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Old 06-03-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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Hi Y'all, I am new to this forum and decided after reading numerous build threads the past few weeks that I should probaby start one myself. I currently have 3 project trucks: 1981 C10 Short Stepside (Bought when I was 14), 1970 C10 Long Bed (Bought from my grandpa-was my great grandpa's truck), and the most recent purchase: a 1962 Chevy C10 Short Step-Side (I bought for my dad-what he had in high school).

Anyway, I bought the '81 when i was 14 with 92K original miles (1 owner truck). I kick myself for never taking photos in high school of my build progress, but it started out silver with maroon body stripes and only one quarter size rust hole in the passenger side floor.

Since then, I have repaired the hole in the floor, installed 90% new interior (need a new dash and updated steering wheel), changed the wood bed to steel dimond plate, put 15X10 American Racing Wheels, billet grill, cowl hood, new windshield, new sliding back window, exhaust, back bumber, painted flat black, and engine tune ups and maintence.

The truck sat for 4 years while I went off to College/Work in California. I have been back in Texas that past year and now wanting to get more serious about getting the truck finished.

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Hoping the photos work....

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Old 06-03-2015, 05:10 PM   #2
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So the engine in the '81 is a bone stock 305 with 118K original miles on it currently. 2 months ago, I replaced the transmission cooler lines and 3 weeks ago bled the brakes (it was jerking hard to the right). Ever since I have been back and driving it, it just doesnt have the power it used to (aka: I cant do burnouts anymore like I was known for in high school).

So, I think the carb (2 barrel rochester) needs some attention. I bought a rebuild kit and going to attempt my first carb rebuild tonight. I will post try to post photos after. Not real sure how to properly post photos...

Wish me luck.
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:36 PM   #3
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:18 PM   #5
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Well, I started the carb rebuild (first try I remind you). No luck. I ended up break 3 of the 4 small screws within each of the barrals and tried drilling them out and re-tapping but then stripped the tap. I now have a greater appreciate for oters being able to rebuild them. All this said, I plan on upgrading my carb when I get back from my trips.

Should i upgrade to 4 barrel??? Thoughts now are to simply put a 2 barrel on since it is a 305. Or I may take mine to a shop to finish.

In other news, I sold my harley to fund some new parts for the 81. Want to get the body work going again, needs a new radiator and want to lower her!
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:01 AM   #6
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Well, the carb rebuild was a fail.

After tearing it apart, I broke 3 of the 4 butterfly screws...i guess I should have left those in. I tried drilling out the broken screws and trapping, but I just stripped the tap. aka that all = money down the drain.

So, I went to nationalcarbuerator.com and purchased a rebuilt 2 bbl for $138!!!! It came in the mail (free shipping) the next week. I go to install it last night to find out the base plate is missing the port in the back to hook up to my brakes.

Waiting to hear backfrom the company to send me a new one with the correct base plate.

This all teaches us patience.

I am hoping to work on the 1962 c10 this weekend while I wait. I will be starting the tear down of the body as well as rebuilding the heads (block is already finished). Wish me luck!
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Yeah, those butterfly screws are not meant to be removed. They smash the threads on them so they won't fall out and get sucked into your engine! But it sounds like you got a good deal on a replacement carb, so all is well.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:58 AM   #8
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Yeah, those butterfly screws are not meant to be removed. They smash the threads on them so they won't fall out and get sucked into your engine! But it sounds like you got a good deal on a replacement carb, so all is well.
Yeah I learned that the hard way. Wont make that mistake again.

Sweet ride by the way. I am excited to get some work done on my 1970 soon. I am debating whether to keep her a long bed or convert to short wide or short step (do go along with my other two short steps).

I will post some pics of the other two today!
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Well, I was rebuilding the heads on the 283 from my 1962 C10 and one of the heads fell on my foot. I had to have my toe nail removed, 2 stitches in my nail bed, 7 stitches to hold the fake nail and cut together. All in all, I learned I should wear shoes when working on the truck....

So, meet FrankenToe.
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Well this weekend was two great scores for the 1981. I purchased a used OEM front bumper with no dents or scratches for my 81 c10 for $125. Needs a nice polish and she will be good to go.

I also scored a lowering kit. I bought it off a guy who sold his truck before he put it on. So it is a 2.5/4 inch drop kit. Spindles, hangers and shackles. I think I will be replacing my front springs back with stock springs due to that fact that 1) the driver side sags and 2) i dnt want anymore than a 2.5 drop in the front.

I am curious to know thoughts on drop shocks. I need to replace mine all the way around and not sure if the 2.5/4 drop will have an affect. Thoughts?

Also, thoughts are replacing the whole control arm verses rebuilding?

Thanks y'all!
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Well, it has been a while since I have posted. I did manage to pick up a used front bumper for $125. Mine has a decent dent and crease from the previous owner. The one i picked up used had some over spray on it that i was able to wipe right off with some paint thinner and then she polished up nicely. I will get a photo of the new on on, but here are some with the old one and then without.

