I’m Selling off my Johnny Lightning & Custom Car Key chains to fund more fun car stuff

 

Yep, after 15 years, I’m Selling off my Johnny Lightning & Custom Car Key chains to fund more fun car stuff.  Exciting things are coming to my YouTube channel and this website.  I’m cleaning house and selling off my little treasures to fund a new lift and some other really exciting mods to the Tahoe, the Colorado, and who knows what else.

So up for grabs are 100’s, possibly 100’s of my Johnny Lightning mint in box and custom car keychains.  Check out THE STORE for a start to the sell off.  If you don’t see what you want, let me know via the form, and I will hunt around to try to find it for you.

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The Best 29 Automotive Specialty Tools I Can’t Live Without

29 Automotive Specialty Tools I Can’t Live Without

What car tools should YOU buy? I’m not sure, but here’s a list of tools I have acquired over the years, and now can’t live without.

Here are the links to all my favorites. You can purchase all of the items in the video from Amazon:

Basic Automotive Toolset – https://amzn.to/2WWBOF0

Actron CP9670 Auto Scanner OBD II – https://amzn.to/2x9UVw7

Arcan XL20 Black Service Jack – https://amzn.to/2X4ant9

Pro-LifT T-6906D Double Pin Jack Stands – 6 Ton – https://amzn.to/2Xs4ftR

Pro Lift Mechanic Plastic Creeper – https://amzn.to/2WYOyLi

Multimeter with Ohm Volt Amp and Diode Voltage Tester – https://amzn.to/2X2KLwu

Telescoping Magnetic Pick-Up – https://amzn.to/2X34oEM

Telescoping Inspection Mirror – https://amzn.to/2N97zX7

Flex-Cable Pick-Up Tool – https://amzn.to/2XsMVoS

Performance Tool W80750 2-Piece Specialty Pick Set – https://amzn.to/2RxvP3N

Electronic Digital Caliper Stainless Steel Body with Large LCD Screen – https://amzn.to/2Y7AprZ

Bernzomatic TS8000 – High Intensity Trigger Start Torch – https://amzn.to/2xcnfy0

Power Station Jump Starter: 600 Peak/300 Instant Amps with Battery Clamps – https://amzn.to/2X2b4TP

20-Gallon Portable Air Compressor – https://amzn.to/2Y7pZsh

DEWALT 1/2-Inch Square Drive Impact Wrench – https://amzn.to/2X34L28

DEWALT 3/8-Inch Square Drive Air Ratchet – https://amzn.to/2Y2K2rL

Complete 3/8″ and 1/2” Drive Impact Socket Set – https://amzn.to/2XpvmGd

One Man Automotive Hand Vacuum Pump Test & Brake Bleeder Kit – https://amzn.to/2N6LMPS

Tite-reach Extension Wrench Tri-pack – https://amzn.to/2x9VCWf

Angled Fuel Disconnect Tool Set – https://amzn.to/2Ftqkhr

Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit Set with Fastener Clip Remover – https://amzn.to/2Xuu4JQ

Torque Wrenches – https://amzn.to/2xd3kyV

Power Probe IV w/Case & Acc – https://amzn.to/2X2SLhe

Deluxe Compression Tester Kit with Carrying Case – https://amzn.to/2N5iFfH

Cylinder Leakage Tester Kit – https://amzn.to/2XsZnoA

Car Vacuum and Fuel Pump Tester Gauge Kit – https://amzn.to/2Xw5wAe

Pulley Puller Remover – Pulley Installer – https://amzn.to/2Xs4THN

3-Jaw Gear Puller Set – 3”, 4”, and 6” Inch Removal Tool Kit – https://amzn.to/2X1TbV8

OTC 6667 Harmonic Damper Puller – https://amzn.to/2J39JCa

2 TON Engine Hoist Cherry Picker Shop Crane Lift Black – https://amzn.to/2N63WkE

Steel Rotating Engine Stand with Foldable Frame – https://amzn.to/2X2Q6Uw

Automotive Lift – https://amzn.to/2N6Bf7d

 

Hey everybody. Steve here, coming to you from the 95-degree garage. So, I’ll try to get through this one quickly. I’ve got an e-mail from a guy by the name of Keith and Keith asked me about the tools that I use and it kind of gave me an idea for a video. So, I thought I would compile a list of tools that I have used over the years to work on my cars.

Now I am not a professional mechanic, I am a DI wire and long time ago started working on my own car, to try to save a little bit of money and I’ve acquired some tools over the years. So, I wanted to share with you some of the stuff that I used and I’m going to try to do it in order and I don’t know how this is gonna go. But I am going to try to do it in an order of what I think casting the widest net, the thing that most everybody might want to invest in. And as I get further and further down the list it’s going to get narrower and narrower, fewer and fewer people in terms of complexity of the project and the tools that you’re going to need in the project.

So, I have a list and it’s long. So, let me get right to it. All right. So first of all, let’s talk about assumptions. Assumption number one is that you have a standard toolset. You know something with wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, pliers that sort of thing and that you’re not starting from complete scratch. If you are starting from complete scratch check the description down below and I’ll share with you something similar to the tool kit that I keep in my car at all times which has actually never let me down. It’s pretty much got everything that I need for on the road. So, there’s that. But yeah, let’s get started with list.

Something that I use a lot and that I think it would be wise for everybody to have is one of these. This is an OBD2 reader. This is the Akron Auto Scanner Plus and essentially this is you just plug this little guy underneath your dash into the computer and it will give you all of any kind of error codes if your check engine light is on. The other thing that this thing will do is it will make recommendations, this is kind of a step up from the base one. This one will make recommendations on potential things that you can do to fix those issues. And it does a few other things: it does monitoring as you’re driving down the road it will record a bunch of criteria that you choose and it will allow you to review that data later. So, this one’s a little bit nicer than the entry level one that you could still buy and I’ll put up a link for that down in the description. So, that is number one.

All right. So, number 2 I think for a wide variety of things that you are going to need to do to your car having a jack and jack stands is gonna take you a long way. Now, so what I’m showing you here is my jack, it is a step above the entry level and also my jack stands. These jack stands are for an SUV or big truck. You don’t need to get these I think they’re rated at 6,000 pounds apiece. One of the things that I really like about this particular jack stand is that they have these locking mechanisms so that I just feel a little bit more comfortable crawling around underneath the vehicle with this just this extra added safety feature.

