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Old 04-30-2020, 09:07 AM   #51
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Chris, nice job on reusing the original trans crossmember...Jim
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Old 04-30-2020, 09:19 AM   #52
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Thanks joedoh and Jim, I always reuse the crossmember. There are many questions and talk throughs, but the boy’s really are doing a fine job! Thank God I did that S10 swap thread before the accident! My boys refer to that daily!
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Old 04-30-2020, 10:51 AM   #53
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

great explanation and pics

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Old 04-30-2020, 12:22 PM   #54
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Thank you Tempest67, my goal has always been to post instructions. So everyone can plainly see what I’ve done
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Old 04-30-2020, 12:36 PM   #55
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

here is an FYI ,

When I purchased my transmission from a local junk yard, the guy gave me a cross member to go with it, he said that it came from a full sized GM pick up from the 90's. I took it , thinking I probably wont use it because I was going to use your method that you had posted in your 'How To' thread, of cutting the S10 crossmember,

The cross member he gave me was a perfect fit to the S10 frame, I could not believe it.

I just welded angle iron to the inside of the frame, drilled 4 holes in the angle iron to match the crossmember, and I was done.

Thanks again for your instruction, always helpful
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:06 PM   #56
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

That works, unfortunately we can’t all be lucky enough to receive a free full-size crossmember. Good job on using what was available!
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Old 05-01-2020, 11:09 AM   #57
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Once we had verified that we were satisfied with cab placement we burned in the stands. The final pic is of our wheel selection.
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Old 05-04-2020, 08:47 AM   #58
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Those are nice looking wheels.
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Old 05-04-2020, 10:15 AM   #59
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Thank you 8man, we were thankful to have found them.
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Old 05-05-2020, 12:39 AM   #60
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

cant go wrong with torque thrusts!
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Thanks joedoh
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Old 05-05-2020, 09:27 AM   #62
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Everything looks awesome as usual Sarge. Are you putting a carb on the 5.3 or keeping the efi? I have a 5.3 also so I am curious to see what others are doing.
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Old 05-05-2020, 09:56 AM   #63
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Keeping EFI.
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Old 05-05-2020, 09:57 AM   #64
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And thanks mains52
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Old 05-06-2020, 11:44 AM   #65
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

really like how quickly this project is moving along, not that faster is better it's just that you guys know what you are doing and are making quick quality progress
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Thank you Gregski, we try to do that with every build
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Old 05-12-2020, 12:58 PM   #67
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Finally got to work on Orson!
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:08 PM   #68
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

Driveline reinstalled, cab is back on. We’ll spend the rest of the week lining up body panels. And next week French the headlights, repair the roof, and try to get it in color.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:52 PM   #69
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Progress!
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Old 05-12-2020, 05:26 PM   #70
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Thanks 8man!
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Old 05-12-2020, 05:29 PM   #71
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

looking good!
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Old 05-12-2020, 10:10 PM   #72
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

man, your builds are always amazing !! When you French the headlights, how about some instructions and pictures? ive been thinking of trying that on my AD. Thanks
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Old 05-12-2020, 11:06 PM   #73
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Re: Orson the 49 GMC ~ Chris C.

joedoh, thanks brudda

nvrdone, thanks! I really enjoy building these. You bet, would you like to see it added to the swap thread?
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Old 05-13-2020, 03:29 AM   #74
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Looking forward to watching this build.
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Man, you guys and ladies make things look so easy.
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