: Finally bought a Tahoe!



96Fleetwood
11-21-08, 12:44 PM
Well, I have been looking for the last 1.5 years for a nice Tahoe, preferably enthusiast owned. I bought a 1997 LS Tahoe last year, but sold it 4 days later for a nice $2,500 dollar profit.

I looked at everything from '00 Tahoe Limiteds, '99-'00 Tahoe Z71s, '99-00 Denalis, & '99-00 Escalades. I made a couple offers on some but never reached a deal till 2 weeks ago...

It is a 1996 Chevy Tahoe LT, always a South Florida truck. 2 owners, owned by a Marine Engineer who designs fancy Yachts for the rich & famous.

The chassis has 148K on it but the motor, tranny, suspension, rear, etc only have 33K on them since a full refurbish. When it was refurbished, they beefed up the motor and put a powerdyne supercharger, headers, etc etc. Tranny has a shift kit & is a mild upgrade. Auburn rear, ProComp 6 inch lift, blah blah blah.

I bought it sight unseen, but only after numerous phone calls & email exchanges. I flew down to South Florida on Tuesday, and it was pretty much as described. I took a look at some of his other fine autos/motorcycles and then hit the road with the bad boy truck.

I stopped in Atlanta the first day to visit a buddy of mine and then woke up early on Wed. to make the last leg of the trip. The supercharger came in handy in the Tenessee Mountains.

I averaged 14.5 mpg on the 1,400 mile journey at speeds of 60-70 mph. The Tahoe didn't even flinch, I was impressed! Had numerous thumbs up and people would come up to me everytime I filled up gas just to talk about the truck.

It needs a bit of TLC, but that is my specialty. By the Spring it should be looking pretty good and running even better. I want to find someone who can check the tune and make sure it is not running rich. I might send the supercharger to Powerdyne to change the belt.

Enough rambling.. here are the pics:

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0277.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0278.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0279.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0280.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0276.jpg


It rides much better than the lifted '97 Grand Cherokee I bought last year. It had a cheap ass Skyjacker lift kit. The ProComp lift kit on the Tahoe rides pretty good and doesn't have the highway "death wobble."

Take care!
-Elias

TSS
11-21-08, 12:53 PM
NICE Tahoe. I had a '99 LS and an 01 LT Autoride. Great trucks, both of them. I still think the OBS is much more pleasing on the outside than the NBS or NNBS. Check out fullsizechevy.com. Good site...not as good as this one, but still good.

Todd

96Fleetwood
11-21-08, 12:58 PM
Thanks! I will check out that forum shortly.


I forgot to put up these two pics:

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0281.jpg


http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0282.jpg

Jesda
11-21-08, 02:05 PM
GMT400 rules

Cadillacboy
11-21-08, 02:13 PM
Congrats , it's really big truck lol
:thumbsup:

Rolex
11-21-08, 02:30 PM
That's a great find on an awesome truck. It's getting about the same mileage SCd as my truck that's NA.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-21-08, 02:36 PM
GMT 400 FTMFW!!! My favorite line of trucks ever!

I wonder how that Supercharged 350 compares to the Vortec 454 in terms of power and fuel economy.

RightTurn
11-21-08, 04:22 PM
Very, very nice! :thumbsup: Those pics bring back memories; I owned a '96 'Hoe. (Also check out Tahoeforum.com)

gary88
11-21-08, 04:27 PM
Awesome! My first car was a '93 Blazer. Basically a two door version of that, but with the older style interior.

Night Wolf
11-21-08, 06:59 PM
You passed within 3 minutes of my house! Right off I75 in middle Georiga. Next time drop a line if you are around the area...

Nice Tahoe tho.... does the supercharger make it quick or is it still a bear to move around with the bigger tires? Now you gotta get it all nice and muddy :)

"G$"
11-21-08, 07:11 PM
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0276.jpg



That is an awesome picture. Good Job.

Destroyer
11-21-08, 08:22 PM
You bought the hillbilly delight, lol. Nice looking truck man!. Its gotta move out pretty well with that supercharger. How much did it set you back?.

