Ready to help me with my Suburban?

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by zuper8, May 5, 2009.

  1. zuper8

    zuper8 New Member

    Hi, I'm Rachael. I'm in college, and gonna be home for the summer in about a week. My parents have a 98 Surburban that they have beaten the crap out of... they don't really keep up with maintainance. It's really a nice truck, got the heated seats and everything, custom redneck paint job (not done by us, lol. although it's grown on us over the years!). But it hasn't been taken care of at all. Pretty sure the plugs and everything are original at 160K. They have maintained the cooling system pretty well though, at some point someone told them about the issues associated with neglecting Dex-cool systems. But the interior is gross, coffee stains, hay, dirt.. it hauled horses and was a barn truck for quite some time and it shows. Really psyched to give it the TLC it deserves and restore it to its original pimp-ness.

    also as you can see, my sister scraped a telephone pole with it. gonna have to get a JY door, but the paint job is obviously difficult to do. however, I have a friend that does paint that might help me out repainting the whole car. We'll see.

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    and I just don't know what to do with these wheels... this is after washing them and the black dust is just perma-bonded to them

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  2. bob13

    bob13 New Member

    Welcome to the site!
  3. retired2001

    retired2001 New Member

    Welcome to the site, Micheal! Lots of Sub' owners on the site, so have fun!
  4. meash20

    meash20 New Member

    welcome to the site Rachael !

    Well I don't think you can go wrong. I mean you've got a great truck! I'm thinking you could and should have some fun with it.

    Make it your own!

    -matt-
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    Looks like a good starting point for a great cruiser.
    The body damage doesnt look to bad, other than a new door you should be able to work some of that out and fill it with plastic filler. Looks like a good chance to learn how to do bodywork.
    The color looks like pewter with a sky blue fog applied at the bottom, you probably could never get it perfect but I bet with a little effort you could do a passable patch job until it's time for a new paint job.
  6. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator

    Welcome to the site,from Calif.:glasses:
  7. adampaul1964

    adampaul1964 New Member

    Welcome to GMTC! from P.A. :great:
  8. bry2500

    bry2500 New Member

    Welcome to the site!!!!!!!
  9. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 New Member

    you might be able to get that brake dust off with some "Never Dull" and some elbow grease. Great truck btw, and welcome.
  10. zuper8

    zuper8 New Member

    wow thanks everyone!! i think it's a great truck too, it's just been neglected and underappreciated. can't wait to give it some love! does anyone recognize those wheels? i know the car originally came with chrome wheels, and then my parents sold them and put these on. are they factory, or some kind of aftermarket? i like them better than any of the stock suburban wheels i've seen.

    i'll be starting on it on monday. gonna begin with the interior, taking out the seats and carpet- then power-washing the carpet. haven't taken a gander at the seats yet, are they pretty easy to get out? i guess what i should really be wondering is how easy the center console is to get out... i should probably start a thread, eh :neutral:
  11. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 New Member

    the seats should come out with a ratchet and a 15mm socket, or a 15mm combo wrench. If they are powered, you will have to unhook the electrical connection. The seat belts are held in with a torx, or star bit bolt. I think those are T-40's or T-45's, but don't hold me to that. To get the console out, open it up and remove the inside of it, it should just lift out, but it might be stuck in there from being in there so long. Once you get it out, just look at the bottom of it and you should see some bolts that are holding it in. I don't know the size of them. Good luck getting them out.
  12. TUTONE

    TUTONE New Member

    You know, MOTHERS makes some excellent polish that would fix those wheels up real nice. :great:
  13. vncj96

    vncj96 New Member

    I would paint the wheels gunmetal. Some shops can blast them real quick to scuff the chrome up, then use some self etching primer, then paint and clear coat. Otherwise craigslist.net can get some for real cheap. As long as the seats arent rusted at all they should come out pretty easy, Good Luck.
  14. Dr_Zero

    Dr_Zero New Member

    Welcome to the Forum!

    For the carpet try calling up a place like stanley steamer or one that has the steamer in the truck not a floor unit. Take out all the seats all but the driver and drive up to their shop, once there take out the driver and let them go at it.
    If you swing by there and they dont have to go on a call they will sometimes just do it as some side work for cheap or maybe some adult beverages :shocked:

    Wheels try some simple green and a wheel brush it works pretty good on wheels that are clear coated but be careful on plain aluminum it may etch them some but they will be clean.
  15. 95CTburb19

    95CTburb19 New Member

    Welcome to the forum!

    Those wheels are not factory, definitely some kind of aftermarket. That paint doesn't look like it would be all that difficult to recreate. I think this will be a great project truck for the summer. My project this summer is going to be much more involved...
  16. dwill3015

    dwill3015 New Member

    Welcome to the site Rachael!

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