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Good evening folks! I finally took a break from work and other projects to start a thread on this truck. My wife and I picked this up several weeks ago from a member and have enjoyed it since the day we drove it home. The previous owner took really good care of this vehicle and it shows. I doubt you could find a cleaner vehicle that has been driven and enjoyed by its owner.

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When we bought this truck, we also received a thick stack of documentation from the date of original purchase to the date of its last service. It truly has been well cared for and has been serviced by reputable shops.

Doing a little crude math, I figured this truck was driven on average about 61 miles per month for the last three years. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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After a trip to my local smog shop and local AAA office, everything was paid for and brought up to date.

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I sold my Home Depot and dump-run truck last year and had a stack of "Things" that needed to be disposed of. So, the first weekend after purchasing this truck, I did the unthinkable. ๐Ÿ˜

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I know I know!! Sacrilege! ๐Ÿ˜
 

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Dont worry, it was immediately taken to the wash and the bed was as clean as the day we bought it. My wife was happy too since we unloaded a bunch of drywall scraps and some old unused furniture. It helped to "Sell her" on the truck since we were using it like a truck (Cough cough). LMAO!

The previous owner added a four-piece folding bed cover that rides on top of the bed rails. It works, but isn't quite the look I would like for this truck.

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The black rails on the sides of the bed cover are secured to the bed in a manner that makes the entire assembly easily removable.

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When installed and latched, the bed cover closes but isn't as secure as I would like. The entire cover slides forward and to the rear slightly with normal driving. The latches that secure the bed cover in place when closed are plastic and are adjustable. They work, but only marginally well.
 

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So, I've decided to remove this black bed cover and begin working on a bed cover that I think this truck needs. It will be a flush-mount fiberglass cover that rests on rails inside the bed. It will be a little project that may take some time to finish up, so I'll give some updates along the way. Moving on for now....

The exterior of this truck is really clean with very few smudges, marks or scratches. It truly looks as though it's been stored in a warehouse for the last several years. Well, to be honest, it was. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I had some spare time today, so I thought I'd do a little spring cleaning.

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After....

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As you can tell, this truck is REALLY clean and I am beyond thrilled with it! I told the previous owner when we purchased it that I would do my absolute best to take care of it. That is what I aim to do.

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Here is a picture that shows one of the reasons why I want to change the bed cover. This is a picture I took of the top edge of the tailgate. You can see the slight scratches in the paint from the bed cover sliding forward and back. By removing this current bed cover, I'll be able to prevent unnecessary wear and scratches on the tops of the bed rails and the top of the tailgate.

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The marks are slight and I should be able to polish them out. All finished for today! Stay safe and thank you for following along!
 
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Yours looks fantastic too Sir! ๐Ÿ‘ As of right now, I'm trying NOT to do much to it. There are a few things I'd like to upgrade, but they are mostly cosmetic items. Window tint, anti-theft, bed cover, tires in a few months and whatever else I come across. I need to funnel money towards some other projects, so for right now, I'm hoping not to have any significant issues with this truck. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What about yours? Stock or not? I see the tips poking out in front of the rear wheel..... ๐Ÿ˜Ž
 

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Yours looks fantastic too Sir! As of right now, I'm trying NOT to do much to it. There are a few things I'd like to upgrade, but they are mostly cosmetic items. Window tint, anti-theft, bed cover, tires in a few months and whatever else I come across. I need to funnel money towards some other projects, so for right now, I'm hoping not to have any significant issues with this truck.

What about yours? Stock or not? I see the tips poking out in front of the rear wheel.....
Thanks. If you can find one(discontinued), a Gemtop GT Classic are nice bed covers. They sit pretty flush to the bed. My truck is not stock. I have full 3โ€ exhaust, cat delete, long tube headers, cold air intake, custom tune, 85 shot of nitrous, bed cover and lowered with wheels obviously. The things that are major problems that I have had with this truck are the transmission going out a few times (I drive this thing pretty hard) and the limited slip took a shit around 100k. Other than that everything is pretty solid. If you decide to mod it I recommend cold air intake, exhaust and handheld tuner. It will wake up the truck. Let me know if you have any questions Iโ€™ll be glad to help.
 

