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  1. Its been quite awhile since i have updated this thread, Grumpyghost has been doing great. However the original 20 year old balljoints are tired and has caused the front tires to wear pretty badly. I have been slowly buying up all the parts to rebuild the front end. Of course its all Amazon special parts besides the cv axles. I did not opt for the better moog brand stuff, i really doubt ill have a problem with this kit, even if i have to replace it again in 2 years its still cheaper than buying the moog stuff. Parts include upper control arms, sway bar links, lower ball joints, new lower control arm bushings, pitman arm, idler arm, and a couple other things i can't recall the name to. While i did rotate the tires i have since stopped because the front end is almost done. Im probably going to finally get different rims and tires so i can upgrade the front brakes to the 05 and newer bigger ones that require at least a 17inch rim size. Another problem that recently happened is one of my rear calipers is dragging, so in the next week or so i will be ordering (from amazon) ($218 special) the upgraded rear dual piston calipers with new rotors and pads. Currently has original single piston calipers. For the time being to stay on the road i bought autozone duralast gt brake pads that have a lifetime warranty, so i can swap them out whenever for free! (The gt pads are cheaper and better than the gold set because they are being discontinued by autozone, $23) I didn't catch the problem in time and ended up ruining the rotor from metal on metal contact. When i originally did the leveling kit about 2 years ago now, (time flies) i always intended to rebuild the front end within 6 months, needless to say ive put it off cause well, im a busy guy. Also ive had to rebuild my tool collection and have finally amassed the tools to do the job without it taking a whole weekend using only basic handtools. (Things like electric impact and similar associated tools to do the job like a real shop mechanic would). Another reason for the wait is the simple fact that the truck drives perfectly fine and i still don't necessarily feel it needs to be done immediately, but tire wear and the fact i can't get it aligned is reason enough. I still daily the truck, but i now own a cough cough ford mustang! So i don't daily it like i used to. I think the truck has like 210,000 miles now. Trans is still going strong and i never got around to adding a trans gauge. Its been hot here in Florida so i may still wait to do this "repair " until its cools down a bit, obviously the rear brakes are an immediate problem but i haven't been towing so imma send it! Cool tip: All brake pads at autozone have a lifetime warranty, so when your pads wear out, you take in your old pads and swap them out for free. Just make sure you have the phone number used to register them. As always sorry for the essay and carpe diem! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  2. I need trains horns! I would use them daily here in Florida. Truck looks awesome! Glad to see I'm not the only one still driving a gmt 800 style truck. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  3. The plastic cover for the gauges cracked like 8 years ago and I never did anything about it. TILL NOW! I was debating about a trans temp sensor and I really wanted to see if I could just install a trans temp in the stock location by getting another cluster and just stealing a step motor to put in the spot where the trans temp sensor goes on the stock 2500 diesel trucks or HD trucks. Anyhow after some research, I had already got a cluster from and 02 suburban before researching, that basically my truck being a 99 model year takes a special cluster because of the airbags. But also I can't just install a stepper motor and the other mods that are needed without sending the cluster off to get reprogrammed. So then I decided at least I can fix the broken plastic cover and maybe buy a custom back splash to make my cluster look cooler. Us speedo offers a kit for like $200 or so, I immediately said nah!!! I then decided to take the needles off the extra cluster and figured out a way to paint them blue and I think it turned out great! I also looked at the cluster and decided that I can add an aftermarket trans temp guage kn the original stock location fairly easily, so when j get some spare funds, I'll be getting a trans temp sensor and modding the cluster to fit and aftermarket sensor. Again sorry for the paragraph on a simple mod using stock parts! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  4. Well here it is in all her glory! She or it rather gets the job done. Not great by any means, but it's puurrtttyyy knarly for a piece of junk. All fun aside easy install after you figure it out since the instructions are unreadable and I didn't feel like looking it up on YouTube. It's self-explanatory really. Fitment is terrible, but it opens and closes like it should, doesn't draw blood if i set my arm on it, and for $28 I'm happy. