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Old 04-08-2011, 08:42 AM   #26
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Re: Our first Build - '71 C20 LWB

Hey Jess thanks for the note. I went to your threads and really like the truck. What are your plans for it? I see you are working the drivetrain now.
When I get mine in to rolling form, I'll reach out to you and maybe we can get together. I am near the Short Hills Mall.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:35 AM   #27
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thanks Pete my plan was to use the 67 to haul my 36 parts to/ from my body guy in Roselle he has a shop behind the house and has done some nice work for friends ...i plan on working the 283 a little cam... 2 to 4 barrel and let her breath a little better there were a set of headers on the 73 i bought the tranny from the 73 for now the 73 had 373s they are on the floor in the garage id like to bolt in a 355 pig or anything south of the original 411 don't want to use the 73s rear housing and all... if the guys who are replacing the 8 lug to 5 with auto trans are parting out their higher gears thats what i am trying to find i want highway driver i spend a lot of time on the GSP i have acquired the original power steering assist...i know thats crazy ...but that me clean it up little change the interior to saddle give it the rat-rod look maybe... try to keep it as original as possible she is in great shape compared to what i have seen,i wasn't looking for 67-72 it found me and all is original i really didn't know what i bought until i got on this site and am very happy
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:50 AM   #28
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Post Vent window rebuild

We finished rebuilding the vent windows this weekend. The rubber was a mess and there was some real rust issues. We took the windows apart, mitigated the rust and covered the rough areas with Rust encapsulator. The rubber and rivets came from Brothers and fit really well. It was tough getting the rubber in the bottom corner of the windows, but a set of vice clamps got it done.
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I had read elsewhere in the forum about installing the rivets backwards because of the tight fit. We overcame this with a piece of steel rod with the end round out with a drill bit. This kept the rivet in place while we drove the rivet tool on the backside.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:20 PM   #29
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Great work on the vent windows!
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:38 PM   #30
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Dust/spray booth

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These soda blasters are messy!

I did not think my neighbors would appreciate a large white cloud taking over the neighborhood every weekend, so we did a little research and came up with a pretty good solution. Inside the barn we have an area 21' deep X 26' wide x 9' high. We wanted to be able to grind, sand and blast and keep the dust to a minimum, paint at least smaller parts and then prime. We are not looking to spray the final paint in here, but who knows?

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I found these plans and modified them for our specs; 20DX10WX8H. Instead of rounding the top, I made the top flat by using the three way connectors. The entire parts list can be picked up at the big box store except the three way connectors, slip T and c clamps. I found them by searching for the manufacturer, Circo Innovations. There are several suppliers out there. These three parts do make the project though. I modified the plans (see below), created the pick list and ordered the stuff. Tim and I got the frame together pretty quickly. The c clamps keep the plastic (4 mil for us) right where you need it. I used metal clamps from Staples down the sides for a quick release to fold up the side to allow access. We used self threading screws to keep the parts where you want them, but still allow for quick dismantling.
The hinges are glued together with pipe glue. I glued three together to create more bonding surface. You can see in the top hinge I then cut off most of the third pipe to allow room for the door to close.
The fans are cheap box fans. I put two on the door that flow air in to the room, and one on the other end (near the exterior doors) that flows out of the room. With this setup, I can create negative pressure for blasting and positive pressure for spraying.

The door was little tricky as this soda material will find any gap and spread to any surface it can find. I build a flap around the perimeter and then used a few small bungee cords to draw the door closed behind me.

So far the results are really good. The soda blasting and grinding have been really well contained. I am not at the point of spraying, but am closing in on it.


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Old 11-17-2011, 03:42 PM   #31
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Spray Booth cont.

Soda everywhere!

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Finally, putting paint on vs. taking it off!

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Old 04-10-2012, 09:14 PM   #32
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$17.99 Cargo Lamp to LED Third Light conversion

So I have been seeing all of these LED conversions for our trucks, which makes a lot of sense. What I donít understand is why they are so expensive. I did a little research and came up with a few components that were too cheap not to try out. Here is what I came up with:
I first researched LEDs and came up with these from Lightobject. $12.45 all in

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I then went to Radio Shack and bought terminal and bus strips. $5.54

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So I took a new light I got from Brothers (nice piece) and started drilling.

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The 3M Gasket adhesive was handy, so I used that to hold the LEDs in place.

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Old 04-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #33
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After drying overnight, I wired up the terminal strip

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This light is really bright! Iíll take it over the $129.99 LED conversion being sold by an aforementioned vendor.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:59 PM   #34
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Long time no post bud. Looks good and bright!
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:06 PM   #35
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It has been a while since I posted an update, but work has been happening. Last night we sprayed the interior (Dark Olive)and tonight, storm willing, I am going to jam out the medium olive and clear coat.

We have been strippig the panels over the summer/fall and pan is to put the interior and wiring back together and then prepp the panels for full spray in the spring. It was really good to see some paint in the air and on the truck!
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:38 PM   #37
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Shot the Medium Olive on the door jambs this afternoon. Hopefully we will have power in the morning so I can clear the entire cab.

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Post the finished photos!
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:27 PM   #39
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Re: Our first Build - '71 C20 LWB

Maybe I missed it originally, but what company did you use for the lowering kit and what was the price? Also, I think you said you would give the final assessment when the truck is fitted with the finally wheel/tires- but what were your thoughts about the kit you used? I want to do the same with my C20.
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