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Old 01-13-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

Greetings,

Some time last year I saw a pick-up that really caught my attention. It was something out of the ordinary and made me want to build the same.

The truck was a medium duty GM truck converted to a daily driving pick-up.

The hunt was on for the right project truck (solid trucks of this age can be hard to locate here in Ontario) and I finally found it.

It is a 1981 Chevrolet C50. I have started the build, and look forward to posting my progress on this website.

Here is a link to my work in progress.

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

looks like a great start to your project!
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:28 PM   #3
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

Looks like this is going to be a sweet project... Excited to see a project from somebody right around the bend! Good luck I'll be watchin the progress
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

that will be cool, look'n forward to your progress.
I'd like to do one my self, I would add a crew cab. the fire wall's are differant and would have to be swap'd out but it would be worth it.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

I can't wait to see this one converted!!!


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that will be cool, look'n forward to your progress.
I'd like to do one my self, I would add a crew cab. the fire wall's are differant and would have to be swap'd out but it would be worth it.
I know nothing about this truck other than.... I LIKE IT!!!
I snapped a pic of it this last summer.


I'd love to build one with rockwells and 54's
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

old school rollback wrecker/ tow rig theme would rock
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:56 PM   #7
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

Cool project, and off to a great start.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:35 AM   #8
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

This is a cool one, it doesnt have the rock wells, but it does have the big military tires


I want to build a crew cab version of one of these. They are cool. Doesnt help that I know where a C60 is, rockwells and 52in tires haha
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #9
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Sweet!!
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Nice
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:13 PM   #11
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Nice,,,very nice
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:08 AM   #12
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

Finally getting back to working on this project. I have been prepping the front clip.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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Fenders in primer now
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:07 PM   #16
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

It is very easy to work with and it really did only cost me under a few hundred dollars. I am taking my current build down to metal, as I did with the blue truck. This adds a few dollars with primer, paint stripper and sand paper. I just like to know what I working with.

But realistically I used less than a gallon of paint on this truck ($40.00), bought a gallon of paint thinner ($10.00) and got my foam rollers at the dollar store (3 for $1.00). So the initial painting of the truck is not that expensive.

It does take a lot of time to go through the various steps, but it is the winter and I hate the cold.... ha.

BTW the color was medium blue. Plan on painting the C50 bright yellow.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #17
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It is very easy to work with and it really did only cost me under a few hundred dollars. I am taking my current build down to metal, as I did with the blue truck. This adds a few dollars with primer, paint stripper and sand paper. I just like to know what I working with.

But realistically I used less than a gallon of paint on this truck ($40.00), bought a gallon of paint thinner ($10.00) and got my foam rollers at the dollar store (3 for $1.00). So the initial painting of the truck is not that expensive.

It does take a lot of time to go through the various steps, but it is the winter and I hate the cold.... ha.

BTW the color was medium blue. Plan on painting the C50 bright yellow.
You painted that blue truck with a roller?
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #18
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I did, high density 4" foam roller from the dollar store. It took about a month to do, but as previously mentioned I have nothing else to do in the winter and I don't like the cold.... Ha!

Here is a picture of it prior to buffing.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #19
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

Just primed under my hood and sprayed some high solid primer on the fenders.

Plan on painting under the hood same color as truck.

Here is a pic of my right hand man and fellow truck enthusiast, my boy Carson.
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Here is how the truck is currently sitting.

Planning to get the box in next and get it prepped for paint.

Then shorten the drive line and prep cab.
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sweet!
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:40 PM   #22
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

Just found a 5 speed transmission out of a split rear end medium duty truck not to far from my house. The truck currently has a farmer 4 speed.

50 mph = 3100 rpm.

Also made a trade for a regular bench seat for my Bostrom and buddy seat combo. Good riddance.

As far as I know the transmission swap should be a non issue. Any thoughts...
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this should be cool
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #24
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Re: 1981 Chevrolet C50 Pick-up Conversion

This is going to be bad azz! Im curious, what is different about the firewall and floor of the c50 and c60 trucks? Does it have the same cab mounting points as a c10,20,30? Ive always wondered if I could use a c50,60 cab on a c10 frame for the small back window.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:36 PM   #25
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Thanks for the compliment, I am looking forward to it being done.

The cabs are quite different, and in my opinion you would be up for some major modification to mount on a traditional frame.

The floor in the cab is flat from front to back.

The firewall is also recessed. Above photos show it.
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