I need some advice on a Silverado.

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Talk & GM News' started by Dan P, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

    First off whats up, My name is Dan I am new to this web page forum. I am looking to getting a Silverado per rquest of my grandpa who has been a chevy fan for 80+ years. I'm pretty abusive to my vehicles as I am an adrenaline Junkie. I want to Buy a Silverado that I can build into a street rod, I would very much like a 2d 2wd with a short bed. I want to be able to boost it hopefully with a supercharger. I am unsure if I should get a diesel, I personally think it would be cool to Build a Diesel Speed Demon. What year should I be looking for?
  2. Gregsyellorado

    Gregsyellorado Rockstar

    Welcome, first off let me say, that a diesel is not offered in a rcsb truck, not to say that it couldn't be done, but just pricey, Second what is your budget? I persoanlly would stay with any GMC/Chevrolet from 1999-Current. The engines in the trucks are based on the current LS series that GM uses. They are available in 4.8, 5.3, and 6.0. All are pretty potent, even the 4.8 (check ou the article below). If you are looking to build a nasty hot rod, the 74-87 body style is popular now, and they are still resonably priced, also the 67-72 bodystyle is nice, and the 88-98 body is nice. And any parts needed for restoration LMC has em. Either way you go keep us posted and welcome to the madness.

    Stock GM LS Engine - Big Bang Theory - Hot Rod Magazine
  3. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    good lord. 1200+ out of 4.8?

  4. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

    i need something i can finance, and im trying not to go above 14g i just got rid of my 2010 5.7 tundra cuz it was 36g too much. My Army Salary doesnt allow me too many options.
  5. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I'd get a 5.3. Put on a CAI, exhaust, tune or cam+tune. The stock 5.3's are pretty stout stock.
  6. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

    ok im glad you all have replied, and im glad we have motor suggestions, but what year truck. i want a solid truck i can always swap the motor.
  7. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I believe from 00-03 all the trucks had the mechanical gas pedal, and 04-present has the fly-by-wire pedal. You lose a lil throttle response with the electric pedal, but gain much better economy. The newer models also have more power out of the box. Nothing much else changed from year to year in the mechanical department to my knowledge. In the interior, the window switches, cluster, radio + bezel, and cup holders all had minor changes. The front ends changed also, but I'm not sure when during the production run they changed. On the Chevys the tail lights changed in 04 I believe. Thats really all I can think of at the moment.
  8. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

    thanks mean green.
  9. BlackJack1500

    BlackJack1500 Rockstar

    Not all the 03s have the mechanical throttle. I am kinda in the market for another truck and I test drove an 03 Sierras SLE. I opened the hood and sure enough it had the electronic throttle body control. Maybe its just on the 03 Sierras. I had to ask the dealer twice and they said its an 03.
  10. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I think that was the transitional year so some might be equipped with it and some might not be. You're just gonna have to do like BlackJack said andd open the hood and look.

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