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Old 01-02-2020, 05:55 PM   #1
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Cannibalizer project diary

For the past 14 years I've had a Blazer "The Bucket". I still love it & we have countless hours worth of work in it! There is nothing that can compare to exploring backroads, topless on a beautiful summer day. It performs flawlessly in the mud & has never let me down... So what the hell am I doing?!
Well like most of you reading this, I have a problem I get to thinking about a truck project and next thing I know we're dragging something else home that we really don't need
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:53 PM   #2
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:01 PM   #3
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So here's the plan...
This is a '72 C20 truck that has very little rust & a good title, but is pretty much just a hull. But all the drivetrain in the Bucket is in near perfect condition with less than 5k miles on it. Pretty much everything will be transferred over to the truck, making it a K20. There is no way I can afford an already built K20 like I want, so will go this route to build one. I want it to ultimately perform & be dependable and tough like my Blazer, but have the inside super nice & comfy. I have visions of green/white 2 tone paint; the outside nice, but not so nice I'm scared to blast down the gravel roads in it & use as a real 4wd occasionally. It will take a good bit of time in work, but can hopefully do without spending a whole lot of $.

And here we go...
We've tried to take advantage of the vacation time here around Christmas to get a start on it all. First step was to get it cleaned out & see what was needed & missing that I didn't already have on the Blazer. My husband, the FabMaster started fixing a few rust areas that do exist (there is always more than you think, but not near as bad as others I've seen) & patching the cutout doors from previous (and also missing) auxiliary tanks. I got the bed disassembled, so can get a plan for reassembling it.
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 01-03-2020, 06:19 PM   #4
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That bedside looks nice!!!

Best wishes of getting it done!!!
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:37 AM   #5
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Still working on rust repairs. Outer rockers have been a real PITA to get to fit correctly.
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 02-11-2020, 04:45 PM   #6
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Much closer on the metal work. Finished new replacement panels in cab corners, parts of inner & both outer rockers, bottom of both doors. It seems like the rain will never stop here; maybe we should be building an ark! But the few sunny days we have taken advantage of with blasting & epoxy primer inner areas of cab & the repaired metal backsides.
Discovered the Black Diamond coal for blasting, instead of the playground sand, and it works so much better - fewer health hazards, less heat/warpage potential to panels & no pre-sifting needed.
(sorry for sideways cab pic; I can't get it to show straight even after rotating)
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
'86 M1031 CUCV http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=553619
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:45 AM   #7
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Hey cool Lady.
Earlier or later everybody met his C20😂👍
Remember well the garage of the Fabmaster

Go Lesli go
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Old 03-02-2020, 04:24 PM   #8
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Hey cool Lady.
Earlier or later everybody met his C20����
Remember well the garage of the Fabmaster

Go Lesli go
Hello my German friend!!! Was wondering if you were stranded on one of those Coronavirus cruise lines ... hope all is well with you & the family!
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 03-02-2020, 04:28 PM   #9
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Things were getting real by the end of the day Saturday ... it's no turning back now
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 03-23-2020, 05:49 PM   #10
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After lots of measuring & lining up center marks with a laser, the front end is now married onto the truck frame. Set the motor & trans/xfer back in so could build a new xfer mount (didn't like previous mount on Blazer). Have also gotten the rearend/suspension out from under Blazer. Only thing left to get off it is the hydro boost & a few switches and wiring.
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 04-20-2020, 10:09 PM   #11
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Lots of "working from home" happening here the last several weeks with all the shelter-in-place orders because of coronavirus, so trying to take advantage of it. Rear spring hangers fabbed & all that mounted. Frame blasted & epoxy primed. Fuel tank mounted & about to run all the hard lines for that.
Dug out & cleaned up the slots so could get a good look view of it all with the sun shining today!
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 07-27-2020, 11:27 AM   #12
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Doesn't take long for a shop to become too small. So did some reorganizing under the shed outside for all body parts to be together now & make more working/walking around room inside the shop.
New crate 383 from ATK Performance finally arrived. Very happy with #s on the dyno sheet: 474 HP & 505 Torq
Still had brand new torque converter bought several years ago from PTC (specifically built for this type motor) so swapped the stock type converter for it to go with 400 transmission out of the Bucket.
Now motor, trans & xfer all back in the chassis this weekend.
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
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'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
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Old 07-27-2020, 02:29 PM   #13
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Old 07-28-2020, 07:52 PM   #14
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:53 AM   #15
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Got most of the exhaust finished this weekend.
Keeping the 2.5" manifolds I ran on the Blazer. Have had several vehicles with headers, but these manifolds are so easy to change plugs & such with. A box full of bends & straights from Summit was the ticket. Will finish the tailpipes after get the bed set back on frame, so can get them placed so exiting just right.
Did alot of mods on the swing bearing cross member. Plan on running a 1 piece driveshaft so needed so clearance, but wanted to keep there for frame strength. The pass-through for exhaust is my favorite part.
(What is up with pics turning sideways when posted???)
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'55 Chevy straight axle gasser https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173938
'01 2500 Suburban...party wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
Built & sold cause can't keep 'em all:
'69 Pro Street Chevelle http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332541
'86 M1031 CUCV http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=553619
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