Front clip removal

Yesterday I only got a few hours to work on the “new” project truck.  I got a lot of things removed and blown apart that I had trouble with the first night.  The front clip has been completely disassembled, including the core support and bumper.  After disassembly, I found that there are some sheet metal issues with the fenders that, unfortunately now they have to be replaced.  It looks like, however the sheet metal is relatively cheap.  I can get a new hood, inner and outer fenders for just over $200.

I am finding that space is both limited and valuable.  I am quickly filling up my part of the garage with the extra parts that came with the truck, as well as the body panels that were removed.  I may be taking a lot of the unusable sheet metal to the scrap yard to get some money towards replacements.

Also, I have read multiple sources that told me to label and bag everything.  I splurged on 2 boxes of sandwich-sized zip lock bags and I just write on them with a sharpie.  I’m being hyper-neurotic of labeling and bagging all of the bolts with location and socket size, removing as much guess work as possible.

I also stopped by Harbor Freight and bought some off-brand go-jacks.  This will allow me to slide the truck around the garage fairly easily, and should help keep my wife happy so she can park her new Yukon XL in the garage as well.  I also picked up some saws-all blades, grinding disks, ratcheting wrenches, and wire brushes – totalling $164.30.

After putting in about 4 hours of labor that evening, I sat down and bought an e-book on how to rebuild a Chevy 350 small block ( for $21.15.

While I was online, I went to and bought sheet metal for the interior, which included floor panels for both sides, interior and exterior rockers.  They don’t necessarily need to all be replaced, but I think it’s prudent to replace them before they get to a point where they need to be.  I will get them welded in, sealed, and undercoated, and they I won’t have to worry about them anymore.  I noticed huge price differences between LMC Truck, JEGS, JC Whitney, etc.  JEGS was by FAR the cheapest AND had free drop shipping.  Total for that was only $121.94.

It was an expensive day, but I saved as much money as possible – $307.39.

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