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so after recently selling a 72 chevy c10 I had, and having some money in the bank, I decided I wanted to build a newer FI motor for something as I was tired of having to tune the carb on the truck I had, plus I wanted something smaller than a long bed C10, I originally was going to go with a short bed Silverado and turbo it, but after watching a youtube video, the regular car reviews / sloppymechanics turbo Colorado video, I had the bug, I was like a pitbull for information on this truck, as it was akin to doing a V8 s10 that I always wanted to do, but for me it was something newer and nicer, and at 6'5 290 I could fit in comfortably.

fast forward to 2 months of searching online, and I come across this: an 05 Colorado work truck, automatic, 4cyl, ice cold AC, with an ARE fiberglass lid, the ad said it was a delivery truck for the Massey Cadillac dealerships around town, asking price 3500. went down and looked at it, at this little car lot / performance shop, and the guy tells me he buys the lower priced cars, cleans them up a little and sells them for a few bucks over his cost, hey everyones gotta eat right. i look at it, take it for a test drive, and when i come back i tell him maybe a clunk in the steering rack 220k miles is a lot, its massey pest control not massey Cadillac dealership (i knew cause of the vinyl wrap color scheme and the middleton pest control inventory sticker in the drivers door jamb)

guy says 2500 and its mine, told him id have to sleep on it blah blah blah. cut to two days later and with negotiations ive got it for 2500 out the door including sales tax, so roughly 2200 plus tax. now you figure that fiberglass lid that was included is a 500-600 component, plus the bed was already rhinolined, i did pretty decent.












i found pictures of the truck before it got to the dealer i had purchased it from, thru a vin search online:

 

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so of course, the motor has to come out to make for the new motor that still has to be purchased


slight OCD kicking in, had to wash the engine stand and engine hoist I borrowed from a friend


after disconnecting every hose and wire I can find and having the transmission leak fluid 40 different times as angles of the motor changed, its on its way out. btw to whoever invented the cordless 1/4 impact my hands and arms thank them








hit a snag when the boom almost hits the garage door

and the oil pan doesn't want to clear the front

the solution is to let the air out of the front tires and it barely clears enough to pull
 

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motor is now at its final resting place, this is an older picture as I've since unmarried the transmission from the engine to sell easier


were now left with the aftermath, and might I recommend the $2 storage boxes from Wal-Mart make great fluid absorbers and don't make a mess like kitty litter






time for trimming the pockets for the mounts


and now time to clean the engine bay, OCD strikes again. sent this picture to my buddy saying 300lbs of torque in the engine bay

since im in here, might as well take out the dirty firewall liner



after removing firewall liner, vacuuming any dust, dirt or leaves that have been in this truck, along with a simple green lemon scrub and wash, 91% rubbing alcohol wipe down and miscellaneous toothbrush scrubbing, at this point I am left with this :
 

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as of right now , ive got the money set aside for the motor and trans and turbo and wiring, im just having trouble finding a 6.0 and 2wd 4L80E with low miles locally for the price range I want to pay. I had found a combo for $2k but it was sold before I came up with the cash

im going to close to what denmah/sloppy mechanics has built. so far im thinking 6.0 block, LJMS stage 2 or 3 turbo cam, turbo I still have to get with local shops to get their recommendation (since im in Orlando I have access to Titan Motorsports and Real Street Performance )
 

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Way to clear the engine compartment...can't wait to see Betty's Beast!
 

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I love the OCD'ness for cleaning the engine bay up

I look forward to seeing where this goes
 

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I love the OCD'ness for cleaning the engine bay up

I look forward to seeing where this goes
 

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If anyone's wondering why I named it Betty white , it was either that name or Bug'n Out since it was a former pest control truck. But I figured Betty white was good cause it was old and has some miles on it , has some dents and dings and the outside isn't the cleanest but it still packs a punch in an unassuming look. Kinda like Betty white herself

As for the ocd part I've grown up in a family of engineers ( mom has 5 bachelors, 2 masters, and one PhD all in various engineering fields) , and I worked for a sizable ar15 mfg for ten years, and when you build weapons for soldiers and the such , details matter . I've also done car audio since I was 14 and don't like it when people half ass installs.

Trying to figure if I can reroute the wiring thru the fenders and all for what they call a shaved engine bay look.

Also if you guys are bored, if you look up a friend of mine named tom Miller who created a twin turbo mustang named Bad Karma , he's overly ocd but has created a beautiful magazine featured car. Some of the coatings and metal treatments we use on rifles he used in the car.
 

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I'm not going to show this to my brother. He calls his Silverado Betty White. But it's not going to be nearly as cool :lol:

Which AR manufacturer did you work for?
 

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Many moons ago the one with the spider as the logo. And one of my rifles I've got more invested than the truck is worth right now. Tikka t3 CTR in a McRees machined chassis and atlas bipod, topped with a leupold mk4 TMR reticle scope and a 30 cal supressor

 

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I wonder if that truck has been by my house.....I used to be a Massey customer....
 
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