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Old 11-07-2017, 11:02 PM   #1
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Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

As before I have posted about my plane white chevy while I enjoy stock it's not for me. Plus it's white I don't know how white should qualify as a color on a vehicle.

Anyways it's a 350/th350 1 1/2 level front , extra springs, 10 bolt front, 14 bolt rear. 4:10 gears. And has 86 sheet metal actually 77 though.

I have a few ideas for the truck:

Option#1 leave about same stance and build drivetrain for brutal hp

Option#2 12,14, 16" lift (no body lifts) and 44" tires. Blown motor, etc , custom paint, maybe airbrushing

Option#3 build my own super sport: no chrome, updated interior electronics etc
And get 6.0 out of newer truck
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:54 AM   #2
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

That's not a plain jane. It has 4 headlights, body moldings, and chrome mirrors. My plain janes have painted mirrors or sport mirrors (because they were cheaper), painted bumpers, and no body molding, no gauges, etc.

I would drive that as is. If I was to mod it it would be a single headlight set up and painted mirrors.
I vote option 1. FOr the other ones I would recommend building it seperate. Once you look at those level of changes you may as well build a monster truck and then just buy some cab panels to hang on it. Kind of like an old time funny car, just a dragster chasssin witha sheet metal drape over it.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:42 AM   #3
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

If it was me, I would leave it mainly as is and renew it to its former glory. That truck would be sweet just being stock. It is not a Plain Jane by any means!! But to get the most feedback from other members, you need to post more pics, so we can see everything you do have and offer up suggestion from what we can see.

So just seeing the exterior:

Of course you can put nicer wheels to dress that up a bit, or even go with the stock rallies.

The dual headlight & grille, keep it. Rebuild the grille and get new headlight buckets in chrome. Those grilles are getting pretty scarce, consider yourself lucky that you still have one on your truck. You can take it completely apart, clean it and repaint it. Clean your chrome pieces and retape them or leave them with no paint. But if you do decide to get rid of the grille, hit me up. I'll rebuild it for you
or just purchase it from you.

Interior, although we haven't seen pics of the interior. I would restore it stock also. You can clean or get new stuff and even give everything a fresh coat of paint to freshen it up.

Check out my build thread and others to get ideas. I just know when I did mine, my major concern was changing the interior color, but I wanted to keep it very close to the stock look.

Check out these white Chevy's!!
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:12 PM   #4
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

I like it as is...nothing wrong with white...maybe a lift and some mud tires....I also like big mud tires on stock rims with the hubcaps....I wouldn't go to crazy with lift....

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Old 11-08-2017, 01:37 PM   #5
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

All of those drastically different options. I can only say that the decision has to be yours. Obviously this truck is a toy as option 1 and 3 would pretty much rule out daily driving. I like my stuff to be different than what everyone else has. If all of the trucks in your area are on 44's just to look pretty going to the mall, I would choose a different path. All of my vehicles are built for a specific purpose. My Jeep, it is a rock crawler. My truck, it is a tow rig. Sure my truck is 4wd, but I do not own it to wheel it. It has a different purpose.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:56 PM   #6
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If it was me, I would leave it mainly as is and renew it to its former glory. That truck would be sweet just being stock. It is not a Plain Jane by any means!! But to get the most feedback from other members, you need to post more pics, so we can see everything you do have and offer up suggestion from what we can see.

So just seeing the exterior:

Of course you can put nicer wheels to dress that up a bit, or even go with the stock rallies.

The dual headlight & grille, keep it. Rebuild the grille and get new headlight buckets in chrome. Those grilles are getting pretty scarce, consider yourself lucky that you still have one on your truck. You can take it completely apart, clean it and repaint it. Clean your chrome pieces and retape them or leave them with no paint. But if you do decide to get rid of the grille, hit me up. I'll rebuild it for you
or just purchase it from you.

Interior, although we haven't seen pics of the interior. I would restore it stock also. You can clean or get new stuff and even give everything a fresh coat of paint to freshen it up.

Check out my build thread and others to get ideas. I just know when I did mine, my major concern was changing the interior color, but I wanted to keep it very close to the stock look.

Check out these white Chevy's!!
i guess a major part of wanting it completely different is two things
A: he said the truck is how he had wanted. Well I don't want it to represent
Him, he has been mean and arrogant to his whole family for years, especially before I met my wife(his grand daughter) he said some pretty horrible things to her. Don't know if it makes since just one of my beliefs as to why I want to change it.
Reason b: his severe cobbing of the truck, if you could imagine screwing up every mechanical thing as you go that is what I have. Parts are missing removed
Or what have you parts. He took off all the emissions, downgraded from an hei,
No gauges are hooked up , set up for air, but never put the compressor or anything else in it. He screwed the side trim into the truck. Just a small taste.
As far as the body and frame it's solid as a rock.
And the lifted third picture is what I like for sure.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:20 PM   #7
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looks like a solid truck...but...if your trying to cover up and erase bad memories you might be better off to find another truck......paint won't cover that...
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:08 AM   #8
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:34 PM   #9
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

I disagree, "White" is a color, and can look good. I'm hooked on it.

