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Old 06-01-2011, 12:43 PM   #1
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Starting Build

I need some opinions, I'm starting a build on a 72 C20 in the next few weeks, and and trying to figure out where to start.

I've found a 3/4 ton to 1/2 ton C10 kit from Early Classics, that will take the 8 lug discs and convert them to 5 lug, as well as drop it by 3.5 inches, but I'm stuck on the rear. What's the best option for the rear, just getting some 8 lug rims, or figuring out how to swap the rear to 5 lug? I don't terribly mind just putting on 8 lug rims, they just have to match the front 5 lugs.

Aside from that, both ECE and CCP told me that I would need to swap the rear end with a 5 lug 1/2 ton. I really don't want to do that, but if it's my only option, whats the best way to get one? I really don't want to go pull something out of a graveyard. I don't mind buying something new from somewhere, I just don't know what to look for, specs etc.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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Re: Starting Build

I guess my question would be if you are thinking of keeping the rear 8 lug, why not keep the whole truck 3/4 ton?

Matching rims would be a bugger, not to mention you couldn't rotate them, and would need 2 spare tires.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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I'm worried that the lowering components for the front may not be compatible with the 3/4 ton parts, the drop spindles etc.

Actually, my buddy pointed out a 71 5 lug rear for leaf springs a couple miles north of me for 150, so I'm going to suck it up and go grab it.

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Old 06-01-2011, 10:59 PM   #4
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Re: Starting Build

ECE will answer you question,they are very helpful & there parts are tops.Call them
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:10 AM   #5
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Re: Starting Build

I decided to scrap the idea of getting rid of the 8 lug wheels.

The front's already been dropped, although I'm not sure how it was done (bought it that way) and the back is up a little higher. Overall, it's the stance I want, So I figure the least expensive route is to just find some good looking 8 lugs, and replace all the bushings up front.

I'll be pulling the motor this weekend, will tart posting some pics as I go.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #6
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Pics!





Playing with some paint on the 8 lug rims.



Interior is fairly clean



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Old 09-10-2011, 11:21 AM   #7
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Updated thread, took most of the body apart, minus the cab.











On the way to the shop, They're replacing the left side cab support, inner and outer rocker, cab corner, floorpan, and the right side corner, with a couple patches. Shaving the gas filler hole, and shortening the frame for shortbed.

I'm having trouble deciding if I want them to remove the drip rail, I'm thinking of just leaving it.
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:25 AM   #8
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Are there any options for replacing the crossmember with a c10 crossmember? Not salvage parts, but new?
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #9
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:40 PM   #10
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good looking truck to start with good luck on the rebuild
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