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The building of "Charon". A 2007 Brilliant Black Quad Cab SLT 4x4 that became something so much more than I ever imagined it could be... and it still ain't done...

Firstly, the name never developed until about a year after a had the truck and I'd made some fairly simple mods, but as soon as I saw the 'Reaper' grille badge from Billet Technologies (since discontinued, sorry guys) I knew how I wanted it to go.

This whole story started with my dad's '98 extended cab 2500 360cu. After we moved to North America it was the 2nd truck my dad bought, the first was a '95 F-150 reg cab, and it was a good truck, but nothing compared to the 2500 once we upgraded. I loved that truck; powerful, reliable, and more importantly at the age of 16 having a drivers liscence and access to a 3/4 ton, you became the go-to guy for getting gear out to the favorite camping/drinking spot every weekend. The first truck I owned myself was a '98 electric blue dakota clubcab 2wd v6. I had such high (or low hopes) for that truck, but it was my vehicle for getting around in university, and it just wasn't practical to do the static drop I wanted since it was used in Ottawa year-round. Once I moved to Alberta, the dakota just didn't cut it out here, there were 'REAL' trucks out this way. Fortune smiled on me when I met my soon-wife-to-be Melanie, and after a year we moved in together and I had said that when we moved in together I'd upgrade my truck. I had time, and I had the money, so I spent 4 months looking for the right deal. That was in '08, you remember, when gas prices were 'high' at $.90/L and everyone was trying to get rid of their 'gas guzzlers'. I found my Ram on a lot for $17K, it was 1 year old, 50,000kms, and I traded in my Dakota for another $2000 off, so I laid down the $15,000 in cash and walked away with my new truck, free and clear from day 1!

After owning it for about 3 weeks, I was quite unhappy about the '3D' taillights, and I started looking in all the truck magazines for replacements... this is how it all starts kids. Yes, the tail lights were my 'gateway' mod. I picked up a set of Recon smoked tails + 3rd brake light closely followed by a Borla dual rear exhaust and AirAid CAI.


I love the look so much, and so did the guy that stole my tail lights and tail gate when I was at work... So I went overboard, ordered new taillights, a tailgate from a yard and had it repainted to match the BB. I also figured that since it was in getting the replacement under warranty that I'd also get the tailgate shaved and a bolt-in urethane roll pan. The roll pan did entail losing my factory hitch, but I never towed anything at the time so no big loss. I was however paranoid about security now, so I also picked up a roll-n-lock tonneau cover which locked the tailgate as well, perfect, now it's secure.


I also had some focus on the front, and I didn't want to be like all the other trucks out there, so I went with a set of AnzoUSA Black projector halo heads and swapped hoods with a Suncoast ram air hood. Everytime I've looked at mods, I had always said they had to be practical, not just for show, so any hood I got HAD to be functional, so that ruled out about 75% of hoods out there. When I saw the Suncoast, I was sold. So the front end got some loving. I did also replace the mirrors with the Street Scenes CalVue dual signal mirrors because I wanted the signals on the mirrors, never an option with the 3rd gens.


After that first summer of mods I was already looking for the next thing. This is when I found the Z............

I hate you all

After seeing lots of amazing rigs on here I made the decision to 'murder' the truck, and it was all downhill from there. Over that winter I started ordering mods, piling them in a corner of our tiny little 500sqft condo, and every week the pile got bigger and bigger until the gf said I had to stop or she'd start throwing them off the balcony to make room. That winter I purchased an RBP 2-window RL grille, OEM fog light assembly, a bumper cover, BT underhood kit, the 'Reaper' nose badge, amber interior LED lights, LED turn signals, LED taillight bar, HIDs, electric fan, fan shoud delete, and lastly a few cans of vinyl dye to dye the interior black. That spring I modded my truck everyday that I wasn't working in the bush.






