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Old 03-13-2017, 08:34 PM   #1
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White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

After viewing the boards the past few months, I decided that I should create a build thread for my latest project.

I found this 68 in a construction company's storage lot in San Antonio. Fortunately some hundred dollar bills and a flatbed was all that we needed to bring it home. Based on a teal paint job, I'm guessing the truck was restored in the mid 90's as I can't imagine anyone picking that paint color anytime in the past 20 years. Original color was light blue. I'm calling this truck White Lightning because of 2 reasons:
1. I'm painting the truck Gloss White
2. I have a brand new 350 with close to 400 horsepower so the truck should haul!

I'll try and post pics every few days. I'm hoping to have this truck ready for eBay in a few weeks.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:40 PM   #2
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Removed the rusted out radiator support (darn battery acid) and started getting the engine ready for removal!
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:41 PM   #3
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It looks pretty solid .
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:45 PM   #4
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Pulled this nasty old master cylinder and ordered the CPP 12" Disc Brake conversion kit with 2.5" drop spindles and new master cylinder. Of course I had to get the red Wilwood calipers and a new 9" booster. Power brakes here I come!!!!
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:38 AM   #5
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Looks like a great project, look forward to the updates on it
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:19 AM   #6
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

With a little bit of tugging and a lot of pulling, the engine popped out! Managed to get $175 on Craigslist for the engine minus the power steering pump and flex plate.
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:10 PM   #7
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Starting to grind the engine bay and front end in preparation for painting and new drop spindles.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:18 AM   #8
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Drop spindles are in! On the driver's side I had to literally beat the original in order to get it apart. I did find out that the Advanced Auto spring compressor that I bought wasn't up to the task. I ended up renting (free rentals) from O'Reilly.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:36 PM   #9
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Wow, the picture doesn't do these calipers and rotors justice!!! I can't believe how easy they were to install. I replaced the hard lines as well with the ones from Advanced Auto. Super easy to bend around the engine compartment! The hardest part was finding the adapter from the back of the proportioning valve to the rear brake line. I had to stop by 3 stores.
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:32 PM   #10
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Radiator support is in! Kind of like a puzzle stacking the metal washers, shims, and rubber washers that hold the support in.
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Old 03-30-2017, 10:39 PM   #11
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

There is a 350-400 horse present under this wrapping paper!!!
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Old 03-30-2017, 10:40 PM   #12
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Why would anyone put this ugly bumper on a C10????
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:39 PM   #13
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Fun times replacing the passenger side rocker!
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:18 PM   #14
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

I finished the inner floor piece, mocked up the rocker, mounted the door to check alignment, and welded in the rocker. Turned out pretty good. Now for the driver's side!
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:24 PM   #15
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Not having the bedwood in is very convenient having all this natural light shining under the bottom of the truck!
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:16 AM   #16
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Yeah, I guess I'll be ordering a new sending unit!!!!! To clean out the gas tank, here is what I did:
1. I drained the tank and let it dry for a few days.
2. Knocked the tank around a bit to get any rust chunks out.
3. Dumped in a quart of acetone and swished it around a bit. After around 30 minutes, I drained the tank and let it dry for a few days.
4. After drying, the last few bits and pieces of rust came out.

Under the cab I added a see through fuel filter. The filter did turn a little brown but I didn't see any bits of rust in the filter so my steps worked!
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:50 PM   #17
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Almost like Christmas came early. What could be hiding under that wrapping paper? Could it be a brand new 350 with somewhere between 350-400 horsepower?!?!?!
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:53 PM   #18
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Starting to add all of the front components. I tried to piece this together from random parts places. I should have just bought a complete set from March or Summit that includes all of the billet brackets and all of the accessories.
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Radiator is in and truck is heading to the mechanic shop to have the engine installed!
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Great work so far! I'm glad to see that ugly bumper going away haha.

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Old 04-17-2017, 03:30 PM   #21
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Engine is installed and turned out to be a beast! Truck runs great and sounds incredible!!!
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Old 04-17-2017, 03:36 PM   #22
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Engine running video: https://youtu.be/jFNRKXTCgXs
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Looks and sounds great .
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:37 PM   #24
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Re: White Lightning - 68 C10 Shortbed Stepside

Something interesting about this truck....notice how the front frame cross member has the 1/4 circle cut out of it. I can't figure out why someone would do that. The truck had an inline 6 in it but there was plenty of clearance. Obviously there is still plenty of clearance even after I put in a 350. Maybe someone had a big block in this truck sometime in the past? But why would you pull a big block and install an inline 6? I always find something weird done to these old trucks.

What's the weirdest thing you've discovered in a build???
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:07 PM   #25
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Drivers side rocker is in and all floor repair is complete!
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