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Old 10-27-2011, 07:00 PM   #126
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Re: 1969 C10 SWB Stepside - Big Block project

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Just checking in -- I am still working on it. We have been working on the fenders and hood to get things laser straight for paint in the spring. I hate waiting !!

My block is supposed to be ready Wed / Thurs of this week. When we broke the engine all the way down we found a little 'egg shaping' in the bottoms of some of the cyl walls. We decided to bore it and clean things up. I originally thought it was .0030+ but when we broke it down it was STD bore 396. We took it to .0060 to make it a 408ci. (I think)

New everything through the entire bottom end. Clevite 77 bearings, crank turned .0020 on the mains and rods. New Keith Black pistons, cam bearings, rings, all gaskets of course. The heads had been gone through shortly after I bought the motor (dad and I just took it down to the heads, leaving the shortblock intact)

Once I get it back I'm going to re-paint and bolt things all back together. One good thing I know I have most of the parts and they're all cleaned up. It should go back together fairly quickly.

My wheels are supposed to ship 10/31. I have my tires ready to go, when they come in I'll post up some pics.
Did you post the head casting #??? just curious, would like to see a pic of the chamber side of the head, if possibel (for my future 396 build)
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THose pistons, forged???
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:38 AM   #127
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We need more pix !!!!!!
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:37 AM   #128
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:35 PM   #129
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Yes Yes more pics please, can't wait to see those wheels
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:56 PM   #130
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Re: 1969 C10 SWB Stepside - Big Block project

Yeah - the anticipation is killing me too. What's worse is Keith (n2billet) will see them before I do! There's too many trucks in his shop .. I just hope they make it out of there at some point.

Dad and I have worked quite a bit on my fenders and hood. I have searched the US over to find good GM metal .. so I'm hoping it comes out ok. The fenders seem really solid and we've managed to work 99.9% of the flaws out. The goal being zero bondo / filler anywhere in it. I feel like it will need small spots of glaze but nothing significant anywhere to speak of. I used the 'marker' technique on most of it. Came out really, really neat man. It's an easy way to block bare metal fenders without getting any sort of build on them. The marker just serves as a guide coat giving you dark spots and metal .. just like you're blocking primer. I want to bring the metal up completely flat then glaze if needed, Epoxy, PPG K38 for the first build pass to reduce shrinkage, K36 for the 320/400/500 stages and by that time it should be pretty slick.

Hugger Orange is still haunting me guys .. We'll see. Next would be Blue, Red, Black, White or Silver. I'm so confused. It's slick enough to go black but my bodwork skills are probably not up to it. I hear it's bad to try black on your first ever paint job.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:46 PM   #131
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You sound like me, I have changed my mind on paint colors so many times that everybody around me just laughs now when I bring it up. I have wrestled between Hugger orange, Omaha orange, blue, green, white, black, satin black etc. I have finally decided to paint it my favorite color which is Red. I figured if I am putting all this time and money into this frame off resto I might as was paint it my favorite color. Probably going to go with Viper Red, I want it to be bright.

No matter what color you go with your truck will look amazing.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:53 PM   #132
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the whole paint discussion thing makes me SICK !!!......i am almost ready to start paint and dont know what color i am going to do either !!
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:12 PM   #133
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the whole paint discussion thing makes me SICK !!!......i am almost ready to start paint and dont know what color i am going to do either !!
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I am stuck between sapphire blue with a black interior, black with a red interior or medium gray metallic with a red interior. Most likely my stepside will end up sapphire blue with black since I have the paint materials and most of the interior parts to do it already.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:19 PM   #134
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Re: 1969 C10 SWB Stepside - Big Block project

Dad picked up my block yesterday from the machine shop. It looks great. We have new Keith Black pistons for it and I am working on a new set of Eagle I-Beam rods. We mag'ed the rods and found some had hairline cracks .. so New bushed rods are going in it. It's coming back together!

I also talked to Keith today and I should have my wheels by Friday. I'll post up some pictures when they get here.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:31 PM   #135
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Cool, Looking forward to some more pictures of the engine and wheels!!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:36 AM   #136
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I can't wait to see some pics too
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:20 PM   #137
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Very cool truck!

Bummer about fresh BB, been there. Built a restoration motor for my 66 Corvette, cam went flat. Built it again and spun a rod bearing. Third time I let the machine shop build it and the new owner still loves it.

Looking forward to more. I really like the custom center caps, might need a set to go with my rallies.
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Hellllooo .. beautiful! Woohoo! (I'll post more asap)
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WOW...those are great !
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Couple more in a different light. I'm not sure if these are the front or back.. I'm hoping the front ! I'm going to dad's later to check them out. He just sent me these pictures.

20x8.5 (all 4) - 5.5 BS on the front, 4.75 BS on the rear.
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Purety Nice!!!
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wow!!!! very nice , slap em on truck without tires just to see , we cant wait
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Niiiiice
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Wow very nice, I'm jealous
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #145
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Sooooo nice!
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:40 PM   #146
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SUPER nice build...I love the old stepsides!
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:12 PM   #147
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Gotta love that freshly wrapped smell/look of a BS wheel.

Nice addition!
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:58 PM   #148
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Very nice!
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:40 PM   #149
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Those wheels look great..
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Great looking wheels. Get them mounted up so we can see them on the truck.
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