Okay. So, here’s an important one to go with your jack and you jack stands, here’s a crawler. Basically, it makes it more comfortable when you’re lying around on your back and got wheels so that you can buzz around instead of doing the inch worm thing. I have the tendency to forget to use this thing and I end up doing the inch worm thing anyways.

So, another thing that I think that you can’t do without is a good multimeter. This one does volts AC, volts DC, ohms, it’s a battery tester and I think one of my most favorite features is a continuity tester. So, these things are very very inexpensive, you can get them all the way from start at $10 bucks and they go up to hundreds. Something that you’re going to learn very very early is that you drop stuff. So, this is a magnet on a stick. It will save you a tremendous amount of time. On that same note a mirror on a stick that will save you a tremendous amount of time. Another thing, there goes my mirror on a stick. Another thing is this a little grabby thing. If the fastener that you’re trying to reach is not magnetic then this guy right here is also awesome for getting out lost stuff because bolts never drop where you can find them. They drop into this black hole and end up in the neighbor’s yard across the street.

All right, so here’s something that I find…. These are picks and they’re great for getting a wider variety of electronic connectors disconnected because it seems like every single connector underneath the hood is different. So, these are really really good thing to have.

All right so now we’re really starting to get into stuff that’s not absolutely mandatory, we’re going to jump to the next level in terms of the level of difficulty of things that you could do with your vehicle but something that I find indispensable is my micrometer or micro meter however you want to say it. So, indispensable and it will do both inside diameters and outside diameters. So, all right.

So, if you work on cars long enough you are going to get to a point where you’re going to come across a nut, a bolt, a screw or some sort of fastener that you can’t get off. And that’s where the heat comes in. So, one of these is great, put the heat on the bolt and the bolt will expand and then it’s generally easier to get off.

All right. So, something else that is pretty indispensable in my opinion is a jump box. It’s like waking up on a cold morning, late for work and your battery doesn’t start. This will at least get you to the auto parts store for a fresh battery or wherever it is that you need to go.

All right. Let’s talk about air. Okay. So, having a compressor is going to make your life incredibly easy. In addition to stuff as simple as being able put air in your tires it will drive tools like this and like this. These guys alone probably take out about half the work. Things are still difficult but without them things would just go much, much, much slower. Now in addition to now in addition to….in addition to this guy right here you’re also going to need to step up and get some impact sockets. Okay. So, something that you definitely don’t have to have but man it sure does make it easier. If you’ve ever seen the commercial for these type reach wrenches they do everything that they say they do in the commercial. They’re durable as all get out and there are just instances where you can’t get something with a wrench and instead of having to take four or five other things off just to get to that fastener these guys get in there and get it done. Absolutely fantastic item.

Okay. So, if you ever work with fuel lines you’re going to need some of these guys. Not very expensive but you can’t disconnect those fuel lines without them.

So, let’s go inside the car for a second say you want to install a new stereo system or something similar to that. Those panels are amazingly difficult to get apart. But these guys is basically one with the end for just about everything. it helps you get those door panels off ver, very easily and the thing I love most about these is that it will help you to get those panels off without breaking the little clips because a lot of times you just get frustrated and rip stuff apart and then they don’t go back together very well.

Okay. So, as you get deeper and deeper into projects another indispensable item is a torque wrench. You’ll need a few of them. This is a 3/8ths; it’s good from 10 to 80-foot pounds. So, for example this one is a 1 1/2.

All right I guess we’re really going to get a good test between the two cameras because that one just took a dump so back on the cell phone. Where was I? Torque wrenches. This is a 1 1/2 from 10 to 150-foot pounds. So, you might also need a couple that do inch pounds. This is something you don’t really want to cheap out on, you don’t want to be getting inaccurate torque readings.

Absolutely indispensable is this power probe 4. Not only does it help you chase electrical problems but it actually hooks right up to the battery so that you can apply power directly to the item that you’re testing without having to run around, get the car, turn it on all that kind of stuff. So, this thing is a…… this thing has probably saved me I don’t know whether it saves me more time or more frustration but definitely, definitely worth it. That’s the power probe 4.

All right. So, next item if you’re going to bleed your brakes and you don’t have anybody to help you here’s a one-man bleeding Kit.

Let’s stop diagnostics for a second, something that you may eventually need down the road. This is a compression test kit. Okay, let’s see along the same lines but a little bit different is a leak down tester. And third on the list of the gauge stuff is this fuel pump and vacuum tester.

All right let’s talk about getting stuff off: pully puller, definitely important. I also have a jaw puller but I can’t seem to find it for you. And the crème of the creme the harmonic balancer puller.

You know when I first started thinking about this list I came up with about four or five things and then all of a sudden five turned to 10 which I think is now somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 or 30. So, I am going pretty fast but I will include in the description the makes and models of all of these things that I’m showing you.

All right. We’re getting towards the real deep, deep, deep bottom of the list here. If you ever need to pull an engine you’ll obviously need an engine hoist and this is what I use when I did the engine rebuild on my Tahoe. And what you’re looking at here is the engines stand makes for an excellent place to put the engine when it’s out of the car, makes it much easier to work on as well.

All right. We’re at the bottom of the list and we are now at the most extreme of the extreme of the extreme; the creme de la creme of all the tools that I’ve ever bought for working on my cars is the lift. And I will tell you it’s not like I just arbitrarily decided to go buy a lift, it didn’t work out like that. When I was 16 years old my father made me change the oil in my car for the first time on a gravel driveway without a lot of the luxuries that I have now; inch warning lawn on those sharp rocks. I remember it like it was yesterday and it was very early that I decided I would love to have a lift someday. Well I’m 50 this year and I’m finally getting a lift and the justification for the lift was that my wife has got an equinox and it needed to have the motor pulled but I couldn’t use my cherry picker to pull the motor because the car actually has to get lifted up off of the motor. The dealer quoted me $10,000. Yes, I said $10,000, that’s what they quoted me. They said it was gonna be about $42,00 for the engine and because it was something like 60 labor hours or whatever it was the guy just gave me a nice rounded number of $10,000. Now when I called a local mechanic that number dropped to around $75,00 but I said to my wife if I get can get a used engine for $12,00 I can get a lift for $3000. At the end of the day we’ll save money and we’ll have a lift to do all the other things that I want to do. So, here it I, here is my lift.

