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Old 01-02-2008, 06:11 PM   #15
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Good luck with your new toy! The best thing we did with our '84 310 was to replace all of the lights (interior and exterior) with high-brightness LEDs. Triple the light with a tenth of the power. Batteries last forever now. Second best is the mechanicals - engine, drive train, suspension, etc. Bring the fuel economy up to the numbers people say they get but don't!

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Old 01-03-2008, 12:01 PM   #16
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Best thing is to find an honest mechanic !!!

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Old 01-04-2008, 06:47 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by myfirstrv
Best thing is to find an honest mechanic !!!
That's am oxymoron for sure.
Myself, EFI on the old 454. (and) In the process of reflooring my ol' 345 'Silver Bullet'.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:46 AM   #18
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estero , Florida
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The BEST thing I ever did was replace the original carpet and wood flooring with Karndean tile. It is light weight, looks like marble and is so easy to keep clean. I had to have a tile guy come in to do the work. He laid a subflooring down after taking up the carpet and wood. Then he laid the Karndean tiles with the plastic grout between them.

Second Best thing I did was get a cabinet maker to build a removable book shelf that fits over the engine cover inside. Since ours has the old 9 inch TV's, we can put the newer set on the top shelf in front and keep other "stuff" underneath.

Our quality of life improved with both of these modifications. Good luck to you.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:51 AM   #19
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Mine already had the Banks Power Pack so one of the first mods I did was the Gear Vendors OD/UD. Before this mod I was lucky to get 6mpg, and had to push my tach to 3k for 60-65mph. Now I'm almost 9mpg, tach 2400k for 65mph, and it only took 1 full day to do the install (aside from having to take the driveshaft in to be chopped).
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Old 02-18-2008, 01:13 PM   #20
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Though my unit isn't vintage, the best thing I've done so far was when I ordered my unit back in October of 2003. I got the 15k BTU A/C unit with the comfort control system and the second fantastic vent in the rear vent. Two of the best decisions I've made to date. Lots of idea, but the wallet is too weak to be able to post a second or third runner up to these two currently installed items.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:16 PM   #21
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Havent had mine for about a month, but i replaced all cabinet handles, hinges, and put a good polish on the wood. Makes it feel a little bit brighter and more like home. I also resealed the roof... it looked fine but around my rear vent had a small leak. New plugs, wires, and k/n filter is pretty cheap too, and dont forget the generator, its easy to service too. I can't really afford the banks or gear vendors now...
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:13 PM   #22
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Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade

LOL where to start.

The best upgrade so far was the New Tranny and Gear Vendor 7k however I am sure that it will pay for itself in gas savings shortly ( I drive 50,000 miles a yr +)

Current Upgrades (in Progress)

Redo bathroom with new Paint and fixtures

paint all walls and cabinetry

replace drivers and passengers floor

Sand all plywood and Polyurethane to protect from possible future water damage

Rebuilt all wood on doghouse and entertainment center

replaced stereo

Replace Hinge bolts on door.

New bamboo floors

Well thats a start the projects that are on the list but need $$$$ and more time are

New Captains chairs

New suspension

Polish exterior

Replace all Gauges with new easy to read gauges

Custom fabricate dash

add sound proofing

New Side view mirrors

LED Lighting

Well that is enough for now...

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:16 PM   #23
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Upgraded the stabilizers. The neighbors donít complain in the morning and helps to protect the frame and related components. K
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:24 PM   #24
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best by far pac brake . fuel plate for more power 70h.p. better air intake.By pass oil filter . radiator mist system
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:41 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Diesel Phil
best by far pac brake . fuel plate for more power 70h.p. better air intake.By pass oil filter . radiator mist system
Phil - Pls send email or pm regarding details on the fuel plate and air intake changes. Tnx. Jamie
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:53 AM   #26
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