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    1996 Chevy C1500 - Many years of Modifying (and still not done)

    I've been on this site for a while now and just started posting. I figured i'd share all the things i've done to my truck so people can look at them too. Some were many years ago, and some more recent. I'll try my best to keep the pictures in chronoloogical order. I'm not going to post it all right away though, since as I'm making this thread I'm limited to time. I have class in just a few minutes but, what the heck, i'll start posting on here what I can anyway or I might never do it.

    Just to start, I'll show what the truck looked like 8 years ago when I first bought it used. Yes there's a lot of them!!

    Post more later, gotta head to class now.
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    Added pictures of how the truck looks now on the outside. You can see a big difference! much more clean. I'll get some interior shots up soon and the bed install i'm working on. Gotta work on this Art essay now, even though i'd much rather load more pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996C1500 View Post
    Added pictures of how the truck looks now on the outside. You can see a big difference! much more clean. I'll get some interior shots up soon and the bed install i'm working on. Gotta work on this Art essay now, even though i'd much rather load more pics!
    Looks much more clean. Looks a lot tougher, more muscle. Very well done.
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    +1 on loosing the window vents and front windshield eyebrow
    Different rims add a nice touch too!

    Did you change the interior color? Looks like you started with blue and now a grey.

    What do you have on the console that is attached to the rough?

    Carpc?

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    I know I suppose I should include the pictures of my actual PC since this is a car pc forum! haha, well I will just give me time. Finished my draft of my art essay and going to load a few more pics then head to bed.

    The interior has always been a light gray color. I had a guy reupholster the cracked leather seats for me using white/gray vinyl but keeping the same pattern. I also had him stitch chevy bowtie into the headrest. I took out the middle seat and some of the wood trim alread. Sucks becuase the wood was installed using screws, so when I take it out, there's holes and you can see where the person tried more than once to get it on right since there's several screw holes in some spots.

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    Added more pics you can see the new rims, exhaust, grill, bumper, shaved tailgate, gaylord fiberglass tonneau I installed actuators to open and close with aux outputs on my alarm remote, bed blow through and mdf wall with amps installed. Getting ready to fit 15" subwoofers. I plan on doing an enclosure for the subs to point into the cabin and make another wall of wood to cover the amps with plexiglass windows. Also still need to wrap the center console in either vinyl or fiberglass. And I have a 2/4" drop kit I gotta install still. Not looking forward to that one...

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    Holy Mother!

    What are you running in the back? 220 volt power lines!!!
    How do you power everything? Extra alternator and motor???

    That center console with the rack server is quite amazing!
    Is the sound quality that much better?
    You doing a DD / Show car?

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    Haha it's just 1/0 power and ground straight to distribution blocks and monoblock sub amp. It's split to 4 awg to the other amps. I have two red top batteries, one on a 200 amp isolator with a cut off switch. That way parking lot playing, or drive in movies i won't drain my main. I'm planning on getting yellow tops to replace them though, they are aging and slowly losing their capacity. I did upgrade my alternator as well. It's factory casing with upgrade windings and stators and what not. I can't remember if it's 200 or 250 amps. I'd have to pull out the spec sheet from the guy I bought it from. Either way, the extra battery and upgraded alt power everything ok. I'll have to get pictures of the engine bay with my upgraded wiring and where i put this extra battery tray on the side where the storage compartment was.

    As far as sound qaulity YES it's incredible. I find it to be even better than running head units i've had in the past. I would rate it right up there with my pioneer p-9 combo, or even better becuase i'm not going through any aux inputs for the carputer anymore, but instead I use the digital optical out on the mobo straight to the prosound gear where all the D/A conversion takes place. Plus, the crossovers in the DCX have soooo many options its rediculous. I have no alternator noise, no pops, hiss, crackles, or anything in any of my gear, so that helps.

    This truck has always been my DD, never a show vehicle. I don't feel it has that polished look yet, so maybe a few more years it'll be show worthy. By then i'm sure the engine will blow or some crap. I figured that'd be my luck, as soon as i finish everything the truck will break down haha. But thankfully it's mechanically sound. But then again, what car project is ever finished?

    Oh and thanks for the compliments :-)

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    yeah...I hear that one a lot!

    1996...I just really got interested in the PC scene and have had many people "go crazy" over my power wires as well. PC people are used to tiny little wires and the concept of having a 30A fuse is bizarre to them...let alone a 300A Main like mine. You will get that a lot...they just don't understand amplifiers and their requirements. I think it's kinda funny because my buddies are always confused as to how something can require that much power and i am always confused as to how something can talk both ways down the same wire at the same time...it's a PC vs. Audio thing obviously, two DIFFERENT worlds! I am like you though, I like merging worlds!

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    I do like applying my limited knowledge of computer and car audio to merge the technologies. Sometimes I look on these forums and see what people are doing with their computers and feel like wow... how can they do that. I mean some of the stuff people do here is nuts. Especially those who are making programs, or the hardware, and what not. I feel like more or less the artist using the supplies everybody else engineered, but then again i see some other peopls fabrications and feel like my installs are lame in comparison. But that's ok I still enjoy the hobby, and it's fun putting it all together.

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