It is the ultimate, ultimate automotive tool and if you happen to have a car that has engine problems that you can’t use a cherry picker for feel free to use that justification when you discuss it with your spouse. So, anyhow that’s it. I don’t know how many we ended up getting to. I don’t know if that was 25, it was 30 or whatever. But when I edit the video I’ll go back and I’ll make sure that I’ve got links in the description below for all of those items. Once again let me say that I don’t have everything and I might have missed some things that you guys think are extremely important. If so please feel free to let us know in the comments. By no means are these tools mandatory but these are all of the things that I’ve bought over the last 30 years that have helped me tremendously in making my Automotive repairs much much easier.

So that’s it. I’ve got so many more videos coming now that I’ve got the lift. After I get the equinox fixed the Tahoe is getting a turbocharger. Oh yes, there will be videos about that. Maybe the Colorado will get a turbocharger. Who knows. We’ll see. But I appreciate you supporting me on my channel: like, comment, subscribe and I’ll see you in the next video.

 

Best 29 Automotive Specialty Tools

Bendpak Automotive 2 Post Lift Install Time Lapse

Bendpak Automotive 2 Post Lift Install Time Lapse

YouTube Channel Update & I’m Getting a Lift

YouTube Channel Update & I’m Getting a Lift

 

Steve

All right boys and girls Currie Electric is here and anytime Currie Electric comes to my house you know that really things are going to happen. And here we are right here, if you need any electrical stuff in the Charlotte area go with Currie. I didn’t want to go right on your boob. How about? Move your hair. But every man would.

So, we got Currie electric and we’re getting some massive lights today. So, we’re gonna get some massive lights and even more import we’re getting to 20 because right here within a month the lift is coming. And after the lift comes there’s going to be a bunch more videos. So, I’m excited about that, I’m excited having the Curries here because things are exciting when they are here. All right that’s it.

All right. So, it’s the end of a long day. Currie’s been here all day and we’ve got the new box and that’s for the lift and take a look at these LCD lights; how many lumens is this Robert?

Robert

55,00 lumens, 4k on the…..

Female speaker

4,000

Robert

4,000

Steve

Can see that box?

Robert

You can.

Steve

Look at that, the new box. Look at look at what it says, it says lift welder, garage lights dedicated circuit. And these guys actually also gave me a kill switch so that when the lift comes in, when the car is up on the left I can kill the garage door so that the garage door doesn’t open up on the car. So…..

Robert

Beautiful, beautiful.

Steve

If you’re in the Charlotte area Currie Electric.

Car Air Conditioning (AC) Not Blowing Cold, What’s the Problem?

Car Air Conditioning (AC) Not Blowing Cold, What’s the Problem?

Hi. I’m Steve and I’m not a professional mechanic and this is not intended to be a how to video. It’s just my personal journey going from a completely stock 2002 Tahoe to a heavily modified 2002 Tahoe and all the little fixes that I need to make along the way.

I like to make these little videos because when I take stuff apart they help me to remember how to put stuff back together. So, if somebody’s watching this can learn from my mistakes and not make the same mistakes themselves I feel like it’s worthwhile. So here we go.

Hello and welcome to the Steve’s Tahoe keeps breaking so he can keep making videos for your show. Today our issue is no AC. All right. So, the issue is that my compressor clutch will not engage. She done be broken. This is the original compressor clutch on the car. See if I can get a hand down there and point out there for you, it’s that right here. So, it won’t engage and I’m going to get the wheel, the fender wheel off over on the passenger side here so I can get some good, easy access to the AC compressor in a second and we’re going to run some tests but straight off the get go is this guy is broken.

All right. So, it’s important to note before I do this repair that I took it by the shop and I had them evacuate all the freon, all the nasty stuff out of here because this is a closed system and the freon that’s in it should not be let out. So, I swung by, I had them take care of that real fast and now I can open up the system without all that bad stuff in there.

So, I’m getting up on jack stance here and take the passenger side wheel and fender wheel up, give me better access to the AC compressor and see if we can’t get in there and further diagnose the situation.

Okay. Passenger side wheel well and with that big plastic thing removed you can see the easy access we get, an easier access we get to our good friend the AC compressor. So, there it is right there. So, at least I can get to the wiring fairly easy and conduct a couple of tests. So, that’s kind of what is on my agenda next. But there it is right there. Pull the wheel off and pull that big plastic fender wheel thing out and at least that’s what I figured out how to get to it.

Okay. So, hiding behind the frame was this connection right here which I’ve undone. That’s it right there. And there’s a green and a black and what I’m gonna do is I’m going to send power to this thing and see if I can’t get it to jump. So, we’ll see how that goes.

All right. So, I’ve got the replacement AC compressor up here and I’ve got one of these nifty power probe things which is actually wired through the 12-volt battery and essentially what I’ve got is the grand cable on and I can put the probe on the positive end and I can actually apply 12 volts worth of power to the compressor and see if the clutch engages. So, we’re going to listen for a click and we’re gonna see if this thing engages here. And here we go. So, as you can see this is working exactly as we need it to and when I perform this exact same test on the one in the truck kaputisky, nothing, no clickety click. So, obviously I’ve got an issue with the clutch and I’m going to go ahead and fix it.

So, right now you can see the clutch, this is really, really hard to turn right here. Well okay, so it free wheels up until the point where the air conditioner goes on like that and now the whole thing turns and then it didn’t disengages, it should have disengaged. I will have to click it again. There it goes and now free wheels again. And that is how the driven AC compressor works.

All right. So, in the car now I got freezing cold air coming in here, everything’s working beautifully. If you wanted more detail on the how I got the AC compressor out, how I got it back in I actually have a couple of other videos where I video that in detail. I’ll link to those videos and the description to this video but that’s pretty much it. Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe and I got some really, really, really, really, really, really cool stuff coming on the way after the lift gets put in. So, stay tuned, lots more videos to come. Thanks.

A/C Compressor

A/C Compressor

Car Shuts Off – Is it the Battery, Alternator, Something Else ?

Car Shuts Off – Is it the Battery, Alternator, Something Else ?

