Pete's 2003 Denali Budget Build thread

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  1. Sevenevez

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    I have always had a bit of a GM full size addiction. I usually always have one in the stable.
    I have been watching for a good Denali for a few months and had my eyeballs on this particular one.

    Just sold a Suburban for $6k and then picked up this Denali for $4k.

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    Good looking ride
     
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    Here's the Suburban i sold. It only had 53,000 original miles. Which is why i got 6000 for it.

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    It's amazing you can take this little stack of paper and turn it into a vehicle that was once worth $50,000 :)

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    I would have paid 8500 for that Burban. May have done $6k on the Denali pending mileage
     
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    The Denali is in great condition. It has a few issues, but that comes with the territory - 195,000 miles on her.
    It's previous owner was a snowbird from Canada. I guess it sat in storage for the last 3+ years here in AZ.

    Cons:
    • Almost all the fluids were low and needed basic maintenance ✓
    • Needed a new battery ✓
    • Probably the Only color i don't like of the Denali's
    • The front bumper feels a little lose and wobbly on the lower part.
    • The dash cluster gauges dont light up at night, but everything works (information center etc.) ✓
    • None of the front speakers work
    • Needs a new Oil Pressure Sensor (gauge reads 0 or 80 always) ✓

    Got the OPS. Just need to put it in. I heard these are a common problem in the NBS?
    Anyone replaced it on their 6.0L yet? Let me know if you have any tips.

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    Such clean rides. How many miles on the Denali?
    Edit: never mind!
     
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    I did mine but the intake manifold was off so it was a piece of cake. You need the special socket because a regular deep won't fit over it and unfortunately you'll have to do yours by feel, kinda like spark plug #8.
     
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    thanks!

    I worked on that Suburban for over a year. Had no brakes, was trashed on the inside, tires were shot, wouldnt start, electrical problems, bad hub, ABS lights, AC vent wouldnt open. List goes on. Got everything back to normal and got rid of it. My friends didn't think i would even get $3500 for it. I felt i would get $6k. Worked out well in the long run. I wasn't in love with it

    thanks, RR. She's got 195k on her
     
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    ahh, cool. yeah i saw vids but they were all with the smaller engine. everyone says you need small hands and a mirror or something. I haven't even torn the covers and plastics off to see it.

    I can't believe how much work you have done to yours. All the way down to the valve train now? If i got that far, the truck would probably never run again haha
     
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    Basic stuff: Faded Headlights

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    Wet-sand. Soapy water and 1000grit, then 2000, then 3000/trizac

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    Buff out with Ultimate Compound and the Griot's Garage Orbital on 6

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    Wax

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    Done

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    The white boobs :) on the lower turn signal are really bad. no hope for them. Probably replace them anyways
     

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