Finally got some things squared away while I'm off working crazy hours in Texas and I can start working on the truck again.
Here's a little video I made for the truck. Been wanting to make this one for a while now:
Truck will be sporting a full factory Xtreme kit with an SS front bumper and Cal-Vu mirrors. The hood will be a carbon fiber piece from VIS racing and the roof is recieving a one-off carbon fiber insert that will fit betweent he factory rain gutters. A Leer tonneau cover will be given a custom treatment of carbon fiber and paint.
Suspension will be QA1 adjustables in front, Z85 rear springs with billet blocks and QA1 shocks. Belltech sway bars front and rear will keep the body roll in check.
Brakes are going to be from Wilwood while the wheels are 20" Bonspeed Malibu 6's.
The interior is going to recieve some changes in the way of new door panels, center console, iPad and additional equipment from Hertz/Audison.
The engine will be rocking an STS turbo kit with intercooler and super modulation efan. The transmission will recieve billet servos and Royal Purple synthetics. The rear end will be beefed up and will also recieve Wilwood brakes.
Want to thank the Wolfpack and SSK for their continued support, as well as my friends at HiLeds.com and Auto Radio Stereo in Sacramento for all their help and support thus far.
This is going to be a project where we can develop new products for the 355 and show their performance in the real world as well as on the showroom floor. This truck will be driven, beaten, and bruised constantly and is the ideal platform for a performance oriented 355 truck.
I hope everyone enjoys it and will be on the lookout soon for some new gear for the 355. For those interested, I'm always looking for new shops and companies to work with who have a passion for the hobby and want to develop new products to help both their business, and the community grow. If you are interested, please feel free to send me and email or PM and I will reply ASAP.
I'm going to start things off in the engine bay, with the turbo kit and efan. Moving from there will be the body/paint. Then the fun part of the suspension, and lastly the interior will be revised a bit, but nothing MAJOR.
I want to use this truck as a platform and test bed for new products for the 355 twins. Things like brake kits that dont cost an arm and a leg and 50-state legal performance products. Value for your dollar parts to make the ultimate modern 'muscle truck'
I'm all about giving back to the community and those that help me even in the slightest bit. What parts we can fab and what labor we can perform in the driveways of the 355 Nation, will be done that way. For the community, by the community, because that's waht this hobby is all about.
Thanks for the positive feedback guys. I'm going to start ordering parts next week. Firstly will be the turbo kit, and a fuel system kit from OTTP. I plan on running the same setup Josh has because I shouldn't be running any more power than he is going to once the S/C is done.
Actually went in reverse order from what I thought.
Ordered the injectors and adapters from OTTP this morning. I was originally going to order the 60# Siemens fuel injectors, but thought about it for a moment, and for just $20 more, I can ensure the option to run E85, so the upgrade to 80# Siemens injectors was a no brainer. If you guys are looking to upgrade your fuel systems, OTTP has done alot of the leg work for us and will make your upgrades as easy as possible.
The intercooler I'll be running is a Treadstone TRV1259 aluminum air to air unit. It features cast aluminum end tanks, 2.5" inlet and outlet ducts, and high grade aluminum construction. It can support up to 500hp worth of air flow, which is far more than I will ever need.
I'm also going to run an in-line, frame mounted oil cooler from Allstar Performance. This is just one of those "Might as well" pieces. Is it necessary, or even the best solution, no, but it will be easy to install in line with the STS oil pump and should help keep the oil as close to factory temps as possible. It will help ensure a long life for all my internals, turbo, and greasy bits. If this unit can't drop the temp enough, I'll be picking up a larger, more efficient piece from Fluidyne and mounting it infront of the radiator next to the intercooler.
Also ordered a new square tube transmission crossmemeber from Dallas Hot Rod Parts (DHP). For $119 shipped, its hard to beat as far as price. We will see what the quality is like once the part arrives, but knowing Mike, it will be a killer piece for sure.