Hi. I’m Steve and I’m not a professional mechanic and this is not intended to be a how to video. It’s just my personal journey going from a completely stocked 2002 Tahoe to a heavily modified 2002 Tahoe and all the little fixes that I needed to make along the way. I like to make these little videos because when I take stuff apart they help me to remember how to put stuff back together again. So, if somebody’s watching this can learn from my mistakes not make the same mistakes themselves, I feel like it’s worthwhile. So, here we go.

All right. So, we’re happily driving along in our car and we notice that the battery light comes on. There it is right there. And also notice it is below 14. So, while running that’s not necessarily a good thing. So, a couple issues here. So, the question is is it the battery? Is it the alternator? What to do?

Typically, with the engine running the alternator charges the battery so that that would be above the 14 Mark. And as you can tell we got squat and we got that light right there coming on and off and on and off. So, we turned her off. She starts up fine which leads us to believe that our battery is okay but we’ll do some further testing but I’m going to go ahead and kill this thing right now. So, the first thing I want to do is check the voltage; set volt meter, put it on DC 20 and red to red and black to black and we do seem to have a charge to our battery, so our batteries got juice.

All right. So, a couple of things that we know so far is it starts up fine which eliminates any potential problems with the starter and I’m not so much thinking the battery anymore. So, my attention shifts over to the alternator. Now people will tell you in order to diagnose an alternator issue all you need to do is fire up the car let it run and then pull the negative cable on the battery and if it dies then it’s definitely the alternator. The problem is that in newer cars with all the computer controls and everything like that you could potentially cause more harm than good. So, although that will work especially in older cars, non-ECM cars from everything I’ve read it’s ill advised. So, what I want to do is I’m gonna check a few things on the alternator and notice this alternator is brand new so why in the world is it giving me issues? So, I want to check the connections. That connection is good. I’m gonna make sure that the connections are nice and clean. That’s pretty solid right there. Follow that wire to this little box right here and that connection is good and solid and clean. We’re going to continue to follow this connection all the way to the battery and all of our connections are good, they’re solid, they’re clean. So, the next thing I want to do is I’m going to fire it back up and make sure that the belt’s not slipping here and that it’s actually turning this. So, we’ll go ahead do that next.

With it running that ultimately should be charging our battery but it’s not. So, eventually this battery is going to die. So, I’m going to go ahead and kill it. Okay. So, luckily for me I was able to find a receipt and this puppy is going back it’s only six months old. Always undo the negative battery cable when working on your car stuff.

Okay. So, Napa hooked me up with a brand new one and I’m going to go ahead and throw it in and see what’s up.
All right. So, I got the new alternator in place and I got my belts back on. Don’t forget to plug the electricals back in and obviously there’s a connection back here and batteries back and connected and when we fire it up you can see we’ve got past 14, so that’s charging. So, we’re good.

Engine Diagnosis of a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.7

Engine Diagnosis of a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.7

 

Engine Diagnosis of a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.7.mp3

Steve

Hey. I’m Steve.

Matt

And I’m Matt

Steve and Matt

And we’re not mechanics.

Steve

But what we are is driven to get this job done. This is not a how to video. This is really more of two to regular guys just basically getting it done and that’s it, that’s it. And we don’t know what we’re doing but we are going to do it anyway.

——-

Hi and welcome to the autopsy portion of this Dodge Ram 3.7-liter V6 out of a $1,500, it’s out. I had mentioned in the beginning of the video that Matt had gone outside early one morning in the wintertime start the car up and went back inside let it warm up started here a really, really, really loud racket. Came back outside and the engine shut itself off. We tried to manually turn the engine by the crank and it’ll go only so far before it jams up. So, obviously something is seriously, seriously wrong. So, let’s just start the valve covers and see if we’ve got any broken rocker arms or anything like that and we’ll just go from there.

All right. So, looking at the passenger side we’ve got all of our rocker arms in place and it doesn’t look like anything else is bust up here. So, let’s go check out the other side.

All right. So, let’s remove this valve cover. Holy shit, look at this. You got a busted rocker here boy.

Matt

What?

Steve

Yes.

Matt

No.

Steve

Yes, the spring is off, screwed up. Hey, hey, hey.

Matt

This probably shouldn’t come out like that, that’s probably a problem. It could be a reason my engine seized up.

Steve

Look what we found.

Matt

We found problems.

Steve

Look at what we found.

Matt

We knew there was something wrong with this thing. We couldn’t figure it out. Shoot, if that’s it man that’ll save me a couple thousand dollars I won’t have to buy another engine.

Steve

Let’s not jump to conclusions but it didn’t…..

Matt

I want to, it saves me money.

Steve

Oh no!!

Matt

What?

Steve

It’s probably catastrophic.

Matt

Oh shoot. Let me see, let me get a close up on that. What do we got here?

Steve

So, here’s the culprit. The spring is broken, valve is busted, I’m sure we’ll find that in a bunch of metal down in the cylinder. It will be interesting to see what the top of the piston looks like. That is not supposed to look like that.

Matt

No.

Steve

Even us non-mechanic guys

Matt

We can say that’s wrong.

Steve

That’s wrong

Matt

That’s wrong.

Steve

Oh no, look.

Matt

You’re just costing me more money with your oh no.

Steve

Shards of metal, there’s metal.

Matt

That’s beautiful.

Steve

So, it’s not like we could just throw the thing back together again and go.

Matt

Let’s try it. Next steps.

Steve

Get a new engine.

Matt

I was hoping for better than that.

Steve

Well I mean if you can take this to a machine shop….

Matt

I was hoping for some magic.

Steve

You could take this to a machine shop and have them clean it, deck it, hone it and all that kind of stuff and by the time you get it back 6 months from now you might as well just buy a new engine.

Matt

Okay. Sounds good.

Steve

But did you sign out?

Matt

Not yet.

Steve

But before you buy that new engine let’s tear the heads off of this thing and check out the cylinders.

Matt

Yeah. Let’s research and see if we can put a V8 in.

Steve

I’m pretty sure we can.

Matt

Say goodbye.

Steve

Goodbye.

All right. So, we’re continuing to disassemble this thing and under normal circumstances if we were going to try to put it back together we would have made a notation as to the which rockers were which and which lifters were which et cetera et cetera et cetera. But this thing is pretty much dead, there is metal down the bottom.

