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Old 06-15-2016, 05:10 PM   #51
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Opinion: What do y'all think about going with the 77 yellow stripe in the aluminum trim instead of the black? Seems like that might tie the interior to the exterior even better?
I think it would match very well. Mine is a 78 and i actually got the 77 trim for it because I like that even better. I'd say go for it if you can find the NOS parts. But you could just paint yours.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:08 PM   #52
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I think it would match very well. Mine is a 78 and i actually got the 77 trim for it because I like that even better. I'd say go for it if you can find the NOS parts. But you could just paint yours.
I don't think the Blazer received the yellow trim, so I'd have to paint or vinyl stripe it. Probably vinyl stripe.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:51 AM   #53
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I don't think the Blazer received the yellow trim, so I'd have to paint or vinyl stripe it. Probably vinyl stripe.
This should help you with the trim.

http://squarebodysyndicate.com/sbs-formula.html

Good luck with the 77 trim Transformation!
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:21 AM   #54
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Member tobytuttle used vinyl to stripe the trim on one of his trucks, link here: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=575608 It's on page one so no digging necessary.

On your front bumper, did you smooth the welds? It looks much better than most you see from the era.
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:20 PM   #55
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Member tobytuttle used vinyl to stripe the trim on one of his trucks, link here: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=575608 It's on page one so no digging necessary.

On your front bumper, did you smooth the welds? It looks much better than most you see from the era.
I certainly didn't smooth the welds, I was two years old, but Dad must have given the shop guys instructions to make it nice. So yes, all smooth.

Today we spent time servicing the winch. It's good now, but we need to touch up the bumper paint a bit on Monday.

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Old 06-20-2016, 12:47 PM   #56
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Here's the new inverter installed.


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Old 06-20-2016, 03:42 PM   #57
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I cut the mats and trimmed to fit. I used a straight edge ruler and a box cutter. Took two or three passes to get through. This stuff is very heavy rubber.
I added an inch or so in places to increase the overall coverage of the mats.
The color match is remarkable. I am super pleased.
I forgot to take a photo, but I cut a matching piece to go in the bottom of the center console. As a child, I remember the never ending rattle of screw drivers and hammers in there. Wanted to address that.
I'll wash and detail the rubber before the reveal next Monday.






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Old 06-21-2016, 11:36 AM   #58
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Final two NOS pieces that need to go in. Those cruise control multi-function levers are rare birds (Part #6465256). It was a dealer installed option. The same part was used in Camaros. I upgraded the clock to the Quartz version in hopes that it will actually keep proper time.

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Old 06-22-2016, 12:25 AM   #59
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Wow! Blazer turned out super sweet !!!! Didn't know you had a thread going on it. Just now stumbled on it. AWESOME job Cameron !! Keep those pics coming ! Everything looks great !!! Love those seats ! Woodgrain looks killer! That front bumper is so cool ! Paint looks great as well! The logo on the window is a very nice touch as well. Looking forward to seeing a pic with dad & the blazer.😀👍
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Old 06-22-2016, 12:41 AM   #60
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I don't think the Blazer received the yellow trim, so I'd have to paint or vinyl stripe it. Probably vinyl stripe.
They did-I know of a 77 Silverado equipped Blazer in a truck salvage yard still sporting some of the yellow 77-only trim....none of it is worth saving but it was cool to see. NOS Blazer stuff is hard to find...I don't have a lot of it myself.
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:32 AM   #61
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They did-I know of a 77 Silverado equipped Blazer in a truck salvage yard still sporting some of the yellow 77-only trim....none of it is worth saving but it was cool to see. NOS Blazer stuff is hard to find...I don't have a lot of it myself.
What? I thought Cheyenne was the highest trim level for the Blazer in 1977. Either way, you could still have the yellow I guess. Don't know why they wouldn't.
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:33 AM   #62
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Wow! Blazer turned out super sweet !!!! Didn't know you had a thread going on it. Just now stumbled on it. AWESOME job Cameron !! Keep those pics coming ! Everything looks great !!! Love those seats ! Woodgrain looks killer! That front bumper is so cool ! Paint looks great as well! The logo on the window is a very nice touch as well. Looking forward to seeing a pic with dad & the blazer.😀👍
Thanks Donny
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:45 AM   #63
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I think Cheyenne was highest level trim higher than Silverado.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:10 PM   #64
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I think Cheyenne was highest level trim higher than Silverado.
Really? Cool to know.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:12 PM   #65
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Wow! Blazer turned out super sweet !!!! Didn't know you had a thread going on it. Just now stumbled on it. AWESOME job Cameron !! Keep those pics coming ! Everything looks great !!! Love those seats ! Woodgrain looks killer! That front bumper is so cool ! Paint looks great as well! The logo on the window is a very nice touch as well. Looking forward to seeing a pic with dad & the blazer.😀👍
Just so everybody knows, Donny hooked me up with all the woodgrain stuff. He was great help. Thanks Donny again.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:51 PM   #66
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Did you figure out the front-end clunk?
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Old 06-22-2016, 02:07 PM   #67
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Nope. I think it's something with the body.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:54 PM   #68
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Looks like the adjustment rod hole for the clock is offset a bit from the '73-'80 dash. I'm ordering a '81-'87 instrument cluster plastic. I'll drill the '73-'80 plexi as a temporary solution. The clock works, which is nice.
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:31 PM   #69
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Got the front end dressed up. Hard to see, but the bumper was built with Hickey style hooks welded on the bottom. Kinda cool. Got the new stickers on the winch. New wheels are supposed to be delivered tomorrow. Detailing this weekend.





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Old 06-27-2016, 03:17 PM   #70
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Wheels are in. I'm waiting on the chrome trim rings to finish it up.

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Are those narrower than stock? Don't get me wrong, they look great, but they look like they're not as wide or maybe the offset is different.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:58 PM   #72
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16"x8" with 4.75" backspacing. Factory backspacing is 4.25". I've added 1" wheel spacers, so these are actually wider than factory by .5". Maybe it's the change from 15" to 16" that makes it look different.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:08 PM   #73
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Forgot to post this little picture of the center console with the matching rubber bottom:

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Old 06-29-2016, 07:17 PM   #74
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Almost done. Still getting the clock, the fuel gauge sending unit and rear wheel spacers lined out. Then we're done. Just got all the rest ordered today. So probably the end of next week for all to be done.
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:17 PM   #75
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Hello!

Where were you able to locate the dark saddle color for the door panels to match the other door components and the dash too!?

You have an awesome truck!!
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