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Hello everybody,

So, this is where it all starts. After being the proud owner of my K3500 Dually for almost a week now, I've started the build!

First some pictures of the truck in it's current state:
 

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Yesterday I tinted the back cab windows in 5% Limo Black tint. First time tinting windows for me, so not perfect, but I am pretty happy with the result!

Today I got a pair of new front tires, and started om some minor rust repairs / prevention's. Removed the weather strips from the bottom of the doors, and wasn't happy about what I uncovered there.. Immediately removed as much rust and dirt as possible with a wire brush. Applied anti-rust and then a layer of spray paint. Should be good for the time being.

Also I restored the front US lights to it's original state (stupid regulations in my country don't allow US lights when a car get's imported). Looks a lot better. Still looking for the amber bulbs to fit next to the already amber blinker's in the bottom lamps (see picture) as they are now white :thumbsdow . Obviously those are not available in my country since US lights are not allowed, so will have to wait for them to get shipped overseas.

I also included some pictures of the big rust patch underneath the drivers side extended cab. I will hopefully get this welded and painted ASAP, together with new front quarter panels since they are shot underneath the fender flares :banghead: .

When the rust is taken care of I can start on the most fun part so far: the 6"lift kit and front-end rebuild! Though this will probably take a few months of saving up.
 

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I also installed some mud guards and cleaned the weather strips so they can be reinstalled tomorrow when the paint is dry.
 

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Love the California plate! I've got a 51 Hudson Hornet and I run the original California plates since its so old!

I don't see the big patch-o-rust on the back of the cab pic?

...Applied anti-rust and then a layer of spray paint. Should be good for the time being.
Good! it won't stop it, but will slow it down..somewhat! I'd be saving up for some new/aftermarket doors..once the rust gets in the pinchwelds theres no way to fix it. Better off replacing the sheetmetal when you can.

Does that thing really need a 6" lift? Looks like theres a 4" on it now - or blocks in the back and someone cranked up the torsion bars in the front?

Personally, I'm not a big fan of lift kits for everyday drivers. I like to use my trucks for hauling/towing stuff and you just can't easily get into the bed of the truck with that kind of a lift.

Maybe at 22 the thought of always jumping into and out of your truck doesn't sound too bad!

Add 33 years, a "few" pounds :hehe: , and some major injuries...if I had a truck lifted like that I'd blow a knee or a hip out trying to use it!

Keep up the good work!
 

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Love the California plate! I've got a 51 Hudson Hornet and I run the original California plates since its so old!

I don't see the big patch-o-rust on the back of the cab pic?

...Applied anti-rust and then a layer of spray paint. Should be good for the time being.
Good! it won't stop it, but will slow it down..somewhat! I'd be saving up for some new/aftermarket doors..once the rust gets in the pinchwelds theres no way to fix it. Better off replacing the sheetmetal when you can.

Does that thing really need a 6" lift? Looks like theres a 4" on it now - or blocks in the back and someone cranked up the torsion bars in the front?

Personally, I'm not a big fan of lift kits for everyday drivers. I like to use my trucks for hauling/towing stuff and you just can't easily get into the bed of the truck with that kind of a lift.

Maybe at 22 the thought of always jumping into and out of your truck doesn't sound too bad!

Add 33 years, a "few" pounds
, and some major injuries...if I had a truck lifted like that I'd blow a knee or a hip out trying to use it!

Keep up the good work!
Thanks for your reply! The Cali-plate is originally from a Chevy Van from a friend of mine in Cali.
I forgot the picture of the rust patch, thanks for mentioning!
I was hoping the doors would still be saveable. Oh well, i?ll see how long they last in Dutch-weather haha!
As far as I know the truck hasn?t been lifted, I don?t see any blocks on the rear, maybe an extra leaf but that?d be it. I have always loved the look of lifted trucks, hence it will be one of the first things I?ll do. As far as I know of I?ll be the only one in my country with a lifted Dually, which makes it even better. I don?t really ?need? the truck for work or towing or anything. Regelations in my country don?t allow me to load/tow that much without a trucker license... For me it?s a child dream and more of a hobby.
I definately see your point that for a hauler/tower it wouldn?t be so practical haha!
 

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that will definitely be a head turner, esp if it's the only one.
too bad about the rust. is salt used on the roads there?
what size tire? i run 235/85R16LT. they are tall and skinny.
confused: those turn signals aren't US spec? if not, what are the specs?
tuned in for the progress.
 

