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1995 K2500 Suburban Rescue Project

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I posted a bit about this on the what have you done today thread, but I'm going to keep it in its own thread now.
This popped up about a 1/2 mile down the road from me. The guy had it listed at $1400. I went to see it and it wouldn't start. Was getting fuel, but just wasn't catching. He said $800 as is our $1000 of he got it running. I told him if think it over while I ran some errands. He texted me a video of it running 20 minutes later. I'm guessing he used the can of ether that was in the truck that he wrote was from the previous owner.... Anyway, ran well, good oil pressure, a little blowby, but not bad at 241k miles. I decided to take a chance and attempt to fix her up and sell her. I gave him the $1000.

Good:

-glowshift gauges in a 4 gauge a-pillar pod: Boost, transmission temp, air pressure(?) and an empty spot.
-Trans reportedly had a bad front seal that was just replaced.... doesn't leak now.
-Runs, drives, stops... probably worth a grand right there
-Clean frame and floors
-All gauges work
-All interior and dash lights converted to blue LED... not my style, but will make it easy to sell
-High idle switch on dash
-Torque converter lockup switch on dash
  • Mystery switch on dash
  • No nice paint to worry about scratching
-4WD
-G80 rear end
- Headlights are good
-Turn signals and running lights are all converted to LED

Bad:

-Rot on some door bottoms and barn doors have some rot on the bottoms
-rot on rocker under passenger rear door
-Needs a new driver door and fender.. someone backed up with the door open
-Tires are crap on aftermarket Vision wheels
-Glow plug harness was not connected to a couple of the passenger side plugs and was the original harness, I think. I'm guessing that was the hard start issue.
-The hood stack. Jesus. What is wrong with people? So... no exhaust and needs a hood
- Front bumper and grill are crap
-Driver side spray painted white.. ???
-Driver seat needs repair or replacement
-Stupid cone filter on turbo, no air cleaner assembly
-AC delete (might be considered a good thing?)

So that's the beginning.


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You said it has a air pressure gauge and a mystery switch? Does it have rear airbags or did it used to have air bags? Maybe the switch is/was for the compressor if it had/has bags.
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Here's some of what I've already done...
I cut the stupid hood stack off and got rid of the cobbled together 'up-pipe'. I bought a KB Diesel downpipe with a slip joint to direct the exhaust down and rearward... new owner can finish the exhaust.
I bought a new Hotwires glow plug harness and a set of dieselrx glow plugs to straighten out the starting system.
I bought 5 virtually new BF Goodrich All Terrain tires for less than the cost of 1 new one
I bought new smoked roof running lights to replace the old and broken ones.
I put in a new OPS, just because.
I'm looking for doors and fenders to replace the rusty ones.
I'm also looking for a driver seat.
I might try to replace the passenger side glow plug heat shields... though I doubt I could get those nuts off the manifold studded bolts...I might rig up a custom system.


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Keep an eye on car-part.com site for any body panels or parts you are hunting for, that may be near you.
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Ok, I went out and picked up a replacement nose for the suburban yesterday. Clean fenders (inner and outer) and a solid hood. I've decided to swap over to the work truck front end instead of repairing or replacing the original one, since I already have it now. I doubt anyone will care that it'll say GMC... now I just need doors and to fix the rot on the rear passenger rocker panel, and find a good bumper.

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I bet the PO was the talk of the town with that hood stack. Lol
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You got a better suburban at a better price than me. 2k for mine, many electrical gremlins but at 135k miles. Nice burb
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I replaced the driver fender this morning and i cut away the bent up leading edge of the driver door just in case it would hit the new fender. Gonna replace that for anyway. I need to find my breaker bar to pull the bumper bolts because my cordless harbor freight impact gun is not up to the task...I didn't notice the ps cooler was bypassed, so I took the rotten old original one off and I'll find a replacement whenever I get around to it. Got the front shocks in yesterday also...just KYB stock replacements. And I'll have to order sway bar end links. They're no longer linking
I'm collecting a good pile of parts behind the truck now too... time for a scrap run.
But here are some pics:


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Ok, I had someone give me a hand with the hood and it's on there. Needs a little adjusting, but it's good for now. Way better than the tractor hood. In thinking it's gonna get sanded down, primered, and painted... maybe black.... just because. And if anyone has a lead on new headlight buckets.... the salt got to those too
Better pics tomorrow, and the other pics are of my buddy's new all-electric Porsche... amazing, but I'd rather have my crappy cars and trucks.


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Ok, got a little bit done. Passenger side glow plugs installed. I'll get the driver side plugs and new harness in there later today or tomorrow. Got the front bumper off last night. A little tweak on the frame horns, nothing horrible, but I'll need to massage them back a bit before putting in a new bumper. Going to the parts yard tomorrow to grab a bumper, barn doors and a driver door and maybe a driver seat.


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Looking good blackmanta👍
Sweet rig. When your done I'll let you take care of mine! ;);)
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Haha, bring it on. You'll have to get in line behind about 6 other projects, including a boat and a flatbed trailer.
Anyway, I got the new glow plugs in and the harness installed. Only thing left there is to solder the new pigtail connector to the loom connection. Big difference in wire gauge... gotta check with hotwires about that before I connect the power. Hopefully she starts right up next time. I was going to go check out some doors today, but after calling the parts yard, he said he didn't have them and that they were inventoried back in 2008. I've got a few other options locally, so I'll do some digging.
And I'm guessing it's a good thing that I bought all new shocks.... check the last 2 pics


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I got the glow plug harness pigtail soldered and shrink wrapped to the ECM/WTS wire in the loom.
After that, I put in the new passenger side front shock. Luckily the inner fender and downpipe are still out, so there was plenty of access. It could have been a real pain if they weren't. I'll be installing the turbo flange and downpipe next and then the driver side shock and I'll throw in new anti sway bar links. Then the rear shocks and a few new doors and she should be pretty good to go.


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Turbo to DP flange is finally back on there facing the right direction. And the new KB Diesel downpipe is on and fits nicely.


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Good job blackmanta🍻
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The work continues.
I installed the new(ish) inner fender on the passenger side along with the battery tray. Battery tray is in way better shape than the old one. I thought about installing the spare fender, but the only problem with this one is a couple rotted out mounting holes for the inner fender, so...I left it. Not a big deal at all. That leaves doors, the rest of the shocks, the sway bar end links, and get the tires mounted and balanced. Then do something about the hood and maybe clean up the rockers and have them patched. But I'm hoping to have her up and running and ready to sell at the end of next week.
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Engine bay is back together and cleaned up and degreased a bit. I degunked the CDR and that seemed to help in the apparent blowby. She started right up with the new glow plugs and harness. I'll do an oil change and top off the coolant and then continue with the replacement of parts.

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Haven't gotten much done over the last few days. I was busy with the holiday weekend. I did go out bergen rain storms today and replaced the driver side front shock. It was just like the passenger side. Barely any resistance and the upper tube was completely rotted off.. new one looks just a little better.


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