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Old 01-26-2018, 01:01 PM   #1
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71 Cheyenne Rooftop Build

Hello, new to the forum and Chevy trucks. I have put in a lot of wrench time over the years on various other vehicles. I purchased a 71 Cheyenne for a resto-mod project in fairly decent shape compared to others I could find locally. I live in a downtown apartment building so I am doing all of the work on the roof of my parking garage which is challenging at times as I have no power. The known issues are: rough idle, severe drip rail rust, door rust, leaking gas tank, and nearly every electronic accessory is not working. Since acquiring this behemoth I have stripped out the interior/dash, put in a new Grant steering wheel, snapped all my j-bolts, and installed aftermarket gauges. My next tasks are fixing all of the wiring issues, replacing the heater core/blower motor, and relocating the gas tank so I don’t have to work on the vehicle high as a kite. My goals are new stock’ish interior, paint/bodywork, static lower a bit, big wheels/tires, and down the road a LS motor and manual trans swap.

Once I can figure out how to shrink pictures down I will upload some. It is red/white for now but I will be doing a color change to (more than likely) black.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: 71 Cheyenne Rooftop Build

Also, has anyone ran a 92-93 S10 fuel sender in a 87-90 Wrangler tank? I am wondering if the "lock ring" fits without modification (welding). I think the full size Blazer fuel senders requiring cutting and welding to not hit the bottom of the tank if my research is correct.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:57 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. I used to do parking lot/deck repairs on my other project when i was in college at ASU. You definitely have to get creative with it sometimes! Looking forward to seeing some pics of the project.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:20 AM   #4
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Here are some photos, I have the interior stripped out with just the seat bottom sitting in the truck. I removed the heater boxes and I am replacing the blower motor and heater core. I am taking my time cleaning and painting everything before reassembly.
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:04 PM   #5
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I have the heater boxes nearing completion. I replaced all the hardware, gaskets, cables, blower motor, heater core, and heater hoses. I need to paint the fire wall on both side and then I will reinstall. Removing the heater boxes wasn't as bad as I had thought it may be. Thus far, replacing the side windows and regulators has been the biggest pain.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:17 PM   #6
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I have not been able to work outside much although I did mock up my Wrangler fuel tank brackets and filler assembly. I am working on reupholstering the seat. I picked up the carpet trick to keep the old foam from sinking through the frame from an old magazine.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:16 PM   #7
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Lookin forward to watching your progress! Looks like you have a pretty clean truck there. I personally like the 2 tone red and white on this year truck. On my newer GMC daily driver yes, black all the way. Welcome aboard and thanks for the pics! My truck is completely apart as I am doing an air ride / LS swap / long bed to short conversion and a repaint all at the same time. Im thinking about starting a thread also as I feel it might help keep me motivated and inspired, we will see...
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #8
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Nice, that is a big project. I have considered converting to short bed as well. I will start a thread for the fuel system soon as I built it for the LS. I have it mocked up at this point. It is carb right now but will work with EFI by dropping in a EP381 in the baffled Wrangler tank.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:41 PM   #9
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Got some underhood paintwork done so I can reinstall my heater boxes. I also have the underside of the bed undercoated and my Wrangler tank bracketry mocked up. Here is my filler holder (ammo can). I don't have access to power so I had to work around that but I think it will look decent once the bed liner is put in. Here is the tank ready to drop in as well.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:58 PM   #10
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Very nice clean work, your getting more done out in the open than I get done inside....Looking forward to how you mount your filler, in bed? Seat looks awesome as well BTW.
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:24 AM   #11
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Thanks, I am attempting to do as much of restoration as possible without removing the cab or motor/trans (yet).
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