All right. So, let’s start taking some of the stuff off the front of the engine here so that we can remove the timing cover so that we can get access to all that timing stuff just out of pure curiosity because these things jump and we’re going to…. Well Matt’s going to buy a new one.

All right. So, our main objective is to pull this head and see what’s going on in the cylinders down below after we drop the valve. And I could pull, I could just take the chain off and do that but I’ve never worked with single overhead cams before so I actually want to take off this front cover and just kind of look at everything and see what it looks like because that car right there got a very similar setup with do cams on top and I’m actually going to have to take that one apart and put it back together again. So, this is kind of a practice round for me. So, I’m going to kind of go the long way around taking the head off.

Well here it is with the cover off. So, with the camshafts off I’ll be able to take those chains off and pull the heads. All right, all the head bolts are off and ready to come out. Well moment of truth.

I just pulled the head off and I have not even touched, I haven’t touched a thing. That is what we’re looking at. Try cleaning up that mess and see what we see. All right. With the piston down, you can see what the valve did to the side of the cylinder wall there. That’s a pretty deep gouge. So, cleanup one and you can see the dent in the piston.

Remove Engine from 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 L V6

Remove Engine from 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 L V6

Remove Engine from 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 L V6.mp3

Steve

Hey I’m Steve

Matt

And I am Matt

Steve and Matt

And we are not mechanics.

Steve

But what we are is driven to get this job done. This is not a how to video. This is really more of two to regular guys just basically getting it done and that’s it, that’s it. And we don’t know what we’re doing but we do it anyway.

Matt

But we can read.

Steve

We can read.

Matt

We can look at pictures.

Steve

And we watch YouTube videos.

Matt

And we watch YouTube videos.

Steve

And we guarantee at the end of this video series this puppy is going to be back in Matt’s truck and he’s going to be going vroom -vroom down the road.

Matt

Maybe with the V8.

Steve

Maybe with the V8.

Matt

V876

Steve

All right, so here we go. All right. You are looking at a 2006 Dodge Ram one morning back in wintertime. Matt came out fired it up, went back inside and all of a sudden it started making one hell of a noise Matt came running out he shut it off.

Matt

I didn’t shut off it shut itself.

Steve

Did it? So, we tried turning the crank manually and it will turn and then it will stop. So, obviously something metal is in the way. We have removed basically the mechanical Fan, fan shrouds, the serpentine belt, let’s see here the AC is right there. What else? Oh, we took out the alternator which was over there someplace. And now basically we’re kind of getting to the sexy part, we’re going to be removing this huge wire harness here trying to get us clear access to the valve covers, the valve covers are going to come off and we’re going to see if we’re able to ascertain any exciting information at that point. Oh, and then the air box, shit, all the air box stuff was removed as well. So, we’re going to fight with this wire harness at this point.

All right, so we had a little change of plans. We pulled that valve cover off and everything was looking just fine and we were gonna pull this valve cover off right here and we decided why bother. Obviously, the engine has got to get pulled. There’s something dramatic in the way. So, we’re just gonna go ahead and move forward with pulling the engines so. This cross member is going to come off starting here; the radiator is going to come out we’ll figure out whether we have to…. Oh, son of a bitch. Son of a bitch. Okay. Pretty docile.
For now, at least we’ll probably have to remove the hood as well. All right. So, that’s that. All right. So, we’ve hit the exhaust, all the exhaust bolts with or exhaust studs with PB, they’re soaking. So, while they soak we’re going to pull the intake manifold off and because this cal comes down so much somebody, some smart guy on the internet somewhere said that pulling this will make getting the engine out tremendously easier and that we probably won’t have to pull the…. What is this thing called? The hood.

Matt

The hood. We got rid of the rust by the way. Oh, by the way we took this off.

Steve

That’s the what?

Matt

I don’t even remember.

Steve

That’s the cross bar.

Matt

So, we took him off, we took the radiator out and take a look with the V6. Oh, I wasn’t gonna be in the video but with the V6 you can freaking walk around in here. I’m trying to talk Matt into replacing it with a Hemi. So, we’ll see what happens there.

Steve

That’ll be a good video, replace it with a hemi.

Matt

Hell, yeah with your 4 speed or 5 speed whatever?

Steve

6 speed.

Matt

6 speed

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

Oh my God. That would put this truck on the map.

Steve

Good?

Matt

I think so.

Steve

All right. I think it’s recording. My bad, I didn’t see any numbers.

Matt

Oh, I got a foot cramp.

Steve

We got this video, foot cramp. Good deal, that’s a way to start a video. Move over partner let me get this in here. Got the intake manifold, it just came right out, they just clue these things together.

Matt

Oh, smokes, check it out. Nice

Steve

You are going to look at the bottom of that again?

Matt

Huh, nothing new to look at.

Steve

Nothing new?

Matt

Very exciting.

Steve

Let me come over here see what we got.

Matt

We still got a throttle cable that we need to go like this and go like that. oh, okay. So, we still got a bracket that we need to deal here but ….

Steve

And what does that connect to write there?

Matt

What, this?

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

This is your throttle. Watch! Vroom. vroom, vroom.

Steve

Right.

Matt

Vroom. vroom, vroom.

Steve

That’s what it’ll sound like when we put the V8 in it.

Matt

No, if you put the V8 in it it’ll go bed de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de.

All right I think we’re good.

Steve

All right.

Matt

See how much easier it’s gonna be to get to these bell housing bolts with this thing out of the way and we’ve probably given ourselves I don’t know…..

Steve

A lot of room

Matt

….12 inches.

Steve

Come to this side.

Matt

We’ve given ourselves12 inches of space.

Steve

We’ve got a lot of space in there.

Matt

Basically, where we’re at on this is we need to…. when you pull the O2 sensors off of the y pipe just so that when we drop the exhaust it doesn’t rip the O2 sensors from their connectors. But we don’t have a what we think to be a13 sixteenths. So, we’ve got somebody going to the store for us to get a 13 sixteenths when we get those O2 sensors off. And then there’s just two flanges for each of the exhaust manifolds. It’s just a flange that if I can find it is connected to the y pipe. So far one nut came off. I’m sure the other three will make us pay our dues. But obviously once we get all four of those done and then the white pipe is going to fall and we don’t want a rip out the O2 sensor. So, we are on standby till we do that. So, we pulled the starter out and I think now we’re going to start thinking about bell housing bolts and we are probably going to have this engine out by the end of the day. All right. That’s it.

