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Old 04-30-2016, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Restoration & Upgrading 2008 LT CCLB 4X4

I had a need for a truck to pull some stuff around. I usually use my VW Diesel Passat and my aluminum trailer, but I recently bought a skid steer and attachments for personal use and was in need of a real truck again.

Knowing nothing will do but a diesel I set out in search of something. I was looking at Dodges, Fords (anything without a 6.0), and GM's.

After looking at many trucks and realizing they are all in need of some form of repairs, I finally found the best price I could on a 2008 LMM. It was the cheapest one I could find (but still expensive for all the little stuff it needs). It had 297k on the clock, but still runs and shifts fine and no blow by etc. Transmission fluid was crystal clear and oil looked good for mid way to an oil change. I will use the truck very little and there seemed to be no such thing as a good priced low mileage truck. I was not interested in making payments or buying a new truck, so I settled on this one. I doubt I will ever wear the motor or trans out and if I ever did, it is still cheaper to replace them than buy a more expensive truck since I do all my own work.

Anyway, we made a deal and I bought it knowing I was going to have to fix up anything I would buy. I saw no reason to pay 25 to 60k for something that had less miles and still needed little stuff fixed. I will just fix and upgrade everything on this one and make it near new again.
This one had a clean car fax and was a one owner truck. It also had just what I wanted, white (always looks good), 4x4, Crew Cab, and Long bed. I would have liked a dually also, but don't really need it.

This will also double as the weekend family car to go to town and stuff. We cannot all fit in my wife's car and it is a tight squeeze in mine. The kids are gonna love this.

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Old 04-30-2016, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It already has the bad stuff removed and what seems to be the smallest tune to eliminate issues with such dead weight removed.
It has a 4" exhaust.
It has been leveled by turning the torsion bars up some as I discovered later.
The tires I believe are just a little bigger than stock I think? They are Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx LT265/75R16.
It had a super big heavy ugly pointless Luverne brush guard on the front. Sorry if you like these, no offense intended
It also had a another pointless item that also causes more damage than it saves...a bug deflector.


Other than these items, I think it is mostly stock.

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Old 04-30-2016, 10:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The parts ordering and research started right away. I had to shelve several other projects for awhile and this is now my top priority.
The first thing I did was removed the brush guard and the bug shield.
Apparently both of these items that people buy to "protect" things have cause damage
Some of this I did not notice when I bought and will have to add to the fix list.
It appears they bumped into something with the brush guard and it flexed back and made two dents in the hood and cracked the chromed plastic molding. The good news is that the brush guard is fine LOL.

They also cut out around the tow hook openings for clearance and the tow hooks that are removed for the install will have to be replaced.
The bug shield has rubbed some paint in a couple spots and left me a nice adhesive strip across the front to try and remove. I played with it some, but it is stuck good. I ordered a 3M eraser wheel and will deal with that later.

Looking better already!
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I did manage to get about 19.1 MPG on the way home with it. This is according to the computer. Not sure what it really gets until I can run through a tank of gas. I will also have to make sure the tire size is not altering the miles driven to know exactly. I am not sure if they made an adjustment in the computer.
I will need to compare it to a GPS and see how close it is.
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One of the first things I noticed in my inspecting after getting it home was that the tank cover was hanging down. I thought I would just push it back up.
When I grabbed it, it felt heavy and about 2 inches thick, so I pulled it down.
Looks like this truck has seen a few times down the gravel road!
I spent several days and nights cleaning the frame and all the gravel and gravel dust out of every nook and cranny.
I used my pressure washer as much as I could, but it is hard to get the wand around under there and my lift is in the garage where I cannot use it for this.
The previous owner never bothered to maintain the looks underneath the truck. Most of the frame had the "about useless" brand factory frame coating gone. Luckily these frames are mostly open and have good thick steel (unlike the crap Jeep frame I just repaired).
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I noticed the cables going to the rear were chaffing against each other, but they work fine, so I added some sleeves for extra protection to prevent further wear.
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if your going to replace the grille and front bumper,get a 2012-2014 set [chevy only] ,it will update the nose and it bolts right on,,you can add a set of 2012-2014 wheels too [just add wheel adapters]
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if your going to replace the grille and front bumper,get a 2012-2014 set [chevy only] ,it will update the nose and it bolts right on,,you can add a set of 2012-2014 wheels too [just add wheel adapters]
Already did Your jumping ahead LOL. I have been working on this for a couple weeks already, but just now getting around to doing the build log. It might take me a bit to get caught up.
But since you mention it, here are some of the new front end parts and lights etc.
There was so many little issues in the front I decided to replace it all. The grill had a bubble in the plastic chrome. One fog light mount was broken. The bumper had a dent, etc. etc. Aftermarket bumpers all looked too big to me and were too expensive, so I searched to see if the newer bumper would work and low and behold people were doing it.
I don't know why GM makes so many parts to a bumper. It is ridiculous. At least the newer one does not have plastic end caps and the metal goes all the way across.
I never did find a complete list of parts to buy. Seems like some people are skipping a few parts or using used stuff. I will try to duplicate it with all the parts.
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I would suggest removing the sleeves, get a small tub of marine wheel bearing grease goop up the outside of the cables and the inside of the sleeves (then reinstall) to keep water from further migrating into the cable past the inner steel sleeve.
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My next few posts are mostly going to point out all the flaws with the truck. The fixes will follow.
The goosneck hitch is a B&W Turnover ball. The lever to flip the ball is frozen. I will get it unstuck after I get the frame all rustproofed and painted. I have it clean now and don't want to spray anything in there yet.
You can also see one of the big U bolts is broken. That bottom hole is where it should be coming through.
B&W sent me a replacement U bolt promptly and free of charge! Good service.

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