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This is a discussion on 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod within the Projects, Builds & Restorations. forums, part of the Projects and Builds category; A little overview about this. I've always loved OBS trucks as long as I can remember. My mother, father, uncles, ...

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    1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod


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    A little overview about this. I've always loved OBS trucks as long as I can remember. My mother, father, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and myself have owned numerous OBS trucks over the years and I really don't think their value can be beat. They have sufficient power, look great, are comfortable, and the parts for them are cheap. I've never owned a 2wd truck before so I will have A LOT of questions to ask you guys. Some of them may seem really stupid, but please bear with me. My goal for this truck is to have a good looking vehicle that I can take on trips, but also use as a daily driver. Plans are:

    2/3 drop
    LED taillights & new headlight/parking lights
    New wheels/tires
    Debadge
    New audio setup
    New paint
    New exhaust
    Denali/Tahoe Limited interior

    Its a Texas truck so there is no rust anywhere, thank god. The exterior of the truck looks good from 10 feet away, but as you get closer you see the imperfections. Whoever painted this taped off the windows and sprayed paint everywhere else. The original pewter paint wasn't even scuffed before being painted over. There are a few dents, but its a 13 year old truck. The interior is a bit dirty, but I have high hopes for it. The front seats may be getting reupholstered whereas the back seat just needs a good cleaning. The audio in it right now is too loud. The P/O installed 4 12" subwoofers, 2 MTX Audio amps, JVD headunit and a capacitor. I just want to go with the stock headunit and decent speakers.

    I ordered 2" DJM drop spindles today as well as a new impact strip for the front bumper from LMC meaning the project is started. Its going to be a slow process.

    Here are the photos I have for now.















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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    I was looking on DJM's website for 4" drop shackles today and got a bit discouraged. If I want to go with a 4" drop in the back, will I need to notch the frame? Is 3" the lowest I can go without having to modify the rear end? I'm looking for just a simple drop so I can still use this as a DD. The 2" DJM spindles are on the way and I'm still trying to find a 1" drop spring. Anyone care to chime in??
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    You could always do the shackles and then pull a leaf or two to get the extra drop you are looking for. Without the notch you may have issues with bottoming out, not sure though.

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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    I was hoping I really wouldn't have to mess with the leafs so we'll see how low it is when I install the shackles. Tonight I ordered Belltech 1" drop springs and DJM 2" shackles. It should have a little bit of rake to it. I'm still up in the air about wheel choice. I may go with a set of gunmetal Camaro wheels or 18" Torque Thrusts, we'll see.
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    DJM Spindles came in yesterday as well as the front impact strip from LMC. The Belltech drop springs came in today.



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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    For Drop in the rear you could have gone with 4 inch drop leafs. Or shackles and hangers. Projects lookin good man.

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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Thanks man. I ended up ordering 2" drop shackles. I may not like the amount of drop with a 4", but we"ll see. I can always change it if I want it to be lower.
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Maybe some of you guys with lowered trucks can give some insight on this. When I order my shocks, does it matter what I order? I know I need to order shocks for a lowered application, but does it really matter what I get?
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Well part one of the Denali/Tahoe Limited interior started today. I bought an Escalade cluster off of eBay for $70 shipped and installed it today. Also bought the chrome door handles for $8.95 each for the interior.



    A photo of the old cluster. The needles were faded and the gas gauge shook like crazy.


    After I removed the trim bezel around the cluster.


    This has to be unplugged before the face of the cluster can be completely removed.


    This is the odometer roll. The two gold colored screws are all that have to be removed and the odometer roll can be changed over to reflect your current mileage.


    Here it is finished with the correct mileage.


    Progress has been very slow so far since I'm always working and my garage is full. All I've gotten done is removed the chrome trim on the wheel wells.
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Made a bit more progress today. I removed the running boards on the driver side. I planned on doing both of them, but the PO decided to make my job a bit tougher. It looks like the stock supports were torched at some point and replaced with 1/8" square tubing, which was welded to the frame for better support. It looks better than it did though. I also put plates and insurance on it and started driving it around.



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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Looks good man. I have an esky cluster waiting to go in possibly on mine. All i have done recently is put new corners on again and removed the fogs.

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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    I just grabbed a whole denali interior...i just wanted the seats but wound up with the whole thing. I wish mine was 2wd like yours...thats my only issue...

    Looks real good so far!

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    Looks good do far, keep it up


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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    my gas gauge did the exact same thing. still worked just shook wherever it was. what made me get a new cluster was my speedometer would no longer operate smoothly while accelerating/decelerating it would jump. so i would stop and it would still say im going 25 for a couple seconds. your build is looking good so far lookin forward to when the drop spindles are on. im gonna have to follow your instructions on how to set the odometer correctly. gonna practice on my old one.
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Thanks for the compliments guys!!!

    Yesterday, I removed the other running board on the passenger side & we installed the rear shackles and the drop shocks. I love the look of it!! I also started cleaning up the frame a bit in the rear, but ran out of undercoating. I also took several more photos of it on a level driveway & in the shade before we installed anything.

    The passenger side rocker looks like it is going to require a bit of bodywork. I'm probably going to have to cut it out and weld a new piece in. It looks like the previous owner hit a large rock or something. It was torn to hell.


    The pile of parts in my spare bedroom.


    A couple of the interior after I cleaned it a bit.




    A couple of it cleaned and in the shade.




    And now for the photos of it after the rear is dropped.






    As you can see, I sprayed the frame with black undercoat in the rear.


    I'm going to start tearing the front end apart tonight before I head to work and am hoping to have it finished near the end of this week. I can't wait!!
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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Seeing this obs Tahoe made me miss my old 1998 Tahoe. You are doing great work.

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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Looks Great. Makes me wanna drop mine even more now. But Its my Tow pig for now. You also need to throw a valence on there.

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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Thanks guys. Yea, I plan on looking for a valance, but that will be one of the last things I do before its done.

    Well, didn't make much progress today. I got it up in the air and have the calipers unbolted. There are jack stands under it, you just can't see them lol. I plan on taking the stock spindles off either tomorrow or Wednesday. I also cleaned and conditioned the leather seats. The back seat looks great.

    Since the buyer backed out on my cowl hood awhile back, I kept it and installed that last night.

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    Re: 1999 Chevy Tahoe Resto Mod

    Alright, I need a bit of help. This may seem like a dumb question, but I can't figure it out. Is removing the brake rotor from the front of a 2wd vehicle any different than a 4wd? When I change the brakes on my truck, I just pull the caliper off and the rotor usually slides off after a couple of hits with a rubber mallet.

    With the Tahoe, I removed the calipers and hit the rotor quite a bit, but it feels like something is keeping it from pulling off. Can someone help? I can't figure it out and I'd like to be able to do some work to it tonight. Thanks!
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    Yeah you will have to remove the dust cap in the center of the rotor and then take the castle nut off. Once you get that off the rotor should slide right off.

 

 
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