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Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« on: November 16, 2020, 07:28:16 PM »
Hello everyone my dad and I just bought my first truck
Its a 2007 1500 chevy silverado vortex max 4wd
Blue exterior, some rust, leather interior, 6.0 all aluminum LS engine 4L70 transmission, 14 bolt rear axle, 4.10
Well since this is my first ever truck I am extremely happy to have it and to work on it with my dad.
My plans with it are to clean it up first then fix the rust and paint it
Dad has a bunch of engine stuff we will bolt on to renew the engine somewhat since it has 265,000 miles on it.
But mainly i just want to enjoy working on it
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Re: Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 07:37:56 PM »
Dad here...

The kiddo was/is really excited to see it and go through the buying decision. He found it on line where it had been posted less than a day ago. After looking after the add, we decided to go right away to look at it.
It has a couple of dents in it, and the rockers both have rust holes. I wanted a project for us to work on together, so this looks about right. I figure I'll let him clean and tweak here and there until Christmas, then see what Santa may bring for him that could fit the thing. After that, we will get in on the body work and finish with a full repaint back to the factory color.

Since the motor has 265K I would like to get a new timing chain in there so while I have it apart, I'll toss in thet high torque cam I once had in the Burb. That, and a tune, and some headers and an exhaust and I'll get Nick to tune it and that should net us another 100 HP and that will be good enough

The previous owner put 2018 Silvy aluminum wheels on it and just tossed on a set of new 33" off road tires. The motor sounds good, has zero blowby and no ticking.
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Re: Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2020, 07:39:24 PM »
It has a 2" front lift spacer and brand new air bags in the rear.

We will post pics up as we get the thing turned around and headed in the right direction
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 07:44:10 PM »
Cool truck
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2020, 07:52:04 PM »
Wow!! Love it.  The extended cab is perfect for a young lad

Now motor,  thought we were going to pull the burb motor anc swap and d max in it which frees up that old tired 6.2 you have in it right? 

Have you ever seen someone boat side a jeep?    I’d like to try replacing the lower rockers with a 2x6 tube and welding it in place along the while cab leaving 2 “ out to act as rock sliders.   One day?


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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2020, 09:07:34 PM »
Nice ride there, pre-Ranger.  Looking forward to detailed updates.


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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 09:50:42 PM »
Good looking truck pre range please keep us posted as you take care of it

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Re: Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2020, 08:30:38 AM »
Very nice truck and congrats! Great project for father and son. Good times.  :likebutton: :popcorn:
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2020, 08:56:21 PM »
Nice truck.
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Re: Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2020, 10:10:57 PM »
I got the thing paid for, registered and insured today.

Went over and picked it up. Pre-Ranger drove it home. He got the first drive, not me.

We went over the thing some before football practice to formulate a base plan. He will start with a massive cleaning of every square inch of the thing, then go from there.
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Re: Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2020, 12:04:55 AM »
So which pre-ranger are we talking about here...#1 or #2 (i believe he has a biblical name very similar to mine)?  I am thinking #2, because if my failing memory is correct...#1 got a newer canyon?????
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2020, 05:31:54 AM »
And my wife questioned why i need a bigger shop....I said by the time both girls are driving I’ll have a fleet to maintain.....


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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2020, 06:38:44 AM »
Thats nice. My first car was a 73 Impala.  We could pack 10 people in it easy. I bet He can probably fit 7 or 8 of his friends in there.

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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2020, 10:11:02 AM »
Thats nice. My first car was a 73 Impala.  We could pack 10 people in it easy. I bet He can probably fit 7 or 8 of his friends in there.

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Nice acquisition there! Don't forget about the bed Jon, he can get 10 more easy with no issues since they're in the Tuk!
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2020, 05:13:00 PM »
So which pre-ranger are we talking about here...#1 or #2 (i believe he has a biblical name very similar to mine)?  I am thinking #2, because if my failing memory is correct...#1 got a newer canyon?????
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2020, 05:14:17 PM »
Thats nice. My first car was a 73 Impala.  We could pack 10 people in it easy. I bet He can probably fit 7 or 8 of his friends in there.

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Nice acquisition there! Don't forget about the bed Jon, he can get 10 more easy with no issues since they're in the Tuk!
See you're not thinking kler! What bout the roof and hood? Another 4-5 for sure
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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2020, 05:33:10 PM »
I guess I'm writing this up for Pre-Ranger. He is off to practice tacklin' stuff.

Today was an all day effort cleaning the interior. We also tested and charged the battery, which was already in great shape, but I topped it off. The interior was scrubbed with cleaners and a brush forever, but all that elbow grease yielded upholstery which was in pretty good shape
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Re: Pre-Ranger 2007 Chevy Silverado truck build
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2020, 05:35:10 PM »
It has a squealing left rear brake and I suspect a dragging caliper. The wheel was pretty dirty so it is wearing more than the others. SO looks like job 1 will be brakes. Speaking of wheels, I touched one up with simple wheel cleaner and found a pretty stock 2017 or 2018 silverado wheel hiding out
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2020, 05:37:22 PM »
Motor tomorrow. Soaking then power washing along with the underside all the way back

Funny, but I never even noticed the tool box. Pre-Ranger says it stays...OK then.

We also got a matching topper which the kiddo does not want to install.
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« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2020, 06:01:03 PM »
When you say topper.   Do you mean shell or flat cover?


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« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2020, 06:31:40 PM »
When you say topper.   Do you mean shell or flat cover?


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« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2020, 06:43:00 PM »
I really do like mine, until it’s time to install or take off.


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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2020, 06:53:46 PM »
My recommendation would be to sell that tool box and the shell.....and go with one of these setups (they do have tool boxes as well)

https://diamondbackcovers.com
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« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2020, 07:40:58 PM »
Kids dont want some grandpa topper. How is he supposed fill the back with water and drive the bikini girls around in the mobile swimming pool.

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« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2020, 07:56:52 PM »
Pretty nice first vehicle!
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« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2020, 08:04:19 PM »
My recommendation would be to sell that tool box and the shell.....and go with one of these setups (they do have tool boxes as well)

https://diamondbackcovers.com
Nate, I like that
Pre-Ranger wants to keep tool box, and sell or give away the topper. He has $12 to his name. Gets paid $10 an hour to shovel horse manure out of stalls nearby or $10 an hour from his dad to do about the same.
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« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2020, 08:06:05 PM »
Pretty nice first vehicle!
Has rusty rockers and a few dents. Has 265,000 miles but it rides great and that thing has a ton of power. I never drove a Vortex-Max before but that L78 is a lot more spunky than the LQ4
We handed over $6,800 for it. Maybe a bit high, but it looked "right."
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« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2020, 05:16:24 AM »
Very nice first ride. Dad knows about upgrading vehicles well, called "fluid changes".

Will you get your own name on here or live under dads for awhile.

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« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2020, 07:12:42 AM »
Yank those front seats and clean under them.  Bet you find $5 in change and a few French fries.....


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« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2020, 07:45:05 AM »
Nice truck. Good luck with the fluid change.

You’ll also find a couple cheezies, a handful of pistachios and maybe the keys and knife you lost.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2020, 09:10:46 AM »
Or one step further, pull the carpet and install the sound deadening stuff.  Plus remove the extra 80 pounds of sand always found under the carpet


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« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2020, 10:46:46 AM »
Complete bumper to bumper degreasing and pressure wash...Yuck

Followed up with an oil change. Decided to use high mileage Castrol 5W-30 and this time (Was on sale) STP oil filter saved $8 over a new AC-Delco.
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