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  1. #1701


    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealOne View Post
    @Pikey, I have surprisingly little under body real estate for a long bed. Why? The 34 gallon fuel tank chews it up on the driver's side ... and the exhaust runs down the passenger side. Down the center is the drive shaft .. and I have a full-size spare tire that matches the shoes my truck wears. The bolt-up locations of my wheel-to wheel nerf bars preclude mounting tanks along the driver's or passenger's side of the truck just below the door sills.

    This left precisely one location to work with: behind the driver's seat, through the floor of the extended cab (basically forward of the fuel tank). In that location the image in my previous post would have the edge closest to the camera bolted to the bottom of the frame rail while the (removable) side farthest from the camera faces the drive shaft. The right side faces the front portion of the fuel tank and bolts up to an existing support located there. The left side of the box is toward the nose of the truck and the welded-on flange of the box bolts up to the top of the frame rail for support. The twin 2" holes are so that I can access the tank draincocks without removing the carrier from the truck -- and I have plugs that fit them which will be removed only when I need draincock access.

    There's intentionally about 1/4" gap above the carrier's walls (between the extended cab floor and the top parts of the carrier sides). I left the top open so that condensation would not steadily form and be trapped in the carrier, however, I fear that dirt/debris will accumulate in the carrier because of the gap I left for air flow. By the same token, the wheel of my spare is also upwardly exposed, like this, and seems just fine ...but it's also not right next to the drive shaft which might fling/deflect things. The gap's small. Do you think it needs a top/dust cover?
    You might consider putting a cover of some sort on the front side (toward the nose of the truck) and maybe on the drive shaft side. I assume that the frame side will mount tight so nothing will get in. I would leave the back open. Have you considered a woven metal cloth or fine perforated sheet. With holes small enough that air can flow but, rocks and mud will not enter. Some thing like this or . Obviously, you would not need to use stainless

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

  2. #1702


    Today I removed the rear bumper, removed the plastics from the rear bumper, removed rust from inside the rear bumper, primed inside the rear bumper, painted inside the rear bumper (3 coats), masked portions of the outside of the rear bumper, and prepped & painted the center step portion of the rear bumper (3 coats). Flat black was used for all paint work. A bit more to do, tomorrow.

    @Pikey, the 'back' (which is what you see on the right side, in the photo) is already closed, so it can't be left open. I absolutely wanted that closed so that I had steel between my fuel tank and my compressed air tanks ... in case of a rupture. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do for a top, if anything.
    Last edited by SurrealOne; 12-02-2012 at 03:01 PM.

  3. #1703


    So glad it doesn't snow in Texas this far south...what a nightmare.
    Nice trucks btw gentlemen.

  4. #1704


    working on my under hood light and running into some problems and need to go back to the drawing board.... the lights work, its just a matter of "placement" that I did not realize before.

  5. #1705


    I put the bumper (which I removed over the weekend and painted) back on the truck. Here are the before/after shots:

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  6. #1706


    Brought Tahoe to the shop so they can try to remove my broken plug. I hope it works out....

    1996 Chevy Tahoe LT 5.7L V8 4X4 205,000+ miles. Built proudly at Janesville Assembly in Janesville, Wisconsin
    Basic mods: Lights all over, bunch of electrical work, and a couple cooling mods.

    Check out my other mods in My Garage:

  7. #1707
    Jr. Apprentice
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    Aug 2012
    Ottawa, ON, Canada


    On Friday I took my Sierra and the wife's Traverse to Krown and had them oil spray the both off them. Then this afternoon I installed the rear fender liners on the sierra. That was a 20 minute job at best I have a 90 degree cordless drill so I didn't have to pull the tires. The old truck last 12 years but I never had it oil sprayed and she was pretty rusted out. I am hoping this one will last just as long but will still look good and not be rusted out.

    2012 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 with the Special Edition and the Chrome Accessory Packages.
    2011 Chevy Traverse LS with the Towing Package.
    2000 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 Extended Cab Z71 (Retired)

  8. #1708
    Master Mechanic silverhobey's Avatar
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    Oct 2010
    Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
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    dealer stuff just done : oil, lube, filter, tire rotation, fix leak in tire (staple from ??),
    install Chrome Door Handles, check P.S. ( getting new unit as it loses power when
    going slow ---esp. when backing up one of our Trailers), -----still goin' get that
    Tranny Pan drain plug soon.....Brian
    Silverado Crew.....4.8 L

    ---Pendaliner BoxLiner and Side Rails....Van and Truck World
    ---Reese Adjustable Step Down Trailer Hitch....Van and Truck World
    ---PUTCO chrome eyebrow Mirror Covers.... Van and Truck World
    ---PUTCO chrome Bowtie 3rd Brake Light Cover....Van and Truck World
    ---DeeZee TailGate Assist ....Van and Truck World ( now Action Car and Truck Accessories )

    ---Westin Series side steps....Apple Auto Glass
    ---TRIFOLD rear soft Tonneau....Apple Auto Glass

    ---Chevrolet Bowtie Mudflaps...GM Dealer
    ---GM Rear Wheel Well liners...GM Dealer
    ---GM Front Black Tow Hooks w Hloks
    ---GM Chrome Tailgate Handle/matching key-lock....GM Dealer
    ---GM Driver Information Center Upgrade...GM Dealer
    ---GM Front Tinted Bug Deflector...GM Dealer
    ---GM Chrome Door Handles....GM Dealer

    ---Better Built rear hitch step .... Lowe's !!!
    ---AVS Window VentVisors...Canadian Tire
    ---AVS tinted License plate covers....Wal-Mart

  9. #1709


    Overlaid the hood with 3-m vinyl in a black carbon fiber pattern.

  10. #1710


    I did a test fitment of my air tank carrier and marked spots that must be trimmed.

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