Owned by Mike Renz, Ty #2320 finally sees the streets once again under its own power. A project started by Renz, the transformation took place when Sportmachines completed a full drivetrain and motor swap to a twin turbo LS motor previously residing in another Ty Renz had recently purchased.
The story, as told by Renz:
So this was kept under wraps for the past couple months. Now that it debuted itself at Homecoming, i’ll come clean with the mess turned back into pride.
As you all know, i bought #2016 (green/gray) LS1 TT typhoon from Cali and drove it to NATS 2009. Well, i’ve never been a green/gray fan…and could just never feel like i was driving “my” truck. But i did enjoy driving A truck for once which was a nice change from just looking at my scattered pieces.
So in talking to Tom of B&M/Sportmachines I made the difficult decision to have him come pick up #2320, and put it back to a stock truck, so that i could sell it in running condition. I’m sick of owning multiple SyTy’s and just wanted one that worked so I figured i’ll keep the Green/Gray and be done with it.
Well Tom and crew picked up #2320 sometime in February and 2 weeks later sent me a picture of a frame. I just said whoppee to myself becuase i didn’t realize that it was #2320′s frame until a couple days later when he txt’d me wondering why i had no response to the picture. A couple days after that i was send a few pics of a minty freshly POR15′d frame and toothbrush cleaned diff
Here is where the interesting stuff occurs. Tom knew I didn’t LOVE my green/gray. Tom knew my attachment to #2320…so he calls me to urge me to swap the drivetrain out of #2016 into #2320 and basically make the truck i’ve always wanted. Being that #2320 is just a frame at this point, the ideal/only logical time to do this is now. So after minutes of thought I say yes and he comes and scoops up #2016 to commence the swap.
When i bought #2016 one of the first things i thought was “maybe i’ll swap it all into mine” and then followed that sentence by “only i know i’d take forever and be back to driving 0 trucks and would probably just never finish realistically” (or something like that).
So Sportmachines now has my trucks and start ripping into it. They weren’t just pulling parts off and installing them onto the other frame though….everything got cleaned, powdercoated, plastidipped, painted…whatever it took to make it mint.
One secret i’d kept for a while, aside from people who had come to wrenchfest…no one knew that i’d bought the the Homecoming 2007 Gold Boyd Coddington rims that were raffled off from the winner, dalwine250. I’d asked Dave to not tell anyone that i bought them, so he conjured up the story of selling them to some vette owner. Well this made the Homecoming committee mad, but i figured one day i’ll make them happy and show up at their event with them on something. Well i almost sold the rims to Sportmachines, but i stole them back after deciding to do this swap, since i always wanted to have a “raffle ty” since i’d won the 4l80e raffle transmission at NATS it only seemed fitting to pair it up with the raffle wheels from Homecoming.
So we swapped the Baer brakes onto #2320 but the homecoming rims wouldn’t clear them by only a couple mm….so rather than sort out another brake option they took the calipers to have material milled off of the cooling fins.
Once they had the LS1 out of #2016 they noticed a corner of the oil pan leaking…so they popped off the pan and it’s cracked and warped. Well, theres no means to buy another pan or time to make one, so this one gets sent off to be milled flat and weld up the crack.
So this held up the rapid progress they were making by a little. Then we also discussed maybe freshening up the LS1 since i have some nice blowby issues…but didn’t have the funds to do so – so just went ahead with the swap and got the drivetrain bolted up.
They also managed to get a set of stainless brake lines from InlineTube (who should now be more easily able to fill orders btw thanks to Sportmachines) and plastidipped my fuel lines to make them purdy.
So at this point I made a trip up to see the progress and wrench a little, and to decal their “new” 2 car enclosed trailer. Thats a whole other story, but the short version is that many hours later we were left with a clean, but blank, trailer. Anyhow…back to #2320…
2 weeks before homecoming, they get the body back on! Here is #2016 and #2320 after the body gets reinstalled. They then tried to fit a a/c delete heater box onto the firewall, but becuase the ls1 sits so close to the firewall it would squeeze in. No problem..just a little cutting and welding and powdercoating will solve that.
I made the decision to go with manual steering and manual brakes. I never liked the feel of hydraboost, and had bought a nice wilwood master cylinder to go manual. Dameon cad’d up a sweet firewall plate and had it milled, then brushed and clear powdercoated for a beautiful finish.
For one last fun time, about 10 days before homecoming we ordered tires for the gold wheels, and upon mounting them one of them popped on the mounting machine when filling up with air. WTF. Thankfully Tirerack made good on it and rush shipped one, and 2 days before homecoming they were able to get all 4 tires mounted and on #2320.
So the end result, is for the first time ever #2320 shows up at an event, and is even one of the cleaner vehicles there.
So all in all, i’m extremely happy with my truck, once again. I owe many thanks to the Sportmachines Team for all the hard work and attention to detail that they put into my build. I was very happy to be their first big / premiere build. It was painful to toss over the keys and basically do none of the wrenching…but right now i just don’t have the time to trek to the shop and work on my truck nonstop.
I’d highly recommend getting your truck in with them if you need anything done that you don’t have the time/patience/experience to do yourself. They will definitely take care of you to whatever level you want/need them to!
We would like to thank Renz for the opportunity to build his dream truck. Its hard enough to hand over the keys to one truck, let alone two, and put their fate in the hands of a shop. We’re glad you chose us and that we could make this dream come true for you.