Alright, here is my big thread update..........I did a horrible job updating as the build happened, but I will post what I have.
After several conversations with Brian K. he pointed me in the direction of Ron Meyers with Peerless Overland. At the time, Brian was too busy to take on another project but was more than willing to hook me up with some good people.
Ron was freaking awesome, he did everything he said he was going to do and then some. He kept me in the loop the entire time, honored everything he said he was going to do and did a damn good job. It's easy to say that my expectations were easily exceeded.
After he got the truck we came up with a list of stuff that needed to be done and altered the scope of the original project some. Some things just made sense and some things were a necessity because they were screwed up so bad we either had to do them over (paint) or try and fix them.
Strip down entire truck
Sandblast and repaint the chassis
Re-paint the entire truck
Bed Liner in the bed, seat box, floor pans, engine bay and underside of the hood
Re-paint the interior
New Upholstery, headliner and door cards
All new electrical
New shocks, fuel tank, exhaust, custom drive shafts, tunnel cover, etc.
LT77 and LT230 Conversion
Power Steering Conversion
Tons of powder coated parts and the list likely goes on.......
Initial thoughts after my epic 20 mile drive (ran out of time last night).
-The truck is beautiful, cosmetically everything could not look better; it's a real head turner.
-The power the truck has is honestly stupid. I have no idea why you would ever do this conversion and not install the turbo. The spool up and power delivery is amazing; the truck is a monster and the conversions are very nicely done.
- Gearing - I find myself running out of gears very quickly. I end up in 5th in a matter of seconds and find myself wishing I could keep going. I believe the LT230 that is installed is a 1.4 and I think the truck needs a 1.2. It is capable of so much more, but is currently going to be screaming at 60mph. I have a spare LT230 that came out of a D1 that I think will solve my need for speed issue. I can see myself doing this soon.
- The truck seems to run a little warm. I suspect the gauge is not working correctly or something along those lines. I need to get an IR gun and check actual temperature.
Overall, the truck is fantastic.
Here are some pictures:
I'll try and post more later after I get some seat time.