Resurecting my truck

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Re: Resurecting my truck

Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:03 am

New tires came in!! I took this pic last night, just to give you an idea of how big these things are, they are as tall as the hood on the 01 SS

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And I got a screaming deal on this HID conversion kit. $29 shipped.

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:05 am

Plug and play! Only issue I found, there is no screw mount for the unit. They give you double sided tape to mount it. Yeah, that ain't happening on a dirty fender. I just zip tied them so they don't bounce around. Work really good. Can't wait till dark!

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:06 am

Check out this comparision! To the right is a 245/75R16 that I ran for the Winter, next is a 255/70R16 that I was running for the Summer and to the left is the 285/75R16 I just put on.

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:08 am

Ok, The tires are on and she rides like a dream!!! Bumped the truck height up 2 inches. They didn't rub, but they came close to the lower corner of the front valance. I had Matt cut the inner corner off so there would be no chance.

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Then decided to see how well they work. A little wheelin in the snow
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Has plenty of clearance too

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:09 am

Well, as some of you know, my truck got hit twice this past winter. So Matt finally got the time to get some work done to it.

Matt started before I could take pictures of the damage.
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The Beast looks so strange all stripped down again
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Even the front looks plain
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And then the fun started, Matt started grinding to see what size patch need to be made for the door, it got larger than he thought
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Starting to look like half the truck will be getting repainted. Hope I get it back before September!
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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:11 am

The lower door seems to be in worse shape than we thought. Matt has created an entire lower section.

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:12 am

Latest pics, Matt got the bodywork on the door done and then put the first coat of primer on the repaired spots.

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The front bumper had quite a few spots that needed attention

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And then the first coats of primer.
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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:14 am

Managed to get the door jambs cleaned and painted.
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Passenger side
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Hope to get the seat out and the vynal flooring out this weekend and clean up the floor boards and spray them with bed liner. Plus I need to finish the tailgate, the light bar and the inner fenderwells.
Matt's hoping to spray the truck someting this week. Then the assembly starts
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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:15 am

Well, couldn't get the seat bolts to budge. So I pealed back the flooring the best I could and wire wheeled the loose rust and old paint. once I cleaned that off, I sprayed the floor with bed liner. The stuff covers nicely, then laid the floor back in place and reassembled the doors and sill plates.

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And Matt did some sanding on the body. He says final block sanding tomorrow and possibly paint on Sunday. If not, then Tuesday after work. I can't wait!! Here is what she looks like currently

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:16 am

Well, final sanding is done and she's all masked off. Tomorrow night we shoot and then Matt will spray it with sealer. Tuesday after work, she get paint.

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:17 am

First pics of the new shine!
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Blacked out the radiator support and the tow hooks

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New Dorman mirror installed. Thanks to my friend Jim. I'm probably going to need the passenger side one soon.

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The tailgate and tail lights installed

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The rest of the bed is back together

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I took some chip guards off a Ford F-150. I think they look pretty good.

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And I finished bed lining the new inner fender wells. With luck they will be going in this weekend

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I can't wait to wash it and go over the whole truck with the clay bar and hit it with the buffer. Probably middle next week

Tonight I took out the driver's side inner fender well, disassembled the steering knuckle, the shock and pulled the axle shaft. Tomorrow morning, replacing the ball joints, installing the new axle shaft, then scuffing the frame and spraying it with undercoating before installing the new fender well.
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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:19 am

Spent the day working on the truck. Managed to get the driver's side ball joints and axle shaft replaced. Then swapped out the inner fender well, installed the storage box and freshened up the inner fender.

I need to get new front shocks. Maybe next month when were at Summit Racing. I'm kind of broke right now.

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I think it looks pretty good. I pulled the storage box from a 98 Chevy Tahoe.

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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:21 am

Got the passenger side inner fender well out and the fenders and firewall cleaned up.

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And the new inner in
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Had Matt do a quick re spray of the passenger side rocker

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As of tonight, she is 98% back together! Tomorrow I need to had rub the right bed side to get the overspray off and then I will bring her home for a good scrubbing before Matt hits it with the buffer for the last time. After that, I need to resinstall the light bar, the pitman arm and shields.
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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:22 am

Well, she's home! Thursday night washed it and started cleaning it, but it got dark pretty fast.

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Got up this morning and headed back to the garage to change the pitman arm. I figured it would have taken at least and hour. Nope! less than 25 minutes! I cut a groove into the old arm so that the air hammer wouldn't bounce around. I put the puller on, snugged it up and hit it with the air hammer. fell right off! That never happened to me before. So I took the extra time to get the skid plates cleaned up and put back on
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After that, Matt and I headed to the junkyard to get some parts for a side job he has coming up. And that's when I got hit by a Tornado. Literally! Matt, popped the air cleaner off a 89 Chevy truck while I was checking out the interior. Called me and threw me this:
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I laughed! Explained to him the theory behind it and what not. Then I figured, What the heck? I'd like to see if it really works. The cashier at the junkyard looked at it and told us take it, Were regulars, LOL! So for free, I'll see what it does.

Then tonight after dinner, I reinstalled the center caps, light bar, license plate mount and the lower valance. It's 11pm and I'm beat! But I'm really happy with the progress
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Post by twomanymontes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:24 am

Yesterday after mowing the weeds and cleaning the fish ponds, I decided to clean out the garage. Well, I came across the stainless exhaust tip I bought 2 years ago in the middle of winter figuring I'd install it when it got warm. Yeah right!! Had an inch of dust on it. So I put it on. Also came across a couple GM Mark of excellence badges.
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After that the truck looked so filthy. So I washed it.

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I moved it over to the lawn to get it out of the way, Pulled the 86 out and parked it next to it

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Then my friend Jimmy arrived in town and brought me a new passenger side mirror

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Decided the Sun was shinning and took the 86 out for a ride, Never did clean the garage.....
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Re: Resurecting my truck

Post by petegee77 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:07 am

Looks great Dave .
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Post by twomanymontes » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:16 pm

petegee77 wrote:Looks great Dave .
Thanks Pete. Matt does great work!
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Re: Resurecting my truck

Post by twomanymontes » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:13 pm

And the Lord said " LET THERE BE LIGHT!!"
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Diana bought me a LED light bar for my birthday. Mounted the LED bar where the fog lights were originally mounted and flipped the fog lights underneath.

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And the difference is insane!!!

Just the HIDs
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HIDs with the fogs
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And now the HIDs, Fogs and the LEDs
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Re: Resurecting my truck

Post by petegee77 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:19 pm

WOW Dave. That IS insane. Nice job.
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Re: Resurecting my truck

Post by twomanymontes » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:49 pm

Thanks Pete, Now we just need to update the lighting in the PT!
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