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Thread: Project λ^2 (Lambda Squared or Lambda II) - 1988 Chevrolet C1500 Extended Cab

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    Another lapse in updates, I see. School got the best of me. I was on my way home for spring break on Friday and I got about 70 miles away from the campus (about 175 miles to go) and the truck backfired and died. I was stuck for 4 hours before my dad came and towed me back here. So, while I did make it home for spring break, I'm going to be spending it looking for a new vehicle. The truck will not start. It's not a fuel issue, and it's not a spark issue. As far as we can tell, the timing chain broke and took a bunch of stuff with it. Either way, I'm done throwing money at the thing. It's time to move on. This post marks the end of the Lambda^2, and the Lambda vehicles. *looks at clock* I have church in 6 hours, meaning about 5 hours of sleep. Then this afternoon I'll be following up on some Craigslist posts for some trucks and a car.
    I have bad luck with vehicles...

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    Good to hear from you again, but bad about the chain. That usually means bent valves... (Chains usually rattle before breaking. Unfortunately belts don't, so the preventative "replace every xyz,000 kms" (or every n years) should be heeded.)

    I might have to catch up on this thread - I've been slack since our exchanges whenever regarding whatever. (I haven't recovered the backups prior to my last PC crash last year. Except for losing track of who I dealt with (and for what), I haven't missed the old stuff too much.
    Though I did just see something about a battery... Maybe I should disappear whilst I still can.


    Wishing you well for your re-trucking. (Studies, projects, engine blowups, ... masochism!)

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    I got a new(er) truck yesterday. A 1996 Chevy C1500 Cheyenne. Same engine as this other truck. Except that it has a timing /belt/ IIRC. Everything from the old truck should move over relatively easily (radio, sat radio, etc.). I'm looking forward to this one, because I have decided to actually have some fun with this one. I have to go to the DMV ( hate that place) and get it registered today and my dad and I have to make a 5 hour trip to return the car trailer we rented when I got stranded and to go on back to the college and get my tax papers I forgot in my haste to get home (AKA: hurry up and break the down, then wait 4 hours for my dad to come rescue me...).

    The new log should be up soon, but consider this the end of this particular chapter. I look forward to what the (not-so-distant) future holds for this truck and me.
    I have bad luck with vehicles...

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    the good, the bad, and the ugly.. sounds like normal..


    so is this the beginning of Project λ^3?

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    Congrats on the pickup (pun intended). And best of luck and tempers with the DMV.


    But ain't sticking with the same Marque grand? My add-ons have migrated from car to cars since by first rally sedan (in the late 1970s). Even my electric fan with brackets migrated between models (let's call them iMarks and a Chevy LUVs) and is on my present 1965 ute. And that ute now has a 1985 LSD diff center that bolted straight in!

    And one big reward: I used to make wiring adaptors instead of cutting loom connectors and joining new wires etc. I often thought that was overkill. But even today that is the recommendation given by most experts & professionals, but in my case, not only did it preserve the value of the original "collectors" vehicles and looms, but it made recovery and transplanting of my add-ons a breeze.


    But that familiarity and similarity is a huge bonus.



    FYI - upon getting a new vehicle (ie, 1960's to 1980's varieties), I usually replace all brake rubbers and ignition parts (points & condensor; rotor, ∩ splugs and maybe HT leads) and the thermostat and fuel filters unless their condition is known to be good.
    Ditto for rubber timing belts in my post-1986 engines. I'll also do a service (grease and oil & filter including gearbox & diff oils, and flush brake & clutch fluids) and a tune (valve clearances, timing, carby etc).
    I also check all coolant rubbers, though after an engine overhaul or transplant, I replace ALL hoses and have the radiator professionally checked and cleaned (trust me, they may look good or may have once been (stored) clean, but can still be or develop blockages). I have known of a few new-engine demolitions thanks to pin-holes in radiator hoses (I was one of them!).
    Any near-new of reasonable parts replaced are kept as spares.
    Last edited by OldSpark; 03-12-2012 at 08:06 PM. Reason: Minor changes... Added "overkill".

