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Old 06-20-2010, 12:39 PM   #1
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My 54 GMC Build

I am new to the group but have been reading for a while. I was on another group but it does not lend itself to thinking outside of original or stock. You guys are amazing builders with so many great ideas.
I started this thread in the wrong area. So if you see the same pics of the project this is it.
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First take the body off the frame and get rid of 60 year old technology
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:42 PM   #2
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I stripped the cab down to bare metal and sprayed with epoxy primer. Not sure how long this project will take but I dont want to go back and resand surface rust
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:45 PM   #3
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This is the donnor chassis with a fender. every once in a while you need to visualize your direction.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:50 PM   #4
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I bought the 93 Chevy extended cab for 700. running and driving.
The front had been wrecked but I figured I would strip everything and see what I could use. The truck is 142 inch wheel base. The GMC is a 116 inch wheel base. I figured on cutting the frame and boxing the area of the joint. what I found was a factory joint just behind the front wheels
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:52 PM   #5
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So I cut the weld
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:54 PM   #6
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Removed 26 inches
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:59 PM   #7
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using tiedown straps slid the frame sections back together.
Weld. Now I have the 116 wheel base
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:00 PM   #8
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I also cut 26 inches out of the exhaust and welded it back together
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:16 PM   #9
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Size:  63.8 KB.This is my 54 Chevy. 500 bucks and spare parts. Fun to drive 327 and an automatic good times

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Old 06-20-2010, 01:19 PM   #10
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the 41 Chevy dump truck in the back ground I am not sure what to do with.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:22 PM   #11
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Yesterday I shaved all the factory mounts off the cab section of the frame. The cab sits down real nice now. Monday I will setup the the rubber body insulators and then take the cab off for mods and rust repair
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:45 PM   #12
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That woodie is beautiful man. Progress sounds great! We love pics!
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:45 PM   #13
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I like that Woodie man, thats a great ride.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:04 PM   #14
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Thanks. Woodies are a crazy build. There is no bondo and everything you do shows. Mistakes are costly. I did all the work on that car. Wood, metal, paint, electrical, running gear and scraps of two cars and lots of friends with spare parts. Its a sickness because as soon as I finish the truck I am starting a 49 merc woodie.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:29 PM   #15
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Was it an original woodie or did you add the wood to a standard wagon? I am leaning toward a 50's Willys 4wd woodie for a project after the 64 Chevelle to kill two birds with one stone. Might do a BBEEP envoy type conversion. I have the wood working skills and enjoy working with wood.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:27 AM   #16
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This car is a factory Ford Woodie. The Envoy works great. I meet a guy recently who builds AD style Chevy Woodies. A Willys Woodie looks cool. The 41 Chevy dump truck that I have in my drive way I am leaning toward a wood body sitting on a 3500 4x4 chassis. That would be a lumber yard of wood that could climb through the forest. lol
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Dude, I might have to swing by and learn a thing or two from you!
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:45 PM   #18
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This car is a factory Ford Woodie. The Envoy works great. I meet a guy recently who builds AD style Chevy Woodies. A Willys Woodie looks cool. The 41 Chevy dump truck that I have in my drive way I am leaning toward a wood body sitting on a 3500 4x4 chassis. That would be a lumber yard of wood that could climb through the forest. lol
This is way out there but why not use the 41 chassis, make woodie type doors and lower cab that transitions into a matching wood dump or flat bed? Or a woodie roadster look on big truck frame. Room for lots surf boards or rolling party shack? Too much caffine this morning I guess but could be fun...
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:32 PM   #19
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OrrieG way to much fun. Barbq on a woodie. Sounds like a party. lol
58Patch its a funny thing my builds. My friend in the buisness says I have blind luck.
He saw the woodie before I built it and said it was an impossible build with so much of the car missing and rusted. My current build he says "Your just to inexperienced to know that you cant build what your building". I say you can build anything, its your own mind and the expressions of others that get in the way.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:39 PM   #20
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these are the original body mounts recut to fit in there new location.
the bolt through the orinal bolt holes in the truck. the rear cab mounts i turned them 180 degrees and the bolt into an original bolt location.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:29 AM   #21
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Cut the ruct out of the rear corners.
The frame is 3 inches wider so I had to remove the turn downs and move them out
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:31 AM   #22
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typical front corner rust cut out and patch
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #23
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The cab is back on. bolts throught the original holes. The rear of the cab uses the original 54 rear cab mounts drilled into the frame.
Fender fits good considering the wheels are 2 inches wider then stock.
NOW the problem.
Because of the engine, steering box, and frame the cab is sitting 1.5 inches forward of its correct location. Tuesday I will photgraph the before fender mod and then after. I have never liked the out of round look of the stock fender anyway. If you are going to use this chassis swap its better to go higher with the mounts and go for the 4x4 look. My truck is lower then stock and if i flip the rear axle I will be 5 inches lower
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:32 AM   #24
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Looks good, keep the pictures coming.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:14 AM   #25
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