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Old 09-30-2018, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Project Ironhide rebuild starts.

So I am completely tearing into this truck to basically redo or rebuild the truck from Ron to bottom. Some aftermarket accessories were installed by a subpar installer. The reverse lights were wired up on a toggle switch (I don’t know why). Wires in a complete nest under the dash and under the hood. Rust on the chassis from living up north (no offense if you live up north). Rust and oxidation on the majority of the suspension components and even some electrical. All of the shocks and air suspension are shot and oxidized very badly. There’s even some missing bolts on some of the suspension upon further inspection. So I will be completely coating the chassis and suspension components with chassis saver and replacing all of the bushings, hardware, and air suspension components. All of the cab air and shocks. Adding a 2” lift up front and installing king shocks al the way around. I will also be updating the interior with leather throughout and installing a killer kicker system. Then I will do some body work. Shave some things smooth. Repaint black. Add some accent LEDs. Redo the exhaust. Add some performance upgrades. And I think that’s it. I think.

Here’s the start to the tear down.

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Old 09-30-2018, 07:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here’s some of the parts I’ve already started collecting.

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The tailgate sucks taking off by the way.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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back up lights need an override on a toggle because unless your going to leave it in gear with the parking brake one and get out you wont have lights. I made this mistake lol.
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I’m replacing the bed covers and I’m going to do something for extra protection on the back sill plate. I also have to replace the bed structure (not the fiberglass sides). I’m also pulling all of the interior out for sound deadening, custom audio (nothing crazy) and covering the majority of the interior in leather. Still a long way of teardown.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you are replacing the instrument cluster, how is the lens plastic on tho old one? Mine is crack and I'm looking for a replacement at a reasonable cost.
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey Center Pin. That is my gauge cluster. Just redoing all of the LEDs and needles to blue. Look up GM Gauge Guy. That’s who is doing my cluster. I think he said 250 to do what I’m wanting with a 1 day turn around from when he gets it and sends it back to you. Try him. He may have a replacement lens for cheaper than a new used cluster. And maybe he can just ship you one.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I got all excited thinking there was another one in Texas, oh well.
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I am in Texas. Currently the truck is up in Abilene where I live. The truck belongs to my cousin and they live in San Antonio (Bulverde). I will have the truck for about a year redoing everything.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Was this truck a theft recovery?

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