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    OMG Dude, drop the Lambda name. It seems to be cursed. Once I named my Car PC after the dearly departed Tobiathin (The Tobiathin Core), things went fast and good. Mind you I still have hicups, but now I at least have music, video, etc. Still having some USB issues, but its to be expected with almost 55+ USB devices. Sometimes you gotta kill something and start off fresh with a whole new name and out look.

    If I hadnt named it after Tobiathin, I have a feeling I wouldnt have gotten the install to the near finishing point.
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    Thanks for that post there OldSpark. I may be getting ready to install a rebuild kit on my 4Runner and a lot of that I didn't know I should do. A good portion of it I did and already have planned but some of it not (The radiator houses and what not to be a little more precise).
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    so is this the beginning of Project λ^3?
    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    OMG Dude, drop the Lambda name. It seems to be cursed.
    Quote Originally Posted by freeflashstuff View Post
    It's time to move on. This post marks the end of the Lambda^2, and the Lambda vehicles.
    I haven't quite decided on a new name yet. I've been throwing a few ideas around, but I haven't had one that has "stuck".
    I have bad luck with vehicles...

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    New Project, New Name

    Quote Originally Posted by freeflashstuff View Post
    I haven't quite decided on a new name yet. I've been throwing a few ideas around, but I haven't had one that has "stuck".
    The old projects go to make room for the new ones, but they could sure pick more convenient times, couldn't they?

    I've done nothing but drive my Scion for most of a year, but the airplane project is coming along well. She's up on the landing gear and we're almost done with the wings.

    I added a project much like yours: a low-mile '98 GMC Sierra that had been stolen. The engine, trans and wheels/tires were gone, but it's otherwise in surprisingly good shape. We found an LT1 engine with T56 6-speed trans that will go in this spring, and we have Impala SS wheels for it.

    Names? Well, the plane will be black with silver on the top panel and part of the wings; we'll use a vinyl overlay for the silver, and the pattern will be aluminum diamond plate (like they use to make truck tool boxes). So the plane has become Miss Diamondback. We'll likely paint and overlay the truck -- which we'll use to tow the plane -- the same way. It may be Diamondback II, or it may just be The Truck.

    I expect we're a year from flying, so the truck won't get much more in the way of upgrades than are necessary to make her roadworthy, but we'll go through and renew all the pieces that OldSpark mentioned, and we may put in new springs and bigger sway bars. Paint will wait 'til we're painting the plane.

    Good luck with the new project, whatever its name. And good luck with school . . . I did college in bursts, mostly when I had the money, and it took me a long time to graduate. The advantage to that program was that, by the time I graduated, I knew where I was headed and what courses I wanted in the curriculum. Still, the carPC and airplane projects get me wishing I'd taken some electronics courses, too.
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    As far as the name goes, a name hit me last night that seems like it might stick. (I really can't believe I'm about to type what I'm about to type...)

    There's a back story to this name, so here I go (I guess...).
    When I came back from winter break, one of my friends back at the college told me I needed to watch this show. I asked him what show he was talking about, and he told me the new My Little Pony. No sooner had he said that that I was already making fun of him, but I promised I'd give it a shot. I'm not gonna say it's the best show out there, but it's a lot better than some of the junk they air on TV anymore.

    So, back to the name. One of the characters in that show is called Rainbow Dash. She's a blue Pegasus. This truck isn't quite the right blue, but meh. I was sitting down journaling last night, when I saw the email come in for your replies and I thought of this.

    "Dashie AKA: Lambda^2 20% Cooler Redux"
    Dashie for the character, the 20% Cooler thing is a meme from the show, and throw the old Lambda^2 in there since this is essentially a reboot of the old project with a slightly newer truck of (almost) the same model. (The old one was a Silverado, this one is a Cheyenne. There's really not that much of a difference.) What do you guys think?

    *braces for potential storm regarding MLP*
    I have bad luck with vehicles...

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