This Thread is to chronicle the resurection of a 1996 Silverado, SWB, Ext Cab, 5.7L. Short history. Got proceeds from insurance company after wrecking Camry. Was going to buy used 98 Chevy 1/2 plain jane running on propane. But friend told me about truck another friend needed to sell. Love at first sight. She had 4" lift in front, 15X8 aluminum rally wheels, goodrich T/As, draw bar hitch, air shocks in rear and PO installed sounds. Cons: PO had cut hole in cab and front of bed to accomadate monster sounds, driver door exterior door handle broken when said sounds were stolen. PO used sheet metal and hundreds (maybe tens) of pop rivets to seal. MAFS was shot so check engine light stayed on Needed front brakes O2 sensors bad Muffler bad Numerous bulbs and lights in-operative Due to flexing, temp cab and bed fix (see above) allowed water inside cab - goodbye carpet Drove her without inspection sticker for about a year until finally could afford to fix MAP/Throttle body issues but then $4 a gallon gas cause me to switch to cheaper rides - Dodge Intrepid (son wrecked) VW Jetta (got from son when he lost job), now a Motorcycle is used for commutes, etc so she pretty much sat for last two years and only got called to duty when other rides had issues. Now due to termination of child support I can finally afford to drive her. There were so many times I was tempted to let her go, but I always knew that I would need a truck and the best thing is she is paid for, about the only thing I have that is. So begins a journey that will probably never end but one that so many on this site have taken, are taking or contemplating, Let the games begin Pros: Things I have done/had done to her: KN air filter, dual CATS, had tranny rebuilt, New MAFS, Semi new tires (got from brothernlaw from his truck that Ike swallowed), new fuel pump, new front end, replaced remote hood release lever mechanism, both rear brakes complete rebuild/refurbish, replaced front shocks, bought new draw bar with 2" ball. Man she can pull. Things that need attention: Mechanical Coolant leak - either from outflow hose or transmission cooler line that connects to top left of radiator Power steering pump squeal, either need to flush/remove air or replace Tune up - Distro Cap/Rotor, Fuel filter, plugs and wires Replace all shocks Check front brakes Flush cooling system/transmission Repair A/C Install Headers and all exhaust pipe Interior: Permanent fix to holes in cab/bed - have them welded new carpet Recover and repair all front power seats and rear bench Repair/repaint/replace all interior plastic Fix driver exterior door handle Replace center console Repair glove box latch New headliner and sun shades Replace multi/function control arm (CC not working and Haz lite knob broken) Fix rear side vent window latch Repair A/C and Heater Replace rubber window/door seals as necessary Exterior Fix Tailgate latch Remove plastic bedliner and install spray in liner Replace Hood liner Repair grill Paint body Paint bumpers. Oh yeah, she needs an inspection sticker - had to get both rear brakes fixed, but inspector said all she needs now is wiper blades and bulbs for backup/brake lites on cab. ETA - Two years. After that its customization time but that will be another thread.