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Old 06-08-2017, 09:39 PM   #151
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Last night I was able to swap the new stock coils springs with some 2" lowering springs. Can't remember if my spindles are -2 or -2.5? I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5 / 5-6 drop?? We'll see when the body is on.

Today I was able to get the trans x-member in place, torque all bolts in the front x-member, engine/trans back in, A/C compressor mounted and put on the new adapter for the power steering. I slid the engine back about 5/8", it was too close to that steering x-bar thingy!!

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1. After 2" drop coil springs installed.
2. Pile of parts to put on today.
3. New power steering adapter for 73-87 power steering hose.
4. Power steering and alt ready for install after engine goes in.
5. Ready for engine install.
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Old 06-08-2017, 09:49 PM   #152
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Also installed fuel tank.

Pictures:
1. Engine just got dropped in.
2. Accessories installed.
3. Shot from behind.
4. Close to putting body on!!!

Can't forget I need pick up six new cotter pins tomorrow!!!!!!
Tomorrow I plan on installing new stainless brake lines and start piecing together the exhaust system. Suppose to be 97 here in Iowa tomorrow.


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Old 06-08-2017, 10:55 PM   #153
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Looking stellar!! she's going to be a great driver/performer!
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:59 AM   #154
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Great progress!
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:04 AM   #155
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Thanks fella's!!
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:53 PM   #156
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Got a few things done today!!

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1. Reworked the fuel line/filter and installed brake lines
2. Rear brake lines and E-brake cable hanging around
3. Rear disc brake lines
4. E-brake cable(s) mounted to frame

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Old 06-18-2017, 09:59 PM   #157
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Just posted this on the message board, need help:


Ten years after taking this thing apart, I'm missing a piece that attaches the shift linkage rod to the steering column shifter. However, I may not be missing it if I know what I'm looking for. Lol!!

I need a picture so that I know what I'm looking for.

Here's what I have:
1. Old linkage parts on the 4L60E Transmission
2. Linkage rod
3. Linkage point on the column
4. __________ the piece I'm missing to connect the rod to the column???

Disregard the dirty parts, I'll get to cleaning and painting them later.

I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks Mike
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:58 AM   #158
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

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Just posted this on the message board, need help:


Ten years after taking this thing apart, I'm missing a piece that attaches the shift linkage rod to the steering column shifter. However, I may not be missing it if I know what I'm looking for. Lol!!

I need a picture so that I know what I'm looking for.

Here's what I have:
1. Old linkage parts on the 4L60E Transmission
2. Linkage rod
3. Linkage point on the column
4. __________ the piece I'm missing to connect the rod to the column???

Disregard the dirty parts, I'll get to cleaning and painting them later.

I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks Mike

Hello Mike!
I hope these Pictures will help you. Or do I understand that right??
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:58 AM   #159
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Thank you Sir!
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:11 PM   #160
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I hope these Pictures will help you. Or do I understand that right??
Thanks MrFinland!!!!
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Thank you! Hopefully the pictures were helpful. Did you find the missing part?
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:04 PM   #162
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

My son and I spent the evening putting the body on the chassis. We placed the cab on the frame and noticed that something was out of whack???? The right side of the cab was high on the passenger side. I took several measurements and came up with about 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch hight on the right front??????? WTHeck???? Frame bent......no???? Mmmmmmmm? BAM!!!! Check the new 2" coil springs. Well, noticed the right coil was not in-place properly....duh!! Yes, had to take it apart and reposition it. That was a drag!!! Anyway, I'm loving the stance and the working with NOS doors and fenders. Front panel of bed is resting on lumber on the frame and the back crossmember is bolted in. No floor.

Stopped by Jaysonb's yesterday on the way home from Minneapolis. Great visit! He has an awesome shop!! Can't wait to get this thing to him for paint. He's also gonna rework my corner/rocker repairs I did 10 years ago....I took a pretty big leap on my first welding attempt by doing the corners and rocker etc. Oh well.

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Old 06-22-2017, 11:06 PM   #163
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Thank you! Hopefully the pictures were helpful. Did you find the missing part?
Regards, Ilkka

MrFinland, no, I haven't really looked.....but I'm glad I know what I'm looking for when I do look. lol!
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Bingo! Found it in the first box opened!
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Hello Mike!
Congratulations, you founded it!
By the way; The height of the truck looks really good. You've done a lot of work forward.
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:27 PM   #166
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Yesterday I stained my floor pieces (natural) and put one coat of poly on. Figured I put one coat on now for protection and do several layers later upon putting all back together. Also primed the bed x-members.

Today I found my 70s blazer tailgate panel in my stash of stuff. Kind of dusty. Purchased it for $10 about ten yours ago. It has one small blemish on it!!!

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