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Old 07-06-2019, 04:39 PM   #976
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

I might know someone who has a few parts laying around if you need any! Nice buckets and console.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:22 PM   #977
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

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good looking "new toy" ya got..!!!
Thanks guys! Ok, actually the '78 is the "toy", this is the "work truck"

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I might know someone who has a few parts laying around if you need any! Nice buckets and console.
Yea, I don't know that much about the 67-72, but I would assume if this truck came with buckets and console it would be in the SPID. Regardless, they look great and to my untrained eye original so I think I will run with them. I also got lots of extra parts, missing mouldings and emblems. Not sure what other parts I might need. This one is pretty complete I think, but I know where you are if I find I am missing something

Showed my wife some pictures of the medium bronze and white GMCs and her eyes lit up and she's like "ooh, I would love to have it back in that color!". So I dunno. The '59 might be put further on the backburner and this one might be more of a restoration than I'd planned.

Its all good. Main thing is to keep me active in my weekend projects. To be honest its been so long since I got all the '59 shells and I've had so much time to think on it, follow builds, etc. that I'm not even sure at this point what I want to do with it. I've only got sheet metal (lots of it!), one a big window cab with a lot of rust and one presumably ok original frame. Wide open canvas and I have no plan! So I guess its ok to wait its turn a while longer.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:56 PM   #978
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Nice project Rick, I'll tell you I'm still working the heck out of Blue our C30. That long bed could haul lots of stuff! . 9k wow, you are winning the mileage award, just hit 1400 on Ray mainly just using it to show off and pull the car trailer around.
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:16 PM   #979
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Sweet GMC! Glad youre driving the heck out of your half ton.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:46 AM   #980
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Thanks guys. After driving the new one a bit, it has really made me appreciate how well I have the '78 running and handling, lack of unexplained noises every time you turn around, etc. I'm able to drive the '78 every day because I really don't mind driving it. The "new" 71 has a ways to go before I can make that claim about it, but it will get there.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:02 AM   #981
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Cool Rick, I love the new TOY!! Ill be following along on this one. Are you making another Build Thread for this one?
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:19 AM   #982
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Thanks TKCR! I haven't totally made my mind up whether or not I am ready to start a "build" on the '71, let alone a build thread. My goal is to go through it mechanically which wouldn't be too exciting. I'll keep track and take pictures so that if it turns into a build, which knowing myself it likely will, I can start a thread.

Right now, it runs well and the transmission was recently rebuilt so it is shifting well. The brakes were redone recently, but something isn't right. Takes too much pedal pressure to get it stopped. Its the same setup as my '78 so I know how it should feel. Lots of strange noises, clunking sounds, etc. during certain maneuvers. Cab has the filler neck for an in-cab tank, but it isn't there. Bed is set up for dual saddle tanks, but they aren't there. Tank is in the rear with an in-bed filler you can barely reach and the fuel gauge doesn't work. That will have to be one of my first areas to address. Steering is pretty loose and the bottom of the engine is covered with half-formed drops of oil. Plenty to keep me busy for several months of weekends! Got a dresser/changing table to complete for my first grandchild (expected in Sept.) first though before I start tackling all this.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:59 AM   #983
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Decided to bite the bullet and make some shop upgrades before I start another truck project. Starting with insulation since my shop has been bare stud the 11 years I've worked in it. Last pic is upstairs in the storage area looking at the 2x6 rafters.

It already feels a little cooler inside relative to the outside temp even without AC. Biggest difference though is that you don't climb through a 20 degree increase in temp as you walk up to the attic. Sure have a lot of work to do before the shop is usable again though!
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:54 AM   #984
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That will be sooo nice, when its completed!
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:05 PM   #985
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

That’s time well spent right there. Looks great.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:59 AM   #986
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Awesome shop upgrade!
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:07 PM   #987
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Re: My 78 K15 High Sierra build - Fish Tremble

Thanks ya'll! I'm planning to cover the walls with a very light colored wall paneling that is fairly inexpensive and much easier for me to handle than trying to do sheetrock. My wife picked up enough of it yesterday that I can start putting it up in locations where I need to move heavy and/or bulky stuff back up against the wall. Not sure yet what I will do for the ceiling.

Not that I am looking forward to moving all my stuff and reorganizing it the heat we've had, but I am so motivated to get it done so I can use my shop again and actually be able to find stuff!
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:05 PM   #988
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My goodness Rick! You picked the hottest days of the year to work on the shop!

Nice looking 71!!! Im glad the 78 is treating you well.
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