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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-03-2017, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased a White CCLB 04.5 Chevy 3500 which i've nicknamed "Gringomax." My third diesel vehicle; first being a 6.0 PSD and the second being a Jetta Sportwagen that was just sold back to VW. I bought this truck not knowing it needed a few things. So here I go, jumping in to head gaskets, water pump, wheel bearings, and maybe a transmission along the way. Bought the rig to pull my 20' Thunderjet and a travel trailer that I haven't bought yet, since my 2015 Grand Cherokee gets exhausted quick. I'm a maintenance technician for a semi conductor on production equipment, have served 11 years in the Air Force, and love to wrench. Currently living in Vancouver, WA but in the process of purchasing land to build a house on, near Kelso, WA.

Truck: EFI live, no EGR, 4" turbo back to side exit in front of rear wheel, 35/12.5/18 on 18x9 -12/et wheels, RCD lift, bilstein 5100, intake, inlet, hard intercooler pipes, and an anti-protestor bumper. In the next few days I plan to pull it apart for heads/head gaskets, water pump, t-stats, and maybe a couple things along the way.

So far purchased: Head gaskets, studs, water pump, t-stats, filter head rebuild kit, cat filter adapter, tools (injector removal, flywheel holder, fan spanner), rock slider look side steps, new tires, alignment, stepper motors for gauges, lots of coolant, and plan to do a remote start/alarm when things calm down with head/gasket problems.

I look forward to utilizing the site for some reference and to contribute as much as I can.

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it's pretty cool that your going to do the work yourself. hope you have a helper around to lend a hand

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Titan fuel tank, Kicker sound system, Ridge Grapplers, Bushwacker flares, Weather Tech, Carhartt seat covers
Hide-a-lift self loader, Air Lift bags with wireless controller.42'light bar in the grill, 26' in the rear. strobe lights in all 4 corners
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Yeah I have a buddy that's willing to help.. Besides the bumper though, I think I'll be able to do most of the job myself. The plan is to remove fenders and go at it from both sides, instead of trying to pull stuff up and out.

I work about 50 hours a week and have an infant, though so not loaded with time... I'm fortunate to have a back up truck to commute 4 minutes to work, and some chevrolegs if that thing fails. This will probably be a project that'll start next Friday night with heads ready to go to machine shop on Monday morning.. Then spend the weekend following receiving the heads to reassemble.

Still half tempted to pay somebody to do it though.
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I paid someone to do my last two chevelle motor builds, now that I'm older it's worth paying a little more and having some free time.

How did you get the gold symbol under your name so fast? I assumed that took years to get

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I'd be a lot more inclined to pay somebody if everyone didn't want $4000 + parts. I'm in to parts under $2k, and would prefer to not pay 4 more. And now that I've bought the parts, no major shop will do the work because they can't warranty it, because I bought my own parts. I know a couple guys with independent shops that I will call tomorrow... If I can find a shop to do it for $2k+headwork and give them my parts, i'll go that way.

The gold came with paying for a lifetime membership.. Figured i'd donate and get a shirt/sticker.

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I recently purchased a White CCLB 04.5 Chevy 3500 which i've nicknamed "Gringomax." So here I go, jumping in to head gaskets, water pump, wheel bearings, and maybe a transmission along the way.

Truck: EFI live, no EGR, 4" turbo back to side exit in front of rear wheel, 35/12.5/18 on 18x9 -12/et wheels, RCD lift, bilstein 5100, intake, inlet, hard intercooler pipes, and an anti-protestor bumper. In the next few days I plan to pull it apart for heads/head gaskets, water pump, t-stats, and maybe a couple things along the way.

So far purchased: Head gaskets, studs, water pump, t-stats, filter head rebuild kit, cat filter adapter, tools (injector removal, flywheel holder, fan spanner), rock slider look side steps, new tires, alignment, stepper motors for gauges, lots of coolant, and plan to do a remote start/alarm when things calm down with head/gasket problems.
4x4? If so may be a good time to do the pump rub plate in the transfer case since the truck is already getting torn into pretty good, especially if the transmission is happening now. The CAT filter adapter polarizes people, some swear by it, some really don't like it. Plenty of opinions to read about it here on this site
What side steps did you go with?

05 CCSB, LBZ MP, diy-airbox mod, Banks intercooler, 3" CAC tubes, MBRP downpipe, 4" exhaust, Banks tuner
Kryptonite UCA's, Bilstein 5100's, Sulastic Shackles with 1.5" lowering shackle, SS brake lines, Kennedy twins
Transmission if I can ever find a place to do a swap
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