I also got the new carb on and headed to get my battery replaced today after work...Sad it is a new battery that went dead. I need to drive that beauty.

I am seeking advice on vent windows: rebuild or buy new? I have a set a bought back in high school that need to weather stripping but are in better shape than the ones on on the truck. I have seen a some guys rebuild with new weather stripping, but hit or miss on the results. And i know they can be pricey to outsource. Thoughts? Sugestions?
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Hey Y'all,

No real update in a while. The truck has been sitting. Hail storms are beginning in Texas and it is time to get her out of the pasture and under cover. I am going to adjust the carb this week and fix the new FS Steering Wheel I purchased. I am having trouble with the horn spring staying in. Any recommendations? Here is how she sits now:
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Also, see the "Recreating dad's 62 C10" in the 60-66 projects for the new thread started for the 62 next to the 81. I am excited about the progress on that truck as well!
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Not much progress. Been focusing on selling my 1970 c10 to fund my 1962 c10 project. I did get a new battery for the 81 and hoping to get the ac re-charged this week and steering wheel horn figured out. Installed a FS Steering wheel but cant keep the horn spring in. Keep flying out. Thoughts?

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Here is a pic of my FS Steering wheel installed. For the price and look, such a great deal!!
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Small update: got new center caps on the truck (pics soon), got the truck register and inspected again. Been nice driving her a bit. Tuesday on my way home from work, my power steering went. I need to find the leak this weekend.

I wanted to get opinions. One of the biggest mistakes I feel I made with this truck was painting over the original paint...it had an awesome patina. I am thinking of unearthing it to go with a patina look for awhile. Thoughts?

I am going to do a test on the rear fender this weekend.

Planning on using 100 grit sand paper. Any other tips?

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Looks like you keep yourself busy. As far as removing the paint...is it rattle can? If so, I have heard of guys getting most of it off with a power washer. I would worry that sanding would be a ton of work for one, and could disturb the patina that you are trying to uncover.
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I did a test run with 150 grit on the rear fender...ate right through. The black is rustoleum that my dad and I used a pray gun to put on. I may borrow a power washer and give that a try. Don't want to loose my silver layer. Thanks for the info!
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Small update, I had a horrible power steering leak that was coming from the pressure hose. It was shooting fluid to the underside of the hood and in turn causing fluid to cover the whole engine bay and even the top of the hood and passenger fender.

After spending over an hour trying to get the bolts loose on the lines....I gave up. I appreciate the help on fluids to use in the future to get the bolts loose. I ended up taking it to a shop yesterday. They told me it took over three hours to get it off...well worth the $100 bucks in my opinion.

Now I need to get it to the car wash to wash off the oil.

Also, they gave me a quote on painting my truck. Never had anything painted except the black my dad and I sprayed ourselves. Guy quoted me 3K. Is that good? Just be a single stage silver. Back to original.
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Now that the power steering is fixed, next on the to do is to get my air conditioning converted over and get my shocks, shackles, coil springs, and bushings ordered so I can finally install my lowering kit.

Any advice on installing the lowering kit welcomed...never put one on before.
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Never lowered one either but am trying to learn as well. If you don't mind post plenty of pics and suggestions
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Project Update: been awhile since i have been on here. Lot has happened. I got married. Sold all my 60's pickups. Bought a 59 swb (will post a thread later, it will be a complete build).

Anyway, i will try to post some photos soon. But...i replaced the steering column in the 81. Re-did vent window seals. drum roll....started the body work again.

My new place has a garage so while the wife naps, i have had lots of time to play with the truck. I will post photos this week. Good to be back on here!
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Congrats on the marriage. Be looking forward to seeing more of the ole step.
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Glad to hear you're still working on this rig. Sounds like maybe you're going to be doing new body work and paint. But if you were still thinking about stripping the flat black back to the original paint, I was going to recommend that you try mineral spirits on the black. And if that doesn't work then lacquer thinner might help you remove it. If you're going to sand it I would start with something much less aggressive. 1500 would be a good place to start but probably would be slow going. 1000 grit is sometimes is too aggressive and removes paint to quickly so you might find the right grit somewhere in between the two.
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Glad to hear you're still working on this rig. Sounds like maybe you're going to be doing new body work and paint. But if you were still thinking about stripping the flat black back to the original paint, I was going to recommend that you try mineral spirits on the black. And if that doesn't work then lacquer thinner might help you remove it. If you're going to sand it I would start with something much less aggressive. 1500 would be a good place to start but probably would be slow going. 1000 grit is sometimes is too aggressive and removes paint to quickly so you might find the right grit somewhere in between the two.
I started looking to go to the original paint, but i forgot how much of it was already gone. Plus, the previous owner bondo was cracking and i wanted to repair that. I am in the process if stripping down to the metal. What a process. I have almost complete both doors and the roof. Found two big dents and tons of hail on the roof...how well. I will repair it over the next year.
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