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  5. So I got this in the mail today, freshly shipped from China. I got if off Amazon, it was the $28 option with free shipping. You can definitely tell is a cheap console lid, but for half the price of basically the same thing with a bit better material doesn't seem worth it to me for my "Work Truck". Anyhow, I'm going to go install it real quick. Will post later again after installation. I was going to wait to get one of these but my current original broken lid ended up cutting my arm, more like scraped that caused a little blood to draw. So I went ahead and ordered this one like a week or so ago. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  6. Found a 2002 Cadillac Escalade all wheel drive with the lq9 and a 4l65e at the lkq pull a part. I deleted my antenna on Grumpy and found this piece off of the Escalade to finalize the antenna delete. Anyhow the parts place says I can pull the engine and transmission out of the Escalade for like $500 or so plus tax. I am very tempted to do this. I was at the junkyard to get a new blower motor for my ac/heat as the one in mine had worn out as the bearings made scary noises haha. Anyhow I grabbed the blower and antenna piece and am probably going to go back this weekend to pull the steering wheel and clock spring out of the Escalade for the radio control buttons. I didn't take pictures of the blower install as it is a very awkward place to see and get too but also very straight forward. I opted for a used blower because the reviews on Amazon for the aftermarket new ones said they didn't "blow as hard." LMAO Cheers! Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  7. I really like the color matched grill. It would look even sweeter with some custom color matched headlights!! Awesome job! How did you dechrome the grill? I started to on mine and then got tired of it quickly and just sanded and etched primed it before paint. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  8. I should mention that while I do live in Florida, I live by the gulf, and work along the golf and this truck sees and smells the ocean salt almost daily. It has been covered by sea water going over bridges many times. While it's not as bad as road salt from Indiana winter's. It is concerning enough to make me wash this truck almost every week. Also it sits outside and with the humidity down here, it is covered in dew daily Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  9. Just gave Grumpy a bath, what you dont see in the pics is that the Bondo on the bed has shrunk in a few spots. But my hack and pack Bondo job on the driver side where I had a huge dent hasn't shrunk at all. The Bondo(filler) shrink I think is normal. I just need to get some 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper and sand down the clear a smidge to hide it. Then buff it all over again. Also the clear coat is chipping on the hood and the roof clear coat is almost gone. (Insert sad face) Also the cancer(rust) on the bottom of the passenger door and passenger rear door has gotten a little worse. I don't have a welder down here in Florida yet and even if I did, I don't think I could save the bottoms of the doors. There are a ton of GM extended trucks like mine in the junkyard here and I think I will just get some from there and repaint them. Lastly I included the frame which show how well the por15 attached to the rusty frame and makes it new again. No new cancer has shown up on the frame and I'm very happy about it. I think I will get some por15 and coat the leaf springs however as they are starting to rust in a few spots. I also keep telling myself this is a work truck, so to "patch" the hood and roof. I'm just going to put some vinyl wrap on it to keep it from ever turning into rust as I have said before. I'll get around to it eventually haha. Anyhow sorry not sorry for the book update on Grumpy. Basically just maintenance for now. I have been looking for a front bumper from a 2003-2006 GMC Sierra. I like the look of those bumpers better plus the inside of my front bumper is very rusty. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  10. I finally got my mirror wired up. I got the 20 guage wire the mirror uses from a 2002 suburban from lqk or lkq, whatever it's called. (Junkyard/pull a part place, cost me 20 mins and $12) Someone had already taken the entire dash out of the burban so I was able grab the original wiring that goes to the mirror and sensor. Well most of it, I cut it at the firewall and just used the orange and black power wires that power the interior dome lights on the ceiling of the burban. I found a thread on here where someone else had done the mod and improvised from there. I removed like 3 wires from the plug for the mirror and hooked up the power to 10amp ignition fuse on the dash fuse box. Then grounded it to the dash. Then I ran my sensor wire through the firewall and hooked up the sensors in the exact same location I pulled it off of the suburban. I removed the reverse wire and the 2 side mirror wires. The auto dimming works perfectly, I guess it just won't shut off when in reverse like it's supposed too, but honestly how many times