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Gregski 10-05-2014 12:06 PM

Restoring Rusty
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just wanted to share some progress pictures of my 74 GMC 1/2 ton affectionately named by my kids Rusty

the goal is a clean freshened up truck, easy on the eyes and with a bit of oomph under the hood, all on a family men's budget doing a bit at a time something each month if money and time permits

starting out with a nearly 100% stock

350 V8
4 barrel Quadrajet
4 speed manual on the floor
short bed
no factory AC (bonus, less means more)
power steering
disc brakes up front

lets start with some original as listed on Craigslist Pics

as this thread has become a monster I decided to add a TABLE OF CONTENTS pointing to the thread numbers

Air Cleaner - 260, 547, 1058, 1059, 1066
Alternator - 435
Arm Rests - 638
Bead - 1865
Bell Housing - 809, 844
Brake Master Cylinder - 944, 1076, 1077, 1078, 1079, 1080
Brake Pedal - 735, 758
Carburetor - 16, 124
Charcoal Canister - 1684
Clutch Fork - 832, 840, 841
Clutch Pedal - 737, 741, 759
Dash Pad - 2219
Distributor - 290
Door Panels - 492, 917, 918, 919, 928
Drive Shaft - 603
Fender, Passenger - 1166, 1173, 1175, 1178, 1207, 1208, 1215
Fly Wheel - 684
Fuel Filter - 1130
Headlights - 1384, 1385, 1387
Hood - 1190, 1193, 1194, 1203, 1231, 1275, 1290, 1299
Hood Braces - 1289
Hood Hinges - 1190, 1206, 11260, 1261
Ignition Switch - 1311
Intake Manifold - 1131
Kick Panels - 1041, 1042, 1044, 1061, 1062
Oil Pan - 127
Parking Brake Handle - 1035
Pedal Pads - 1161, 1163, 1165
Power Steering Pump - 1447, 1448, 1449, 1450, 1451
Radio - 1558
Rear Brake Cylinders - 1159
Rear Brake Drums - 1082, 1083, 1084, 1160
Rear Bumper - 2
Seat - 44
Seat Belts - 67
Sector Gear - 1320
Shifter Boot - 1162
Shifter Stick - 867
Speedometer Cable - 847, 946, 948, 950, 951, 952, 1013
Steering Box - 1494
Steering Column - 1310, 1338
Suspension Front (Lowering) - 2136
Suspension Rear (Lowering) - 2184
Tachometer - 102, 1709
Tailgate - 2, 1110, 1111
Taillights - 1404, 1416, 1419
Transmission - 760, 762, 763, 764
Turn Signal Switch - 1325, 1431, 1439, 1441
Universal Joints - 872
Visors - 568, 1719, 1838
Water Outlet - 430, 1140
Window Seals - 904, 905, 906
X Pipe Exhaust - 1659, 1696

(September 24, 2016, note to self: got to page 38)

Gregski 10-05-2014 12:14 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Rear Bumper Removal
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one of the first things that had to go was the ugly heavy duty (nothing wrong with) rear bumper. think of this, this way, Rusty was a long time hard working race winning thoroughbred, who has now earned the right to retire on the green pastures and enjoy the easy life (hardest gig he'll ever have is fetching a Christmas tree for us once a year, hee hee)

Umm yeah, I pretty much broke all four big bolts holding on that heavy beast to get it off, I didn't know I had it in me, that type of super human strength (what's that you can clearly see the cheater bar in the pictures, nah)

Gregski 10-05-2014 12:17 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Removing the Tailgate
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if you suffer from being anal like I do, then you will clearly understand why a CHEVROLET tailgate does not belong on a GMC, lol

so it had to go too, man taking things off is so much fun, I once took a '68 Mustang completely apart, but heck that's a different thread all together (and yes it's out there on the InterWebs somewhere)

Gregski 10-05-2014 12:36 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Painted the Rocker Covers
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why do we call em Valve Covers when the valves don't even live in there well their tails do but anyways, the manual calls em Rocker Covers

these had to be the crusties lids I have ever worked on / with, not too crazy about the gloss black finish but hey that's what I had, I may scuff em up and reshoot them with Semi Flat, we'll see

yeah I forgot to paint the filler cap ok, the devil's in the details, must have been a Monday Night Football night, LOL

no flippin idea why that one pic comes up upside down, guess you can just turn your head to see em, jk

