Replacing a Grille and Headlights on a GM Full Size Truck

Chances are good that you or somebody you know has one of these beautiful trucks.  That’s because they are awesome in nearly every category.  They have reliable small block engines, rugged drivetrain parts, comfy interiors, and dashing good looks.  The Suburban’s hold about 47 people, the 4×4 trucks are great fun when stuck in mud, and the 2 wheel drive trucks looks fantastic when slammed to the ground on 22′s.  Let us not forget the 2 door Tahoes, Yukons and full size Blazers though.  I mean what is better than a bohemouth of a vehicle with only two doors?  You are left wondering “am I in a 4×4 monster truck or an exotic sports car?”  No matter which model Chevy or GMC full size truck you drive, you could benefit from watching this video.  Our own supermodel, better known as “Mike”, proudly displays the best way to swap out the grille and headlights.

Brake Fail: Smashing your Rotors off with an Axe.

 

Broken Brake Rotors

A simple task that you’ve done a million times before can often take a horrible turn faster than you can say, “where’s my biggest hammer”?   I really thought this brake job was going to be a quick 30 minute pad and rotor slap, like it should be.  Not so much, let’s review.

Step 1: Jack up the vehicle in a safe manner. “Check!”

Step 2: Remove the wheels. “Check!”

Step 3: Remove caliper & caliper bracket bolts. “Check!”

Step 4: Tie up calipers with mechanics wire to prevent them from hanging from the rubber brake hoses. “Check!”

Step 5: Slide the worn out rotors off the hub. “Umm, not sliding. What the heck is going on here?”

Step 6: Clean oily substance off new rotors, and slide new rotors into place. “Whoa….back it up instruction guy! We need to hop in the Delorean and zoom back to step 5. These rotors are stuck, no joke.  What now?”

Step 7: Compress the caliper piston and replace the old brake pads with new brake pads.  Don’t forget to lube the sliders.  “This hammer is not nearly big enough.  Does anybody know where my axe is?”

Step 8: Slide the caliper brackets and caliper over the new rotor and reinstall the caliper bolts. “Ok guys, the rotors are really getting destroyed now. We need torches, cut off wheels, grinders, and a sawzall!”

Step 9: Reinstall the wheels, and torque the lug nuts to your vehicle’s torque specifications. “Hello? instruction guy….I hate you. This is the Worst job EVER!”

Step 10: Before starting vehicle, be sure to recheck brake fluid level and pump the brake pedal to set the pads in place. “……….disappoint………”

You want to see an Engine Explode at High RPM?

Last week we discussed the Top 3 Most Awesome Ways To Destroy Your Engine.  This week, a video popped up in front of me that documented a very special event.  It was as if the video was saying “Hey Jeremy, I was just reading your totally radical automotive blog and I would like to share a video example of something on your Top 3 list”.  Well, thank you Mr.Awesome Video, I accept your greetings and your offer.  The only thing missing in the video is the super high speed camera slow-motion replay button.

Absolute Win: Pictures of Old Abandoned Roads

We drive on the open roads each day never giving a whole lot of thought about them.   Do you ever begin to wonder what happens when a road becomes less traveled?  How about when it’s blocked off and forgotten about?  Have you ever seen one built but never actually opened to traffic?  How about when the land reclaims the asphalt by force?  You may not realize it, but pictures of abandoned roads are an absolute win on many levels.  Is it lame to say that these roads have reached the end of the road? You decide.

All of these great photos from a www.Motivemag.com discussion forum.

Truck Customization in New Zealand.

As an avid car enthusiast, I find myself frequently drooling over customized vehicles that I find on the internet.  I’m not picky, if it has wheels and an engine, I’m probably drooling over it.  This is one that I originally came across on a truck forum, and saved the pictures because I think it is intriguingly awesome.

It was built by a guy in New Zealand and it is was a Mitsubishi L200, which are known as Mitsubishi Mightymax’s in the United States.   He chopped the roof, bobbed the bed, body-dropped it, and added some much needed air ride suspension.  Overall, very cool.  This is obviously a work in progress, but from what I remember, it was getting a turbocharged 4G63 engine from a Galant VR4 shortly after these pictures were taken.  These are from a year or two ago, does anybody out there have updates? I sure can’t find any.

Your Car is Swell, but it Doesn’t Have 7 FEET OF ARTICULATION!

While cruising through the sand pits near the internet’s automotive superhighway, I came across something way more rad than your new patch-covered jean jacket.  It’s quite odd, has 4 wheels,  and comes complete with an engine, thus heavily qualifying it as an automotive oddity this week.   Let’s stop for a moment and consider all the things in life that you have ever thought about running over.  Watermelons, crush em. Dirt piles, crushed.  Couches, crush. A wagon full of teddy bears, crushed. A pool full of pudding, crush.  They are ALL now able to be crushed thanks to the guys in this video.  With 7 feet of articulation, it doesn’t matter what’s in front of you, it’s getting crushed.

1967 Chevy Chevelle Bored to Death.

While on one of my weekend junkyard journeys, I came across possibly the saddest looking 1967 Chevy Chevelle in the history of mankind.  It was in tough shape as you can tell, and basic in every possible aspect of the word.  It had some of a small block still hiding under the hood, and a terribly boring automatic transmission to match its painfully bland paint.  I have to assume that this car put the previous owner to sleep every time they looked at it, which ultimately drove the most boring Chevelle ever to its final resting place.

Got pics of rotting cars?  I want to see them!  Send them to jnutt@1aauto.com

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