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jblawns123
01-14-2009, 04:37 PM
93 C1500 Ext cab sierra sle. This picture is after replacing the two rear cab corner sections, removing side trim and wheel well chrome in prep for paint. $1200 truck 150k with mint interior and power options, runs like new.

jblawns123
01-14-2009, 04:38 PM
Here was after cutting out one of the cab corners, bought replacement pieces and welded them in, then a thin layer of bondo to blend them in

jblawns123
01-14-2009, 04:41 PM
Lots of fun (not)

jblawns123
01-14-2009, 04:43 PM
Gave it a newer style grille, and some fresh white skin

jblawns123
01-14-2009, 04:45 PM
A fresh coat of steel wheel silver, and a satin flat look to the center caps, now she looks like a work truck... Before it looked like farmer Eds truck to pick up hay for the horses.

jblawns123
01-14-2009, 04:49 PM
The old directional lenses from the old grille didnt fit the new style, back to the junkyard to get the correct ones tomorrow, inquiring minds who want to know... Total cost of $1940 including the truck purchase, grille, paint job, cab corners.... I have about 16 hours of my own time into it over the last 7 days.

No payments on this puppy.... *trucewhiteflag*

Valk
01-14-2009, 04:59 PM
Nice work...looks modern compared to when you purchased it.

All_Toro_4ME
01-14-2009, 05:09 PM
very nice work. It looks much newer and looks like its ready to go to work.

White Gardens
01-14-2009, 05:30 PM
Wanna do my work truck ???

I'll pay in beer and food. :laugh:

shepoutside
01-14-2009, 05:50 PM
Looks Good !!!

slamjamrockinman
01-14-2009, 08:14 PM
Man that's awesome to see what a little bit of money and some work can do. That is an awesome work truck for less than 2k. Nice job!!!

Lakewlc
01-14-2009, 10:17 PM
lools real nice. good work

TXNSLighting
01-14-2009, 10:40 PM
Looks alot better.

lawnboy dan
01-15-2009, 09:26 AM
watch for fuel pump failuer. common on these

jblawns123
01-15-2009, 10:54 AM
watch for fuel pump failuer. common on these

You are exactly right, most of the problem happens in the summer with people running on empty all the time the pump will overheat and fail. Best bet is running at least 1/2 tank at all times. I have had at least a dozen of these trucks, and all though fuel pumps will fail even running full tank all the time, they are much longer lasting.

Thanks for all the great comments guys, I really enjoy fixing up these work trucks, and love the results... figured some of you would like it as well. I bought 2 new trucks within the last 8 years, and I am not sure I ever will again. There are too many pros for running older model trucks.

DUSTYCEDAR
01-15-2009, 10:59 AM
That looks great

LindblomRJ
01-15-2009, 06:25 PM
Nicely done. Excellent write up too.

Chris B.
01-15-2009, 09:09 PM
Man, thats awesome. GREAT JOB!

milsaps118
01-15-2009, 09:37 PM
Looks great, are you going to put the body moldings back on? Was that paint job just a scuff and spray or did all the jams get sprayed too?

Either way it looks 100X's better then b4.

lyube
01-15-2009, 10:01 PM
Good looking truck.

jblawns123
01-16-2009, 09:11 AM
Looks great, are you going to put the body moldings back on? Was that paint job just a scuff and spray or did all the jams get sprayed too?

Either way it looks 100X's better then b4.

No I am not going to put the moldings back, I like this simple fleet truck look. I usually paint the trucks myself but this time I tried Maaco. I will be painting the jambs and tailgate surround myself, they used Nason-Dupont Urethane which is Duponts low cost line. I painted a jeep last year with the same paint and it turned out well. I didnt want Maaco's base enamel cheap paint, I know that is not very durable. I brought the truck as you see in the pics with the rockers gray and done, They masked then they stripped the hood and roof down to primer cause the clearcoat was peeling there, then spot primed, then sealed the whole truck, and then sprayed it $520 out the door...

The paint application is decent, the masking sucked which I knew already.. there is one run in the whole job which is very small.... Its definately good enough for a work truck. I would use them again.

jblawns123
01-16-2009, 10:27 AM
I meant to reply to this thread with the jeep I did, but I started a new thread by accident here...
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=258142

jblawns123
01-16-2009, 10:46 AM
Got the lights in, just need to plop the bedliner back in and she is ready to go...

MLI
01-16-2009, 11:13 AM
Looks good! My 99 is still chugging!! Even starts in -0 weather.....go figure! I think in the Spring I'll have to upgrade.:usflag:

fool32696
01-16-2009, 11:57 AM
The truck came out great. Very clean and professional looking. You'd be surprised what you can buy a newer truck for. I got my 2001 F150 (4.6 V8, AC, std cab, long bed, with lift gate installed) for $2900 with only 105,000 miles back in June. The body was in excellent shape and the cab was in decent shape. No Payments! It's a great time to buy a truck for sure.