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that will definitely be a head turner, esp if it's the only one.
too bad about the rust. is salt used on the roads there?
what size tire? i run 235/85R16LT. they are tall and skinny.
confused: those turn signals aren't US spec? if not, what are the specs?
tuned in for the progress.
Yeah salt is used here in the winters.. so that sucks. I?m still looking for the best way to avoid rust in the future, since this is my daily driver and I need it in the winter too.
I run 235/85/16 as well. Too skinny for my likings, but okay for the time being. After the lift kit is installed I will be looking for new rims and tires, preferably 36? tires, but it?s too early to get into that now, first need to get the money together for the lift kit and front end rebuild haha!
I?m still confused about the turn signals, they get tampered with when the vehicle gets imported in my country, trying to get them back to the us standards
 

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It will probably take around 2 to 3 months for me to get the lift kit and front end components here, since I wanna order it all in one go to save on transport costs.
In the meantime I will keep doing minor modifications to keep things interesting.
E.g. Towing mirrors, LED taillights, light bar and some working lamps.
 

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The side marker indicator in the fender is not Stock from GM.
It appears that your country requires that type of side marker indicator which would only activate with the use of the turn signal.
 

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The side marker indicator in the fender is not Stock from GM.
It appears that your country requires that type of side marker indicator which would only activate with the use of the turn signal.
Aaah that explains a lot, thanks! As far as the front indicators they should be stock now? That is when I replace the bulb for an amber one obviously. And what about the little front outer indicators? (Picture included) are they stock? And should they be lit when my lights are on?
 

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Aaah that explains a lot, thanks! As far as the front indicators they should be stock now? That is when I replace the bulb for an amber one obviously. And what about the little front outer indicators? (Picture included) are they stock? And should they be lit when my lights are on?
Both front indicators in the US will be amber color.
The outer indicators are called corner markers or side markers in the US and they will stay lit with the headlights until you activate the turn signal.
Then the individual marker will blink according to which way you activate the turn signal.
 

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Australia has the same requirement.
 

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Thanks for your reply! The Cali-plate is originally from a Chevy Van from a friend of mine in Cali.
I forgot the picture of the rust patch, thanks for mentioning!
I was hoping the doors would still be saveable. Oh well, i?ll see how long they last in Dutch-weather haha!
As far as I know the truck hasn?t been lifted, I don?t see any blocks on the rear, maybe an extra leaf but that?d be it. I have always loved the look of lifted trucks, hence it will be one of the first things I?ll do. As far as I know of I?ll be the only one in my country with a lifted Dually, which makes it even better. I don?t really ?need? the truck for work or towing or anything. Regelations in my country don?t allow me to load/tow that much without a trucker license... For me it?s a child dream and more of a hobby.
I definately see your point that for a hauler/tower it wouldn?t be so practical haha!
Grin - I got it, not a working truck - more for fun!

Your truck has some kind of lift, that's not stock ride height for the body..maybe just a body lift was done?

That's some nice rust repairs on the cab someone else did for you! :eek:

Lucky for you though that patch panel from LMC is cheap..50.00 and some :weld: and that's fixed!

With the rust I've seen so far, I'd suggest before you spend a bunch of money on a lift kit tires and wheels to do a really detailed inspection of the frame and related systems - just to make sure its strong and ready to go.

The frame,

* I'd be looking for rusted out mounting points, or other weak spots, cracks in the frame.
* Check the frame up around where the steering box mounts etc.
* Rusted or soon to be rusted out brake lines (common problem)
* Carrier Bearing and drivelines probably not a big issue if you're going with a
lift you'll need to do something there anyway.

.. these are things I think I'd fix before doing a lift kit - think safety first, then the goodies!
 

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It will probably take around 2 to 3 months for me to get the lift kit and front end components here, since I wanna order it all in one go to save on transport costs.
In the meantime I will keep doing minor modifications to keep things interesting.
E.g. Towing mirrors, LED taillights, light bar and some working lamps.
I installed some GenIV styled towing mirrors on my 2002...after which I kicked myself in the @zz for not attempting on my 1998!

My Towing Mirror Swap

The other thing you will want to do is figure out how to stuff a Double Din radio..maybe will fit in your console...and get a nice touch screen and backup camera.

