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Old 10-09-2010, 08:39 PM   #1
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Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

Here you go Burb fans.....finally starting my Project build thread! This is a 1971 4x4 Burb, originally came with 350/350, but have recently implanted a 6.2L Military diesel motor and a beefed-up'd 700R4 behind it. This has and is gonna be a wild ride for me.... very challenging, but I think it will be a pretty cool daily driver.

Bought this Burb in New Mexico about 2 years ago and just started working on it this past spring. It is the Mint Green color originally, but PO had some gold-ish color paint put on it, which I not a fan of....will sand it down eventually.

I have a 67-68 GMC front clip that will be installed in very near future. I just like the 67-68 style hoods and grilles on both CHEVY and GMC's. No offense to you 69-72 fans, just my opinion.

I will also be adding an hydro-boost braking system from an '86 Burb.

Just wanted to prelude this thread and will be adding pictures, etc....in the next couple days. I have had a lot of help from the guys on here up to this point and hope that my build can be of some help to someone in the future.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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Re: Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

I would love to see some pictures! I am a HUGE 6.2L/6.5L fan!
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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soon brother soon.........
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:44 PM   #4
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Re: Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

Just got the tank mounted today....and buttoned up the drive-shafts too.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:47 PM   #5
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some more pics.....not sure how to put a description under each photo...anyone know how?
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:49 PM   #6
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few more pics.....
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:15 PM   #7
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Re: Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

I just put the image tag on each photo and then a space between each one where I can post comments. It looks like the 700r is already in there... and the 205... we gotta see that!!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:42 AM   #8
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Re: Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

Tank looks good!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:30 AM   #9
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Tank looks good!!
Moses.....did you put something on top of your tank ( in between the body and and the tank to give pressure to hold it into place )? Maybe I am missing something, because I got the straps tight, but seems there should be something above the tank to give some force so the straps allow the tank to be real snug. ?????
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:10 AM   #10
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Re: Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

Updates? I love this burb!
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:18 AM   #11
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Updates? I love this burb!
Bradley, funny you should ask....I am just getting back on this project, for I got distracted by my 67 Chevelle, and realized this Burb is gonna be a good ride for me, and just getting back on it.

Gonna button up the Hydro-boost system this week, and hopefully the fuel lines too. Got all the fuel lines ran, just gotta button up to filters and pump. Also, I am planning on pulling the Skyjacker 4 inch lift off and doing add a leafs for about an 1.5-2 inch lift. Decided on 15x7 steelies...in white, with Bf Goodrich all terrain 33x9.5x15's all around. Gonna sell my American Racing Baja's 17x8's. Looking to get that factory look. Other than that, just gonna keep plugging along....Should have it running in about 3 weeks!
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:21 AM   #12
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Re: Dbear's '71 4x4 Burb with some USA Military Diesel

Awesome build! I've got a '71 3/4 ton 4x4, and I'm also putting a 6.2 diesel with a 700r4 in it. Like you, I'm also putting a '67 front clip on mine.

It looks like the 6.2 fit pretty well in there. Did you have to modify the engine mounts at all? What transfer case are you running? My truck had a TH350 with an NP205, but I'm putting in a 700r4 with an NP241, which is a much, much longer combo. Are you running into any issues so far?
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:28 AM   #13
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James...I moved the engine cradle forward about an 1 7/8 inches. The motor set in the cradle fine with good clearance...except on the pan. I had to trim the bottom of the cradle some to give some clearance. My Burb had the same running gear as yours, and when I moved the cradle forward, everything bolted up great. No mods to drive-shafts or t-case cross member. Anything I can do to help, just ask.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:36 AM   #14
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Awesome build! I've got a '71 3/4 ton 4x4, and I'm also putting a 6.2 diesel with a 700r4 in it. Like you, I'm also putting a '67 front clip on mine.

It looks like the 6.2 fit pretty well in there. Did you have to modify the engine mounts at all? What transfer case are you running? My truck had a TH350 with an NP205, but I'm putting in a 700r4 with an NP241, which is a much, much longer combo. Are you running into any issues so far?
James...I really like your Blog. I have been wanting to start one myself....maybe by summertime. That Green truck is absolutely bad to the bone. I am a big fan of green....and my he Burb is actually originally the Mint Olive Green color, which I am going back to soon.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:12 AM   #15
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Have some progress to report....

I have finally got the front clip, minus the hood and grill, back on the rig! I am really happy how it all went back on. I put an '68 GMC front clip on, for I like the sleeker look. I would rather had put a 67-68 Chevy clip on it, but this was more in the budget for me. I used new core support bushings, and all the sheetmetal is original stuff, just has the battle scars from something that old, which I like the vintage look instead of shiny new....not that there is anything wrong with shiny, just like this rig looking old! In the pics, I have two different tires on so I could decide which to go with, and I decided on the BFG Mud terrain KM2's, which is the one on the front.

Got the instrument cluster back in....I did some touch up and surgery on the old parts in it....and praying it all works!

My next step is to wire up the 6.2L Diesel motor, and then work all the bugs out. Will have to get the new 700R4 all adjusted out also....

Wish me luck....I just hope the motor runs.....and runs as good as I think it will!
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Lookin good! Keep up the good work!
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:10 PM   #17
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looks good! rustic and powerful! good luck with diesel prices right now
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Looks awesome. What size KM2s are you going with?
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Looks awesome. What size KM2s are you going with?
Thanks bud....I am going with 33x10.50x15's. They seem to look pretty good and if I end up going smaller on the lift, then the tires will still work well.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:07 AM   #20
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So you got that thing runnin yet? What are you gonna do for exhaust? Are you gonna run a cold air intake? Any mods to the motor? Come on man, i need inspiration.


Just foolin. Looks good Tommy, talk to you in the next few days.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:50 PM   #21
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Clint...
Well, about the only inspiration i can give you is that I really hope this dang engine cranks and runs...LOL. Did not do any mods....just straight outta a CUCV, into the Burb. I did move the motor cradle forward 2 inches, which was really to accommadate the new 700R4 Tranny. Oh, I did put a hydro-boost system in it.....which I got outta an 86 Burb, and it went in fairly easy. As for the exhaust, not sure just yet, probably flowmaster or something similiar.


And....I am gonna put your 16 inch wheels on it with some 285/75's!!!

Your project is way cooler than mine.....you have all that badass fabrication.
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Very cool.... makes me want to jump in the 4x4 crowd again!
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Hes waiting for me to send him wheels.
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Any updates? This is a cool burb you have going!!!
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