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Old 12-30-2016, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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01' LB7 cab and chassis flatbed build

Hey Guys!
I've been thinking about pulling the trigger for a while now and getting myself into a duramax. I own a landscape construction company so I really wanted something that can handle hauling an equipment and dump trailer around and also plow in the winter. I began scouring Craigslist and eBay for the past few months when I came across this gem. A 2001 Chevy LB7 with 49,000 miles!!! Truck is a single cab LS with power locks but no power windowsMechanically the truck is sound. Injectors were already done, which could be a premonition of a problematic future or maybe not. Outside the truck needs some work but I knew what I had plans for so it's not the biggest issue. Currently, the truck has an aluminum flatbed that dumps but I will be removing it to sell and buying a brand new better looking aluminum flatbed. Over the next two months I will be posting updates as this will be a complete build from the ground up. I've already ordered a bunch of parts but below is what I'm hoping to achieve in the next couple months.

- Next week I will be doing a complete service and changing every fluid in the truck
- Next week I will be installing a Nicktane adapter with CAT fuel filter, ppe boost valve, profab intake horn, and profab downpipe. Truck will also be going to a local shop and having a custom 4" straight pipe exhaust fabricated and installed(axle dump)

Next engine mods:
-EFI live with edge Cts2
-Cold air intake

In a couple weeks the truck will be going to the body shop. I will be changing the color from the current gold metallic to Summit white. In addition, I will be color matching a ton of parts.
-Bumper valance and upper plastic on bumper to white
-Chrome bumper will remain chrome
-Chrome part of grill color matched white with black chevy Emblem
-New headlights and LED lower headlights(not sure what they are called. Lol)
-New towing mirrors color matched
-Escalade door handles color matched with chrome handle staying
-Smoked LED cab lights
-Tinted windows

I will be sandblasting the frame and throwing a couple coats POR15 prior to the new flatbed install.
-Flatbed will be an Aluma 96"x115"

Right before wheels I will be installing a cognito leveling kit from NorCal Truck. I will be doing the platinum kit with new pitman/idler arm and boxed UCA. Should I look into anything else suspension wise to increase longevity of the truck?

The wheels I'm very undecided about. Wheels must be black! Currently leaning towards 20x6.5 American Eagle 059 in black with Toyo MT 275/65/r20. I absolutely do not want a spacer in the rear so I want the largest size without the need for a spacer. Also, a tire that performs well in the snow.

I would love some input from you guys. The only thing set in stone is the exhaust,downpiepe, and turbo horn. I'm totally up for suggestions for any aspect of the build. The number one most important thing is reliability. I can't afford a break down especially during the winter season. I know I will do a built trans by Big Dipper but not until the end of 2017.

My biggest issue is trying to figure out a way to install a lift pump. I've searched numerous threads and can't find anything on installing a lift pump with dual fuel tanks.

Let me know your thoughts/suggestions!

Tried to upload a picture of what she looks like now, but being a noob around here, I can't figure it out!

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