My Kenwood Stereo and Backup Camera install

Cameras are dirt cheap the camera I installed was 30.00 + 15.00 for a wireless transmitter, I spent 5x more on the spoiler I mounted the camera to!

The BU camera is easily the best safety feature I've ever added! And although you think you won't be towing much..if you do you'll appreciate the BU camera. I just hooked up to my car trailer to move it and nailed the ball placement the very first attempt by myself - PRICELESS!
 

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Grin - I got it, not a working truck - more for fun!

Your truck has some kind of lift, that's not stock ride height for the body..maybe just a body lift was done?

That's some nice rust repairs on the cab someone else did for you!


Lucky for you though that patch panel from LMC is cheap..50.00 and some
and that's fixed!

With the rust I've seen so far, I'd suggest before you spend a bunch of money on a lift kit tires and wheels to do a really detailed inspection of the frame and related systems - just to make sure its strong and ready to go.

The frame,

* I'd be looking for rusted out mounting points, or other weak spots, cracks in the frame.
* Check the frame up around where the steering box mounts etc.
* Rusted or soon to be rusted out brake lines (common problem)
* Carrier Bearing and drivelines probably not a big issue if you're going with a
lift you'll need to do something there anyway.

.. these are things I think I'd fix before doing a lift kit - think safety first, then the goodies!
Thanks for the reply! I?ll check out the things you mentioned, thanks! I have to say when I checked underneath before buying the truck, there was very little rust on the frame/bottom.
I will be ordering that patch panel asap!

What did you mean with someone else did rust repairs on the cab? Don?t understand haha!

The carrier bearing and X-joints will be replaced anyway when installing the lift kit since the carrier bearing has to be relocated down I believe.

I?ll take some pictures from the frame / bottom soon. I am used to a LOT of rust on my old chevy van, so I?m nog easily shocked by uncovering some rust haha.

It will probably take around 2 to 3 months for me to get the lift kit and front end components here, since I wanna order it all in one go to save on transport costs.
In the meantime I will keep doing minor modifications to keep things interesting.
E.g. Towing mirrors, LED taillights, light bar and some working lamps.
I installed some GenIV styled towing mirrors on my 2002...after which I kicked myself in the @zz for not attempting on my 1998!

My Towing Mirror Swap

The other thing you will want to do is figure out how to stuff a Double Din radio..maybe will fit in your console...and get a nice touch screen and backup camera.

My Kenwood Stereo and Backup Camera install

Cameras are dirt cheap the camera I installed was 30.00 + 15.00 for a wireless transmitter, I spent 5x more on the spoiler I mounted the camera to!

The BU camera is easily the best safety feature I've ever added! And although you think you won't be towing much..if you do you'll appreciate the BU camera. I just hooked up to my car trailer to move it and nailed the ball placement the very first attempt by myself - PRICELESS!
Sweet! Thanks I will definitely look into that!!
 

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These are the mirrors I had in mind:

For 88-00 Chevy GMC C/K 1500 2500 Suburban Tahoe Towing Mirrors Power+LED Signal | eBay

What do you guys think? I personally like the little indicator in the mirror glass.
It doesn't have an indicator on the outside of the mirror itself, which I don't really feel necessary.
You'll want to be careful with those ebay mirrors, you might save some $$ but the quality isn't that great. I spent a lot of time before I bought mine from 1AAuto.

I do prefer the look of the arrow indicator in the glass - but, I wanted more "bling" with the front facing led marker lights, and just really like the newer style duramax mirrors with the integrated bu light.

I had to order mirrors for a 2004 and make the wiring work myself - but you're lucky! They have options for you that look to be plug and play...even if you don't like that style they sell the type you were looking at too.

Check this page out - the TrailRidge ones are great quality too - the ones at the top would be the closest to what I installed..a little more expensive..but the wiring looks to be plug and play except for the backup light, turn signals (you'll have to run the wires for turn signals on the ebay ones too)

1995 K3500 Towing Mirrors 1AAuto

I tell you what..the bu lights do make a big diff with the dually, between my stock bu lights, the led ones on my headache rack, and the ones on my mirrors..its like daylight when I back up!
 

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What did you mean with someone else did rust repairs on the cab? Don?t understand haha!
I was joking around looks to me like someone smeared some bondo over the rust and threw some paint over it - usually when you see a rust hole like that the rust is bubbling out from under the paint - in that pic it looks pretty smooth so thats another reason I thought someone tried a prior hack-ish repair (not you!)
 
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