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Old 01-29-2020, 06:30 PM
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Thanks! I have a little more mechanical work to do with the truck to make it a little more better. Mostly maintenance stuff. Can’t wait for warmer weather.


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Man thats one ugly camper.... you can dispose of it at my place I'll pm you address lol.
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I love that

Did anyone see the camper from Sema last year?
That was epic!!
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Winter is over so I put some work in on the camper truck.

Found a matching set of door panels to replace the one brown and one blue that came with the truck


Then I adjusted the rear brakes.


Then I got boxes of goodies!


I used VHT flameproof primer and aluminum paint for the headers


I figured out why it wasn’t stopping well. The calipers weren’t sliding.
I used the OTC400 lathe and turned the rotors
Turned crusty into smooth


Also got new pads and cleaned up the slides.


I also found a clunk. Sway bar end link was hitting the coil.


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Put the headers on


And ran 2.5 inch stainless


Through some flowmaster-ish stainless mufflers


And out the side so I don’t fill the camper with exhaust.


And did radius arm bushings


Also did u joints and carrier bearing. That only added 3 hours. Bleh.

And then did the major upgrade to EFI


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Turned the original coil band clamp into a pedestal for the hyperspark coil.
Then of course the stock air cleaner wouldn’t clear the new coil, but I remembered having the triangle one off my 77 so I put it on.


After getting the fuel system plumbed I got the bed back on with new hardware.


Everything is buttoned up and working.
I’ve got about 100 miles on the Sniper efi and I’m pretty happy with it.


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That's some big-time upgrades
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Old 04-27-2020, 05:51 AM
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Yeah. I was looking at yet another project and the wife started making fun of me saying I couldn’t be trusted because every time I have a spare $1500 rattling around I come home with another project. Then suggested I should get the parts I kept talking about and upgrade something I already have.


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Awesome truck Tim! It looks like that camper was designed for that truck.
I have been thinking about purchasing a sniper unit for my 455 Lemans, was it difficult to install? how long did it take and what was the hardest part?
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Do you plan to install truck steps on the F250?
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Awesome truck Tim! It looks like that camper was designed for that truck.
I have been thinking about purchasing a sniper unit for my 455 Lemans, was it difficult to install? how long did it take and what was the hardest part?

Whoa. Sorry about the delay in response.
It took me a little while to get it all installed. The throttle body dropped right on but I suffered from the: screw your non-Chevy build: issues.

The C6 used a kickdown lever instead of a cable so it moved the wrong direction so I had to add a $100 lokar cable to the parts list.

The throttle ball stud is pressed into the motocraft carb instead of threaded so I had to buy a throttle ball stud set to get the linkage hooked up.

I went with the master kit so it has an external fuel pump, 3/8 hose, and -6AN fittings. I had to add a fuel return line to the tank which involved a step bit, a shop vac to collect the chips, and the boss’s Sonic idling with the exhaust routed through a second shop vac hose to make sure not to have hot metal hitting gas vapor and oxygen.
I was able to make my own wrench to get to the nut on the return line fitting.

I used the clamp on o2 sensor bung and replaced a random temperature/vacuum switch with the Sniper temp sensor.

Since I wanted full electronic ignition I looked at the Holley Sniper hyperspark coil, controller, and distributor. I emailed Holley and they saved me $200 and said my duraspark2 distributor was fine. That added about 4 hours of research to figure out the ignition wiring.
The duraspark2 has a reluctor ring and magnet and coil in it. I had to figure out the +/- of the coil, which connects to the ecu (which is built into the throttle body) as a cam position sensor. The ecu has a signal wire that loops over to the spark controller. Then the controller hooks to the coil, and the coil back to the top of the distributor. It makes a 15 foot loop under the hood of the truck.

Then it was just power and ground.

When I turned the key on the first time I ran the wizard. 8cyl. 460cid. Magnetic distributor. Spark timing of idle 12, cruise 32, wot 28. Idle speed 650rpm. Air/fuel ratio 14.5:1
Saved it, turned it off, then back on. Fuel pump primed, and it fired up.

The first tank average with carb was 6mpg.
The first tank average with Sniper was 7.5mpg.
I finally got a working timing gun and checked out my base timing and locked out the mechanical advance. The distributor was clocked 12 degrees advanced already so I changed my timing numbers to compensate. I also bumped my a/f ratio up a little. The next tank average was 9.5mpg.

I have about 500 miles on the system so far I tried electric fans but the old single v-belt alternator is a 60 amp and it just doesn’t have the oomph to run 20 amps of Sniper and electric fuel pump and stereo/light/wipers/ignition/hvac/ and 40 amps of fan so I switched back to the mechanical.

There is a Holley Sniper group on Facebook which isn’t terrible. And lots of videos on YouTube.


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Old 06-21-2020, 06:33 AM
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So mo bettah update.
I got new window track and rubbers installed.
I got a new window regulator on the passenger door.
I got new speakers and a cheap Bluetooth radio.
I got new weatherstripping around the doors.
Now it is ka-chunk instead of clunk-rattle-rattle.

But as I was driving my seat kept reclining more and more.
Time for floors.



Yeah. That is gross.



But since I have a 98 f150 the wife killed. With only 72000 miles on it. Its floor was pristine.



So I ordered floor pans and came up with a pan plan.


Cut out everything I did not need.





And got everything roughed in place.
I will be able to use the 20 year younger seats in here now.


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I don’t envy you guys who live in areas with that much rust.
I also was curious about the sniper efi thanks for the run down.
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I don’t envy you guys who live in areas with that much rust.
I also was curious about the sniper efi thanks for the run down.

The dream is always finding a good deal in the Southwest and bringing it back
The reality is rust, lol.

This morning I got the new floor crossmembers tied into the cab and reinforced the inner rocker a little. Then got the carpet laid in


I then got the seats bolted back in



And then worked on getting the weatherstripping across the bottom and the trim back on



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