Vortec's 2006 Silverado Z71 Build

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  1. Vortec 325

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    I have a build thread over on GM-Trucks.com, but I figured I'd post one here as well.



    I bought this truck on May 5th 2014 for $4800.00. It had 232,600 miles on it, and it definitely needed a lot of TLC. The good thing is that it was optioned exactly how I would have bought it brand new besides the gearing.


    -2006 Silverado Z71 in Blue Granite Metallic
    -232,600 miles
    -3.42 Gearing with G80
    -L33 5.3L V8
    -Center Console with Bucket Seats




    Here are the pictures of the day I brought it home:



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    Then there is what all was wrong with it. Luckily my Dad can do paint and body work or I wouldn't have even bought the truck.


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    First thing I did was replace the rear shoes and drums.


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    When I bought it the light sensor in the dash had fallen down in and the headlights were always on so I took the top of the dash off to fix it.


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    Then it was time to refinish the frame. I decided to replace the leaf springs, rear shocks, u-bolts, gas tank straps, and the hitch while I was at it.


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    end plans? leveled lifted?
     
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    So this is what I had when the bed came off. Found out that I might as well replace the fuel pump too.


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    Drained the rear diff fluid, cleaned up the cover, sealed back up and added new fluid.


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    New U-Bolts:


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    I added a leveling kit. Raised the front 1 1/4". Pictures to come.
     
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    On to replacing the leafs, and refinishing the frame.


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    Wire brushed the frame, cleaned it off, and painted with Chassis Saver.


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    Replaced the EVAP Canister and hose.


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    Thanks!

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    So here is what everything looked like painted up. I did 3 coats total of the Chassis Saver.

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    After that the bed went back on the truck so I was done with that part of the rebuild. Moved on to replacing some other odds and ends like the drivers side mirror and the steering wheel.



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    Replaced the parking light lenses, added LED DRL's, and removed the hood guard.


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    Then I got a set of Procomp Xtreme Alloys, and Load Range C (6 ply) Cooper A/T3's. 17x8 wheels & LT265 70 R17 tires. Mounted one up to see what it looked like when I was replacing the front shocks and inner and outer tie rods.

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    So then it was time to replace the engine. The original one still ran, but it ran rough, had no power, and real bad oil pressure. Found one a few hours away used with 75k miles on it. Replaced most of the sensors on it, and all of the accessories like the water pump etc. Even added a new Melling oil pump.


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    Then the original motor came out. Final mileage:

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    New motor went in. Replaced the torque converter seal before hand.

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