Gregski 10-05-2014 12:59 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Painted The Wheel
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if you look closely at the original pics you will notice that Rusty was a three legged dog, the front right wheel is a spare and does not match the other three Jackman style wagon wheels, so I found a close enough match (believe it or not the guy had THREE wheels for sale, LOL and I talked him into selling me one and using the other two for a trailer project - win / win)

started with a wire wheel to clean up the rust, then some sand paper to scuff it up, and had to use etching primer on this chrome wheel and decided to go with Semi Flat black, really like how it turned out, gonna paint one wheel each weekend and allow it a week to cure before lugging it back up to the truck

had the new tire mounted before painting so they won't scuff up the new paint job, the white garbage bags are taped around the brand new tire and NOT the old jacked up one, not sure why they make it look flat but it's fully inflated must be the camera angle, that's all

lemme know what you think? do you like the black better than the white?

cadillac_al 10-06-2014 07:02 AM

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I love seeing old original paint lime green survivor trucks. Now I'm kicking myself for not painting my truck that cool green. Enjoy the fun project.

Gregski 11-15-2014 03:35 AM

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more pics of the wheels after being painted black

why is this system uploading these pics upside down???

Gregski 11-15-2014 03:42 AM

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then it was on to the exhaust, I ordered the dual exhaust kit from LMC truck cause I wanted to mount my first exhaust system myself

the first pic is the entire old exhaust that's all that came with the truck, the previous owner cut the muffler off cause it had holes in it just before selling it to me

Gregski 11-15-2014 03:46 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
pipes stick out a bit so I cut them off about an inch shorter than the length of the bed with my trusty Harbor Freight 4 1/2 angle grinder cutter wheel

Gregski 11-15-2014 03:53 AM

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then it was time to match the front bumper to the wheels by painting it semi flat black, but first it needed a bit of trueing

allow me to show you my Bumper Streightening Facility

andrewmp6 11-15-2014 03:57 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
If you want to knock the surface rust off easy look in to clr.A few people have used clr with good luck.

Gregski 11-15-2014 03:59 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty

Originally Posted by andrewmp6 (Post 6918723)
If you want to knock the surface rust off easy look in to clr.A few people have used clr with good luck.

WOW, thanks I will have to give it a shot

andrewmp6 11-15-2014 04:05 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
How bad is the rust in the bottom of the fenders,Is it surface or deeper?

Gregski 11-15-2014 04:09 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty

Originally Posted by andrewmp6 (Post 6918728)
How bad is the rust in the bottom of the fenders,Is it surface or deeper?

unfortunately the passenger side fender is gone, it has holes above the wheel, in front of the wheel at the bottom, and in the back of the wheel at the bottom

Gregski 11-15-2014 04:16 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Busted Kncuckles
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actually pretty happy with the way the bumper turned out, and the knuckles were a small price to pay

Gregski 11-15-2014 04:26 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Rebuilding the Carb
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next up I show off my mechanical prowess as I rebuild the good ol' Quadrajet cause it's filthy and leaks gasoline like a sieve

Gregski 11-15-2014 04:30 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Pine Sol to the Rescue
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well those of you that are awesome may have noticed the missing fuel filter spring and the missing gasket that goes on the fuel filter housing as it screws into the carb, now check out what I used to clean that bad boy

... what's that honey? Your hair dryer, nope, haven't seen it! LOL

andrewmp6 11-15-2014 05:25 AM

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I always used white vinegar,Never seen pine-sol before lol

73kay 11-15-2014 10:07 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
This is a sweet write up, keep it coming.

Gregski 11-15-2014 11:57 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty

Originally Posted by 73kay (Post 6918817)
This is a sweet write up, keep it coming.

Finally, my first outta boy, LOL, I was wondering if I should even keep it going

Thank you, I am remotivated

Gregski 11-15-2014 12:10 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - You Got Mail
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What do we have here, a shinny brand new Weiand 8120 Action +Plus Aluminum Intake Manifold

Yup, ordered that off of eBay for $85 bucks and FREE shipping can't beat it, the seller is holleyperformance

This is in preparation for the Holley 0-80457SA 600CFM 4bbl Factory Refurbished ALUMINUM Carb with Electric Choke I am buying from them next month

... but, but, didn't you just rebuild the ol' Q-jet, well yes, but that rebuild kit was only $20 bucks and I always wanted to rebuilt a Quadrajet to see what it's all about, plus I sill need a carb till the new shiny bits show up

Sodak 11-15-2014 01:09 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
Nice ..keep it going.. love your progress.

greg64 11-15-2014 02:05 PM

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Looks good, Gregski, keep going.

flashed 11-15-2014 02:46 PM

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I like Rusty .

shkj2004 11-15-2014 09:08 PM

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