DBL
01-16-2009, 12:44 PM
looks good and the price was right

jblawns123
01-16-2009, 01:54 PM
This is the look I was shooting for, I think it looks clean for $3200 out of pocket, truck and trailer together...

ajordan193
01-17-2009, 08:00 PM
looks great. How hard was it to do the body work? I'm debating on doing it on my older ford which is rusting on the lower doors and bed wheel wells. You got a screaming deal on that paint job. I just paid $200 to have one door painted. keep up the good work.

JosephLawnCare
01-17-2009, 08:28 PM
GOD DANG, that's some nice work. That truck looks great!! But the Jeep is killer. I saw that thread on the Jeep last night and almost chit myself. Anyways, nice truck and Jeep, I love em!!!! also take the fuel pump advise as I'm a victim of a 90's gm too! I replace it atleast once a season

DBFlawn
01-19-2009, 10:34 AM
The truck came out great. Very clean and professional looking. You'd be surprised what you can buy a newer truck for. I got my 2001 F150 (4.6 V8, AC, std cab, long bed, with lift gate installed) for $2900 with only 105,000 miles back in June. The body was in excellent shape and the cab was in decent shape. No Payments! It's a great time to buy a truck for sure.

Where did you find your truck?

Also jbl you did a great job with the body work!!

JerseyGreen
01-19-2009, 11:48 AM
Jblawns123, I would like to see some more pictures of you trailer, I like the setup with the signs and basket.

nnj18
01-19-2009, 12:12 PM
that looks good, just get some nice rims for it and it will look 100x better..

dishboy
01-19-2009, 12:35 PM
If you guys like those trucks , watch your state auctions. We have them here and I see White GM w/t trucks go with 75 to 115 K miles all the time. I suspect they go for around $1200 to$2000 and you know they were serviced. Am looking to get one with a six myself this year.

jblawns123
01-19-2009, 12:42 PM
that looks good, just get some nice rims for it and it will look 100x better..


Yea, Im all set with that... rims wont make me any more money. Rims are for my personal vehicle or toy. I am just looking for the basic work truck look. Clean and professional. Thanks for all the comments...

As far as more pics of the trailer, I could take them but you wont really see anything more that you already see in the pics. The Jungle jim trimmer rack was on the passenger side and I removed it and will mount it on the front. I had to move them because of the signs. Just a top loading basket with some uclamps on the front for hand tools etc..

If you insist I can take some more shots but its burried in snow right now, so it may be a week or so.:waving:

jblawns123
01-19-2009, 12:45 PM
I just wanted to clear something up, I have $1940 into the truck and I bought the trailer for $1200 used as you see it minus the signage. So I have $3200 total in the pic of the truck and trailer.

FIRESCOOBY
01-19-2009, 01:28 PM
Yea, Im all set with that... rims wont make me any more money. Rims are for my personal vehicle or toy. I am just looking for the basic work truck look. Clean and professional. Thanks for all the comments...

As far as more pics of the trailer, I could take them but you wont really see anything more that you already see in the pics. The Jungle jim trimmer rack was on the passenger side and I removed it and will mount it on the front. I had to move them because of the signs. Just a top loading basket with some uclamps on the front for hand tools etc..

If you insist I can take some more shots but its burried in snow right now, so it may be a week or so.:waving:

That is one VERY clean and good looking truck!!! I agree with no fancy wheels. The truck I use is both a work and occasionally a personal truck. So I've got some nice wheels on it. That truck looks perfect the way it is, white and clean.

I'd love to have a truck just like that, and hope to in the future.

nnj18
01-19-2009, 01:41 PM
When I said rims I didn't mean anything special. lol just anything would probably look better then those....or if you even painted them. Anyway you got a nice little setup for under $4k.

topsites
01-19-2009, 02:09 PM
The color white makes a BIG difference in the heat of summer.
They're way cooler after sitting in the sun, especially compared to that dark red.

jblawns123
01-19-2009, 02:51 PM
A fresh coat of steel wheel silver, and a satin flat look to the center caps, now she looks like a work truck... Before it looked like farmer Eds truck to pick up hay for the horses.


nnj18- As I wrote, I just painted them with steele wheel paint, 5 coats, they look dirty from road salt in the pics, but they are fresh. As I said, I prefer steel wheels to aluminum or chrome for work trucks, easy to touch up and make look new again, aluminum the clear coat peels and your all done, or chrome rusts and wont take paint.

Nevertheless, thanks for the comments.... Its not for everyone... I just wanted to share the joy of what I thought was a very respectable truck for not a lot of money. :dancing:

jblawns123
01-22-2009, 12:12 AM
The color white makes a BIG difference in the heat of summer.
They're way cooler after sitting in the sun, especially compared to that dark red.

Funny I never thought of that, but it sure makes sense!

BP348
01-22-2009, 03:09 AM
Nice job on the truck. Wish I knew how to do body work like that.

jblawns123
02-06-2009, 08:11 AM
Nice job on the truck. Wish I knew how to do body work like that.

Thanks, I wish I didn't know how to if you know what I mean :hammerhead: