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Old 03-07-2016, 10:30 PM   #1
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My $300 find 1978 Silverado

Couldn't pass it up for the price, it has what looks to be its original engine and tranny but, the PO is keeping that, 402 big block and turbo 400, it's a 1978 Silverado. Want to start by pulling the dog house, wiche I've never done before and rebuilding the suspension and steering, I have a 5.3/4l60e I can use to get her back on the road. Unsure if to do the hydraulic booster upgrade.
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Old 03-07-2016, 10:39 PM   #2
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

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Old 03-07-2016, 10:48 PM   #3
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Nice! Where did you find that at? I think I would rather go with the 5.3 that you have planned anyway. Is it a short bed truck? What wheels are on it? I see you're in southern CA, what city are you in?
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Old 03-07-2016, 10:52 PM   #4
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Are you serious lol, your in Hemet??? I live in Perris, bought the truck in Homeland.
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Old 03-07-2016, 10:56 PM   #5
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It's a short bed, the wheels look to be 15x8.5 older aluminum Boyds. I don't know why the pics are uploading sideways.
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Old 03-07-2016, 10:59 PM   #6
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:09 PM   #7
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

lets see it right side up, LOL, you are giving me Vertigo, there that's better, cool truck
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:23 AM   #8
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Nice score!!
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:54 AM   #9
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Thank you fellas.
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:56 AM   #10
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

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Old 03-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #11
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

That isn't the original engine. 402's never came in a 73-87, and if it were a factory 454, it would have been blue in '78

Nice truck and deal however...good luck on the project.
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:24 PM   #12
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

Great score! Hard to beat at that price.
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:19 PM   #13
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

Unless you're somewhere that doesn't require smog I'd strongly recommend looking into what's needed before buying parts for your swap.
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Old 03-30-2017, 08:53 PM   #14
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

Finally got around to pulling the clip, PO doesn't want the drive train after all but, I'm still going to proceed with a 5.3/4L60E. The DMV fees were outrageous $800, back fees since 2009. The lady behind the counter helped me out tremendously, she dropped it down to $212. The truck is registered as a 1973 so I don't have to worry about any California smog laws.
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Old 03-31-2017, 02:47 PM   #15
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

good deal, hard to find anything cheap anymore. i found my 86 for $300 like 7 years ago but it was just the body and frame
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:08 PM   #16
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

Cag - 5.3/4l60e?
Are you talking about the 5.7 lt1 w 4l60e from a cad, imp, roadmaster, camaro, etc....

If so, thst is NOT a straight foward plug and play !!!!

I personnally would stick w a 1st gen sbc to keep it cheap and easy. (Unless you gonna drop 10-20k into it, i wouldn't go trying to "drop" an LT1 or LSx into it.)
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:57 PM   #17
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Re: My $300 find 1978 Silverado

Cool truck! One vote here for keeping the big block. That would be a ball to drive. Only drawback is if it has to be your DD. Other than that big block FTW.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:11 PM   #18
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I understand the reason behind wanting the modern engine, but big blocks are cool!
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Old 03-31-2017, 08:55 PM   #19
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Are you serious lol, your in Hemet??? I live in Perris, bought the truck in Homeland.
I am in Hemet! I drive through Perris on my way to work everyday lol. I've got a white 91 Silverado that's lowered, but always love to see the square body trucks. Maybe I'll see you around sometime.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:20 AM   #20
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My daughter is going to be driving the truck to high school, it's going to be her daily driver that's the reason for the LS. I found a 4L60E core for $20 on OfferUP and had my buddy go through it and do a rebuild on it.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:07 PM   #21
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Cool start
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:43 AM   #22
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My Buddy Clif still working on transmissions at 85
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:08 AM   #23
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What an awesome score man! Keep the pics coming!
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My Buddy Clif still working on transmissions at 85
Any of those old timers I have been around are amazing to watch work. They can assemble a tranny with their eyes closed.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:26 PM   #25
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I am in Hemet! I drive through Perris on my way to work everyday lol. I've got a white 91 Silverado that's lowered, but always love to see the square body trucks. Maybe I'll see you around sometime.
We must pass each other on HWY 74, I drive from Perris to Hemet every morning.
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