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Old 04-06-2019, 12:22 PM   #1
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The 99 C3500 transformation

Back in October the wrecking yard calls and says” hey Rick, we got a decent 99 C3500 with 454/4l80e and it’s just to nice to part out or crush. Come up here and take a look and let us know”. It needed brake and exhaust work so....
This is what we found for $750 delivered to our shop.
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:26 PM   #2
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Re: The 99 C3500 transformation

Sanding, sanding and more sanding and did I mention new 2” lift kit on front with new ball joints, inner and outer tie rods, idler and pitman arms and ALL new front brakes?
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Old 04-07-2019, 01:37 AM   #3
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Re: The 99 C3500 transformation

Although I spent most of my day doing the 1040 and schedule c and se and 4562 etc plus WI form 1 I did find time to order this

Restoration Shop - Complete Gallon Kit - GRAPHITE GRAY METALLIC Acrylic Urethane Single Stage Car Auto Paint https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001B422H8..._dTyQCbGMZHRFC


And this to help get the huge dent out:


Stud Welder Dent Repair Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006XGUUUA..._EXyQCbAKZBVQ4

The dark gray paint should go well with the dark metallic silver we already have and we haven’t decided if we want to do a dark front fade to silver back or a traditional 2 tone paint scheme.
The new tires showed up today, Thank You Tires Easy

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Old 04-07-2019, 03:25 AM   #4
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Re: The 99 C3500 transformation

Nice find. Wonder why it ended up in the salvage yard? Either way it makes a great project truck.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:52 PM   #5
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Wheels were so rough we just made them Black and these are the new drive/steer tires
As to why it was salvage, 186K mi with a very noticeable Wausau Engines riveted on plate and a Goodwrench sticker on the bellhousing of the 4L80E spelled win for us. BUT the tires were shot($846) and No cats or exhaust from before cats back ($629.46) and there was no brakes that functioned whatsoever so lines/hoses/calipers/rotors/master cylinder/drums (turned)/wheel cylinders /hardware kits etc ( $793.20) and all u joints ($81.43) plus those are just what Good USA made parts cost. Add in peeling paint and big dent in box side, it’s a 2wd truck in snow 5-6 months a yr country and yes I can see why it ended up in scrapyard.
We set a $5500 budget on towing trucks and with Goodwrench trans and Robbie’s plate riveted on the 7.4 I’m sure this will go another 5 yrs and 100K mi which is all we ask
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:13 PM   #6
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More sanding done-this side is at 400 grit sanded the rest of the truck is at 120 grit
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:50 AM   #7
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Made in USA rust converter, no wonder I had to pay $xx,xxx in taxes this yr as I paid $13.08 PER spray can (6) at the local farm and barn store. On the next body work project I may have to rethink the made in USA only goal
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:37 PM   #8
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The grill was so pitted and scratched that I started with 80 grit on the finishing da and worked up to 220. Still had some visible pits and scratches so here it is:
One hammer tone painted WT grill.
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:03 PM   #9
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Update-
Winter Storm Wesley dumped over a foot of snow here and caught 2 of my sub contractors by surprise leaving us with 73 accounts to plow with 3 snowplow trucks and one truck/trailer hauling the skid steer plus all personnel (even shop mechanics) and we are finally done with that. All our GMT 400’s were up to the challenge and we suffered 0 failures even though the key was not shut off for 46-48 hrs straight.
We did get all the brakes done and tires mounted and balanced, pics will follow next week
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:32 PM   #10
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I didn’t mention it here but on Dec 11th, 2018 I crushed my right ankle while hooking up a trailer. We did make some progress on the truck but right after my last post I went back in surgery to remove all the inner and outer pins/ plates/ clamps and screws they put in back on Dec 11th. I just got off the HD pain pills and I am back to limited speed walking so back at it.
New exhaust , overload springs and shocks and the passenger side dent pulled out and short hair mar glass to finish it out.
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