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Old 02-13-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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C10 Goldilocks

So I guess I'll make a build thread for my project I got going on. A little background on me, I come from "import" cars. I've had a few Volkswagens and most recently a Subaru. Very much not to the taste of the boards but I love all makes of cars. A few of them have had air ride and all of them were heavily modified.



Last spring I sold my subaru and all the parts off it to buy a new Silverado for a daily and fun a c10. A 68 C10 had always been my dream truck and I'm old enough to know what I need and to financially support it so I dove in. I bought this truck though a year ago from a guy out mid west, he purchased it a year prior from the original owner in Mississippi so it's in fairly decent shape. It's a 68 anniversary edition, a few original pieces missing like the radio and ivory bench but it was all unmolested. 250 inline 6 with a 3 on the tree. Here it is the day it rolled off the trailer.



It was running and driving but honestly, a mess. The balljoints were shot, the tierods were a disaster, the steering had 3 feet of play in it, tires were dry rotted, the motor wasn't grounded and the wiring was just a mess.

First thing I did was go through some safety stuff. 4.5/6 ECE drop, 5 lug swap, disk brakes up front, rebuilt the drums, redid some brake lines, added a power booster, new upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods, redid the wiring with a Painless ki and some new wheels and tires. I drove it like this for all of 2016. It was such a fun truck but very limiting. it couldn't drive on the highway, I was constantly going through fuel filters, the carb needed to be rebuilt/cleaned (needed a shot of starter fluid for cold starts), enough small things like that. Here are some photos from through out the year.










My girl and I.


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Old 02-13-2017, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: C10 Goldilocks

I always knew what my game plan was for this truck. So last September I ordered all my porterbuilt goodies and to accompany, an LQ4 with 100k on it backed by a remanned 4L80e and a custom harness. This was my invision.



I bought a bunch of other stuff along with the suspension and motor like wheels, tires, a Boyd fuel tank, PB firewall fillers and gas assisted hood struts XS Power headers, but I won't bore you guys with photos of just random parts. The last couple weeks I've been working stripping the truck down and getting it all ready.



And this last photo is from yesterday. I have the front assembled minus a few things. I still need to mount the upper shock mounts and notch for the steering but so far so good.




I'll update more in-depth as I go along, I just wanted to get it all up to speed.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: C10 Goldilocks

great looking truck to start with.
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:07 PM   #4
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great looking truck to start with.
Overall it's pretty solid. The cab corners need some touching up and the corners of the floor where they meet need repair. The firewall is the worst part, it needs to be cut out and replaced 100%. Will get to that this winter/spring as well.

The bed, front end and frame are absolutely great though.
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:29 PM   #5
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Love where you're headed with it. Super cool truck!
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:40 PM   #6
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Awesome start. Should run good with lq4
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:04 PM   #7
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That's a nice list of parts..it will be cool to follow along
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:13 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, I'm hoping to have it driveable by May sometime. It won't be complete or 100% but my goal is to have it a driving project, not something that collects dust for 6 years and finally sees light.

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That's a nice list of parts..it will be cool to follow along
Thanks! The truck actually came from near you somewhat. Jonesboro, IL.
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Good find!! usually everything from these parts is rusted to the ground
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:14 PM   #10
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*****in truck!! Love that color
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:32 PM   #11
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Awesome! ! Truck and great direction
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:28 PM   #12
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Nice truck!
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:42 PM   #13
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awesome start!!!!
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Re: C10 Goldilocks

Since you are new to the world 'O Chevy pickups.
I assume you know your pickup is gold because the color is the Golden Anniversary color..Nothing special other than that. I think it's just a color that Chevrolet added that year because of the anniversary. (Anyone else have a better explanation???)

I've read here that the gold pickups that year came with whatever options just like any other pickup
I'm amazed that your paint is in such good condition. If you paint it, I hope you retain that color.
There's a thread here a guy is completely making over a 69, with a 68 front clip, painted it gold to imitate the anniversary special. He used a slight different gold color, but it looks awesome. There's been no responses on that thread for a while, I hope all is well with those folks!

I bought my 68 Golden in 1980, the paint on it THEN, was nowhere as nice as yours is now.
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Since you are new to the world 'O Chevy pickups.
I assume you know your pickup is gold because the color is the Golden Anniversary color..Nothing special other than that. I think it's just a color that Chevrolet added that year because of the anniversary. (Anyone else have a better explanation???)

