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Old 05-05-2019, 11:05 PM   #1
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1987 R10...aka Belushi

Quick intro and explanation of the name... Belushi, after John who was a Blues Brother, is a blue (shocker) Ď87 R10 2wd swb Fleetside truck I found on the List of Craig on Friday. It read like a super deal and after talking with the owner, I decided to make the 3 hour drive to hopefully close the deal.

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Old 05-05-2019, 11:11 PM   #2
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

It was even better than the seller said. Totally rust free, great running 383 TBI with 700r4, p/w, p/l, p/s, p/b and A/C (this is a big deal in the muggy south). I drove it the 160 miles home without issue, running 75 mph down the interstate without a hiccup. Got it home and on the lift to give it a quick once over and all looks great.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:14 PM   #3
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

Nothing definitive yet, but I want to lower it some, ie spindles/springs and a flip kit with new shocks, flip mount the tires blackwall out and some interior work. Will probably put better wheels on it sooner than later, try to lay hands on the missing Silverado trim and just clean clean clean for now.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

I got the stock spindles & springs removed. Front end parts appear to all be in good shape, so Iím going to throw a set of 1Ē drop springs, CPP 2.5Ē drop spindles and new shocks. Then a flip kit in the rear and shocks, then align it.

Edit: I decided that I just couldnít put it back together without at least replacing the upper & lower ball joints, so I got Moogs ordered up. Iíll get them replaced this weekend when I install the new suspension.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:00 PM   #5
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

great looking truck you got there Carter!!
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:39 PM   #6
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great looking truck you got there Carter!!
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I got the upper & lower ball joints out tonight and cleaned up the control arms a little and hit them with a little flat black rustoleum. The new ones wonít be here until Saturday, but Iím ready for them. The uppers were still riveted in, so I feel really good about replacing them since the truck is 32 yrs old. Tomorrow night Iíll start working on getting the rearend loose for the flip kit. Iím done for now..Iíll clean up my mess and head back in the house...it started raining...again!!
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

I like it!
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I like it!
Thanks Adam, me too

I got the rearend loosened up and ready for the flip kit. Iíve got a buddy coming over this Saturday to help put it all back together. Once I get it all put back together, Iíll measure for shocks since the ones on it are WORE OUT!!!
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:53 PM   #10
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

holy cheap $hit that's a damn nice truck!
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holy cheap $hit that's a damn nice truck!
Yeah, Iím pretty stoked to have it. I got into it right and it only needs a few small things and, of course, I want it lower. Once I get the things I want done Iíll figure out my next phase.
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

My list of ‘to-do’s’ has gone up a little bit but not bad at all. The passenger side p/w motor is weak, so I ordered that up. And the tank selector switch doesn’t work so I ordered a new one first as that’s been the problem on my previous dual tank trucks...if I need to do more, at least I’ll know the switch is good. Otherwise, it seems mighty solid!

My buddy that’s coming this weekend is also going to cut and buff it for me.
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

No pictures, but I got the flip kit and new rear shocks installed this morning. I also got the front ball joints in, but didnít have time to complete the assembly of the front end because we had to go see the kids and granddaughter for Motherís Day
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I only had about an hour to work last night but I got the front swaybar mount rivets cut out: did I mention how much I hate removing rivets... I’ve cut out 20 of them just to lower the truck. I also got the springs and spindles in. I hope to get it all finalized and back on the ground today. I’ll get some pictures once it’s rolling again.
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

I got everything together on the Suspension minus the front shocks, they havenít arrived yet. But I like the stance, and Iím sure the front will come down a touch more once everything settles...

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No pictures of the whole truck, but check out these progressive pics of the roof...
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Front sway bar bushings and new mounts for the lowered stance are here as well as the new front shocks. I had every intention of getting them installed tonight, but home at 20:00 and heading back to work at 04:30 means lazy Eddie. Hopefully I’ll get them done tomorrow night.
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Nice find. Can you post up some interior pics?
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Nice find. Can you post up some interior pics?
The interior is all there (every piece of trim, covers etc), but the dash pad is hammered and the seat cover is worn out. So it’s getting a new seat cover (it’s here) and I ordered a new dash pad from Cheyenne Truck Parts the day after I got it home. Hopefully, it’ll be here in the next week or 2.

EDIT!!! Awwwweeee He777777, looks like I coulda gotten with you about interior pieces!
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I got the shocks on, but decided to clean & paint the swaybar, so I’m done for tonight. I also got a shipping confirmation on my new dash pad and it’s supposed to be delivered tomorrow!!! I may have the truck presentable by the end of the weekend...hopefully!
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Re: 1987 R10...aka Belushi

I saw that truck in the "craigslist finds" thread and thought the same thing. WOW... killer deal and clean truck! Congrats!
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I saw that truck in the "craigslist finds" thread and thought the same thing. WOW... killer deal and clean truck! Congrats!
Thanks Frank!!! I feel the same way.

I got the front swaybar installed with the CPP swaybar perches and Energy Suspension bushings tonight.

But best of all... the dash pad from Cheyenne Truck Parts just showed up and itís a mighty fine piece
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Let me know how that dash pad fits... I have an aftermarket one and it doesnt fit for crap! It is way off and nothing lines up right. God I miss my 67... things were so much simpler in that truck than my squarebody!
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Let me know how that dash pad fits... I have an aftermarket one and it doesnt fit for crap! It is way off and nothing lines up right. God I miss my 67... things were so much simpler in that truck than my squarebody!
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Will do! I know how you feel about the 67... I have a 67 & a 68 and they are certainly ‘simpler’, but I started my truck life in an ‘87 R10, so I have a major affinity for this one.
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I love it when new parts arrive!! That dash pad looks mighty fine indeed
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