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Old 11-24-2015, 06:31 PM   #1
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'70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Bought the truck back in 2001, it was my sole daily driver from then until my mom got really sick (lung cancer) in July of 2013. Since then it's been a part-
time driver. I got tired of the 3-speed column shifter hanging up so I bought a TH400 from ebay for $100 that came with everything I needed to make the swap, including an automatic steering column, crossmember, shift linkage, everything needed to make the swap. Pulled the pan and replaced the filter and fluid and it's been in there since. That was about 7 years ago. Recently I removed the 250 and installed a freshened up 402 out of a '71 motorhome that I bought on the board a couple years ago. I had purchased a rust-free cab from a board member back in 2011 and my son and I did the cap swap in September of this year. Since that time, it's been a fair-weather driver, as the drip rail sealer was removed when I got the cab and I have not replaced it yet.
The core support, right fender, right inner fender are NOS items. The right door is a rust-free original (not to this truck). I still need to get a left door and SWB bed (good luck finding an original, right?). Will probably go with a Woodall aftermarket bed, but would like to find an original driver's door, as I have heard that the repop doors do not fit right. I will post some pics of the cab swap shortly. Plans for the truck are a medium blue with white top and white on the metal interior with blue trim. I was going to go blue on the inside as well, but I like the look of the white/blue interiors that I have seen.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Looking forward to your pictures of progress.
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Sounds Cool!
I hope you can give up your membership in the drum brake club soon!
Good driver side doors are very difficult to find. I've found a couple through the years, have not installed them yet, would never sell them...good pass side doors can be had, easily...
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:10 PM   #4
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Guys I will post some pics on Monday. Thanks for the comments. Have a great weekend!
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

I don't have a lot of pics, but I will post what I have. Here is the old sixer before it was removed. Notice the "high performance" P/S pulley.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:16 AM   #6
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

This is the "good side" of the old cab before it was removed. The driver's side floor, rocker panel, and kick panel were rotted. Also, above the windshield, the passenger floor and kick panel had holes, and the cab supports were gone on both sides.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:17 AM   #7
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

As I mentioned before, had a rust-free cab waiting in the wings for a while.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:20 AM   #8
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Out with the old. Look ma, no cab!! Sorry so blurry, crappy cell phone pic.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:24 AM   #9
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Next, it was time for a little more power!
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:33 AM   #10
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Last pic I have of the cab change. I have since put the front clip back on, I will take some pics of that and post them later.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:33 PM   #11
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Cool build. Very jealous of the rust free cab! Especially in Indiana.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:42 PM   #12
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

It had work done before I bought it, but it is rust-free now. Guy I bought it from was in Newton, IL, but said the truck it was on came from WI.
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #13
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Have not made a lot of progress on the truck over the last 6 months, been busy with HS band activities almost every weekend. My oldest daughter is graduating next month so those activities will be over. Then it will be more truck time! Here is a couple pics of what the truck looks like currently. I have driven it a handful of times since completing the cab and engine swap. Boy does it like the gasoline! Oh well, such is the plight of the big block owner...
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:39 AM   #14
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Removed the old rusty bed on Saturday and began cleaning up the frame for paint. Cut up the old bed, went through 6 sawzall blades. This old metal is tough. Check out the pile of rust that came out of the bed!
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:01 PM   #15
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Not a lot of progress, but got one coat of paint on the rear half of the frame/suspension. I used Rustoleum low gloss black farm implement paint, and brushed it on. I am going to put a second coat on as soon as I get a dry day. Next up after painting will be to get the exhaust system and tubular transmission crossmember installed. Stay tuned...
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:57 PM   #16
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Re: '70 C/10 The Needy Beast

Not really related to progress, but my son, who is a senior in HS made this killer key ring for me.
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