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Old #7 - OR -Building a work truck

Discussion in 'Suburban / Yukon XL / Escalade ESV' started by TheWarBeast, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. TheWarBeast

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    And from today.


    And now on IT'S A WORK TRUCK NOT A SHOW TRUCK, the epic saga of one man's demented determination to beat a truck into submission.

    This morning, Heath and I went to the scrap yard. On the way back the dash nearly fell out of #7. These GMT400 trucks had a major flaw in the dash design. There are two 10mm bolts that hold the bottom of the dash up. And there are three small screws that hold the top. The three small screws go into steel, the dash is plastic, the mounts break, especially if you do much driving on rough roads ( or non existent roads).
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    You can buy premade clips to repair it, but I am cheap.

    I dug through the metal pile and found a piece of aluminum. Marked it
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    I put it in the redneck bandsaw, and used the worlds dullest hacksaw blade.
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    Then I changed my orientation.
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    A pass through the redneck Bridgeport.
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    My super high tech angle finder.
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    Then a run through the redneck metal break.
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    Finally a few of these odd sized washers for the two mounts that were completely broken off.
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    And finally the clips installed.
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    It wasn't bad except for the bad sawblade. Total time invested one cigar.[​IMG]
     
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    Yesterday morning we headed down to the scrap yard. I had a full day booked and no time for nonsense. Of course, the truck had other plans. The drivers front brake started grinding. It was just going to have to grind. I had brand new rotors on the parts truck so I could replace them when I got home.

    200 miles later I got home and found a glitter factory.
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    The pads on the parts truck were a bit thin, but everything was closed so they got put on. I ordered a set of ceramic pads since this truck tows every day.
     
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    Paused for a glamor shot in front of Mt. Asphalt.

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    And brought home 10,000 pounds of old roads.
     
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    No work on the truck, because the truck has had to work.


     
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    If you give a gorilla crayons and tell him to draw a schematic.

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    Now I just need a dry place to work.



    And if you need professional drawings done....
     
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    I like the new work truck :) you e definitely had your far share of obs suburbans/work trucks
     
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    The old girl started running like a hammered dog turd yesterday, and I didn't think it was going to get back home. It finally did. No check engine light so I figured it had to be fuel, I pulled the filter off. I am pretty sure that it was the factory filter.

     
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    Awesome work on your work truck William!
     
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    No work done on the truck. But I did decide to look and see if there was still paint under all the mud today. 90324211_10158609396374739_6182994684067971072_o.jpg
     
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