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Old 05-31-2020, 03:21 PM   #26
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I've been puttering away at this one day a week, and have been making slow progress. Upon discovering that its 327 was seized, The 1967 GMC Custom pictured below has donated the following to the 1968 Chevrolet:
  • Taillights
  • West Coast Junior Mirror frames/brackets
  • Cabin light cover
  • Five gauge dash
  • Brake and gas pedals
  • AM radio
  • All the deluxe dash knobs I need
  • Emergency hand brake assembly and cable
  • Dash vents
  • Rubber door and hood stoppers
  • Numerous original screws and bolts which only someone could on this site could see value in, I know, but now the 68 has no rusty "Robertson" screws in the headlight bezels, etc.

And all four original wheels: I managed to put together four other wheels out of my junk collection to keep it rolling. Three 1990 14" Mazda truck rims from a B2200 I owned 20 years ago, as well as one trailer tire I found in the ditch.

At that point, I stopped stripping it because a guy had showed up about five times to look at it, and he seemed very interested in buying it: he wanted one of "these old trucks" to restore as a hobby. He had seen it parked outside.

I ended up selling it to him for $1000 as it sat. I had all parts I needed from it already, I made a small profit on the sale, and I know that this guy is going to build it into a driver. Had he not come by to buy it I would have eventually started pulling fenders off of it and made it unbuildable.

I realized shortly after I sold the non-running GMC that this is the first time in my life that all of my vehicles have been running at the same time.
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:31 PM   #27
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One of the parts I managed to pull off of the GMC was a pair of really, really poor condition West Coast Junior Mirrors. The mirrors themselves were crappy plastic replacements from the 70's which I threw away, but the armature was original to the truck. They were quite rusty, but cleaned up quite nicely.

Since the C20 had the exact same hole pattern in the doors I knew these were the same style that came with the truck, so I was pretty happy to put the time into rehabbing these arms and brackets rather than buying new. I did buy some new mirrors which matched up well. I've always really liked WC mirrors, I favor them over the more sporty style.

What I forgot was how hard it is to adjust these things, it easily took me 2 hours before I was happy. Just don't slam the door too hard or you have to do it all over again.
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Old 05-31-2020, 09:37 PM   #28
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Installed a manifold gasket on the 292 today. Of course one bolt was stubborn and had to be torched off.

When I went to reinstall the temperature controls (also swiped from the GMC) I was pleased to find out that my heater and fan seem to work, although the fan probably couldn't blow out a candle. I wonder if there is something a little more powerful in the aftermarket, I would like to be able to drive this on a cold day, and maybe even in the winter.

I gave all the cables a tug to make sure that I wouldn't break my new controls, and found that the one to the heater box wasn't moving. After taking some bolts off and getting a screwdriver in there I discovered yet another mouse nest was the problem. Currently trying to figure out how to remove everything without taking of the passenger side inner fender.
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Old 06-01-2020, 07:35 AM   #29
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Were the drums machine-able???
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:35 PM   #30
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Were the drums machine-able???
The rears were pretty far gone, very deep grooves etx. It was a metal on metal situation for quite some time obviously. I suppose they could have been turned but I decided to go for new.

Front ones were worn but fine.
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Long time without an update: the prop shaft parking brake issue really has me stymied and annoyed. Truck is ready to drive, but I just won't take it on the road without an e brake.

But, there's been a little progress here and there. With the help of a thread on the board here I manage to wire in my 5 gauge, along with the ammeter, which was challenging but rewarding.

When cleaning up under the seat and removing all the old tarpaper I found the original keys, next time I will check there first before replacing cylinders.

Also found some rather worn old 1968 hubcaps, they were the nicest ones I could afford for this project, and truth be told I still paid more than I did for the truck, lol. That was when I noticed that the E350 wheels I have on the truck are the later, "nubless" kind. Oh well, I will figure something out.
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Old 04-30-2021, 11:22 PM   #32
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I've been making some progress, sort of, on the Propeller Driveshaft Brake. I think I might have a working park brake eventually. It has been very interesting to research this and figure it out.

Story of that search is here: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=795405

Thought I would post my build sheet from GM: as many probably know an advantage - possibly the only one - of having a Canadian built truck is access to this stuff. Upon googling the dealership I was surprised to see that they are still in business, and even more surprised that they haven't changed their-not-at-all catchy name.

https://www.gslgmcity.com/

That's two Calgary trucks I have now. For those unfamiliar with "Mandatory Canadian Equipment": it's only a block heater... as far as I can tell.

One of the things I have been looking for is a blue fleetside woodbed, the black donor bed I have on it right now makes it look like a truck, but sort of the way that Frankenstein ('s monster) looks like a man. I have almost bought one or two now, but they got away from me.
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Old 05-01-2021, 10:12 AM   #33
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From here, it sure looks like you could get the paint matched from the cab and fenders, and use it on the bed. Single stage, matte. Let it weather a little bit and just have yourself a rough and ready 3/4 ton.

In planning to start a build thread myself, I got to thinking that the name of the build thread doesn't have to actually be the name for the truck. But it might be my idea of the direction the build will head. And along the way, a name for the truck might bubble to the surface. I think you could call yours Jerry Springer, for one idea, since the suspension is unusual.
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From here, it sure looks like you could get the paint matched from the cab and fenders, and use it on the bed. Single stage, matte. Let it weather a little bit and just have yourself a rough and ready 3/4 ton.

In planning to start a build thread myself, I got to thinking that the name of the build thread doesn't have to actually be the name for the truck. But it might be my idea of the direction the build will head. And along the way, a name for the truck might bubble to the surface. I think you could call yours Jerry Springer, for one idea, since the suspension is unusual.
Haha, that is a pretty good name. I think the matte blue paint is a good idea, I will likely try something like that.
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Old 07-10-2021, 01:24 AM   #35
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I also have a 1968 C20, but mine is an anniversary 50th custom camper. Originally came with a 327 and 4 speed transmission. 327 is long gone and a 1972 350 resides in the engine compartment.

I clinked on your link of your build thread from your posting about restoring your hubcaps.
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I also have a 1968 C20, but mine is an anniversary 50th custom camper. Originally came with a 327 and 4 speed transmission. 327 is long gone and a 1972 350 resides in the engine compartment.

I clinked on your link of your build thread from your posting about restoring your hubcaps.
Great! I love the 50th anniversary trucks, though I have never seen one in person. I wonder how popular they were, it's kind of a cool thing for GM to do for truck owners in 1968.
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