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New Project: Operation Ugly Truck

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by SnowPro93, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    So we picked up a new project which we fittingly named Operation Ugly Truck. It's an 02 GMC 2500HD 4x4. It has 86k miles and needs some work to say the least but for $2K and an $85 tow I figured it was a pretty good deal. It needs exhaust manifolds, brake lines, tires, alternator, tensioner pulley, heater core and most of all too be cleaned up because it was pretty rusted up from sitting for a year and a half. I'll try and keep a constant flow of progress pics.

    First pics are the truck before the body was pulled off and where I started cutting around the grommets for the wiring harness that I'll repurpose for the flatbed I'm going to build for it.





  2. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Here's a couple more pics of after we went at it with hammers and air needles to get all the scale off, You can see there is a good amount of flake on the floor under the truck. The rest are of the progress we made in the last two days.

    We're taking our time and cleaning the frame up good before painting. I trimmed up the rear cross member with the plasma cutter to remove the rot. We'll be adding two more 4" channel cross members to stiffen it up.





  3. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Here's a better pic of the rear cross member after I trimmed it back to were it was still thick. There's a whole lot of rust to deal with on this one:dizzy:

  4. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    How much do you expect to spend?
  5. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    looking good can't wait to see this thing done!
  6. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I figure if I'm into it for $5-6g at the end of the day I'm pretty happy but I think I'll be done for around $4g total. I have all the steel stock to build the bed, etc. Most of the money will be into motor work cause I'm thinking I might as well do the head gaskets and intake gaskets while I'm at it. It also came with an 8' curtis thats in much better shape than the truck.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  7. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    Can't wait to see the finished project. I admire your handy work and skills.
  8. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Should be a cool project and even if it isnt you still got a good deal. What is that handy tool sitting on the tire?
  9. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    That is a Air Needle Scaler. Welder's use them for cleaning up there welds, etc. It works great for getting into spring hangers and stuff. Especially nice when cleaning up rivets on spring hangers.

    Thank You. Since we're lacking in the snow department it's nice to have something to do everyday.
  10. comeeonn

    comeeonn Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    nothing makes me happier than someone bringing a chevy back to life. keep up the good work and keep the pics comin!
  11. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    Looks like the hitch is holding the frame together! Cool project for sure
  12. S-205

    S-205 Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 371

    How did a relatively newer vehicle such as that get destroyed so quickly! Congrats on finding a deal even if it requires some work.
  13. dieseltech

    dieseltech Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Maybe a shop cleanup is is your future as well : )
  14. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Looks good. I wish I had the shop space and time to do that... It's a great way to have a nice vehicle for a relatively little amount of money
  15. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794


    Glad to see your saving the truck and fixing it up, looking forward to more progress pictures.
  16. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    My dad is a little bit of a collector which makes things a little congested hahaha if you think the shop is bad you should see my yard :dizzy:
  17. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,267

    looks like a good project to keep you busy
  18. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Took some more pics of the truck. I had to bolt in a piece of 4" C-Channel to relocate the shock bracket because it was completely gone and I wanted to stiffen the truck up a bit. Just have to get my welder back so I can weld her in.

    At the end of the day I also fabbed a bracket for my curtis touchpad so its on the door but fully removable when the plow isn't on the truck.

    I hate holding controllers in my hand while plowing. I'm only 22 but I learned the old school way and I was never a fan of the fishstick I had for a couple storms.




  19. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    Subscribed, looks like this'll be a good project!
  20. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    At least the cab looks like it's in great shape.