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Old 02-09-2019, 08:50 PM   #1
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longhorn opinion please

I went out to test drive a longhorn today. Was very original 1969 Custom longhorn with a red/white paint combo with the factory 350V8 and 4 speed trans. Here are the things that were really nice, sheet metal on truck was very straight, interior was original with everything working, radio worked, heater, turn signals and paint was almost perfect, original rubber floor mat that was worn out and toast, steering wheel had two cracks. Found rust in the two front supports and one rear support. Not enough to do a complete replacement but a cut out, treat and patch. There was also rust in the top of the door sill plate on the rocker about the size of a quarter. That could also be patched and blended in. Grill had one little ding in it that can be worked out. Has original T3 lights still, rear tail lights were converted to LED at some point. The be is a wood bed that had a full piece of 1/8 metal over it, inner wells and bedsides looked great also. Tailgate look good but the trim was banged up pretty good.

I drove the truck and it was really quite and shifted well in all 4 gears, brakes were fine. Its amazing to see a truck with hardly even a door ding on it, paint was very oxidized but will rub out to look beautiful. I made an offer on the truck and will go back to pick it up on Monday. Not sure if I will just clean it up and drive it or possible turn it into a longhorn 4x4. This truck might have to be left alone and just enjoy its original state.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:00 PM   #2
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Re: longhorn opinion please

You said it best.
(just enjoy its original state)
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:26 PM   #3
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Re: longhorn opinion please

There are only two things to think about and in my opinion no one else’s opinion matters. Are you worried about resale value, and what do YOU want? Your truck, your money, your needs. Now if you go to change it over, that’s where I’d entertain opinions on the best way to do that. Just sayin it is gonna be yours after all
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:27 PM   #4
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Buff-n-Drive .
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:49 PM   #5
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Enjoy it, nice old truck. If you really want it to be a K conversion, take a look at some of the great conversions by board members - Dieselwrencher's comes to mind as one of the best, but I'm pretty sure there are others. I'd drive and enjoy it, but that's just me - what matters is what you want to do with it. It's a real nice old Longhorn just as is. What I WOULD do if I were considering a 4x4 conversion is this: do all the things you're thinking of doing to it as if you were going to leave it stock - i.e. buff it out, any minor mech work, body stuff, etc. THEN drive it for a bit, and THEN decide if you want to convert it.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:59 PM   #6
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Enjoy it, nice old truck. If you really want it to be a K conversion, take a look at some of the great conversions by board members - Dieselwrencher's comes to mind as one of the best, but I'm pretty sure there are others. I'd drive and enjoy it, but that's just me - what matters is what you want to do with it. It's a real nice old Longhorn just as is. What I WOULD do if I were considering a 4x4 conversion is this: do all the things you're thinking of doing to it as if you were going to leave it stock - i.e. buff it out, any minor mech work, body stuff, etc. THEN drive it for a bit, and THEN decide if you want to convert it.
Now this is a very useful opinion, I like the way this guy thinks
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:19 PM   #7
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Personally I wouldn’t touch it. The long horn has to be about the most useful model of these trucks. Big bed,heavy hauling,what more could you want. I wish I could find one that nice that I could afford,even finding one is about as impossible as it gets. Nice truck you have there.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:36 PM   #8
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Very nice find!
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:49 PM   #9
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Buff and keep it original!!
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:52 PM   #10
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I love my Longhorn, it's my daily driver and work truck. Toughest truck I've ever owned, takes everything I throw at it. I just changed the rear end for a 14 bolt SF because of parts and more gears available. I like your tool box, btw
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:20 PM   #11
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Buff-n-Drive .
This ^^^ Just add install new wood to that

Truck must have come bumperless. Then a Luverne step bumper was installed

I've never seen a steering wheel survive better than a rubber floor
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:23 PM   #12
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Love it. Your initial plans sounds great. Spot in the few small rust areas, rub job (giggity) and drive.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:11 AM   #13
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Here's mine, I welded up the Longhorn seams though! Chromed the mirrors, but otherwise, stock down to the correct hubcaps.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:23 AM   #14
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I love the faded original look as well as some above. IMHO I believe the addition of steelies and poverty caps would just about make that truck perfect.
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I love my Longhorn, it's my daily driver and work truck. Toughest truck I've ever owned, takes everything I throw at it. I just changed the rear end for a 14 bolt SF because of parts and more gears available. I like your tool box, btw
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Love it. Your initial plans sounds great. Spot in the few small rust areas, rub job (giggity) and drive.
Rub that long... horn out, ey. We better stop before we start talking about the shifter knob being so dull
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Great find, congratulations.

If it were mine, I would buff and drive, make sure the brakes, fuel system, etc are all safe and just use it.
I have the younger sister to your truck, a 1970, with 350 and 4 speed. I love it.

My only desire is for a lower rear end, I have the 4.56 Eaton and it just revs out on the highway.
Even a 4.1 out of a GMC longhorn would be nice.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:12 PM   #18
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Straight body with very good original paint, hard to beat in a 50 year old vehicle. Nice options. Looks like a solid buy. I vote for some steelies and original caps.
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I would buff it drive it and love it!!!! Nice find looks like it has another 50 years in it!! Russ
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That looks real nice! I say buy it!
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I just love this truck, one of my favorite color combos , a Longhorn and Cheyenne Super to boot and the spotlight adds extra coolness to the truck.
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Nice find!
Whatever you decide it will be nice.

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He never showed up.
It's still for sale.
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No show- that’s too bad. Hopefully someone on here will buy it
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:54 PM   #25
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That is a very nice Longhorn. If it were mine, I'd still convert it to 4wd. In our area it just makes a great truck even better.
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