I got an 04 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and I was considering restoring the frame. It was my grandfathers truck that I inherited after he passed two years ago.
We've had the truck since 07 and she's clocking in at 293,000 miles now. I would like to keep it around for some time yet as it is my favorite thing to ride around in and use to plow as a side job when it snows (We live in the sad state of New Jersey).
It had been through Hurricane Sandy 8 years ago and it had experienced some water but not enough to make my mechanic say it's unsalvageable. My grandfather had handled most of the electrical problems that have come with that over the years already. Recently my mechanic has mentioned to keep an eye on it cause "it's not pretty" under there.
She clunks a little here and there when stopping and going but still goes pretty strong, I would like your opinion and what I should be looking into involving that kind of service.
PS If it was anything other than a heavy duty pick up with utility to it, I would not even consider frame restoration. I know most people would tell me to buy a new truck but I figure I rather spend the money making this truck new again since it didn't cost me anything and I love this Silverado.
I bet you could find a frame in good condition on a donor vehicle from a junkyard or somebody parting one out. A swap would be easier than a restoration.