Yep, CA trucks don’t really rust. CA DOT only uses sand and plows, no beet juice or salt.That truck looks super clean with no rust or dents at all.
Has it been in California all it's life?
An 18 year old 2004 truck with 200k miles is going to need work.
If all the rubber hoses are original and you are planning to tow long distances, they should all be replaced.
Heater hoses, rad hoses, turbo boots, the 2 silicon heater pipe couplers under exhaust manifold.
The front end will also need work especially if it still has the original Y style steering linkage and steering box.
May need shocks, brakes.
Brakes bled, coolant flush, power steering flush.
I like Redline fluids, MTL in the NV5600, 75W-140 in the rear axle, 75W-90 in the front axle.
Hopefully the HVAC blend doors are working ok. Unfortunately there is no cabin filter in these trucks but one can be retrofitted if you have the HVAC box out.
www.genosgarage.com plus check your local Cummins dealer for the best prices.
I 100% agree about a thorough maintenance. I’m doing everything on your list and then some.
Though it steers pretty well and no visible play is present in the tie rods or ball joints, I’ll be doing the front end as well. I was liking that the Carli ball joints are lifetime, but my cousin says I should just save my money and get EMF. Not sure which brand tie rods I’ll get yet, Moogs have been hit or miss on the last couple projects.
Fortunately, the PO had the HVAC blend door stuff fixed with metal components I believe.