With over ten years of production, the '88-'98 Chevrolet C/K 1500 is one of the most popular choices for the foundation of a custom truck. However, since they've been out of production for more than ten years, there's bound to be some wear and tear that keeps your average daily driven truck from looking its best. We happened across a '97 C3500 Silverado that was in need of some cosmetic upkeep, so we called LMC Truck to not only restore its original glory, but to take things up a notch. With their online catalog up on our laptop, we used their exploded diagrams to sort through the parts available and had no trouble tracking down the pieces we needed. With just about everything but the cabs available, you could practically build a truck just from the LMC catalog. Check out how a few minutes of wrenching can give your Chevy a fresh new façade and breathe life back into your daily driver.
Before. With a cracked, broken grille, pitted, oxidized headlights, and a bumper full of h
Popping the hood, Martin removed the clips holding the grille in place and had the old gri
LMC's smooth bumper has no holes for a plastic rub strip like the original bumper for an u
Eighteen millimeter bolts secure the bumper to the framehorns.
A couple of 10mm bolts hold the headlights to the core support. Soon they were gone for go
After plugging the new lights into the original harness, our new headlights went right in.
Bridging the gap between the bumper and the grille, this apron was cleaned and given a few
The new grille, looking as good as new, was next in line to be bolted to the core support.
Clear parking lights with amber bulbs were the next step. They simply attach with Phillips
We reused the clear corner lights and reflector from the old grille, with a little buffing
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
This front end makeover was well worth the time and expense. Each piece fit like it was supposed to and left the truck looking even better than it did when it rolled off the assembly line.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 2 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Easy; Bolt-Off, Bolt-On
Metric sockets and 3/8 ratchet, screwdrivers
LMC Truck smooth chrome bumper #39-5202 $139.95
LMC Truck grille #39-4068 $199.95
LMC Truck headlight #37-4404 $99.95
LMC Truck headlight #37-4405 $99.95
LMC Truck clear marker parking light kit #36-4523 $59.95
TOTAL COST: $599.75
(all prices from lmctruck.com)