Full-On 2004 GMC 2500 Diesel Truck Buildup, Part 1 - Build It!

Full-On Diesel Truck Buildup, Part 1

Mark Barbee
Nov 1, 2008
Photographers: Mark Barbee
When you decide it's time to build up a diesel truck into something special, it's time to make a plan. You can do it one piece at a time over a long period, or you can slam your way through the process in as short a time as possible. Actually, there is one more possibility and it's the one we took with our newest GMC 2500 project.
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First, a word about buying a used diesel truck. Searching for a diesel is just like searching for any other truck with one big difference: you should perform a compression test on any vehicle you are serious about purchasing. The test only takes 15-30 minutes and you will know if you have a good motor or not. Take it from me, I recently bought a diesel and did not have a compression test done. In a matter of a couple days, I was blowing white smoke and the truck was having a hard time starting. I then had the test done, and found out the motor was garbage.
A few other questions-does the mileage match the wear and tear? Compare the miles to the carpet and pedals. Does the carpet show significant wear and the truck have low mileage? That could spell deception.
Next, look for overspray. When repairs are done quickly, the time is not taken to tape off critical areas. Check the inner panels, engine compartment, frame, and gaskets for overspray. Do the body panels line up? Are all the gaps equal?
Was the truck used to tow? Does it have a hitch? Look at the wear of the hitch. Was the hitch installed properly, and does it have all the bolts installed? Does the truck have an electric brake booster? That can mean less wear and tear on your drivetrain and brakes.
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Does the owner claim the truck has "new tires" or "new" something? This is a sign the truck may have a problem with whatever was fixed. Was the item installed by a reputable company, and is there a warranty on the new item? If the truck has new tires, there could be an alignment problem or steering problem.
When the seller is stating an asking price, take into consideration the cost of repairs. If the truck is going to need $500 in repairs, then use that number to negotiate.
If you still have worries, take the truck to a reliable mechanic. Tell him you are thinking of purchasing the truck and ask him his opinion. Many will not charge you because they want your future business. If you have to pay, a reasonable cost would be $50 to $100 to check the truck out. Lastly, think about a history check on the VIN number. Double-check the VIN number in at least two locations too.
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If you follow these simple suggestions you should find a nice used truck. And now onto our project.
Bed X-Tender Install
Bed Step Install
Power Steps Install
Quick Battery Install for More Power
New Bumper Install
Mud Guard Install
New Differential Covers
New Computer Install
Exhaust Install
Air Horn Install
Bedcover Install
Grille Install
Interior Install

Sources

Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation
Clarence, NY 14031
800-448-7722
www.ssbrakes.com
Grunion Fabrication
Phoenix, AZ 85022
6022580088
http://www.grunionfabrication.com
Amp Research
Tustin, CA 92780
800-309-6823
www.amp-research.com
Buckstop Truckware
Newberg, OR 97132
800-431-6978
http://www.BuckStop.biz
Bushwacker
Portlandville, OR 97203
800-234-8920
www.bushwacker.com
Custom Truck Accessories
Phoenix, AZ 85009
602-258-3663
http://www.azcustomtruck.com
Delta Tech Industries
Placentia, CA 92870
714-577-8028
http://www.deltalights.com
Devino Road Concepts
Chino, CA 91710
800-613-8889
http://www.DevinoRoadConcepts.com
The Interior Shop
Phoenix, AZ 85022
602-548-0059
http://www.TheInteriorShop.com
Kleinn Automotive Air Horns
Tucson, AZ 85752
520-579-1531
http://www.kleinn.com
Phoenix Imaging
Tyler, TX 75703
903-939-3369
http://www.Phoenix-image.com
PML
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-671-4345
www.yourcovers.com
Road Wire Interiors
Commerce, CA 90040
877-762-3947
http://www.roadwire.com
T-Rex Grilles
Corona, CA 92880
800-287-5900
www.trexbillet.com
Warn
Clackamas, OR 97015
800-543-9276
www.warn.com
Custom Paint and Body Jim Michaud
623-465-5270
Toyo Tires USA
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
Bully Dog
940-783-9914
www.bullydog.com
Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
Emporia, KS 66801
800-279-3212
www.hopkinsmfg.com
Leer (West)
Woodland, CA 95776
530-668-6950
www.leer.com

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