I've read here that the gold pickups that year came with whatever options just like any other pickup
I'm amazed that your paint is in such good condition. If you paint it, I hope you retain that color.
There's a thread here a guy is completely making over a 69, with a 68 front clip, painted it gold to imitate the anniversary special. He used a slight different gold color, but it looks awesome. There's been no responses on that thread for a while, I hope all is well with those folks!

I bought my 68 Golden in 1980, the paint on it THEN, was nowhere as nice as yours is now.
Have fun!
Thanks for the kind words everyone! Yeah I found out very quickly that it's the anniversary edition. Not the rarest thing in the world, but certainly cool. I like that I'm not ruining a 1 of 100 truck or anything close to that numbers, just something I can appreciate a bit more. There's actually a guy around me that has one bone stock, I've seen it parked at the Napa a few times. There's a few kids on Instagram (where I predominantly post updates @fourdoorphill) that I've seen with some Anniversaries too, one of which was painted over flat beige. I certinaly won't be painting it anytime soon, mostly for cost reasons but if I do I'm not sure I'll keep the original color. We shall see, my mind changes each day so never say never.

I found a little diecast "hot wheels" anniversary c10 that I hung by my computer. I wish I knew more about the 50th anniversary but it seems there isn't a big trail for what it is and why.

While I'm posting I'll add another photo or two I suppose.

A week or so ago when I had the frame on a little dolly I whipped together for a couple bucks.









Excuse the few missing bolts, I'm missing a bag from Porterbuilt and need to contact them for it. Also I didn't have a reamer to drill out the holes ontop of the frame so those aren't in yet. Getting to the garage Saturday night to chip away more.

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sweet build! nice truck to start with.
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sweet build! nice truck to start with.
Thanks man, really love yours as well. One of the better faux-tinas out there for sure!
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Dig the truck and story. I'm in for the ride.
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Nice start! I'm in for the ride.
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Got some more work done on Saturday night fitting the notches in the rear. Boy these things were a PITA to get in. A lot of grinding, cutting, hammering, drilling and fitting to get them in correct. I'd rather have them fit extra snug than extra loose though, this is a structure part so I really appreciate Porterbuilt making the fitment threshold to finite. I haven't cut the excess out yet because both batteries died drilling out the holes and I want to have all the bolts in before I make my first cut.

Motor comes in today or tomorrow, need to call the delivery company to figure that out. Won't be doing much if anything to the motor before I put it in because I want to ensure it's running correctly before I start throwing a bunch of speed parts at it. I will be changing out the oil pan and pickup tube though to allow it to lay out. More on that later.


Those of you without lifts, how are you moving the cab around? Even without the doors on this thing is effin HEAVY! I tried putting two 1" steel tubes though the door ways and have four guys, one on each corner, grab their end of the pole and lift it but it was far to sketchy to walk anywehere I saw one guy put a 4x4 on an engine hoist to make a "cab hoist". Anyone try that before? No cracking of the wood?









Front end didn't get the final touches I want to do to it due to how much time fitting the notches took but there's always another day. More later this week.
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I pull my cab on and off by myself with a hoist. Not the safest but if you take your time and are cautious it's not bad. I built mine out of 2x8s bridging the cab with stops on both ends so the cab can't slide off. Basically built like floor joists in a house but with a pivet bolt running through the cherry picker. I wouldn't trust just a 4x4.
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I pull my cab on and off by myself with a hoist. Not the safest but if you take your time and are cautious it's not bad. I built mine out of 2x8s bridging the cab with stops on both ends so the cab can't slide off. Basically built like floor joists in a house but with a pivet bolt running through the cherry picker. I wouldn't trust just a 4x4.
You have any pictures? I wouldn't mind building something like this.
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http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/cham...3-p-11546.aspx

I know of few guys who have used this and were happy with it. I have a lift but I just ordered one of these as well. It will also work on the bed.
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http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/cham...3-p-11546.aspx

I know of few guys who have used this and were happy with it. I have a lift but I just ordered one of these as well. It will also work on the bed.
Perfect! Thanks a ton, I'll be ordering this very soon.

I also had a question for you actually... I loved your bushing idea on the gas tank. I know you said you used Energy bushings, do you have a part number for them or a link?
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Here ya go sir.

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