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Little history on the truck first.

 

Started out as a fleet truck for a company i used to work for. It had 6 years of abuse before it was assigned to me for work. Got alot of stuff replaced on the company's dime but after a while they told me they were going to trade it in for a 1/2 ton dodge. About a week before the date they said it was getting traded they sent me an email saying i could buy it from them if i wanted too. So i did.

 

 

Here is how it sat when i got it minus the company logo's.

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Body damage and missing/damaged interior pieces.

exterior:

wind caught the doors. Both are damaged but driver side is worse.

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bed is stretched and dented from jamming pallets in it with a forklift

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thats all the pictures i have of damage. But it had holes in the roof for the satelite/gps tracking antenna and cb radio antenna. Interior pretty much trashed

 

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First thing i did was change the wheels/tires

 

Devino 17x10 (stolen off a friends truck lol) with Falken Wildpeaks 285/70/17

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rubbed like crazy on turns so a little trimmong and tbar crank and all was good. Also had the windows tinted the same day.

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Then after a few weeks i decided it needed to sound like a v8 truck lol

 

Flowmaster super 40 dumped before the axle

video clip of idle and mounted

 

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Then came a little body work.

 

Filled in the holes in the roof from the satellite antenna reused the cb antenna for my cb

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color matched the valance and grill to the rest of the plastic on the truck. Duplicolor bedliner in a rattle can sprayed fairly close to get a light texture gets pretty close to the factory texture on the flares

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had to fill the holes because water was leaking into the truck but the rest of the body work will be done professionally when i get it painted. If i can find a bed for a fair price i'll swap it out myself though

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At 92k the transmission decided that 3rd and 4th gear werent needed. So a new reman'd one was put in by a local shop. Couldnt pass up the 100k mile/3 year warranty otherwise i would have done the swap myself for and saved some cash lol. Dont have pictures of that but we all know what a transmission looks like anyway lol

 

Then at 105k miles i decided that spark plugs and wires would prolly be a good idea, truck was running fine but started idling a little rough

didnt look all that bad for original plugs, wires were a little brittle though

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Shocks came a week later. Bilstein 5100. still had the original ones also

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Air raid intake tube and afe dry filter intalled in stock housing

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Took a trip to the local junkyard and got the missing/damaged pieces for the interior plus the fold down console jumpseat. original one was just a seat. Had to replace the lid but otherwise a good find at the junkyard

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the foam or whatever the steering wheel was made out of was flaking off and i hated the feel of the cover i had on it so i got a nice one off ebay. controls arent hooked up though but i may get the harness someday and make it work. New stereo and speakers, Gps and CB mounted and all the pillar covers replaced. the red gmc logo in the steering wheel is blue now. used a paint pen lol

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changed the orange needles to blue

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night shot

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got tired of the devino rims and wanted to go to chrome or polished aluminum. picked up a nice set of factory dodge rims off craigslist for $200 figured if they didnt fit i could resell just as easy.

 

test fit

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after my tires were swapped on and gm caps installed

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Got tired of carrying all my tools and stuff in the back floorboard so broke down and got a toolbox. Didnt want to at first since the bed is short but after some though i decided thats why i have a trailer right?

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got the smaller one because i wanted to keep access to the tie downs at the base of the bed

 

 

And thats where she sits so far. Getting ready to order a new front bumper and a chrome rear one to match. Rear one right now is grey and has small dents in it. Future plans are brushguard for the front, friend is going to make me some steps i guess you could say but really just rocker protection. Paint and bodywork, when i bring it to get painted im going to have them clean and paint the frame also, some surface rust on the frame but mostly years of dust caked on from lease roads that seems to have turned to concrete lol

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Looks like it's kept you busy. Sure looks better now!

 

I'm about to order the AFE dry filter for my 5.3. It's expensive but I'm hoping it'll be worth it. I already have the AirAid tube and I like it a lot better than the factory tube.

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this is the 3rd vehicle i've used the afe filter on. cant say there is any performance gains but its nice to just clean it out let it dry then put it back in. put 60k miles on the one i had in my jeep with no problems. still looked newe when i cleaned it before i sold the jeep.

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Been a while since i posted on this but not much has changed, life wont let me play lately :(

 

Oil pump cratered on me after work, first time i have ever had to have one of my personal vehicles towed

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couple weeks later i picked up a nail in my rear tire and the idiot at the tire shop mangled my rim somehow putting the tire back on so i had them put my old rims back on, gotta order new centers though

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took the spacer off the front but left the ones on the rear, evened out the stance a little, i like it

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hopefully soon i can get back on track getting her fixed up

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Still slowly getting this truck up to where i want it....

 

couple weeks ago a hamster moved in under my truck with his wheel and drove me crazy, i kicked him out today lol

Rear driveshaft u-joints, well whats left of them, yes those are needle bearings all over the floor

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Also ordered the MBRP cat back since the flowmaster was starting to rattle and the drone was gettting old or maybe im just getting old

layed out on the garge floor making sure all was good since UPS likes to throw the boxes off a cliff before they deliver them

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i can has tailpipes

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startup, idle, rev

 

 

In cab... a lot quieter in the cab now

 

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It's cool to see someone else doing a fixer upper build. Great work so far

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So between Daryl's 06 build and Chris's 04 build i have a few ideas im stealing.

 

Decided im going to concentrate on interior upgrades first since there is less to do and so far drivetrain wise its been pretty solid. Already did some as posted earlier but the list to do now is as follows:

 

Replace airbag with one from an Envoy, didnt realize until i read through Chris's build that they were the same units on the trucks and i always liked the way the 900s has the actual emblem in the airbag rather than the etch in the plastic. Found a dark gray one on ebay for $69 total shipped to my door. It'll match the new wheel i put on a while back.

I have the normal hole in the side of the driver seat that im either going to patch and just put some quality covers on or see what the local guy here in town will charge to redo the seat to match the original material.

Being i have a bare bones work truck model its not as insulated as the upper level truck so im going put sound deadening material thoughout the cab.

I'm also going to get the dash part that goes around the guages and radio/hvac area hydrodipped to match the steering wheel, also the vents on the passenger side. There is a shop about 35 minutes from me that does it just have to get up there to talk to them about it.

If i can find both doors with power locks and maybe windows i'll swap them out, already have the wires for the locks there but i'd have to get the harness for the windows. If i cant then i'll just replce the panel on the driver door since its got a crack in it and where it screws at the very bottom is broken so the bottom of the doo flops around when you close it.

Probably just get the sub box that goes under the rear seat and speakers/amp for it. Dont want to go any bigger than 10s, i dont need the whole world hearing my radio.

Debating on changing all the guages to blue LED, hvac and light switches also or just leave them white.

Going to get the Escalade cluster bezel but use the stock face, i dont like the others since they dont match the hvac contol letters.

New headliner eventually and if possible the console that goes up there.

 

That alot of text and i apologize if your eyes hurt now lol. Truck will be paid off by the end of this year so it should go a little faster after that :)

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