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    '00 Silverado Z71 suggestions?

    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.


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    I can't help with your specific questions, but there are a couple forums dedicated to them; silveradosierra.com and 1999-2006 & 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500 - GM-Trucks.com

    I've got a 2000 GMC Sierra 4x4, extended cab, same color as your truck, and I have found a lot of useful info over there. (hope it was ok to post a link)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tnman View Post
    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.


    Nice looking truck. How is the frame rust-wise? A few years ago I bought a '99 Silverado just like yours. It was a gorgeous truck, leather interior etc, and no rust on the body. However when I brought it to my mechanic to check out, he found that the frame was almost rusted through. He told me that there was no way it should have passed inspection. But it had passed, so I ended up getting my money back.
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    '00 Silverado Z71 suggestions?

    The frame is rusty, but appears to be surface with nothing rusted through. I did find a connecting bolt rusted through on one side of front stabilizer bar. I replaced that for $12. I may just do the other side as a preventive. All the brake rotors, calipers and brake lines have been replaced already according to receipts.
    Brakes work fine but there is a ABS light on. I see in paperwork there was a recall on that, and dealer had repaired, what looked like twice? Previous owner said he had another issue with abs and unplugged something ? I'll be evaluating that at some point as well as installing trailer brake controller.
    Once I figure out my plan of attack, I'll be spraying everything under this truck to try and stop and help prevent further rusting. I was told by PO that most rust came from leaving parked on gravel drive? I'm sure it didn't help, but can't really blame all on that.More likely Ohio winters.
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    I bought this one from a neighbor down the street, 2 years ago. He bought it new, ...and hardly used it. He and his wife have 2 other cars, and this was used for occasional yard cleanup. 20,000 miles, and the undercarriage looks like it just rolled out of the showroom. In fact, the whole truck looks that way. He was going to trade it on a new Escalade, and the dealer wasn't giving him anything for it, so he decided to offer it to someone he knew, for the same.

    I put new tires on it, just because the originals were 15 years old. It's been a good truck.

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    Wow! Very nice & lucky find. Id do dome rust preventive on it now and keep the water drains open. Is that a '04? Really nice to see one in that condition. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tnman View Post
    Wow! Very nice & lucky find. Id do dome rust preventive on it now and keep the water drains open. Is that a '04? Really nice to see one in that condition. ;)
    Thanks, yes it's a clean one. It's a 2000 model year. Haven't done the rust preventer on the undercarriage, as I thought that stuff could trap moisture under it, and cause more corrosion than it stops. Can you recomend something?
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    '00 Silverado Z71 suggestions?

    Zbart is a good one if there's any near you. If not of check around to find one that specializes it rustproofing, not just a side line.
    Even more amazing it's a 2000 with no rust. Where you at? Arizona? That's a rare find you have there, rust is coming though, so plan accordingly now before. That's only 1250 mi a year. Just enough to barely keep the fluids circulated. With the work I've done so far, window regulator part , tax & title just under $1600 invested. So I can't complain too much.
    Ps, I'd look into a either a spray in bed liner or a traditional type. You could pretreat the seams with grease or something? There's not really a way for water to get under them unless traditional liner gets a hole or high pressure water around tops. Aluminum toppers that clamp on are nice too, depending what you're hauling and light enough to easily take off.
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