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Old 01-14-2011, 01:48 AM   #1
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1978 GMC Build!

This is the start of the very slow build of my 1978 GMC Sierra Grande.:

Picked this up from my dad. Total cost, $750= Cost of the tranny he just dropped into it. Score!

The Good: Newer rebuilt 350, Fresh 700R4 Tranny, 4 brand new tires, Straight and solid frame.

The Bad: Rust, Both side front wheel bearings welded to spindles, Rust, Leaking heater core, Rust, And did I mention Rust.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:54 AM   #2
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:53 PM   #3
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

They all have some somewere. On my 76, the inner fender well under the battery has a port hole. Good luck on the build. Let us know what your looking to do.

and Keep the pics coming.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:04 AM   #4
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

First thing is 3in drop spindles, with 3in drop springs. And for the rear a flip kit. That should get it down to the earth more. But at the moment its cold and with my newborn son, money is tight. Little by little it will take shape

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Old 01-16-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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Cool Re: 1978 GMC Build!

Then I will slowly start replacing or fixing body parts 1 at a time. The cab and bed will be the worst of it. Trying to find a good bed in Hutchinson KS is not easy.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

Here is the motor. Looks dirty and grimy, but runs like a champ. Clean up is in store as soon as it warms up a bit.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:01 PM   #7
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

Try looking for a good bed outside of Hutchinson Kansas like in smaller towns. I know there are several here in Abilene that are not to bad. I will keep my eyes open for ya... I have seen a few that just need minor work....I am on the look out for one for my 75 with dual tanks but has to have the round holes on both sides and those seem to be the one that hard to find....
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:15 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice. I need one with the round hole on the passenger side. Mine could be fixed easily, But i am not a welder and have no garage for working. And no welder LOL!!!
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:26 PM   #9
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Thats why you make friends with people in the area that do....I am sure if you help them do something they will help you....Trust me I have been in your shoes...I helped one guy who helped me and the friends started coming and before you knew it I had many friends....
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:42 PM   #10
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Sweet. Everyone needs friends!
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:36 AM   #11
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Nothing new as of now. Drop spindles being ordered next week, well I hope so anyways. Will snap pictures of the before and after.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:52 AM   #12
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

Another quick question, I cant locate my book, but I need the torque specs for upper and lower ball joints for when i put the new spindles on. Thanks!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:40 PM   #13
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

Got home from work to see this!!

Too bad its snowing like a big dog.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:12 AM   #14
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Not much new. My father unexpectedly passed away Tuesday morning, been a tough week. He was a loving father who touched a lot of peoples lives.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:38 AM   #15
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Sorry for your loss thats a tough blow man. I hope you can really build this truck up and make it nice in memory of your dad good luck man
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:26 AM   #16
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Not much new. My father unexpectedly passed away Tuesday morning, been a tough week. He was a loving father who touched a lot of peoples lives.
Thats the best thing we can leave behind. God be with you and your family.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #17
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Re: 1978 GMC Build!

Well i'm back. Hoping to get the drop spindles and rotors on in the coming weeks. Also wanting to do a flatbed, but dropped. the front is coming down 5 inches, the back 6. Need some pics of dropped trucks with flatbeds. Want to be different.
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nice..just like mine but blue
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BTW....Whats the condition of the bed? If your going flat bed i might be interested
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The bed is very rough. lots of rust and banged up pretty bad.
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This isn't a "For Sale" thread so please don't get it closed by making offers to buy.
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no offer...was just saying interested...But i will make sure i dont from now on sorry
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Well gonna put the spindles on tomorrow morning. I need torque specs for upper and lower ball joints and tie rods for when i put it back together. Any ideas
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:54 PM   #24
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Alright, Got the drop spindles on and cut 1 1/2 coils from springs.
before, then after.
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And the front view. Looks like its leaning, but the front bumper is bent on drivers side.
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