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Status update:

Over half way home. Issues found so far:

1. Cd player not working. Luckily I brought some tapes with me too.

2. Central door locking appears not to work on key, may just be a knack to it.

3. Driver's door doesn't open from inside. Do have spare part in boot. Hopefully an easy fix.

4. Tracking / ball joints/ tierods need moderately* urgent attention. Having the steering wheel bucking like a hose with a wasp nest up its arse at 50mph is mildly* invigorating.

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10 minutes ago, beko1987 said:

but I bet its massive... 

It's wider and taller than a ford ranger style pickup but about same length. So bulky but not too massive. Saying that parked next to a 3 series estate at the services on way back and it made that look very small.

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On my Utoob listings one guy is a 'scrappy picker' and I'm sure he 'hits up' every one of these he finds.... looking for the "boom box" speakers just behind the rear wheelarch.....

So then, like travelling downstairs on a doubledecker.... but no centre aisle ;)

GR9 *with ADDED fuel!

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2 hours ago, tooSavvy said:

like travelling downatairs on a doubledecker.... but no centre aisle

Thanks for the utoob. Looks to be same as experience I had, will watch it properly later and hopefully begin investigation tomorrow.

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  • Sh'Eds changed the title to Sh'eds sheds - First fix for the Tahoe

A quick fix today. The driver's door handle was inoperative from inside. 

Luckily a new one was in the boot.

As well as the existing handle being broken the connecting rod was bent out of shape.

A quick straighten and swop of handle and I can open the driver's door without winding the window down. 

Only broke 7000 brittle plastic clips.




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1 hour ago, cort1977 said:

Shouldn't have any problems with parts and they will likely be pretty cheap as well.

Yep, parts easy enough to order from Rockauto with 7million different price points and options. Shipping and VAT soon bump up the headline price but even then it seems to be usually cheaper than some of the UK specialists and often quicker too.

Just put in an order for some pads, track rod ends and droplinks all of which are priority 1 for front end fettling though having had a look today I expect to end up replacing pretty much all bushes, ball joints, shocks etc over time.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Finally found some time to do a little more work on the Tahoe today. 

First order of the day was removing Mrs Sh'eds garage door so I could fit it in the garage and not block the alley all day in case any of the neighbours were coming in and out, not that many use their garages regularly. Of course the only person I saw all day was the old boy next door who lives on the exist side of the alley to me so I wouldn't have blocked him anyway. 


With the door removed adequate headroom for the Tahoe was available. 


Though it is a little close at the back and I certainly couldn't go further back and still jack the car up. 


Got it up on jack stands and whipped the wheels off. 


Had a look under the car. It looks reasonably solid, obviously been undercoated in the past. Can see why it weighs 3 tonnes when you see how big the chassis rails are. 



First job of the day brake pads - these definitely need replacing. 


Of course the caliper was held on with allen head bolts, but being American these were in 'freedom units' and I had none. I had naively hoped they would be metric, on the corvette it tends only to be engine stuff that is imperial with ancillaries and brakes / suspension being  metric. Had to pop out to the shops and could only get allen keys in imperial sizes rather than a allen socket which would have been preferred. 


The finest chinesium sold by machine mart. Was doubtful that these would be up to the job. Was even more doubtful when I found how tight the bolts holding the brake calipers on where. Gave myself 6 hernias but they finally came loose. 

New brake pads promise a lot. I am slightly concerned that most of the £14 that these cost was spent on the carboard box. 


New versus old: 


Once I got these installed it was time for new track rod ends. I only had outers but it is clear that I will need to replace inners soon too as these were also fairly worn. 

Used the grease zert as a measuring point to try and get a reasonable alignment.


Old track rod end looks nasty. 


Most useful tool of the day, which was very much needed to assist in removal of the track rod ends.


New track rod ends installed. 


Didn't find time to change the sway bar links, they aren't broken so can be left for now. Will need to replace control arm bushings and upper and lower ball joints at some point so will most likely do them then. 

Finished up by putting the new wheels on - these being the original fitment with 245/75 tyres, rather than the aftermarket ones that came on the car which were shod with 275/70 tyres and had a larger centre bore, which had necessitated the use of a spacer ring, which may have been a contributing factor in the death wobble. Hopefully having the correct profile tyres on it now will result in the speedo being at least vaguely accurate. 





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  • Sh'Eds changed the title to Sh'eds sheds - Tahoe gets brakes

Despite being tagged twice further up I still seem to have missed this somehow!!

That is a truly awesome purchase! I was very tempted by a Blazer before I bought the TransSport. But this is even better than a Blazer! Excellent purchasing! I hope you never sell, as I may find it hard to resist! 

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17 hours ago, Ian_Fearn said:

bit more suitable for British roads than a Suburban

A little bit! Thankfully. I have been tempted by a suburban more than once but always managed to talk myself out of one based on probable parking issues and having no where to work on something that big off the road. 

In saying that a GMT400 Suburban is still a 'bucket list' car for me. 

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