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Old 12-28-2016, 10:09 PM   #226
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:18 PM   #227
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Great build thread, looking forward to your progress. Once you get her back on the road I'll be interested in your opinion of leaf vs. coil rear springs.
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:55 PM   #228
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Back at 'er the last couple days.

Made a to-do list on a hunk of cardboard courtesy of ROADKILL.

Should have the drivers side cab rust repairs done this week. Then finally moving on from cutting and welding!

DEISS... I have owned coil and leaf sprung 67-72 trucks over the last 30 years. I prefer the coils over the leaves. But this will be the first coil sprung truck that I have actually lowered with lowering springs and not cutting or heating the springs. So it should be a bit different.

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My 1972 GMC 1500 Super Custom (Creeping Death) "long term" build thread.

The Rebuild of Creeping Death after the wreck

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Old 02-14-2017, 01:02 PM   #229
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After mocking up and then removing the rear cab corner to cut/grind about 9,352 times... I got it sitting how I want it to start to weld it in. Some days I really wish I would have just found another truck to build. This side has been significantly harder than the passenger side. There was way more rust on this side that has made it more of a challenge. I didn't take any pics but I had to fabricate my own lower pillar mount and also fab up some metal to make the rusted out cab support useable. I know these panels are available to buy, but fabbing them up was kinda cool and gives a sense of some accomplishment that it is something I made instead of bought.

Slow progress wins the war! Should have the welding done later today.


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Old 02-14-2017, 04:43 PM   #230
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It's coming along nicely!
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:17 AM   #231
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Nice work! Keep it up.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:41 AM   #232
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Some days I think that too, but unless you get a completely unmolested original paint truck ($$$$ nowadays) it's near impossible to tell what you have when you buy a "new to you" truck.

I bought a set of wheel arches cut off of an AZ longbed truck to fix my rusty shortbed wheel wells. Looked 100% like original, faded paint. I started cutting an area I needed and found 1/4" of filler. It wasn't a big deal because I was able to grind it off and flatten it back out, but still, you just never know what's hiding under that new trucks paint.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:03 PM   #233
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Thanks you'se guys!

67CRN... I hear ya. There really is no easy way out with rust when finding one of these old trucks. Wishful thinkin' I guess.

The corner is welded in and I shot it with primer. Next I have to tackle that drivers side door pocket so I can mount the door to line up the outer rocker.

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My 1972 GMC 1500 Super Custom (Creeping Death) "long term" build thread.

The Rebuild of Creeping Death after the wreck

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Old 02-17-2017, 11:44 AM   #234
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Finally tackling this upper door hinge pocket on the drivers side. I got a piece fabbed up last night and also had to weld the cracks in the hinge brace that is behind the door skin.

I again repurposed metal off of the old bent up original hood from my truck. I am really glad I saved it instead of scrapping it. It has really come in handy with floor patches and also some random stuff I've needed to fabricate.

The hardest part so far about doing this hinge pocket is cutting the metal in the small area at the pocket right next to the outer part of the door. I don't have a dremel or any other smallish cutting device. So I used the smallest and thinnest cutting wheel I had that fit on my air cutoff tool. I will try to get the piece welded in later today or this weekend. I got side tracked last night and didn't get to weld it in. I also still need to drill the holes and cut out the slot as well.

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My 1972 GMC 1500 Super Custom (Creeping Death) "long term" build thread.

The Rebuild of Creeping Death after the wreck

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I love using vacuum gauges as part of the carb tuning process. I hook the gauge to the inside of my garbage can and leave it there.

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Old 02-17-2017, 11:48 AM   #235
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Couple more of the brace welding and a shot of primer.

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Old 02-21-2017, 05:16 PM   #236
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I finished up the door hinge pocket last night. Now I can mount the door and the front fender so I can get the alignment of the drivers side outer rocker done!

Then all I need to do is weld up the speaker holes cut into my doors and I will be finished welding for a while!

Here is a link to the thread I made awhile back about the door hinge pocket repair: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...=1#post7865583

More to come soon!

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My 1972 GMC 1500 Super Custom (Creeping Death) "long term" build thread.

The Rebuild of Creeping Death after the wreck

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I love using vacuum gauges as part of the carb tuning process. I hook the gauge to the inside of my garbage can and leave it there.
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Old 02-25-2017, 03:38 PM   #237
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That looks great, I would have been afraid to attempt it. Now after seeing how you did it I think that I could too if need be. Thanks

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:39 AM   #238
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Skip44... It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. More of a bit of a hassle than anything. I took my time and everything worked out well.

So I got the drivers door and the drivers front fender bolted on yesterday. Now I can line up the outer rocker and get it drilled for spot welds and modify the front of it to make it fit like the other side did.

I had bought new hinge pins, and went to install them into the hinges. I beat the living hell out of the old rusted pin with a drift and a 2 pound hammer. No dice. Wouldn't budge at all. So I robbed the upper door hinge from the old 1972 C20 parts truck and used that one. The hinge was in waaaayyyy better shape than mine.

It still looks weird to walk out in the garage and see doors and fenders on the truck.

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