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GIZZ 09-02-2017 02:25 PM

69 Panel - Project needs a name
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I've been on a few forums over the years having different cars. The 1 thing I've never done is a build thread. Today is the day!

Background, I bought this '69 panel way back in 2006. Immediately got 4/6 drop springs, found some new cpp rear arms cheap. I got a 6.0 from a silverado, carb and msd injector controller. I bought a whole running(rusty) '89 burb for the front clip & also the A/C bits.

Then I got divorced. Then I sold the house, I kept the new parts I accumulated but many of the used burb parts ended up at the recycler. Whatever I left in the old garages hidden attic stayed there until they bulldozed it.

Many of the old pics are being held hostage on Photobucket!!! Being 2017 I'm going to try and document what I can on video and store it on YouTube. I'm hoping I can learn a thing or 2 about video editing along the way, I can rebuild an engine but this video editing is foreign to me.

Some pics I still have - Shortly after I got her, sported the exact same look the last 10 years! Also a pic of my parts burb & my old hauler. And another old pic of her roomate & also my daily driver(at the time)cst10.

GIZZ 09-02-2017 02:32 PM

Re: 69 Panel - Project needs a name
as promised, here goes

CG 09-03-2017 05:19 PM

Re: 69 Panel - Project needs a name
Looks like a great start. As far as a name, I got nothing =) I never really got the naming thing, but lots of people here put a name to their projects so Im probably in the minority.

GIZZ 09-12-2017 02:16 AM

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Thanks! I can't wait to get to your stage of the build. Out of my 50+ vehicles I've only named one, and that was back in high school. I usually just refer to them by color.

Well, pulled the trans yesterday. So engine and trans are now out.

Got front and rear brakes in the mail, this is the first time I've see a c10 front disc brake rotor setup like this. Also the only 6 lug front with 1/2-20 wheel studs I've seen in a kit. I'm hoping the front and rear rotors are off the shelf items somewhere local to me. :)

GIZZ 09-17-2017 11:19 PM

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pulled the front clip today, by myself.

Also check out this(water leak?)mod the previous owner did??? It can't be stock, I should get rid of it all?

CG 09-18-2017 12:07 AM

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My av picture is just a computer rendering.

GIZZ 10-17-2017 01:17 AM

Comparing crossmembers
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Pulled the orig crossmember out for cleaning this afternoon. Torn as to which one to use. The top one is from a 1/2 ton 2wd Ď91 Suburban. The lower one, still dirty is from this Ď69 panel. I had to weigh them both twice cuz I wasnít sure of the 8.5lbs difference in weight.

Iím also not sure if I want to run the rubber control arm bushings or the older arms and solid bushings. I used to daily drive a Ď68 on solid and I never had an issue with the ride. I like the added caster of the newer setup, but I think I can drill the lower shafts to get this.

Any suggestions?

GIZZ 11-16-2017 06:23 AM

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In trying to decide what parts to use I figured out there is caster to be gained with the newer crossmember. The upper control arms mount further back on the squarebody crossmember vs the older one. I'm comparing '69 to a '91 suburban here. So there's your caster, unless of course the locating pin for lower arms isn't also moved back on the newer x member!

Here's what I'm talking about. Maybe ignore the exact #'s on x member weight differences, I was going by memory. Older x member really closer to 8.5 lbs lighter. The 4 older control arms also about 17# lighter than newer ones.

GIZZ 09-13-2018 12:05 PM

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Spent a couple of hours in the shop yesterday, pulled the body back off the frame and proceeded to remove old undercoat. I was mostly using an oscillating tool with a flat metal blade, simple green in some spots then the most caustic brake clean I have(this stuff strips pain). Any tips and suggestions? If I have some decent weather on my next days off I want to roll it outside and hit it with the pressure washer and maybe the sand water blaster.

I really wanted to paint the frame with Rustbullet, and at this point I will. In hindsight I should have skipped this step and got to swapping the body mounts, new brakes and driveline.

Watch these pics be upside down...

GIZZ 10-18-2018 11:17 AM

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Honestly if thereís a next time Iíll either send it out for powder coating or just skip the frame entirely and get to the mechanicals. Here are 3 coats of rustbellet auto silver followed up with 1 coat of black shell topcoat. Canít wait to start installing the new driveline.

Burb 10-18-2018 01:47 PM

Re: 69 Panel - Project needs a name
... looking good

GIZZ 11-05-2018 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Burb (Post 8367086)
... looking good

Thanks! I should show this to the wife!

Got the body temporarily on the frame in order to work on... the wifeís car.

Iím liking this low look but itís currently laying on frame with no rear springs but tall farmtruck tires. I like the tall tire look but may end up running 295/50-15ís on the street and use my leftover 28Ē M&H at the track. I wish they made more 15Ē sizes.

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