All right. So, we rented a tool from Auto Zone.

Steve

Here you go.

Matt

We rented out this tool, show them the rest of it. I can only see the tip of it.

Steve

We rented this tool from Auto Zone and it’s going to help us get the O2 sensors off.

Matt

What do they call them? An oxygen sensor Auto removable.

Steve

Or something like that.

Matt

You just slide it right in?

Steve

Slide it.

Matt

Like that, right over.

Steve

Look at that.

Matt

Sure it’s on there nice a solid. You might want to watch your phone. It’s still not easy but it’s better than a wrench.

Steve

Yeah. Is my head in the way?

Matt

I am going to try it from here.

Steve

All right.

Matt

Just break it.

Steve

See what a bad ass this guy is? There he is right there. I won’t be in the video but he can be in the video. Your face is all red though. Look at it go look at it.

Matt

All right. Fucking bell housing bolts. They’re all crazy and they’re different like.

Steve

All right. So, there’s the pan. We’ve got a bell housing bolt right here which I believe is a 15 this guy right here. So, there’s a bell housing bolt right there.

Matt

I think we took this one out already. I don’t think there’s a stud there. Now that was probably, this is probably just where the starter goes. There’s nothing there, up here there’s a bracket and I’m not sure what. As we come down around the other way there’s a….

Steve

[Inaudible08:00]

Matt

Right here.

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

That one’s a 15.

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

Can you point out the rest? I think that one is a 15 too and then try the next one it might be….

Steve

That one right there.

Matt

Is that the 16?

Steve

That is a 16.

Matt

All right. So, just let’s make notes of …..

Steve

16 up on the top.

Matt

Make a note of the fact that this is a stud right here.

Steve

Okay.

Matt

This guy right here is a stud. So, that’s it and then we’re going to have to go around top to get the rest.

Steve

All right. So, we’re starting on the bell housing bolts. We got transmission jack under the transmission. We actually got really, really, really lucky with the exhaust manifolds where they made up…. the flange is made up with the y pipe because we were able to get all four of them without too much hassle at all. So, the white pipe is now completely separated from our exhaust manifolds and I think we’re pretty much there on all of the connections. We’re just going after the bell housing bolts and we’re going to disconnect the engine from the transmission and then it’s just a matter of motor mounts and then we should be we be pulling this one out. That’s kind of where we’re at right now. It’s about 95 degrees, I almost passed out.

Matt

Whoever watches this video.

Steve

All right. This is a…. what you call it? A super naval condouple triple lindy knot.

Matt

That’s right. You know what, you replicate it.

Steve

And if you want to troll about the knot troll about the fucking kot, I could care less.

Matt

It’s my own specialty.

Steve

Yeah. So how many years were you in the Navy?

Matt

Four years five months.

Steve

Four years. But it was 32 years ago.

Matt

Four years five months 16 hours 32 minutes.

Steve

Here you go but it is a shitload long time ago.

Matt

Yeah, 20 plus.

Steve

So, we’re almost there. We are getting ready to pull. All right. Keep on going. You’ve got to go up some more, you’ve got to clear this…you’ve got to clear that.

Matt

Everything else is clear, we’re good.

Steve
Everything’s clear. Take it straight out. Use your muscles man.

Matt

People [inaudible10:29] down and hosed down everything is clear or I could do that.

Steve

Yeah, this is a condo man. We have done it man. Oh, wow, wow, wow. Of course. How is that possible?

Matt

oh, they’re just a test for [inaudible11:00].

 

Top 5 Interior Mods – Chevy Tahoe

Top 5 Interior Mods – Chevy Tahoe

Buy the stuff on Amazon:

Kenwood Excelon Double Din Stereos – https://amzn.to/2O43S40

US SpeedoGauge Faces https://amzn.to/2O03XWB

SuperBrightLEDs – https://www.superbrightleds.com/

Kenwood Excelon X801-5 5-Channel Car Amplifier – https://amzn.to/2OHtAbQ

Pioneer 8 inch Subwooder – https://amzn.to/2xExFpO

Other Videos in the Top 5 Series:

Top 5 Performance Mod video: https://youtu.be/i2J7Q_k-0Dc

Top 5 Exterior Mod video: https://youtu.be/uHNYHdFHEeo

Top 5 Interior Mods Video : https://youtu.be/PBcojX9g76Q

 

Hey everybody this is Steve and this is the third in a series of my favorite things. I did a video on my five favorite performance mods, I did a video on my five favorite exterior mods and this is a video on my five favorite interior mods for my 2002 Chevy Tahoe. I’ll include links for all the stuff in the description below so that you can find it easily as well as with the other videos.

So, number one favorite interior mod, if you have a truck similar to mine, mine’s a 2002 Tahoe, obviously I don’t know what yours is; prior to something like 2004 I think Chevy did this asinine thing where they had DIN and a half radios which is just ridiculous. So, one of the coolest mods that I did inside was ripping out that single DIN stereo and going through the hassle of creating a space for a double DIN. All right. I absolutely love my double DIN stereo. You know one thing I love about Chevy is they’ve always been great when it comes to exterior looks, great when it comes to horsepower and torque and all those other mechanical things but man Chevy’s inside are just dated and boring. My truck was dated and boring in 2002 when I bought it. So, to have the opportunity to upgrade to the double DIN changes the entire look inside the vehicle and it sounds great and I love it. So, that’s number one.

Number two in keeping up with the nice new look of the new stereo I replaced the face plate of all my gauges with the stainless steel, with a stainless-steel gauge backing and not a huge mod, not anything too difficult to do but it made all the difference in the world as far as updating my vehicle from 2002 to the now.

And that leads us straight into my number three mod which is just so simple I think it was $20 total I went to Super Bright LEDs and I added these super bright blue LED. I just like them, everybody has their opinions, I just like the blue ones. You can get them in different colors but yeah just one more thing that really helped to add, to update the interior feel of the vehicle.

My number four interior mod that I did to the vehicle was adding a five-channel amplifier. It’s and I probably will I’m going to butcher the name but it’s a Kenwood Epsilon 5 channel amp. As previously mentioned I put a double DIN in. I also replaced the speakers and all the doors.

