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Old 06-06-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Captain America 68 short/fleetside

Well, after being a member for 3 years with nothing to contribute, I finally dragged home my "dream truck", a 1968 Chevy Shortbed Fleetside. I"ve loved the bodystyle for a very long time, and found someone who'd trade me even up for my old 1994 S-10 Blazer with a SBC. I"ll do my best to use the search function before asked redundant questions about things that I"m sure have been covered hundreds of times.
Currently, the truck has a 250 inline 6 and supposedly a Muncie 4 speed, set in, but neither are hooked up. MY plan was to run the drivetrain as is, and work on making it a safe and dependable truck before bothering to swap out the drivetrain. However, I know very little about the engine, and even less about the trans. I don't even know if I have all the parts to make it roadworthy. Time will tell.
Now, the bad news. The guy I traded to painted the truck himself, red, white and blue. Doesn't sound too awful until you see what he did to the clearcoat. I kid you not, the guy clearcoated the truck, and then threw glitter all over it. I don't mean put glitter in the clear and sprayed it evenly. He threw it on the truck like he was feeding chickens!!! There's mailbox numbers screwed to the hood, Tiger-print cloth all over the dashboard and doorpanels, and probably a slew of problems I have yet to discover.
Anyways, looking forward to gathering as much info and knowledge as I can.

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:20 PM   #2
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

As long as is what you want, how cares how ugly it is, just makes it easier to remove tha paint without felling bad.

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

Congratz. The red white and blue didn't look to bad, but the glitter, thats rough, i didn't notice till i read that part, i thought it was just dirty in the first pic, lol. Good luck on fixing her up and be sure to post pics. oh and by the way you gotta post some interior pics, im dieing to see the print interior
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:47 PM   #4
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Congratz. The red white and blue didn't look to bad, but the glitter, thats rough, i didn't notice till i read that part, i thought it was just dirty in the first pic, lol. Good luck on fixing her up and be sure to post pics. oh and by the way you gotta post some interior pics, im dieing to see the print interior
I'll be sure to get interior pics tomorrow, just for you. MY wife laughed when I opened the door. You'll see!!

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #5
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Hey neighbor! Looking forward to seeing your build.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:05 AM   #6
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Hey neighbor! Looking forward to seeing your build.
Thanks! Hopefully I"ll have it roadworthy before I know it.

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Old 06-07-2011, 12:26 AM   #7
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Looking forward to how you fix it up.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:43 AM   #8
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looks like a victim of a poor restoration i hope you fix her up!
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:29 AM   #9
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

want to see how this turns out.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:08 AM   #10
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

Josh, When you said the PO threw glitter on like he was feeding chickens, I laughed so hard. That was funny man!
Your truck is a good one. Doesn't seem to have dents or rust, so when you get the interior replaced and exterior painted that's gonna be one fine truck, for sure!!

I am looking forward to watching your progress....

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:28 AM   #11
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Looks like a good truck to start with. I like the 6 cyl 4 speed combo.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:43 PM   #12
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Looks like a good truck to start with. I like the 6 cyl 4 speed combo.
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It's a pretty original paint job, I say if you like it maybe try to wetsand through the clear for a weathered look
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:43 PM   #13
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The Tiger Print interior.

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Old 06-07-2011, 07:49 PM   #14
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The seat is kind of cool......
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:51 PM   #15
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

Years ago, I pulled some 6-lug 5-slot aluminum wheels off a 85 K5 Blazer from the junkyard. I've been saving them forever, hoping one day I'd have a cool truck to put them on. I even polished one to see the difference. The fronts are 15x8.5 and the rears are 15x10. I got some junker 275/60's to put on there to roll the truck around on from a local auto shop.

Also, I"m buying my 94 S-10 blazer back for $1300. I'm gunna steal all the parts I can off it to get the Captain up and running. My dad thinks the guy we got the truck from is full of BS. He said the engine and trans were all rebuilt, but I don't see any evidence of any new gaskets or sealants anywhere. So, to save money in the long run, I know the drive train in the S-10 is solid because I either built it or had it rebuilt. I'm wondering if the Blazer fuel tank will work in the C-10. Stay tuned!!

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Old 06-07-2011, 07:56 PM   #16
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

looks like a good start. You're keeping the tiger print right? lol j/k.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:57 PM   #17
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Boy,that must have been one nice blazer you had.lol
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:17 PM   #18
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Makes me think more Evel Knievel than Capt America. Either way, good luck!
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #19
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Josh,
That seat has potential. I bet it cleans up nice and will look good man.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:32 PM   #20
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

Looks like she needs just a little bit of help... Need to polish out the rest of the slots..
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:41 PM   #21
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Boy,that must have been one nice blazer you had.lol
I bought the blazer for $900 with a blown 4.3 v6. I stuck in a 0.040 over 350 with Vortec heads. It's got a stout 700R4, and it's been a good truck. The only down side is that it's an S-10. If I rob all the parts I want, it'll have the 350 with the Serpentine setup, possible power windows and locks, tilt wheel, maybe the buckets and center console, etc. We'll see.

FRENCHBLUE72, polishing the wheels is on my very near to-do list

bruceman1968, it looks like someone stuffed a couch pillow under the seat cover on the driver's side. I"ll see if it's salvageable.

m6z, the Tiger PRint is currently lookin for a new home.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:10 PM   #22
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Re: Captain America 68 short/fleetside

looks like a bicentennial truck.,,.but really,,,even with all that bad makeup i can see a fine lookin truck
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:17 PM   #23
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Looks like a decent platform to start a nice build... I will say the interior is an epic fail. LOL
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Id make it mechanically sound and leave it alone!!! That thing is awsome!
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Id make it mechanically sound and leave it alone!!! That thing is awsome!
ya drive it like it is, tiger !
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