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So I got tired of the gray truck and my priorities and tastes changed since I bought the gray truck. I wanted something I could daily and still be practical for work, but the truck was just too beat up to even get excited about.

I searched for a few months for a low mileage V8 RCSB with power accessories, and finally found one in Indiana. I spoke to the guy for a few minutes and bought it sight unseen and had it shipped to Texas. Paid $13,900 for it, or $14,500 total with shipping.

Details: 2007 classic with 44k miles, 5.3L, 2wd, power windows and locks, dark charcoal interior, flex fuel. It was owned by an older guy in his 70s who seemed to take very good care of it.



Grandpa status with the wheels and bedcover





Took that off the next day



Overall, pretty clean





Antenna delete and escalade panel cover



Added my DL3 mirrors and took caps off to paint red





Door speaker grills had surface rust



Painted with my Graystone Metallic which is a good match



A lot of the parts were taken from my gray truck, since they were new OEM parts like this battery tray



Swapped my XS D3400 battery and some wiring



Roof was scratched by the tarp in shipping, but should buff out



Fleece module, much nicer than diodes



Bought an escalade center console for a project







The carpet came off super easy on this side, but not the other



 

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Debadged the LT emblem



And the tailgate



Originally thought the bushings were bad, so I ordered the daystar poly ones, but this was actually just a rubber washer that was damaged. Either way, swapped the daystar bushings in because the rack was out anyway





Tore the interior apart to install a steering wheel with radio controls, new clockspring, my remote start and alarm, etc..



Added a cabin filter and door



Then I had to take it to get it inspected and registered, and decided to tear into the suspension at this mileage



Put it on jackstands that weekend and it hasn't been off them since



Started the tear-down and measuring for coilovers



Found some rust in a few nooks, but not bad at all for a truck from up north. The frame coating is still perfect on almost the entire truck







At this point, I figured it would be very easy to install the turbo with all that room I made, so the tear-down began



Couldn't get the drivers manifold off because of one nut that was stripping, so I tried to get it out in one piece connected to the y-pipe. Didn't work





Busted out the sawzall



Hammered this socket on and it came right off





Since I had 706 heads, I decided to check for the casting mark and they are indeed the Castechs that are prone to cracking



 

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Started test fitting the hot pipes









Then did some cleaning





Started mounting my trucool 40k, I later trimmed the top bracket down so it's not blocking airflow



Trimmed the power steering cooler mount because I hate when these are mounted off-center





At this point I decided to do heads, cam, lifters, ARP studs, etc... and started the teardown even further





Forgot to take pictures, but I prepped and painted the front edges of the block with satin black engine paint and cleaned all the aluminum up





Measuring to figure out what kind of injectors I have. They're not typical truck injectors since they're flex fuel and '07 year







At this point I decided to get more realistic with the project and try not to do too much at one time, so I decided not to do the headswap, cam, etc... but instead went with trunnion upgrade and PAC 1218 springs and start getting everything put back together







Sealed up the knock sensors with red RTV

 

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Degreased and pressure washed the intake manifold. You would not believe how much oil and shit came out of this with the stock PCV setup



All new intake manifold, valve cover, and throttle body gaskets since they were in my garage already from my gray truck high mileage project plans



Nice and clean



Test fit the intercooler and made it as high as I could



Got the hot pipes back from ceramic coating







De-loomed the MAF wires from the harness and brought them over to the back of the engine



These little details are what I pride myself on, I took care to be able to re-use the factory firewall clamps so it looks OEM when it's all done





Wrapped in techflex



Added a breather filter to the passenger valve cover



Drilled and tapped the compressor cover for great boost response from the wastegate



Test-fitting three piece covers, the passenger side will need to be cut to work with the turbo, unfortunately



Oil pan drilled, tapped, cleaned and new gasket installed



Then I put the necessary parts on to be able to start it up and check for leaks



Started it up and let the turbo drain oil and clear out any possible contaminants





Also temporarily installed my LCA's to measure for coilovers



Going for 15.0" hub to fender ride height which will be around 4.5" drop from stock

 

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Dropped something on my drill and destroyed the battery, that was annoying. Great way to start the garage session



Worked on finalizing the plumbing for cooling system, and added a drain petcock to the lower hose. Draining these systems is an absolute mess since you just have to pull the lower hose off and let it fly. This should help with that.



I take my time with routing of lines to make sure it all looks good, but also functions well and doesn't get in the way of other items



Added DEI flame proof sheathing to the oil drain line





Finished my heater lines. Took the mount off the valve cover and added that to the coolant tank leg for a super clean install. Also keeps the lines in place



90 degree Gates hoses



With a splice for the line that is connected to the main coolant hose factory setup. Also wrapped the lines in techflex for rub protection. There is more DEI sheathing on these lines as they run by the wastegate area



And that is where I'm at as of 1/13/18, more to come as the build continues. I will keep this updated now that I found a new image hosting site since photobucket shit the bed.
 

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Hell yes, been waiting on this thread!
 

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Thanks guys, I'm happy with it... well for the 50 miles I've driven it so far.


Decided to tackle the POR15 job today, what a pain. I just slopped some on in the areas I couldn't access and hope it works





Also cleaned the inner fenders, even though it'll never been seen once the plastic liners go back in



Permanent install of the lower control arms from VAS. Also ran to tractor supply and grabbed some grade 8 hardware for the coilovers which I ordered today from Atomic

 

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Reading everything you’ve done already compared to what I’ve done in 5 years makes my truck game feel weak lol. Love reading everything you’ve done man and how you pride yourself in the small details.

How you make everything work even when it’s not supposed to is what makes it so clean!
 

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Finally a build thread and it delivers.

What a clean truck to start with too.
 

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is t just me or does that see like a lot of money for it?
If you can find a better truck for less, let me know. I looked at a bunch before this, and most were 03-05 style which is undesirable for me.
 

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So I can just drop by truck off in Austin and you just knock shit out right? Kthnxby
No, I'm only getting work done right now because the girlfriend is out of town for a few weeks.

I don't think I ever posted these, but I put in my solid motor mounts from a member on performancetrucks. Had them powdercoated when I did my turbo hot parts and flip kit



Got my catch can installed and routed in a way I can still run the 3 piece covers



Also installed all the front suspension and Wilwoods today. Only think I'm missing at this point is the actual coilovers. I do need to order the 2wd brake hoses since the ones I had for my torsion bar truck don't fit now

 

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Very nice job, as usual!!!! :thumbsup:
 
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