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I was only kidding with you, Sir, regarding my previous comment. I have alot of respect for you, sir. Building an AWESOME rig for your grandson, and getting out there working on it yourself. I call 30 yr olds that I work with old men. Basically anyone who is older than me. haha.

I know that Shane. Just yanking your chain.
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I know that Shane. Just yanking your chain.
I know that Old Man. chuckle chuckle.
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Wow! I must say, you sir have one heck of a rig going, I'm all sorts of jealous.
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Thanks everyone. I really appreciate all the kind comments. Let's not forget the fact that it took me 50 years to get here.
Most of you are in your teens and 20's and from what I've seen you have some very good looking rides also. Makes me envious.
I wish I had, had some of the trucks I've seen here when I was in High School.
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Thanks everyone. I really appreciate all the kind comments. Let's not forget the fact that it took me 50 years to get here.
Most of you are in your teens and 20's and from what I've seen you have some very good looking rides also. Makes me envious.
I wish I had, had some of the trucks I've seen here when I was in High School.
appreciate that but it took me alot of hard work to get my 98 where its at currently and its a great feeling.
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appreciate that but it took me alot of hard work to get my 98 where its at currently and its a great feeling.
Couldn't agree more Mark. I've always felt your pride grows in direct proportion to the amount of work you yourself do on the vehicle. I've always thought my POS car/truck was better than some "factory" hot rod. I've had many discussions with friends over the years. I've been asked why I'm doing what I did to my car or truck. The argument goes something like this. "for the same or less money you could get a Shelby, Roush, (fill in the blank) limited production whatever." My stance is anyone can go to the dealer and buy one of those if you have enough cash or credit. What you get for your money is something someone else thinks is good looking, or runs fast. When you get it home what you have is just 1 of thousands made. They all look the same, sound the same, run the same. When I look at my truck, I know I have the only 1 exactly like it. While it's true I'm paying someone to do the work for me, on the current part of the build, all the ideas are mine. Also all the previous work I did myself. So yes I'm proud of my truck too.
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Wow! Very nice truck! I am drooling! I wish my grandfather was into stuff like that.
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Wow! Very nice truck! I am drooling! I wish my grandfather was into stuff like that.

How do you know he isn't Mike? Talk to him. You never know. Inside EVERY old fart, is a little boy, trying to get out. Take him for a ride in your truck. Ask him what he thinks about it. He'll probably complain the muffler is to loud, but trust me, inside he'll be smiling. I went to a custom car show last Saturday. Not a big one like SEMA. Just a local club sponsored one. Probably 75-100 cars there in the parking lot of the local indian casino. The over 50 crowd probably out numbered the youngsters by 2 to 1.
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Its FINISHED. Art Garcia, the owner of LUXURIOUS CUSTOMS just called to say my truck is ready.
They just have a few odds and ends to clean up and wash it and I'm ready to roll. He told me to come get it after 5 p.m.
To late for me to get any good photos today. Tomorrow is my grandson 2nd birthday. We're going over there for the day.
I'll try to get some photos Sunday and post them Sunday night or Monday.
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That is no fair, having a sweet truck, and making it even sweeter, then saying we can't see finished pics?!?!



Have fun tomorrow with the little one, we can wait for the pics!
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Aw mann i just got all cought up with the thread and when i get to the end i'm days away from seeing the final project.....thats just not right haha Great looking truck though!
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How do you know he isn't Mike? Talk to him. You never know. Inside EVERY old fart, is a little boy, trying to get out. Take him for a ride in your truck. Ask him what he thinks about it. He'll probably complain the muffler is to loud, but trust me, inside he'll be smiling. I went to a custom car show last Saturday. Not a big one like SEMA. Just a local club sponsored one. Probably 75-100 cars there in the parking lot of the local indian casino. The over 50 crowd probably out numbered the youngsters by 2 to 1.
I have lived with him for the past year and a half and I know he's not in to it. He thinks my truck looks good, but doesn't like the money spent on it or want to help do something very often. He'll help out if I have a question, but that's about it.
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Yes VERY new. The young man, Art Garcia, that owns it is only 22. He opened this shop , his 2nd, about 5-6 months ago.
It's on Vella Rd. just off the airport. About 1/2 block south of Ramon Rd.
I know exactly where that is. Passed it several times when working the Bob Hope Classic :) .

Are those RSA tires as well? They are all I really use anymore :)
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Well everyone, bad news. Art and Oscar tried to have the truck ready Friday. In time for my grandsons birthday.
They just ran out of time. I told them not to push and make a mistake at this stage.
I'd wait until Monday or Tuesday. Or whatever it takes. I've waited 5 weeks, another 72 hours won't make that much difference.
So afraid yall will have to wait another day or so for the finished photos.
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I was so anxious to see the pics on sunday and saw your post bummer!

Is it ready yet or you been driving around town hitting switches?!!
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Picked up the truck yesterday. On the ride home, less than 4 miles, something went pop and the driver side front bag went flat.
Made a U turn and went back to the shop. Oscar said it sounded like a control valve stuck in the open position.
He said it sometimes happens on a new set up. I should get the truck back today.

Photos to come. I PROMISE.
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sweet! can't wait to see it laid out!
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Ahh the suspense. Thats one thing that my grandfather and I do often, go to car shows. He actually goes to import shows and everything not just classic cars, its really funny seeing him walk around all the tuners haha
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Just so you guys know I'm not the only grandpa that thinks this way. This is a late 60's GMC C10.
It belongs to a 73 y.o. man that's building it for his 10 MONTH old grand son.
It came into LUXURIOUS CUSTOMS a few days ago.

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Good start with the engine. Art told me the guy said he's got about 8K in the engine so far.
It looks clean enough to possibly be a crate motor.

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I just picked up my truck. I'll try to get some photos posted tonight.
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So how do you like the truck!?!?!?!
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Are those RSA tires as well? They are all I really use anymore :)

Yes Good Year Eagle RS-A's. Size 235/50 X 18.

That's within 1/10" of stock diameter and about 1.5"-1.75" wider than stock.

They really hold the road.
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So how do you like the truck!?!?!?!
Love the interior. Sound system is great so far. Still have to dial in the speakers.
Oscar set them up nice. But I still want to "tweak" them a bit.

To early to tell about the suspension. It's only about 4 miles from the shop to home.
I'll take it for a nice shakedown ride tomorrow and play with air pressures.
It is a bit lower than I thought it would be with no air.
I'm sure some of you younger guys will still think it's not low enough. But for me it's fine.
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FINALLY.
Got the truck back. Went to take some photos and the sun decided it wasn't going to cooperate.
It decided to go behind some clouds. Must have come down from Washington or Oregon.
First time it's been cloudy in 2 weeks or so.
Anyway, I'll try to get some better shots tomorrow along with some interior shots.

Max air. Think the front can go a bit higher but I'm still learning.

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This will be about the normal driving hight.
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No air. A bit lower than I wanted. But close enough.
The wheel well opening comes about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down the sidewall.
About 2" lower than I wanted. With no air in the bags the chassis is about 5.5"-5.75" off the ground.

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OK Mark. You can say "I told you so" now.
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Looks great, I dont really like the back riding higher but thats just my opinion
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just remember, except for fender clearance and good travel, you can ride with the rear all the way down....


so you can DEFIANTLY go lower in the rear
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