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    Default First bow tie in about 16 years...

    Yeah, I had a dry spell.

    However, my 1991 exploder that I had owned since 1995 finally gave out. Can't complain, 325k miles and only one tranny rebuild. It was just rotting apart though.

    I closed the deal on a 2004 Silverado Extended Cab 4D 1500 Z71 4x4 tonight. Couldn't complain. it does have 299k miles on it, but the transmission was rebuilt 4 months ago. New Tires, new brakes. It was a fleet vehicle and appears to have been well maintained. The bed is a little beat up on the inside. The rear passenger door has some damage where something backed into the truck. Rear bumper has some damage.

    However, for $3500 I couldn't pass it up. I had been looking at 95-99 trucks in the same price range (albeit lower mileage) but with a lot more rust. Tough to find rust free trucks in Massachusetts that old.

    This truck is backup transportation, a dump runner, Depot Hauling, Victorian rebuilding home truck. It'll likely see 5-8k miles a year at the most. Though driving it around tonight, it was nicer to drive than my Volvo. will be picking up my Exploder next week. I go from a black Ford Explorer to a white Chevy Silverado. Can't wait to pick it up and get in back home. Of course, I need to load it up right a dump run to make. The Evap canister is acting up some, but looks easy enough to get at on the 04.

    Figure it'll also be good to pick up parts for my 65 Mustang Convertible. ;)

    I'll be lurking around a bit, hopefully help out some here and there.

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    welcome to the site! congrats on your 04! 299K, that's awesome...i'm just coming up on 96K myself on my 07...see you around the site...
    Mike - SoCal

    07 Sierra 1500HD
    Ultra Mammoth Wheels 17x8
    Nitto Terra Grapplers - 305/70/17
    Line-X Bedliner and Wheel Wells
    NFab Nerf bars
    CST 4" Spindle lift

    08 Hybrid Tahoe - wifey's ride
    McGaughy's 2/3 drop kit
    22x9.5 Tyfun Wheels
    Nexen Roadians 285/45/22

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    I'll post some pictures up later. My phone was dieing and didn't get a chance.

    I do most of my own work, so the miles don't bother me. The engine still purred like a kitten. Looked like the rear main seal was leaking just a hair, but nothing too bad.

    We'll see...I'll be the one to take it over 300k miles though.

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    Welcome to the club! Glad to see your back on track with the bow ties

    2006 Duramax LBZ
    Edge Evo
    4'' Diamond eye to 6'' tip
    16'' ion alloy, 33'' fierce attitudes
    Lots of work left to do!

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    Welcome, Yea it is hard finding rust free trucks that old in Mass, The bottoms of the doors on my 04 are starting to bubble so i got some SEM Rust seal to put on them.
    2004 Silverado 1500 4X4 Extended Cab, Short Bed LS 4.8L Auto

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    Mike (Denver, CO) - 2008 Sierra 1500 Z71 SLE 5.3L 4WD

    SUSPENSION: Rancho 4" Suspension Lift; Rancho RS9000XL Shocks; Rancho Skid Plates; Rancho MyRide Wireless Shock Controller;
    BFG All Terrain KO 315/70/17
    DRIVE TRAIN: 4.56 Gears; Detroit TrueTrac Differential; True Cool 40k Transmission Cooler
    PERFORMANCE: DiableSport Predator Tuner; Custom Tuned by Diablew; Magnaflow Exhaust; AFE Cold Air Intake
    ELECTRONICS: Kenwood DNX6180 Touchscreen; Subthump box w/10" Kicker; Driver Information Center (DIC); Rear View Camera
    ACCESSORIES: Westin Brush/Grill Gaurd; Westin Nerf Bars; Truxedo Tonneau; 20% Tint; Tow Mirrors w/Heat & Signals

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    Welcome to the club!
    [/SIGPIC]2009 Chevy Silverado LT 1500 EXT CAB 4X4 Vortec 4.8L SFI,K&N air filter,Weathertech Floor Liners ,Weathertech Stone/Bug Deflector, Line X Spray On Bedliner, TruXport Rollup Tonneau Cover, Molded Mudguards, Viper 5701 LE 2 way Security Alarm/Remote Starter, Xm Satelite Radio,BILSTEIN 5100 rear shocks,BILSTEIN 5100 front levelling shocks,READYLIFT 2" rear lift blocks,Goodyear Wrangler Territorys -265/70R 17"

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    glad to see you stayed with the bowtie! welcome!

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    Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
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    Welcome aboard, you wanna talk about rust huh, ive had 2 chevies that you cold see thru every panel on them.. Still ran but wow talk about drafty!!!


    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

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    Welcome to the club.

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