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Old 06-19-2017, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Advice for repair vs replace

So my Current pickup is a fairly stock 1999 silverado 1500 regular cab long bed 4x4. It is currently in need of about $1900 repairs (shocks & springs, tie rods, ball joints, pitman arm, idler arm). I am currently trying to decide whether to repair it and drive it until it is no longer fixable, or trading it in for something about the size of a ranger or tacoma that I can trick out a little better than the silverado work truck. The silverado has about 200,000 miles on it and the drivetrain and powertrain are in good shape. Any advice? I plan on doing the shocks and springs at home, and I've heard differing opinions on the easiness of ball joints and tie rods. Any advice and suggestions is welcome.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How is the rest of the truck? If it was from Michigan where I am it is probably very rusty and not worth fixing. My Dad just had to park his 99 because the frame broke where it rusted through. If the body is in good shape I would fix it and keep driving it.
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body is in fairly good shape. large dent in rear driver's side of bed and bumper bent inwards from where a cement truck backed into it when the previous owner had it. some rust in the bed, but beds for it can be found fairly easy and cheap here. interior is as good as can be expected from a work truck and it has fairly new tires. I'm currently leaning more towards keeping it and then doing my upgrades (like a brush guard, some offroad lights and simple stuff like that) to it.
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one of the main problems is that my only other vehicle is a motorcycle and weather is unpredictable down here in south Ga. So most of the repairs would have to take place within a weekend. so a shop maybe would have to be a possibility for some of the more advanced jobs
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one of the main problems is that my only other vehicle is a motorcycle and weather is unpredictable down here in south Ga. So most of the repairs would have to take place within a weekend. so a shop maybe would have to be a possibility for some of the more advanced jobs
Save some $$$ and do the work yourself. The front end can be done in a weekend if not much less. The only thing you'll need a shop for is an alignment.
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I think i have decided to keep and repair after hearing the advice on this thread and talking with my uncle who is a lot handier at automotive repair than I am. I guess now the question is any tips for doing this work. I dont have a lot of the specialty tools but do have an autozone near by that rents tools, and i dont have an air compressor in the garage.
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Air tools usually just make the job easier/faster but not required. I would say grab a can or two of PB blaster and spray all the parts you plan to work on a day or two before the planned day and hit them once on the day. The pitman arm and ball joints are probably going to be the tough ones but if you can get the puller and ball joint press tool you should be ok. I like to measure the alignment before tearing truck apart and then try to put it back together close enough to drive it to shop without too much trouble.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Suspension work on a not too rusty truck is easy if you have the tool to R&R ball joints without dicking around...
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Look into loaded control arms
They are not much more then 2 bushings and a ball joint
But they save you alot of time and frustration if you dont have the right tools

Steering is easy,you will want a heavy duty puller for the pitman arm
Do not leave the steering wheel unlocked,there is a cable inside that breaks if you accidently spin the wheel to much
Dont cheap out and use new ubolts on the rear
If the front calipers use torx bolts make sure to clean the hole out with a pick,they may look clean but they are not and you will strip them
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IMO it's a $2k truck. Unless there is an attachment to it, buy another.
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IMO it's a $2k truck. Unless there is an attachment to it, buy another.
But once he does repairs, it may be better than another truck he can buy for the same money he's got into it...
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But once he does repairs, it may be better than another truck he can buy for the same money he's got into it...
Maybe... He does know THIS truck and what it needs, vs an unknown truck. That's his decision. He already wants to replace the truck. Now is a good time, IMO

He could also do a lift kit that includes most of the parts....
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How is the rest of the truck? If it was from Michigan where I am it is probably very rusty and not worth fixing. My Dad just had to park his 99 because the frame broke where it rusted through. If the body is in good shape I would fix it and keep driving it.
If it's that nice, he should bring it to the murder mitten and part it out to make quadruple what it's worth
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one of the main problems is that my only other vehicle is a motorcycle and weather is unpredictable down here in south Ga. So most of the repairs would have to take place within a weekend. so a shop maybe would have to be a possibility for some of the more advanced jobs
I commuted daily on a crotch rocket here in Washington in all weather other than snow and ice. 35 degree rain blowing sideways included. Man up, buttercup.
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