Project Over/Under: Part Six
Rebuilding Our Freshly Painted Silverado With New Parts From LMC Truck
Rebuilding our freshly painted Silverado with new parts
When we left you last month, we had finally rolled our “beat to neat” project out of the paint booth at LGE-CTS and were ready to put it back together. We quickly realized all of the work that was still in front of us, though. So much so that we had to split this portion of the build into two parts. This month, we will show you exactly what it takes to get professionallooking results when you reassemble a truck—basically, all of the unsexy stuff you don’t normally see. All this extra work will make a much nicer base for all our cool bolt-on parts that will finalize the truck’s exterior.
We started with the big box of parts that were removed from the truck for paint but will be reused. Each of these parts is available through LMC Truck, but a lot of these items still looked fine and just needed a good cleaning. Most of them revolved around the doors, so that is where we started the reassembly process. We got new fender flares from LMC—we never had the fronts, and the rears were shot—but we wanted something more than the factory textured look, so we sprayed a coat of textured matte black over the plastic, followed by a coat of matte clear for durability. We’re hoping this new look will more closely match the bumpers and steps we have planned for the truck.
From there, we pulled the bed off for the last time, did some pressure washing and painting, and bolted the bed back down, followed by the SnugTop shell and Yakima rack. After a little work on our tailgate and a new cap, we were all caught up. Follow our work below and check out the entire build at Truckin.com. And check back next month, because there’s a whole lot more to do on our Silverado.
1. When we last left you, we finished up our paint at LGE-CTS and set the bed and HD hood on to get a look at our ’03 Silverado. This is where things start to get fun.
2. Well…not quite yet. There were still a lot of factory parts that needed to go back on before we moved to the big-ticket items.
3. Prior to even touching the truck, we spent a good amount of time polishing up every single part that was being reinstalled. Lacquer thinner, soapy water, fine steel wool, and Meguiar’s Ultimate Black were all used to get these parts looking like new again.