D1nman's "new" tow pig/covered wagon

D1nman

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Hello cgm, long time no see

Finally, after ~4 years, found my way back into another GM truck.

Was out in Utah for work and picked up (for the price) an excellent tow pig/parts hauler for my abysmal Mercedes diesel collection

Details-

1999 GMC Suburban 2500
4x4
454/4L80e
SLE
Sick period correct VHS only entertainment system
250,xxx miles

Tossed a new continental belt on, changed the oil, and drove it non-stop 26 hrs / 1500 miles home from Utah without a single issue.

Paint is trash on top, but no rust, no serious body damage, and the interior is surprisingly clean

Other than paint, the worst problem is the P.O. put some of those awesome Blue autozone LED strips in the floors and roof


Plan to find a good OEM grille for it, and get it sitting high enough to clear 33" Toyo MT's, then just clean it up and do some small clean mods to it, whatever that may be

Pics from my journey home


























Two pending issues- maybe you GM Gods can help me out as i am rusty

Fuel gauge is either full or empty most of the time. Sending unit on pump maybe? I just learned to fill it slap full every ~250 miles or so...


And then now, after towing a trailer and using the 7 pin connector, my brake lights ONLY work when operating the slider on the aftermarket (hayes) brake controller. Brake pedal gives no light. The LED on the controller used to light up every time i hit the pedal, now i get nothing, unless i run in the slider on the brake controller

I should just get out and troubleshoot it, but, i just had my gallbladder removed 2 days ago, so there's my excuse


Anyways, glad i can post again, maybe i will keep this one around
 

TheBrettster

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100% the sending unit, you can replace the unit itself, but with the age and such, might be wise to just do the entire pump
 

Tylers88

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To get it up enough just turn the keys up, OBS don’t need keys to crank it up a lot, if it needs keys you actually need new torsion bars.
 

D1nman

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Hell yeah, I'm a crackhead and didn't even check the fuse box in the dash. Was just a fuse for the lights

Yeah, the same happened on my NBS with the sending unit, but as you mentioned, if you're already in there, plus the unknown age/condition of the pump.... Just replace the pump


Good to know on the keys. There's like 2" of thread or more left on the bolts.

Time to crank it to the moon / knock out the blocks in the back / toss on some curbed 22x14's 3" spacers / nitto 420

No but I probably will go up a few turns when I get some tires. May do spacers in the back because these things have that cool prerunner stance from the factory for whatever reason. I've always liked these wheels though
 

gmc00z

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No but I probably will go up a few turns when I get some tires. May do spacers in the back because these things have that cool prerunner stance from the factory for whatever reason. I've always liked these wheels though

wider track width to accomodate the larger front diff bc 3/4 ton. Can't recall the size spacer required to even out track width