will I actually need that function. (It's a gentex model 177 mirror with 7pin plug for reference) Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  11. Awesome job, seems to be going pretty quickly for ya. I wish I would have replaced my hinge assemblys when I did this job though. The hinge pins from any auto parts store seem to wear out pretty quickly. Although my experience is from having to fix my driver door after someone backed into while it was open and ripped it straight forward Tommy boy style. I replaced my pins 2 times in a years time, then took it to a body shop where they charged me $300 for the job to bend the hinges and install the threaded pins with a nut to hold them in place. I later interned at a body shop and learned that those threaded pins are the best option for a cheaper fix, but a new hinge assembly is way better. It's not a job for the weary though. I did a few of them while working there and it was nerve racking. The new assemblys come with nut and bolts to install where you drill out the huge three spot welds from the factory that hold the hinges in place, but we were also a restoration shop so we went ahead and welded the new hinges in place. Can't test fit the door until you have it decently welded in place to hold the weight, so we had to be spot on the first try. Anyways, keep up the good work! Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  12. I forgot I did this as well. I removed the drl sensor that mounts on the dash pad when I replaced my heater core about 2 years ago because it wasn't working anyhow. So since then my headlights always came on no matter what and I couldn't turn them off without first engaging the parking brake. Anyhow awhile back I tried to find the wire loom that connected to the drl by removing the radio and couldn't find it. So recently I removed the dash pad and found it lying ontop of the heater ducting. I then found a resistor I had lying around for my led conversion and popped it in the connections for the drl. Boom! I now have control over my headlights but have lost the automatic feature. No big deal as I have never liked the automatic headlights and it will take some getting used to, but I just have to remember to use my headlight switch to turn them on. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  13. I just saw this today, I was under the impression that you wanted to use bed liner on the inside of the rockers before you welded the inner and outer rockers together. For that I would only use por15. The outside after it's all back together, I still wouldn't hesitate to use por15, but bed liner will do just as well, just a bit harder to clean. I take my truck to a good carwash and get the undercarriage pressure washed. As long as you do something along those lines to keep that area clean, I wouldn't worry about it rusting through again for a long time. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  14. Oh I forgot to add this to last post, but I also did the antenna delete mod to my truck. I still get all the stations I want to listen too like 102.5 the bone with Mike calta and so on. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  15. I went to Walmart and bought the cheap black magic 5% window tint for $12 to run a brow across my windshield. I thought I could do it myself as I did the side windows in 20% back in highschool before I even knew anything on how to do window tinting. How hard could it be!!!!????? It's a pain, but mostly I think it was difficult because the product was so crappy. It's wavy and you can see its not straight at all. Living in Florida I got tired of having to put my sun visor down all the time to block the sun. This tint has fixed that issue but it look like crap. I will have all my windows done professionally in the future but for now I'm just leaving it like it is. My center console has finally broken and I'm trying to not buy the $60 replacement topper from Amazon that I see in all the center consoles because it is common for them to break. I'm surprised this one has lasted as long as it has. I want to find the center console that is not a seat and get rid of the crappy one. I have found many center consoles like the one I want, but all of them have been tan. Go figure! I'm sure one will pop up at lkq eventually. Lastly I got the rear view mirror that has the direction and temp on the mirror. I also grabbed the temp sensor that mounts behind the grill. This is also from a 2001 suburban. I have not had the time to find a wiring diagram to wire this up, but it will be coming in the future, for now I just have the mirror mounted and has been a reminder I need to get it done. First I need to go back and pull a wiring harness from one of the chevy suburbans to have a bunch of wire to use to run the sensors and power wires for the mirror, also pulling the wiring harness is cheaper than going to a hardware store and buying wire. Plus it'll be color coded like the factory wires! Bonus!!! It a very time consuming job and I'll get to it eventually. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
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