Duramax Diesels Forum Truck of the Week
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:19 AM
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So I bought this truck back in 2007. It was wrecked and had a salvage title. I performed all of the repairs, got the title flipped back to rebuilt status.

Some of you old timers may remember me being a new guy over on DP, asking tons of dumb questions.

Since then, the truck has been my daily driver. I am not one of those people that change vehicles often (yes, I may be referring to Corbin here LOL), I tend to get attached to things, especially the things I put a lot of effort into.

In 2008 I did injectors in the old girl (this was pre SAC and all of that stuff)
http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/71-...ment-pics.html

After injectors, the only other major repair was a failed transfer case. I swapped that out with a Merchant reman unit. In 2016 it began to haze at idle again, I weighed my options and decided to just pull the LB7 and replace it with a LBZ. At this point the LB7 had 330,000 miles on it and had been through (4) sets of injectors. (Only one of which were on my watch) So I came on here asked a lot more questions and swapped it out.
http://www.duramaxdiesels.com/forum/...ad.php?t=72330

At this point I figured I would be keeping the truck for another ten plus years. Rust was beginning to be a big issue, so I began to collect parts to repair the body all over again. I scored a sweet rust free bed out of Texas, also a set of front fenders and driver's door. The bed and fenders were already the correct color! I ordered repop rockers and cab corners.

But, in the spring of last year I bought another wrecked DMAX. My wife and I decided we wanted something newer, so we did this;
http://www.duramaxdiesels.com/forum/...ad.php?t=77616

So there I sat, with a 340,000 mile, 03 CCSB, LB7/LBZ converted truck, that had a rebuilt title and a lot of rust. And a pile of parts waiting to be installed. Like Johnny Cash said "what could I do?"

Common sense tells me to just broom all of it, fire sale it and the parts for whatever I could get, wash my hands and move on, right? That would have been the smart thing to do, but I couldn't.

This will sound dumb to most of you guys, but I just didn't feel like I could do that. Seemed disrespectful to an old friend, to just reduce it to parts and walk away from it.

So in the purest definition of "throwing good money after bad", I put it back in the shop and began rebuilding it again.

Now this is not an exciting hot rod or pulling truck, just a solid running tow pig that took myself and my family on tons of adventures dragging a 5th wheel camper, trailer full of dirt bikes or snowmobiles. Hell, one time I put my Harley in the bed of it, drove to Tampa, unloaded there and rode the Harley the rest of the way to Key West.

It's crazy, I know. Even crazier to admit all of this , then come on here and tell everyone, but whatever, I'm old and not very bright. Just want my old truck (friend) to live on a little longer. So here's a few pictures, if your bored enough to have read this far, may as well have a look at them.

(the one with the PYO wheels and no driver's door is how I bought it back in 2007)
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:24 AM
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Few more pics;

I have more but I'm getting a security token error message on those. Maybe my stupidity limit has been exceeded for today?
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:21 AM
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Nice work. Is paint/body work what you do or have done for a living in the past? You're good if its just a hobby skill!.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:37 AM
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i cant fault you for getting attached to trucks, i do the same
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:53 AM
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Nice work. Is paint/body work what you do or have done for a living in the past? You're good if its just a hobby skill!.
No, my day job is skilled trades, Diemaker. Bodywork and paint is just a hobby, thanks.

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i cant fault you for getting attached to trucks, i do the same
What did Tom T Hall say? "Old dog and children and watermelon wine." Same song could be written about old trucks. LOL.
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Old 03-29-2018, 08:13 AM
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Absolutely no shame in keeping something you love. Especially putting that much effort into it. I wish I didnít sell my lb7, but live and learn. Iím not settling this time around with what I end up with. Million mile duramax here I come.
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:49 AM
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I liked the story. I felt the same way about my LB7, so I can relate to all the trips and the fun. I had my LB7 all through college, made some good friends in the diesel scene, drove it to TS and Scheid's (before they became flatbiller fests), I took many trips to the coast in it, raced it, towed stranded friends, and even drove it in a blizzard to help stranded family 2.5 hours away.
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:25 AM
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Absolutely no shame.I bought my LBZ new , I made several good friends through the hobby. My truck sits most of the time now. It's literally the truck that I grew up in so it has lots lots of memories tied with it. I hasn't even crossed my mind to sell it...but rather sink some money in it to restore some worn items.
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Good to see a like minded guy, I have a similar build thread on my truck, I don't think I could ever bring myself to sell it! It's family!

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Old 03-29-2018, 07:24 PM
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:41 AM
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Nothing wrong with that, I have no intentions of getting rid of mine. I also get attached, My 74 is built out of a bunch of parts from my 77 i drove in high school.
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I wish I could do paint and body work half that good!
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I wish I could do paint and body work half that good!


Thatís why I want to start practicing now. That way when the day comes and my truck is totaled I can do the same thing.


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Thatís why I want to start practicing now. That way when the day comes and my truck is totaled I can do the same thing.


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Same here. I just need something to practice on. I want to paint my motorcycle myself but I would for sure screw it up with zero experience. I would really like to be taught by someone that knows what they are doing rather than shooting from the hip.
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Absolutely no shame in keeping something you love. Especially putting that much effort into it. I wish I didnít sell my lb7, but live and learn. Iím not settling this time around with what I end up with. Million mile duramax here I come.


No, Iím not planning to keep it, just breathe life back into it, so hopefully it can live on with a new owner. For a few more years anyway.


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