As that spring turned into summer and then into fall, more mods developed, I covered my headline in suede, got a set of Recon's LED door sills, interior LED lights, custom interior led lit handles, and custom exterior door handles.




I now had what I thought was a bad ass truck, but something was missing... and that was wheels, tires, and some sort of suspension mod. Again, over the next winter I saved and spent like a kid in a candy store. I ended up getting a GroundForce 2/4 drop kit, 22" D'vinci Ragno wheels and Nitto NT02 rubber, and to stop the new wheels an upgrade to EBC sport rotors and GreenStuff pads. I also added some MGP caliper covers.




Now nearing what I though was the end of the build, I was introduced to the local chapter of LX car owners, the ALX club. These guys put me over the top because I now had a group that accepted I owned a truck and didn't shun me for not owning a LX, but I had the passion of a car nut and embraced the 'pride in your ride' mentality that they had. These guys pushed me to take a great looking truck and put it into 'bitchin' status.

The build involved Katzkin leather seats, a complete JL audio system including a 13W3 stealthbox, 2x ZR800 mid subs, 2x set of C5 6.5" components, 4" dash speakers, C5 5.25 rear fill all powered by a HD750/5, HD600/4, and a Slash v2 400/4 out of a pioneer 2-DIN h/u. I also repainted the accent color to match the custom steering wheel and katzkin color. There was much to be done before the finished product almost a 6 months later, but it was worth every penny and minute.

Soon followed a complete interior and audio rebuild with a little help from local members. The results blew me away.

 

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After almost 2 years of body and cosmetic modifications Im finally getting started on the engine work on the truck. Dropping the '09 5.7L Eagle heads off to FedEx Ground tomorrow, they're going to get some love from the wonderful people down at Arrington; ended up going with the Phase 6 Big Valve work, plus on the return shipment, the crates will also be carrying a 263 CompCam, BBK 85mm TB, and thicker head gaskets (CR will be 10.7).

The heads will be topped with a thing of beauty (see below). I'm doing the 6.1L intake manifold conversion, BT fuel rails, Nitrous Outlet 85mm NO2 plate, a Zex nitrous kit, and a LMI hammer intake tube. I also just did some custom hard tubing for the nitrous system. The 3G 6.1L half-covers just got dropped off at my airbrush guy for some custom work.

Here is a few pics of the intake manifold that will be going on:









And some additional accessories that will make appearances are:

BigBully catch can (hex shape matches my washer/overflow reservoir)



and the carbon fiber LMI intake

 

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that looks unreal man can't wait to see finished product.
 

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When that bad boy is done we have to get together again! I have to see that in person and I'm begging now for a ride!
 

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Wow love the black with the speckle. I gotta ask, why the thicker headgaskets? That will lower compression and reduce power. Did you mean to say thinner? Or is there some reason for reduced compression?
 

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Wow love the black with the speckle. I gotta ask, why the thicker headgaskets? That will lower compression and reduce power. Did you mean to say thinner? Or is there some reason for reduced compression?
By dropping '09 heads onto a pre-09 block I'll be looking at a much higher compression ratio of around 11.4 and I'm planning on running 91 pump gas in addition to the nitrous shot; and a CR that high would start to tax the limits of the 91 fuel that we have available up here. By dropping the CR with a thicker head gasket to 10.7 I can still run the 91 and make good power without having to worry about detonation issues when I spray. It may be a pipe dream now, but I am also planning a D-1SC procharger (funds and soon-to-be wife permitting), so a CR of 11.4 would basically kill that dream as I'd never be able to run boost higher than 6psi without lifting the heads/blowing out a gasket/general mayhem to the rotating assembly.

There's also nowhere out here that has 93 except one chain of gas stations that have a 94 blend, but it's 15% ethanol year 'round and my mileage is bad enough as it is :LOL: Not to mention the fact that I have worked a few of the company's plant out here and almost been killed twice by their people... I feel like I'm allowed to boycott them.

When I head to the track I'll probably be running a mixed tank of 91 and C16. I figure if I can have half a tank when I start the drive from Calgary I'll have 1/8 when I reach the track in Edmonton (2 1/2hrs away) then fill up a 1/8th with C16 I should be good to go.
 

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Bout time u got around to making a build page! Haha man that is looking good! look even better when it's on the vehicle! If u need the bolts for the 6.1L intake, I have a bag f bolts I forgot to ship with the intake when i sold it! Can't wait to see the finished install!
 

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Bout time u got around to making a build page! Haha man that is looking good! look even better when it's on the vehicle! If u need the bolts for the 6.1L intake, I have a bag f bolts I forgot to ship with the intake when i sold it! Can't wait to see the finished install!
I'm good on the bolts, I'm swapping all visible fasteners to stainless socket caps so I have a basically black and stainless look under the hood.
 

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That intake looks awesome!
Do you have a tentative time line for completion?
 

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The parts work will be done by April, and one of the local guys will be helping me do the cam/head install *hopefully* in the same month. Pretty much all the mods from this round should be completed by the start of summer; I'm just waiting to get the heads back from Arrington, the half-covers back from the airbrusher, and hear back from BT about the custom billet items to finish off the engine appearance. In all, I'm getting what I want, and making my wife-to-be very upset in the process... there was even warnings of castration and/or hot pokers in the rectal region. (ok, the last part was a *BIT* of an exageration; BUT I just found out she has a user name on the lxforums so she can keep an eye on me and my car club) I'm worried.
 

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The parts work will be done by April, and one of the local guys will be helping me do the cam/head install *hopefully* in the same month. Pretty much all the mods from this round should be completed by the start of summer; I'm just waiting to get the heads back from Arrington, the half-covers back from the airbrusher, and hear back from BT about the custom billet items to finish off the engine appearance. In all, I'm getting what I want, and making my wife-to-be very upset in the process... there was even warnings of castration and/or hot pokers in the rectal region. (ok, the last part was a *BIT* of an exageration; BUT I just found out she has a user name on the lxforums so she can keep an eye on me and my car club) I'm worried.
Hahahaha! You might have to start doing a bit of 'girl watching' to distract her. :D

"......from this round....." :wow:
You mean there's more to come!!? My goodness, what do you have up your sleeve? Could it be a Shardon for Charon......
 

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The parts work will be done by April, and one of the local guys will be helping me do the cam/head install *hopefully* in the same month. Pretty much all the mods from this round should be completed by the start of summer; I'm just waiting to get the heads back from Arrington, the half-covers back from the airbrusher, and hear back from BT about the custom billet items to finish off the engine appearance. In all, I'm getting what I want, and making my wife-to-be very upset in the process... there was even warnings of castration and/or hot pokers in the rectal region. (ok, the last part was a *BIT* of an exageration; BUT I just found out she has a user name on the lxforums so she can keep an eye on me and my car club) I'm worried.
Just explain to its ur way of going to the mall and going on a shopping spree!
 

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Brad, that won't work, she encourages me took at girls; she says it's safer and less money than looking at trucks and truck magazines.

And it's never done, you should know this by now Brad. Next year will be a complete regearing to 4.10/4.56 with Auburn Tru-Trac then 1 of the following:
2" lower all around (requires custom drive/half shafts cuz it's a 4x4)
D-1SC supercharger w/ forged rotating assembly and 9.5CR pistons (figure running 10-12psi regularly)
392 stroker shortblock.
 

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:Wow1: OK....this is embarrassing! I think I just reacted stronger to that pending mod list than I would looking at XXX porn! :eek:

I have this picture in my mind of you and Mel at the magazine counter. Your looking at truck mags and she's trying to shove Penthouse in your face! :LOL:
Dang....you so bagged a keeper!
 

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Hahahaha! I originally typed 'Hustler', but changed it to 'Penthouse' for some reason. Does she have telepathic powers! :str:
 
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