jarydM’s 2005 Tahoe Build/Rebuild

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jarydM

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After several years of school, remodeling a house, and settling into a job, I finally have time to work on my Tahoe. Our original adventure vehicle, and the best car I had ever owned (until my current one)
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She was perfect, until I rear ended a guy at a red-light, and bent/broke a lot of the front right. Insurance paid for it, and she was back to almost as good as new, even though the hood never quite fit right again.

I bought wheels off a new Silverado, and gave it a mild facelift
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Then in the fall of 2018, while driving home from Nashville in the early morning, a deer ran out in front of me, and I nailed him while pushing 80mph.

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Grille, broken. Headlights, broken or gone. Bumper, bent and broken. Hood, crimped from his antlers. Radiator, cracked. Drivers door smashed in and covered in shit.

Insurance paid out 9k, and I bought her back for 1600.

Back to my driveway she went, because my garage was full of house stuff because of the remodel. Took the money and upgraded to a 2013 Escalade....
 

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After several years of school, remodeling a house, and settling into a job, I finally have time to work on my Tahoe. Our original adventure vehicle, and the best car I had ever owned (until my current one)
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She was perfect, until I rear ended a guy at a red-light, and bent/broke a lot of the front right. Insurance paid for it, and she was back to almost as good as new, even though the hood never quite fit right again.

I bought wheels off a new Silverado, and gave it a mild facelift
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Then in the fall of 2018, while driving home from Nashville in the early morning, a deer ran out in front of me, and I nailed him while pushing 80mph.

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Grille, broken. Headlights, broken or gone. Bumper, bent and broken. Hood, crimped from his antlers. Radiator, cracked. Drivers door smashed in and covered in shit.

Insurance paid out 9k, and I bought her back for 1600.

Back to my driveway she went, because my garage was full of house stuff because of the remodel. Took the money and upgraded to a 2013 Escalade....
What'cha got planned? Did you ever get it fixed after the deer? Have a salvage/rebuilt title now? STUPID DEER:mad:!!
 
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The Escalade was great, and made me forget about the Tahoe. Maybe I should sell it, but it had so many good memories, and I knew I could fix it.

Then this spring, the unthinkable happened. The Escalade stuck a lifter because of the 4cyl shutdown mode, which I hadn’t been able to tune out yet because of cost.

I called a few mechanics. One told me he would only put a remanufactured or new engine in it. Another told me he wouldn’t touch it, but to look up a guy on YouTube who knew how to unstick it.

so I did. I ordered his tool, and unstuck the lifter. And then I traded the Escalade away forever, and bought a proper truck (for our pull behind camper).

But now it’s time to fix the Tahoe...BF122134-B46F-4F39-9981-125A65B4FCF9.jpeg

Green from weather and the trees, and parked for almost two years, I worried about what would happen if I wanted to start it.

put some fuel stabilizer and oil stabilized in, charged the battery and.. started right up. Ran a little rough for about 10 minutes, then settled down and ran right. So now the hunt for body parts begins in earnest, and I find myself trying to decide if I’m going to build it back the same, or put the 04-06 Silverado HD front on it.

also, time to install all the upgrades and parts I’ve accumulated for it..
 

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The Escalade was great, and made me forget about the Tahoe. Maybe I should sell it, but it had so many good memories, and I knew I could fix it.

Then this spring, the unthinkable happened. The Escalade stuck a lifter because of the 4cyl shutdown mode, which I hadn’t been able to tune out yet because of cost.

I called a few mechanics. One told me he would only put a remanufactured or new engine in it. Another told me he wouldn’t touch it, but to look up a guy on YouTube who knew how to unstick it.

so I did. I ordered his tool, and unstuck the lifter. And then I traded the Escalade away forever, and bought a proper truck (for our pull behind camper).

But now it’s time to fix the Tahoe...View attachment 250850

Green from weather and the trees, and parked for almost two years, I worried about what would happen if I wanted to start it.

put some fuel stabilizer and oil stabilized in, charged the battery and.. started right up. Ran a little rough for about 10 minutes, then settled down and ran right. So now the hunt for body parts begins in earnest, and I find myself trying to decide if I’m going to build it back the same, or put the 04-06 Silverado HD front on it.

also, time to install all the upgrades and parts I’ve accumulated for it..
So you're thinking of putting the cat eyes front end on it? I have the 01-02 Silverado HD hood and grill on my 03.20190817_122711.jpg
 
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So you're thinking of putting the cat eyes front end on it? I have the 01-02 Silverado HD hood and grill on my 03.View attachment 250866
The 01-03 HD front is so popular, you literally can’t find the parts. I had a thread on here a year ago after I had seen a suburban with it76D3C9F6-AB74-4CA5-95AF-85CE80DF6E86.jpeg

I just think that looks awesome. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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Wow that’s a lot of mayhem. Poor tahoe. But at least now you’re tackling it! Good luck and I can’t wait to see the progress!

yeah, poor thing had a rough year. I half expected her to not even start. But sitting in the seat and turning the key was like seeing an old friend again.


As for what I have planned:

1.5” wheel spacers to move the stance out a bit.

NNBS front brake upgrade

body repair.

after that I’ll think about fun things. Decided not to put another motor in, but instead I think I’ll have someone machine and tune.

will have to have tranny rebuilt eventually, it was already being funky

exhaust upgrade

replace driver’s seat bottom where leather is ripped.
 

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