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Old 09-25-2018, 08:20 PM   #126
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1979 Chevrolet C70 Conversion to OEM Air Conditioning

Jon Wickham & Associates is making good progress on getting the bed installed.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:42 AM   #127
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Excellent! How long is that deck?
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:20 PM   #128
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It is a 21 foot bed. In the pictures it is moved back about 3 or 4 feet from the cab. It will roll forward to within 4 inches of the cab.
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Old 09-29-2018, 06:25 AM   #129
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More pictures of progress by Jon Wickham and Associates installing the rollback wrecker bed. The first pictures shows them installing the wiring (had to add additional wires in the traveling loom for work lights. The second picture shows the bed rolled all the way forward for the first time.
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:36 AM   #130
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Another picture of the progress:
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:31 PM   #131
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That sir is a cool truck! You should get many a thumb's up with this rig!
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:37 PM   #132
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Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:13 PM   #133
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Here is a picture of the donor truck the rollback bed was harvested from. Picture by Jon Wickham & Associates.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:59 PM   #134
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More progress by Jon Wickham & Associates on finishing up the bed installation. The Jerr-Dan had damage on the loading end structure. In these pictures they have straightened up and welded the cracks in the bed support ribs. I believe the next step is to replace tail skid (not sure what you call it). Stay tuned it is getting close.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:05 AM   #135
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Ok, for all you folks that have been asking for a video of the 4-53T screaming down the road, here it is. I was in Dallas yesterday and needed to pickup a tow bar from a supplier. The bed installation is not done, however it was far enough along I could use it to fetch the parts. This video (brief) was taken on our drive back to Jon Wickham & Associates. I don't have very good internet so I made the video very short.

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Old 11-06-2018, 12:01 PM   #136
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Sounds real good, but I never knew Dallas had that much traffic!!

(Most of our Hi-ways around here are 2-Lanes).
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:46 PM   #137
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That video is the last straw.

I f&@*ing love your truck. Jealous as all heck.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:44 AM   #138
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That video is the last straw.

I f&@*ing love your truck. Jealous as all heck.
Thanks!

I was in California a couple of years ago and a salvage yard North of Modesto had one of these for sale. It was red with tilt hood. They were asking 5k for it and claimed it had a fresh motor. As I recall it was a 5 sp tran and 2 sp rear. It was a cab and chassis only and was parked behind their building. It was a self service U-Pull type junk yard, they also did vehicle maintenance and repair.

I would have bought it but it was too far away for me.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:12 PM   #139
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The truck looks and sounds great! Keep them RPM's up though, those 53's were made to scream and will run better and longer that way.
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:15 PM   #140
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Jon Wickham & Associates got more work done on the rollback bed installation. The rear underside of the bed had some damage which they agreed to repair.
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:32 PM   #141
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Incredible work they are doing restoring it to original condition. I doubt Jerr-Dan welds would have looked that nice!
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:02 AM   #142
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Eugene is preparing the toolboxes for installation. We have a 48" going on the driver side and a 72" on the passenger side.
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Old 11-17-2018, 01:09 AM   #143
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More progress, the bed lock has been installed.
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