsthand experience.

 Weight capacities when towing Weight capacities when towing
These notes and observations are intended as a very quick guide to weight management and distribution when towing.

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