And my number five to go with the AMP and the head unit is getting a much better subwoofer than that piece of crap paper subwoofer that’s back there in the back. So, the sound system in the car sounds great, it really is amazing I have done so much on my truck that it feels new again and I think I love driving it more now than I did when I first bought it. I’ve got so much blood, sweat and tears into this truck.

So yeah. So, anyhow. Everybody’s different, everybody is going to have their opinions and I would appreciate your opinion. You know these modifications that we make to our vehicles are very personal. We do what we like or at least I do but I am interested in…. I’d love it if you’d like, comment, subscribe and you know leave a comment. Let us know what your favorite mods are for your truck. And don’t forget to check out the other ones and don’t forget to check out the description where I’ve got links to all this stuff and I will see you in the next video. Thanks.

 

Top 5 Exterior Mods Chevy Tahoe GMC Yukon Suburban

Top 5 Exterior Mods Chevy Tahoe GMC Yukon Suburban

Amazon Links to My Top 5 Exterior Mods:

American Racing AR901 Satin Black Wheel – https://amzn.to/2Nn8A9P

Lund 23074374 Black Steel 3″ Round Bent Nerf Bars for 2000-2014 Tahoe 4-Door, 2000-2013 Yukon 4-Door, 2001-2015 Escalade – https://amzn.to/2z9WTQQ

Westin 32-1175 Bull Bar, Black – https://amzn.to/2tQkYqU

KC HiLiTES 364 20″ Hood Mounted C-Series LED Light Bar System – https://amzn.to/2tSqppb

Spyder Auto 5009586 CCFL Halo Projector Headlights Chrome/Clear – https://amzn.to/2Ks5Jid

Spyder Tail Lights – https://amzn.to/2tUsNf6

Other Spyder Lights – https://amzn.to/2tS9EdW

Other Videos in the Top 5 Series:
Top 5 Performance Mod video: https://youtu.be/i2J7Q_k-0Dc
Top 5 Exterior Mod video: https://youtu.be/uHNYHdFHEeo
Top 5 Interior Mods Video : https://youtu.be/PBcojX9g76Q

 

Hey everybody. Steve here. This is the second video in a three-part series called “my 5 favorite things.” The first video was “my 5 favorite performance mode,” this video is going to be “my 5 favorite exterior mods” and then the next video is going to be “my 5 favorite interior mods.” So, make sure to catch all of them. So, yeah. So, let’s get started.

Exterior mods. I’ve gotta say that one of the mods that made me go mod crazy was my wheels. I absolutely love my wheels. It was the first mod that I did that really change the exterior appearance of the vehicle and coming from the stock wheels that I had it made all the difference in the world. I think it made my truck go from looking kind of like a mommy wagon to looking pretty bad ass. So, that was number one on the list is the rims that I put on the truck.

So, the number two exterior mod that I love that really, really complements the wheels and the all black tires are the Lunde nerf bars. I actually put the Lunde nerf bars on before I put the wheels on but the two of them together create a unique lift that makes my truck special to me and that’s really all I care about. You know they’re functional and they look good and I really like them. So, that’s number two.

The number three mod that I love for my truck is my Western bull bar. Bull bars are not for everybody. Mods that you decide to put on your car truck are very personal. Everybody likes different things that’s what makes us human and I happen to like look at the bull bar and that couples with number four which is my Casey highlights light bar across the front. My wife’s family has a lot of acreage and we’re out in the middle of nowhere on dirt roads, 4 wheeling and hunting and stuff like that. So, I actually use my light bar a good bit off road. So, I like the look of it and I like the functionality of it when it actually comes time to use is. As rare as it is still really really great to have.

Number five I have to lump number five all in in one item. I changed all the exterior lights on my car to Spider lights. I’ve got these front headlights that are actually…they’re BMW rip offs but they’re really really cool. The reason why it’s a three and one is because the headlights are separate from the bumper lights which are separate from the tail lights and you can mix and match whatever it is that you want. I will put a link to all the things that I’m talking about in this video at the bottom so that you can check them all out for yourself.

So, for what it’s worth those are my five favorite exterior mods from my particular truck. Please do me a favor subscribe, like, comment and let us know what your favorite mods are for your truck. The whole point of this is to exchange ideas and steal ideas from each other and I think everybody benefits in the end for it. So, don’t forget to check out my five favorite performance mods video and I will also be working on my five favorite interior mods video coming up shortly. So, I’m Steve. The car website is funcarstuff.com, that’s funcarstuff.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and I appreciate your views and I’ll see you in the next video.

 

Top 5 Performance Mods for Horsepower

Top 5 Performance Mods for Horsepower

MODS SEEN IN THIS VIDEO:

AEM Brute Force Intake System – http://amzn.to/2GwEpdo

Flowmaster 50 Series Delta Flow Muffler – http://amzn.to/2GxAMDZ

Edge Products 85350 CS2 Gas Evolution Programmer – http://amzn.to/2GvUi3I

Speed Engineering Long Tube Headers – http://amzn.to/2FIt2Of

COMP Cams 54-451-11 XFI Xtreme Truck 208/212 Cam for GM LS GEN III/IV – http://amzn.to/2DvRiRN

Power Stop KC2010A-36 Front & Rear Z36 Truck and Tow Brake Kit with Calipers – http://amzn.to/2FTv5CF

Long Tube Headers Sound Before & After / In & Out Chevy Tahoe – https://youtu.be/1lYq1bNnEls

 

Other Videos in the Top 5 Series:

Top 5 Performance Mod video: https://youtu.be/i2J7Q_k-0Dc
Top 5 Exterior Mod video: https://youtu.be/uHNYHdFHEeo
Top 5 Interior Mods Video : https://youtu.be/PBcojX9g76Q

Hey everybody, Steve here and today I’m going to take an opportunity to dive back into the car stuff. I got an e-mail from somebody who asked me what the hell the deal was with all this crypto crap that I’ve been doing lately and I haven’t done any car videos lately and the reason for that is because I just haven’t done anything to talk in a while. But he kind of give me an idea and I’m gonna go ahead and steal from that idea and he asked me to do top five. I’ve actually got ideas to do three top five videos. This one here is going to be my top five favorite performance mods and I can also do a video of my top five favorite exterior mods and my top five favorite interior mods. So, let’s just get started.