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Thanks. If you can find one(discontinued), a Gemtop GT Classic are nice bed covers. They sit pretty flush to the bed. My truck is not stock. I have full 3โ€ exhaust, cat delete, long tube headers, cold air intake, custom tune, 85 shot of nitrous, bed cover and lowered with wheels obviously. The things that are major problems that I have had with this truck are the transmission going out a few times (I drive this thing pretty hard) and the limited slip took a shit around 100k. Other than that everything is pretty solid. If you decide to mod it I recommend cold air intake, exhaust and handheld tuner. It will wake up the truck. Let me know if you have any questions Iโ€™ll be glad to help.
Right on thank you!! ๐Ÿ‘ The goal is to enjoy it for now and keep it as clean as possible with only a few tasteful mods. I need to take it easy on this one because I've got some work I need to do on other projects. You know how that goes! ๐Ÿ˜
 

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Nice truck! What size tires and rims are you running? Is that a 3/5 drop?
Thanks. I am running 22x10 Raceline wheels with 305/40-22 tires. Itโ€™s about a 3/5 drop. I did DJM drop spindles and turned down torsion bars in front and shackles and hangers in the rear.
 

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Great thread, and beautiful truck. Eyeballed the classified ad way too much. Nice score. And good to see it being treated right. Have a soft spot for Victory Red.
 

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Thank you for the compliments Sir! We went to "Look" at the truck and when I pulled up next to it, I knew we were in trouble. The truck was immaculate with very few flaws. It has been really well cared for and the more I walked around and looked at it, the more excited I got. When my wife said "We should buy it," that was it! ๐Ÿ˜ I've really enjoyed it for the short time we've had it!

We went out to dinner tonight and as we were heading home, I followed a Dodge with a Cummins. For about a second, I missed my old Dodge truck. I thought about this SS and immediately thought "What Dodge?" LMAO!! ๐Ÿ˜
 

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I spent a few minutes on the truck today. We live in a pretty safe area in SoCal and this truck is usually parked safely, whether at work or at home. But I've been the victim of thefts before which may or may not have been preventable. Tailgates. For whatever reason, thieves like truck tailgates. And if you're familiar with these Silverados, it takes about 20 seconds to remove an unsecured tailgate. And there goes about a grand.

I've been searching online for hinge locks and tailgate handle locks and have seen mixed reviews of both. I've been happy with McGuard products for wheel locks and figured they would have something for this year truck. Nope. No such luck. Well, I'm pretty ignorant and figured they had to have something that would work.

So I ran down to the local cheapo-deluxe auto parts store to see if maybe they had something in stock. They did, but it clearly states on the packaging that it's for 2007-2020 Silverados only. That HAS to be a typo. ๐Ÿ˜

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No, it wasn't a typo. This sucker doesnt fit whatsoever. Let's see what we can do with this mess. Essentially, it's a hose clamp with a fancy little plastic locking mechanism. I like that it's a little bit more than "Just a hose clamp," but it is nothing to really write home about. So I started cutting and trimming and grinding on this little McGuard lock.

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After removing the tailgate about 5-8 times and cutting a little bit of this plastic lock off at a time, I finally got it to work. I trimmed most of the plastic away and cut off quite a bit of the metal band. I installed it upside down with the tiny McGuard "Key" facing down towards the ground. I dont plan on taking this tailgate off, but if I do, I'll just have to do it from underneath the truck. No big deal.

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As you can see, there isn't much left from the original piece. But it works and fits in between the bed and the tailgate. You can see a tiny bit of the black plastic locking mechanism from underneath the tailgate, but I can live with that.

This isn't a guaranteed "Lock" per se, but it does prevent someone from walking up and simply lifting the gate off of the back of the truck. And you cant simply unscrew it like you can a hose clamp. So for $20, and some time with a grinder, I'm happy with the outcome.

McGuard Lock # 76029 DOES NOT fit these trucks right out of the package. But it can with some creativity. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
 
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