Been on the forum for awhile and decided I should do a build log of my truck.
Starting off, here is the truck of when I first got it. 2002 Chevrolet S10 Xtreme with the 4.3 Auto, 87.5k miles and originally from Michigan. For being from the east coast it was a fairly clean rig, definitely driven in the salt once or twice. I'm the second owner of the rig, or really my dad is since I was 15 when I first got it.
I learnt how to drive in this truck, and loved driving it. My dad and I did LED headlights and fog lights, put some new balljoints and wheel bearings in it, as well as new pads with freshly turned rotors on the front.
Got my license and started daily driving it, which is when you find out how stupid a 16 year old with a month of experience is.
I ended up backing out of a driveway on a rainy day, which had all my back windows fogged up so I was using just my sideview mirrors. Smacked right into a Silverado parked on the street, completely my fault. Owner was super chill and I did very little damage to his truck. Never had to go through insurance or anything, but now I needed to find a new stepside tailgate.
Got lucky and found one on offerup for $100 local within a week, same color, and even had the Xtreme badge on it. It was never as nice as the one I had originally but oh well, way better than the mess I made of that one.
Within the next two years there was mainly maintenance that had to be done on the truck, with a few small things I changed. Got 35% tint on the front two windows, and had my dads exhaust guy build me a nice catback exhaust system, leading to a single in dual out muffler. He also eventually did a new y-pipe for me, and a new catalytic converter when the original one went out.
We did the intake manifold gaskets, since they were leaking like all these later 4.3's do. Also found a nice bit of gunk in the coolant, presumably from stop leak from the PO. After that, my fuel pump had died on me, so that weekend my dad and I dropped the tank rather than pulling the bed. Then my belt tensioner took a crap, so went with a new tensioner and belt while I was at it. Did a transmission service, and eventually did a rear end service as well.
Here's a few pictures of all those projects and pictures of the truck along the way
Next post will start going into the fun stuff, modifications.