96Fleetwood
11-21-08, 09:56 PM
Thanks! I joined the Tahoe forum ;)

It isn't fast by my standards, but does move pretty well. The Powerdyne supercharger is belt driven, so it is pretty quiet.

The funny thing about this Tahoe is it looks "hillbilly," but has some $$ upgrades like the custom wood steering wheel and kickass stereo.

I have a little over $5K in it right now (he was asking $7,500 obo), expecting to put at least another $1K to bring it to my standards. I might put some Denali front bucket seats and put a cloth rear bench for the dogs.

I hope it can tow the Fleetwood...

:thumbsup:

LS1Mike
11-21-08, 11:20 PM
Very cool truck man! Good luck with it. Should tow no problem.

Destroyer
11-22-08, 06:41 AM
Thanks! I joined the Tahoe forum ;)

It isn't fast by my standards, but does move pretty well. The Powerdyne supercharger is belt driven, so it is pretty quiet.

The funny thing about this Tahoe is it looks "hillbilly," but has some $$ upgrades like the custom wood steering wheel and kickass stereo.

I have a little over $5K in it right now (he was asking $7,500 obo), expecting to put at least another $1K to bring it to my standards. I might put some Denali front bucket seats and put a cloth rear bench for the dogs.

I hope it can tow the Fleetwood...

Just joking about the "hillbilly" thing. If thats hillbilly then sign me up!. Definately an intimidating vechicle. :thumbsup:

urbanski
11-22-08, 07:09 AM
that is a big 'ho

billc83
11-22-08, 09:27 AM
The real question is, can the Fleetwood tow the Tahoe?

Now THAT would be a sight!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-22-08, 09:44 AM
What's it supposed to put out for power with that Supercharger? Just for comparison purposes, the Vortec 350 was 255hp & 330 lb/ft and the Vortec 454 was 290hp & 410 lb/ft.

blue07cts
11-22-08, 10:04 AM
WOW i like... my favorite body style tahoe, GMT400 SUV's and trucks have a design that will be looked at as "classic" in the futer, SWEET deal:thumbsup:

"G$"
11-22-08, 11:48 AM
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0277.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/IMG_0278.jpg


Appearance-wise, that is a phenomenal truck. very tastefully executed.

Cliff8928
11-22-08, 02:08 PM
Had a 2WD 1999 suburban with the 454 and it was pretty well 14 MPG no matter what you did... But it had surprising acceleration for the size of the truck!

That's a nice looking tahoe! I would totally own one like that if it was a 2-door. Many years back I almost bought a 1995 Yukon GT 5-speed!

96Fleetwood
11-23-08, 10:07 AM
Thanks!

This truck has never been dyno'd. It is running around 8-10 psi of boost right now. The Powerdyne charger is capable of up to 18 psi of boost. They advertise a 150 horsepower increase with 18 psi.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
11-23-08, 10:33 PM
I'm coming over. Will you be home at all tomorrow? My friend with the IROC would go crazy over that thing.

I don't really like the lights though. Its too flash and out there. I absolutely HATE altezza tail lights and the clear turn signals don't sit well with me either. I could stand the offroad lights if they weren't mounted on that pansy bar. Get a full wrap around brush guard and ditch that dinky little thing.

Red_October_7000
11-23-08, 11:24 PM
Well that's freakin' awesome. I've always thought the 4-door Tahoes were kinda like the Suburban's retarded little brother, but that thing kicks ass! Good color combo, good upgrades, good grief! Who makes the lift; I may get one one day for my 'Burban, once I have one thing or another on the road so it's not doing Daily Driver Duties.

CBVLS6
11-25-08, 01:54 PM
Do you happen to know which Powerdyne blower you have on the car?

I'm crossing my fingers it's not a BD11-a... I have never seen one on a car that didn't have to be rebuilt due to internal bearing failure.

96Fleetwood
11-25-08, 03:21 PM
All I found is the part number, K10520101 on the supercharger.

If anything does go wrong with it, I am just going to take it off and run it N/A.

So far so good: 1,500 mile trip home and put 380 miles on it here in IL.

:highfive: