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Dirtydog (Forum Supporter)
Dirtydog (Forum Supporter) Dork
1/29/21 9:05 a.m.

Yay!!!   Not as happy as you are, but glad it all worked out.  Now, on to making it your own.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
1/29/21 9:07 a.m.

Wow, I got hungry reading your posts!    Even home made mustard!  Not just coconut creme pie but root beer cake too!  

One interesting note, now that I see the back of the van, there is no markings that it is a awd model.  It sure isn't easy to shop for these awd models that give little to no outside indication that they are awd.  Is there anything on the dashboard, like a switch/knob/lever to use as an indication that it is an awd model?   

The bigger question...Have you verified that it is a awd model?  sad

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/29/21 9:12 a.m.

Woohoo Curtis is back.  Now we'll never find out how he overthrew the North Korean government.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
1/29/21 9:14 a.m.

Glad you made it home safely, and with your unicorn!

yupididit
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1/29/21 9:25 a.m.
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) said:

And P.S.... if you've never towed with a Duramax, do it.  You'll never want to tow with a gas vehicle again.  With the exception of merging on a highway, I never (and I mean never) used more than about 1/4 throttle, even in the mountains.

I think the GM tows the best. Ford's suspension isn't as great while towing. And the dodge is noisy in my opinion. Towed with my friends 2020 Duramax High Country and it was super nice. You really can't go wrong with any of the big 3 but I like the GM the most so far. 

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
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1/29/21 10:22 a.m.
John Welsh said:

Wow, I got hungry reading your posts!    Even home made mustard!  Not just coconut creme pie but root beer cake too!  

One interesting note, now that I see the back of the van, there is no markings that it is a awd model.  It sure isn't easy to shop for these awd models that give little to no outside indication that they are awd.  Is there anything on the dashboard, like a switch/knob/lever to use as an indication that it is an awd model?   

The bigger question...Have you verified that it is a awd model?  sad

Haa... yup.  I think the van had a partial re-paint at some point which might explain the missing badges.  I have to do some sleuthing on the re-paint.  It may have been painted to match the company color, but not sure.  But I verified that it is AWD, both by the VIN, and by noticing the transfer case while I was chaining it on the trailer.

Being full-time AWD, these don't have a switch for the transfer case.  It's just a 65/35 full time torque split.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
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1/29/21 10:23 a.m.
Stampie (FS) said:

Woohoo Curtis is back.  Now we'll never find out how he overthrew the North Korean government.

I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you.

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
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1/29/21 12:04 p.m.

Curtis, how many Dmax's do y'all own ......I don't recall that dually in the BWGG parking lot last October?

Glad y'all are home safe

plate......MAGC BUS 

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
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1/29/21 2:24 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG (Forum Partidario) :

Dad has two... the 04 you saw and the 08 in the picture above.

The 08 just turned over 50k miles on this trip.  surprise

I like MAGC BUS

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
1/29/21 2:40 p.m.
759NRNG (Forum Partidario) said:

 

plate......MAGC BUS 

It'll need a mural if it gets that plate. 

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
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1/29/21 3:10 p.m.
eastsideTim said:
759NRNG (Forum Partidario) said:

 

plate......MAGC BUS 

It'll need a mural if it gets that plate. 

Hmmm.... Mural suggestions? 

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
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1/29/21 3:29 p.m.

Aztec warrior, or lady in skimpy rags/wild west brothel garments. You know, the best of the lowrider murals.

Something tasteful and subtle. 

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
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1/29/21 3:30 p.m.

Sorcerer with swirling lightning bolts....check

Fire breathing  winged dragon, clutching an answer in one of it's footsesss......check

Scantily clad  warrior princess sporting a BIG SWORD.......check

Volcanoes!!!!......check

And Curtis peaking out ala where's Waldo.......check

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
1/29/21 3:49 p.m.

I like the idea of the sorcerer one, maybe with some callbacks to your prior professions in the background.

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
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1/29/21 3:58 p.m.

Can the Sorcerer be cuddling the scantily clad warrior princess?

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
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1/29/21 3:59 p.m.
759NRNG (Forum Partidario) said:

Can the Sorcerer be cuddling the scantily clad warrior princess?

While fighting the Aztec warrior?

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
1/29/21 4:04 p.m.

Glad you are happy with it and made it back safely!

Steve

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/29/21 7:07 p.m.

You rock, Steve.  This wouldn't have been possible without you.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/29/21 7:10 p.m.

I should have all of you guys send me every picture you have of yourselves and I could make them into 3" stickers.  Plaster the van with thousands of you and put one of me for the Where's Waldo theme.

Also, there is this:

See the source image

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/29/21 7:27 p.m.

Also, got the plates and title work done today.  It drives brilliantly.  I think the most exciting thing was the discovery that it has tow/haul mode.  It's not a huge deal, I just feel like such a grownup.  Up until now the only tow/haul mode I've ever had was a stick with a 5-speed H-pattern on it.  Brand new E-range tires (which don't seem to affect ride quality).  They are more of a highway tread than I would have personally chosen, but a smart choice for NC and certainly quiet.

And if anyone has their Ovaltine decoder ring and wants to follow along, this is what I'm deciphering tonight.  I already recognize my favorite.... G80.

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/29/21 7:30 p.m.

Z82 is the tow package I believe.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
1/29/21 7:31 p.m.

I see a 3.73 differential

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
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1/29/21 7:44 p.m.
eastsideTim said:

I see a 3.73 differential

\What is that code #  may I ask ?  my 03 Dmaxx has the G80 goin' on in the glove box ....I know 1st is very short...six feet maybe

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/29/21 7:49 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG (Forum Partidario) :

G codes tell you the diff.  So you should have another G code that is the ratio.

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
759NRNG (Forum Partidario) UberDork
1/29/21 7:52 p.m.

Stamp where in that alphabet soup do you see 3.73?

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