Name: Michael H.
2001 Chevy Tahoe
I bought this Chevy Tahoe around March 2016. It’s my first truck. I was 17 at the time and I bought it thinking that it just needed a front end, radiator support, etc. That’s all I was told it needed. After taking it to my dad’s, he looked at it and said the frame was bent, and I could either cut my losses and sell or dig in and fix it. I chose to fix it.
I was able to find a parted-out Tahoe that had a good frame and so began the year-long journey. I ended up putting in probably close to $5,000 in new parts, most of them being just preventive maintenance since everything was easy to get to. I also put in probably 250+ man hours.
Around July 2017 it was finally done. It took a long time because I had to work and save money. My favorite things about the truck is that it showed me a lot more than just how to fix a car—which is a huge plus. It taught how to manage money, and if i want something I gotta work for it. But my favorite lesson from this build is how to value things in life. After putting so much time and money, you learn to appreciate what you have, which is the greatest thing in life in my opinion.
My future plans are eventually a reverse level, some rims and tires, a 6.0 build and swap and to add some boost! Most likely a ProCharger. And, of course, body work and a paint job.