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Updated on May 06, 2012
History: I bought the truck to haul my 2007 Z400 quad, but it hopefully will be my daily driver. It came with a GMC grille although it still had the chevy hub caps... classy. This truck was ordered for Alberta Public Works, then became a farmers truck (who did some "farmer fixing", more on this later...), then a kid bought it and used it durring highschool, finally he traded it in to the dealership where i work and i bought it for next to nothing. I planned on fixing minor things but when the head gaskets went i decided to restore it.
What I've Done: New diff oil & seal, removed wood box liner & rear bumper, new fuel filter, straightend front bumper, removed all Chevy badges, new windsheild, new exhaust system (no cat), painted behind grille, new GM grille emblem (until i decide what grille to go with), polished signal lights & taillight lenses, newer style black plastic mirrors, repaired hole in floor, cleaned head liner, door panels & dash, new seat cover, new underlay, repaired vinyl floor holes, rocker gaurd on floor & inside back wall of cab, new pcv valve, spark plugs, K&N air filter, cleaned & painted oil pan, new oil pump & oil pan gasket, new head gaskets & intake gaskets, cleaned piston tops, combustion chambers & entire heads.
What I'm working on: Finishing putting the engine back together (TBI and exhaust manifolds back on and hook all the wires and hoses back up). I'm about to start doing the body work & undercoating the chassis. Also refinishing all the original wheels with rocker gaurd (like i did the floor in) they will be my winter rims once i get another set.
Weird Stuff: GMC grille and bowtie hubcaps, Arson sticker put on from the inside so its backwords from outside, mirrors off a 2000(ish) GM truck - weren't even close to fitting right so a lot of silicon was used to fill the gaps... red silicon..., clothes (not rags) shoved in corners of the cab under the vinyl floor (i guess its drafty) there was 2 t-shirts a pair of pants & a glove. Also the boot must have fallen off the steering shaft knuckle so someone just siliconed a massive ball around the entire joint. Finally instead of buying tow hooks ($25) farmer frank welded a small piece of c-channel iron to connect the front of each frame rail then as tow hooks he used two 1/4'' thick muffler clamps! wtf? is what i thought as well. (Check out the picture below and look under the bumper) I'm surprised these didn't fly out the first time they were used (and they were used! They are bent into a triangle shape), Besides this he actually cut into the frame to install the c-channel and welded (horribly by the way) over the factory holes for tow hooks! Seriously?! That was easier then buying tow hooks and bolting them in?
The truck is a bit unique due to being a factory ordered gov't truck it has a 4.3L V6, THM 400 trans ("M40" THM400-475/3L80- a rare(ish) HD version of the 400), 3.08 rear end, a mono AM only radio, HD transmission oil cooler, HD rad, & special order paint. Check out the option list on the bottom of page 2.
*Update: April 29th*
Refinishing the factory wheels using rocker gaurd:
What the wheels did look like until i sanded, primed with grey rust primer, and rocker gaurded
*Update: April 30th*
I recently got some free truck parts from work unfortunatly they came off of a cash for clunkers vehicle that is in such good shape its a shame it has to be crushed. The truck is a 1988 with all the same options as mine (totally plain 2wd,V6 etc.) but its mint, has 158,000km (98,000mi) and still smelled new! It Makes me angry such a nice truck has to be crushed but at least i got a tailgate, tire and rim, jack and handle, and a spare belt out of it.
Top: Old tailgate. Bottom: New (to me) tailgate Truck waiting to have wheels again
High Gloss rust paint on inside of rims
*Update: May 4th*
Just got the tires put back on the newly refinished wheels
*Update: May 7th*
Just put all the wheels back on the truck and started painting the very rusted rear drums.
*Update May 16th*
A few things to mention, 1st off I got a bunch more parts off of that cash for clunkers truck, mostly interior dash stuff like the vents and cluster pieces etc. I also took the tail lights off of it and polished them all up so they look new again. Finally i'm painting the cluster surround black from the current grey. I will post pictures of this all this stuff soon.
I also took some pictures of my beautiful wife inside my truck (below) page 3 has the rest of the pictures. (Updated May 20th)
Please Comment and Rate My Truck and I Will Do The Same!
Page 1 - Introduction and Exterior Pictures
Page 2 - Interior Pictures and Factory Option List
Page 3 - Random Pictures (updated May 20th)
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Great progress man, love the truck.
Great Job :) .. I LIKES IT So Much :) 5***** .. Hope you can check My BOTH Bimmers soon :)
Hey, nice ride you got there. Check out my page if you got a chance.
project is coming along fine bro.5*****check me out
nice work nice truck all 5 *****
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