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Old 10-13-2018, 04:16 PM   #1676
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Nice work on the radio repair Chris!
Thanks Mike! It is proving to be somewhat of a pain, like most things. I did receive the Retrosound faceplate so I can tweak the hole. I was pretty close on the first shot, just needs minor work with a file to provide enough clearance once painted.

More to come, soon. Spending some time getting a heater setup in my workspace, as winter is pretty much here in UT already
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:19 PM   #1677
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I pulled into the garage after work yesterday to find this:

I donít know if itís a seasonal thing or if itís some comment on how long this project is taking
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:11 PM   #1678
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^^^

I have to say, That's FUNNY!!!!
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:23 PM   #1679
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If it's still there come Christmas time, I think you may have found your answer.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:50 PM   #1680
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I have to say, That's FUNNY!!!!
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:08 AM   #1681
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Very funny. I'm guessing you wife is trying to tell you something???
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:12 AM   #1682
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Hahaha nice job on the dash repair for the radio opening.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:00 PM   #1683
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I like her sense of humor!!!!
I did this a couple of years ago with my '48 Farm Truck ....think mine is a distant, dusty cousin of yours(skeleton, that is)
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:32 PM   #1684
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Thanks dudes, it was a fun surprise.

@rustytruck: I like what you did there. I always thought it would be fun to use the truck for a hayride, or maybe stuff a dead dummy underneath as though the suspension a had collapsed on it. Maybe next year...
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:57 PM   #1685
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That would be cool...I'm trying to get the brakes fixed on the '72 in time for a Trunk-or-Treat this weekend
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Old 10-22-2018, 12:19 AM   #1686
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Well, the new axles arrived in short order (next day from Summit for most things here), but the dimensions are not exactly the same as the stockers that I removed. Itís only a few thou here and there, but enough to require a trip to the machine shop. If Iíd known, I would have just ordered a set of Mosers and been done with it. Oh well...
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Old 10-22-2018, 12:30 AM   #1687
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So while the axles are at the machine shop, I figured Iíd tear into the little five-three for some freshening and upgrades. So far Iíve got it all torn down and have cleaned the carbon deposits from the pistons and combustion chambers. Itís now sitting at #1 TDC awaiting installation of the BTR truck cam.

While itís apart, it will also get new lifters, hardened pushrods, valve springs, oil pump, timing chain, and gaskets. This was a good running motor, so Iím not rebuilding the bottom end, just freshening her up a bit. Hope that doesnít come back to bite me like every other time I try to cheap out (see axles above)...
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:53 PM   #1688
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That was a good helper at one point...

I guess your wife is tired of waiting on this one. We're glad you're back on it too though.
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So while the axles are at the machine shop, I figured I’d tear into the little five-three for some freshening and upgrades. So far I’ve got it all torn down and have cleaned the carbon deposits from the pistons and combustion chambers. It’s now sitting at #1 TDC awaiting installation of the BTR truck cam.

While it’s apart, it will also get new lifters, hardened pushrods, valve springs, oil pump, timing chain, and gaskets. This was a good running motor, so I’m not rebuilding the bottom end, just freshening her up a bit. Hope that doesn’t come back to bite me like every other time I try to cheap out (see axles above)...
I've done something similar to the 5.3 that is in my '65. When my son upgraded his short block on his turbo truck, I got the old set up. When he pulled the cam out to swap to the new set up, 2 of the cam bearings fell out of the block. I got the whole package in pieces, I mean everything was apart. I cleaned it all and reassembled using the factory 240k mile bearings on the rods and crank and used new cam bearings (and an old stock cam & lifters) and all new gaskets, I even reused the factory torque to yield bolts...I have more time and elbow grease value in the engine than actual money. Most expensive thing was the gasket kit with MLS head gaskets. Think all told in parts I bought, I have about $175 in a running 5.3.

So far it has held good oil pressure and runs smooth...
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Old 10-24-2018, 12:47 AM   #1690
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Good to know, Aggie, these are pretty astounding little engines. Fingers crossed...

New cam, timing chain, oil pump, and f-body oil pan are installed Next up is valve springs, then bolt the heads back on and she’ll be ready for a coat of chevy engine orange
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You’ll be good to go with your engine upgrades. I did the same with my 6.0 in the GMC and had zero issues. Actually contemplating doing the same thing to my 5.3 for the Burb. What kind of gains are you looking to make with the upgrades?? Keep up the great work!
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Youíll be good to go with your engine upgrades. I did the same with my 6.0 in the GMC and had zero issues. Actually contemplating doing the same thing to my 5.3 for the Burb. What kind of gains are you looking to make with the upgrades?? Keep up the great work!
Thanks, fingers crossed! From what Iíve seen, Iím guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 at the crank. Should be plenty of fun with the Muncie and 3:73s. Reminds me, I need to start looking for an Eaton carrier...
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Welp, the long block is completely reassembled with the new cam, lifters, hardened pushrods, valve springs, valve seals, oil pump, timing chain, and head gaskets/bolts. Nothing pic worthy to write home about, but a significant step nonetheless. Sheís now ready for final scrubdown and a coat of chevy engine orange before stabbing for (hopefully) the last time.

Also did some work on the radio opening in the dash. Turns out I mis-measured one of the holes, so out came the cutoff wheel to reaccomplish what I thought was complete work. Ah well, itís now all squared-away in primer, ready for final sanding and paint. Starting to feel some momentum, wonder what will go wrong next
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More progress with the dash final sanded, in color, and cleared. Color match is pretty good and the clear laid out nicely. I got some trash in the ashtray lid that I hope to wet sand out, but overall Iím pretty happy with how this turned out
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Nice work, Chris. Nothing like a factory unmolested dash. I thought you had a blemish in your paint, but it was my dirty screen

Great work so far!!!
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Nice work, Chris. Nothing like a factory unmolested dash. I thought you had a blemish in your paint, but it was my dirty screen

Great work so far!!!
Thanks! Itís not perfect, but nothing on this truck is, so it blends right in
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Nice job Chris!!! Love that color!!
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Looks better than I could have done! I have runs in the paint on my engine block... But nobody will see that unless they want to change the oil for me, which I don't think will ever happen.

I can't wait to see this truck on the road.
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Really looks nice man. Is that a factory color? Medium blue? What kind of spray gun did you use?

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Nice job Chris!!! Love that color!!
Thanks a lot! I like it, too and itís on the list of potentials if I ever decide to make this a shiny truck.
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Looks better than I could have done! I have runs in the paint on my engine block... But nobody will see that unless they want to change the oil for me, which I don't think will ever happen.

I can't wait to see this truck on the road.
Trust me, itís not perfect, but Iím learning to accept flaws as character Engine will likely be the next thing paintedóhoping for no runs, but Iím ok with hiding them, too.

It may be driving soon-ish? I feel like itís gaining momentum and most of the big stuff is either bought or planned for. Just gotta stay focused...
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Thanks! The color is a very near match to the original medium blue poly, but in modern base/clear.

Believe it or not, this was a rattle can job; the base I had custom mixed at my local paint shop and the clear is a 2K hardened product from SprayMax. The clear is excellent and rivals the quality you get from ďnormalĒ 2-part paints. The can has a special nozzle that fans the spray pattern which makes the paint lay really nicely. Not a cheap spray bomb, but perfect for this small job. Iíll have to break out the HVLP when itís time to squirt the firewall.
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