So its a 2009 Chevy 3500HD Duramax 4x4 Crew Cab Long Bed LTZ… with 268k Overall probably a dumb purchase since I don’t tow anything, but basically I was looking for a 4x4 truck around 10k which a gasser of this body style truck would have around 100k miles. I got this truck for 6.5K but it definitely is a project… Luckily I have my painting setup still with all the tools to paint.
Overall when I drove it, it felt very peppy, and quick, it only felt heavy when stopping and turning. I really hope it will be reliable, because its not going to be easy to work on, I was originally going to go for a 3rd Gen cummins truck but everyone wants more for them than these, and they usually are in shitty shape, leaking all types of fluid and being rotted. This truck the rockers are still solid, same with cab corners, and it leaks ZERO fluids!
What I plan to do, and I already started doing some of it is, replace the bed since it looks like it got butt fucked real bad, color match the replacement bed, and fix all the rust. Also sand off all the rust from the inside behind the panels to give myself more time before it comes back. I’m going to apply a rust preventative under the bed and on the frame under the bed. We will see how it goes, white should be easy to do!
The replacement bed is not as clean as I was hoping, but I didn’t want to wait forever to find a white one, this one has some surface rust that I will sand off the best I can, and use a rust converter to neutralize it, and then either use a anti-rust coating like Chassis saver or Zero Rust, or just epoxy primer. Not sure yet, but today I started cleaning the bed with purple power.
The bed was $800 delivered to me, $50 for factory tail lights, I need to find a bumper still. The supplies to paint it will probably be around $500. I’m going to fix all the rust on the truck, and probably fix the hood too because I think the hood looks so sweet on these trucks!