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Old 11-09-2017, 02:49 PM   #10
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That is great truck as it sits. It is not the truck's fault, an evil person drove it. Do what you like, but I think the stance it is now looks great.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:59 PM   #11
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

AH, I see. The back story is important.

So I would pick one of two paths. Either restore it to its origianl glory to show what a nice truck it can be with love, or sell it to get it and its memories off your mind.

I still have my dad's old truck. He was not the nicest man. But as I grew older and learned more about his life I understood it more. I will end up scrapping the truck but will save a couple pieces because they help me reflect on his life, and how I chose to make mine different.

By the way my wife just bought me a new Chevy in... refridgerator white, just like my Equinox. It's like vanilla ice cream, you start there and make it whatever flavor you want.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:04 AM   #12
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

Stock if it was me. Get tired of seeing everyone take perfectly good stock trucks and hack them apart for some crazy lift or "laying frame" lowering job and then a little while later run out of money or interest and sell the truck to the scrap yard. To each his own though. I do enjoy seeing what everyone creates in the end.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:19 PM   #13
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Stock if it was me. Get tired of seeing everyone take perfectly good stock trucks and hack them apart for some crazy lift or "laying frame" lowering job and then a little while later run out of money or interest and sell the truck to the scrap yard. To each his own though. I do enjoy seeing what everyone creates in the end.
Agreed. If you start a major project, make sure you finish it. Otherwise, you end up with a botched eyesore
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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

Some really good feedback on here. If I was a truck therapist I would ask why you want this truck. Are you obligated to keep it? Most squarebody knuckleheads like myself would jump at the chance to have it, as-is, and feel like it already stands out because it's so clean for its age. Second, is it important to you that people notice the truck? Each of your options has an extreme element to it. Are there better (less expensive) ways to reach this goal? Possibly a less utilitarian vehicle?

Next, how much do you want to spend? Each of your options has a range but I think it would be easy to spend $10,000 on option one (define brutal), $25,000 to ???,000 on option two and $15,000+ on option 3 unless those are going to be on-road 44s.

Do you want to spend that much on a truck that you might not really like? BTW, I'm sure there are those who say they can accomplish those goals for less. Sure, ok, the point still stands: Even if you spent half the amounts I guessed, it's still plenty, especially if you started with a platform you're not hooked on.

Next, these trucks look great with minimal modification. Checking this truck from bumper to bumper and fixing anything the wife's grandfather (if I got that right) screwed up, is a non-aggressive way of calling him out and doing something specific about it. If he's still alive and you (or she) need to address any of his ridiculousness, that's totally legit, but you'll need a people therapist for that.

Lastly, if I've correctly absorbed your story, and if I was working off of my budget -- minimal, not near 10k -- in addition to fixing the old man's mistakes, I would do some simple additions. Find some wheels you like. Put tires on it that still let the 4.11s make the truck move quick. 33s, great, 35s, not bad, will need lift. 37s, starting to slow the rig down and will need 5-6 inches of lift, anything more and it's fun to look at but the gears and brakes are going to be leveraged into near-irrelevance and will need costly upgrades. Finally, I personally like the white, but a vinyl panel in the center of the fenders, doors, bed sides that mimics the two-tone factory look could make this truck a stand-out. With white you can pick almost any color that doesn't fight with your interior. Any of the factory blues will make this rig register from 100 yards away and look great as long as they complement the interior blue. The contrast with the white would make for a good balance between catching your attention and being a subtle change. And it's removable if you want to go back to "plain".

I hope I haven't overstepped, but your dilemma caught my imagination. I like your truck and would like to have it myself.

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Re: Ideas 💡 on a plane Jane chevy

There are a lot of good points on there. I have a few questions. What is 1977 on it? The cab and bed are later, as is the drivetrain. Is he saying it’s a 1977?

Next, it sounds like a lot of negative with the truck. I know he gave it to you, but would it be a higher and more moral road to give it back? How would it make you feel, and what would it do for relations with the rest of the family?

The truck looks good stock. Careful not to fall down a rabbit hole of modifications. Mine was lifted 6 inches on 36s. Looked good. The older I got, the more of a pain it was to load, unload, and get in and out of. It now sports a 4 inch lift on 35s. Looks like the second photo with the 4 inch lift, but in black. Smaller still would be nice, but then I would need to re ratio the axles, get smaller tires, etc. Easy to get carried away, but then you risk losing the function of a truck as a truck.
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