Just picked up a '00 Z71 ext cab for cheap and need some ideas about some inexpensive restorations. Mainly Rust! Mechanically truck is good. 5.3, push button 4x4, good tranny, tow package etc. great interior , no smoke, no leaks 160k mi.
The rear bumper is completely rusted through, around wheel wells, rockers gone. I can almost live w/ the rockers, but is there any suggestions on rear bumper, short of buying a new one? Does the bumper affect the integrity of the box hitch? Are fender flares a option to cover wheel wells? Also one of the rear doors does not open, drivers side rear. The handle in door jam is missing, but I can move lever, but still feels stuck at bottom. Inside handle same thing. Is there a connecting rod to lift the bottom latch? The muffler is also rusted through near end, but before and after pipes look good. Anyone able to get these pipes off w/o too much trouble? Thanks for any advice or tips.