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Old 08-23-2019, 04:49 PM   #1
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1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Finally starting a build thread for my K-20...it has been a long time coming.

I have owned this truck since 2005, purchased when we lived in Missouri. Moved to Nebraska later that year. This truck sat in my driveway, then was moved to storage where it sat until March of this year (2019).

It's a "mutt" -- rolling frame from a 3/4 ton 4x4, body from a C-20 "Camper Special." Previous owner said he built it and did some rust work and paint in early 1990's.

A few pics from 2005 when I brought it home...





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Old 08-23-2019, 04:51 PM   #2
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Engine running a little rough, so decided to pull and see what was up. Crack in the cylinder wall, so opted to get a GM crate engine and swap it out...

I believe the engine swap was 2006...







All painted up and ready for install...



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Old 08-23-2019, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Not much done on the truck since the engine swap. It got driven here and there, used to haul stuff to the dump, or for supply runs to Menards, Lowes, etc.

Space was a little tight at the house, so the K-20 was moved to outdoor storage in 2009, the same year I divorced the now former Mrs. Daubs.

Sadly the master cylinder shot-craps shortly there after, so the Green Truck sat idle for years...

Last summer the new Mrs. Daubs, (version 2.0) and I moved to an acreage with this!
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:04 PM   #4
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Nice shop to work on your truck. Nice truck to start with. Mine was rust bucket.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:17 PM   #5
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Thanks DWilbur.

Shop has been a work in progress. No power down there, so I run my Dad's old heavy-duty extension cords to run tools, then installed lights. Built walls and a workbench, and will start mezzanine this weekend.

It filled up fast...

Wired the whole shop...set up for 125 AMP service, have outlets for welder and compressor ready to go. Buddy works for electrical supply...he's getting me 250 feet of wire soon.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:27 PM   #6
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Had a bit of a scare with the Green Truck this spring.

My storage place is in small town run by good-ol-boy who doesn't use computer, or mailings...he just calls when my rent is due. I moved to the new acreage last summer, and pulled my boat out of storage in March. It was the weekend, so his weekend crew was there...couple of old crusty guys...they really loved my old Green Truck and offered to buy it. I said no.

Gave them my updated phone and address from the move, and paid up on the truck's stall / rent. Figured the owner would call when I needed to send more $$$.

Days got away from me, and in July thought I had better drive down there and make payment. In on a Saturday and the weekend crew was there. When I said was there to make payment on the Green Truck they said, "Wow, we were about to sieze your truck. We have sent three certified letters and tried calling you...nothing."

I gently reminded them of my visit in March, picking up a boat, and giving them new address and phone...they didn't remember...

So I called and got the truck out of there within the hour.

It's been sitting in my driveway since...waiting for the shop and mezzanine.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:29 PM   #7
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

First order of business is to get it running again. It has probably been 5 years. Then master cylinder fixed.

I am going to try and weld in new door bottoms and lower skins and go from there.

Mechanically it's pretty solid truck.

Previous owner patched in replacement rockers, but did a half-assed job...and rust kept creeping. It is going to need new rockers, cab corners, cab supports and part of floor. All four wheel wells are rusting from inside out. Door bottoms are shot.

I have my work cut out for me.
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Old 08-26-2019, 12:11 PM   #8
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Hit Menards, loaded up on supplies, then built 2/3rds of my mezzanine in the shop.

Lots of floor space opened up. I'll move the boat outdoors, then work to get the Green Truck running and moved down to the shop.
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:28 PM   #9
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Dad and Brother came over on Sunday, and we got the stairs built to the mezzanine. Okay, total disclosure here: Dad did all the planning, calculating and measuring...Brother and I were just the labor.

Dad's a wizard at this...retired carpenter of 40+ years.

I love the way they turned out. Now to get more stuff off the floor...move boat out, and get the Green Truck in there.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:00 PM   #10
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

nice truck, cant wait to see more progress
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:55 AM   #11
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Re: 1972 K-20, The Green Truck Project

Had some time to work on the Green Truck in early November. Changed oil and filter, new plugs. It cranked, and cranked and cranked...but no fuel getting to the carburetor. Pulled the carb...it was locked up. New carb ordered, as well as new fuel pump. Haven't had opportunity to work on it more. Also ordered new master cylinder.

Yesterday brother and I managed to tow it around back of the house (out of the driveway), down to the shop.

Little hairy going down the hill...put the transmission in first gear and used the clutch to slow down when needed.

Should have some time after the master bathroom remodel...and hunting season : )
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