Okay, so when we’re talking about performance mods obviously we’re talking about things that increase the performance on the vehicle aka horsepower. If you’re just starting out and you want to increase horsepower you may or may not know this but think of your engine as a big air pump. Your engine breathes in air and spews out air through the exhaust. So, the place to start when you start to make mods to your car is with the intake and exhaust. So, number one on the list in terms of bang for your buck horsepower and a great place to start is either a ram air or a cold air intake system. And essentially what this does is it helps your engine to breathe easier, it takes on a whole bunch more air. More air means more power. So, your stock air box on your vehicle is not meant for performance. It’s meant to be nice and quiet and emission friendly and kind to the neighbors. My AEM
brute force air intake was the first mod I ever did to my truck. My truck is a 2002 I think I put that thing on in 2003. So, that was actually the very first mod that I ever did. And then I didn’t do anything for well over a decade. But yeah, I’ll go ahead and do some research and list in the title what the manufacturers say you get in terms of a horsepower gains but an air intake system is the number one place to start increasing horsepower. And I’ll include a list in the description video with some links to all of the things I’m going to talk about in all of these videos for you, make it easier for you.

So, now that you got the car breathing better, get a little bit of a growl a little bit of an attitude, where to go next? Well, the next place to go if you got it breathing-in easier you need to be expelling out easier. And the best place to start with that is a high-performance muffler. And there are plenty of high-performance mufflers out there. You may have heard of Flomax, Borla, Magniflow and the best recommendation that I can give you is go on YouTube or even go to the manufacturer’s site and you can actually listen to what a lot of these things sound like prior to going out and buying one. On my truck, I’ve got a Flow Master 50 series Delta flow which is actually meant for an SUV or a truck. It is in the middle of the road in terms of sound. The Flow Master makes a 40 series and I think a 10 series. 10 series sounds like a flat-out race car. The 40 series is a great car for like all muscle car. On my truck I was really careful because I didn’t want to hear drone at highway speed. That’s just another thing you want to take into consideration is if you go too loud you might have to deal with constant drone inside the cabin while you’re at highway speed. I can say that with my current setup I’m extremely lucky, everything that I did I have no cabin drone and once again mine is a Flow Master 50 series Delta flow muffler for trucks and SUVs.

All right. So, now we’re breathing in better, we’re breathing out better, what to do next in terms of horsepower? Well everybody has an opinion. My channel, my opinion and my opinion is to get a tune, one of those handheld tuners. You can get a hand-held tuner that’s made specifically for your year, make and model of car and essentially it will have a stock mode, it might have a medium mode, it might have an aggressive mode and then for the trucks they also have a torqueing towing mode. The original tuner that I got for my car or my truck rather was Edge Evolution I believe and it didn’t really help. One of the coolest things that I liked about it was it allowed me to change a shift points so the car felt torquier and one of the other things that I liked is I actually kept the car for a long time because it actually has the capability of spinning back. I don’t remember what it was 6 or 12 different gauge parameters on the truck but yeah it really made a difference and I thought it was a great mod. So, you know once you get past intake and exhaust and tuning things we’ll start to get more expensive from there on.

And I know I could go one of a million different ways with this but my fourth favorite mod and absolutely my single favorite mod on the entire vehicle is my long tube headers. My long tube headers made an incredible difference in terms of snap, torado response and the sound is unbelievable. I did a video a long time ago that I’ll linked to in the description a comparison of just the flow master 50 with the exhaust manifolds on and then back to back after I put the long tube headers on the sound before and after and it’s just wow. For my taste not too loud, not too quiet it’s just perfect. It’s borderline obnoxious definitely gets the attention of people as you’re coming down the road but no drone on the highway and it’s not so ridiculously loud that you just make people shake their heads in disgust or maybe it is and I just don’t know it, anyhow, yeah. So, that is my next mod and of course you know it does an unbelievable job at helping to evacuate the exhaust gases and really, really helps that engine to breathe.

So, we’re on number five and I’m really really torn on number five because I want to say cam shaft, do a cam swap. Nothing changes the dynamics of an engine more than a cam swap but I can’t just say cam swap and the reason for that is because when I did my cam swap I mean you got to pull the heads. That is, it is a big, big, big deal to do a cam swap. And the other thing is that when I did a cam swap I actually ended up doing the entire valve train. I did lifters, I did push rods, I did rocker arms and I did springs. So, the cam was awesome. You know the geometry of the lobes on a cam is what if you hear old muscle cars with that real loping [make sounds07:35], that’s the camp and that’s a cam with a lobe separation of probably 114 down to 112. Okay. So, I can’t say cam but I want to say cam. So, we’ll put cam as an honorable mention.

All right. So, my true number five is the brake system that I put on the car. I have 17-inch rims. So, you need at least 18-inch rims to go with big brakes. So, I didn’t go with big brakes and you know what? To get some wild woods or some [name missed08:05] or something like that you’re looking at a $1,000 per corner at least. For around $650 I got the power stop extremes, I think they’re called power stop extremes. I was able to get pads, rotors and calipers all the way around. It’s those red powder coated calipers that are so cool, all the way around for less than I think $650 or something like that and the truck stops on a dime. So, if you add a whole bunch of horsepower to the truck you probably want to add some stopping power to the truck. So, yeah. So, that’s pretty much my top five for…. my top five mods that I’ve done to the truck.

So that’s it. I’m going to wrap it up there five favorite mods: intake, exhaust, tune, long tube headers, brakes and then the honorable mention, the cam just because it’s just so awesome. So, anyhow hope you enjoyed it. My name’s Steve, more car videos to come and I’ll interrupt the car videos with some of my other passions which is the crypto mining stuff and some of the other stuff that I’ve been blogging about but all my car videos can be found on funcarstuf.com and I also segregate all my videos based on playlists. So, if you’re only interested in the car videos you can check out the car videos; if you’re only interested in the mining videos you can check those out and although I haven’t in a while I do a lot of WordPress videos. So, my channel is just that, it’s a channel it’s got different shows on it. So, watch the shows that you like and all the shows that you don’t like. But please like, subscribe, comment ,stick around many, many, many more videos to come. Thanks for watching.