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Old 03-24-2020, 09:13 PM   #1
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Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

This is a new project were working on. My sons first. Its a 49 GMC 100 longbed named Orson. it will be going on an 84 extended cab S10 chassis and be powered by a LM7 5.3/4L60E combo. It has 17 Torque Thrust IIs and huge meats in the rear. It will be getting an Astrovan 2nd row and full door panels.
Pretty solid truck to start with. The splashguards are in a box in the cab.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:17 PM   #2
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:28 PM   #3
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

This is the sunroof. Notice how it has flattened out the whole roofline.
Here’s how we intend to fix it. Another cab was sourced, we used a plas to remove the roof skin. And here is the patch panel.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:37 PM   #4
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Here is the donor S10. An 84 extended cab with the venerable 2.8L Power train!
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:42 PM   #5
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Then the S10 was stripped down to the chassis.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:55 PM   #6
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

These are the wheels and tires we’ve picked for Orson. 17” Torque Thrust II's with 275/40R17 rear and 245/45R17 front. Pretty friggin' beefy!
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:02 PM   #7
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Next we cut the cab brackets off and welded on the new cab stands
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Then we tackled the motor. Disassembling and cleaning everything!
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:30 PM   #9
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Got the motor mostly painted today
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:34 PM   #10
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And the last items stripped off the frame
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:28 PM   #11
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Hey Chris, I'll tag along...Jim
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:53 PM   #12
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

I Will be watching this thread as well,
I have a 1950 3600 and just acquired a 1996 S-15 ext Cab, my other 1991 S-10 frame was bent, so I had to get a new one.
Are you planning on leaving it a long bed?
I am curious as how you are going to address the bed.
I have read that you can swap the leaf springs around gain the extra wheelbase, I have not seen it reported if this is correct.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:04 PM   #13
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

waytogoidaho!

I wish I could start with trucks that nice haha
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:51 PM   #14
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Jim, thanks... We’re back, and I’ve got some serious catch up to do!
TravisC: yes, we’ll be leaving it a longbed. If you read my Rico F. Build http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=651164 you’ll see what I do.
Yes flipping the springs will gain you 1.25”. The second part is to remove 1.25” from the splashguards.
Thanks Joedoh
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:59 PM   #15
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

looks like a solid truck...will be nice
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:15 AM   #16
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

I'm in. Nice start.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:20 AM   #17
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

my son is building this one, I’m just the creative genius! Send any compliments his way!
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:46 AM   #18
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

This is the bare frame ready for new ball joints and drop spindles
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Heres the engine all churched up. And the headers we chose for this build.
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Nice starter truck . . . . . too bad for the 'moon roof' .
Great start , Chris . . . . . so, what do we call 'the Son ' ; he's doing good.

I'm looking - in , thanks guys

from Chino Valley, Arizona .. jim
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Dunno hes only a PFC. My other son Michael also works for me now. Im thinking of changing the name (at least unofficially) to Ole Sarge and Sons Customs!
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Dunno hes only a PFC. My other son Michael also works for me now. Im thinking of changing the name (at least unofficially) to Ole Sarge and Sons Customs!
That Works . . . . Good for them !
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

looking good, sarges son
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

The ground was finally dry enough to pull Orson in the shop
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They started by getting the front end blown apart. Theyll move on to the cab tomorrow.
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