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Old 04-17-2017, 11:14 AM   #1
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My '78 build

So, y'all saw my thread bringing this critter home from Tucson. What I picked up was a clean 78 stepside 4-spd with no rust back home to Indiana. I'm an auto-x'er so this thing is going to turn into my race-truck. Something that goes like stink, looks decent and sounds amazing. Somethign that can turn, stop and GO!

So I picked up wheels on the cheap for it a few weeks back. 17x8.5's that will get wrapped in some 275/50's shortly.



Then I started going over it and realizing the wiring is just trashed under the dash, out back, up front..... everywhere. The rear drums were dragging, wheel cylinders were shot, etc so I went on a shopping spree.



Saturday I yankedthe axles, pulled the backing plates and all associated goodies and did this:


The weekend before I pulled the edelbrock and rebuilt it:


And that's where I am for now. This coming weekend we start with removal of all the old wiring.
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:30 AM   #2
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Got some more work done this weekend. I guess we can call this "progress".



Got the dash out, and all the old wiring out of the interior and the old fuse box.



Got into it and the cluster and found out why they put the ****ty trio guages in there. Half of them are out of action (burnt on the boards). Combine that with the new harness not having the same connector, I pulled the trigger on a new cluster assembly that incorporates the tach. Went with the Dakota Digital VHX cluster kit. Also found the ignition switch was original, as well as the wiper switch. Since I'm in there.....

I forgot how expensive old things got quickly.
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Old 04-24-2017, 12:41 PM   #3
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Re: My '78 build

Should be a cool build. I'll follow along.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:31 AM   #4
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Cluster and switches showed up yesterday.



Amazing how much money something so small costs.... Oh well. Tires are also on their way. 275/55/17's to get me through the next 12 months.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:25 AM   #5
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So, tires showed up a day early. Got the front light harness done, rear light harness 95% done, still trying to figure out the taillight socket issue. Went ahead and put her down on the new shoes.





275/55 on a 17x8.5. 4" BS and 2" spacer. Fit is (in my mind) perfect.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:48 PM   #6
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Finally got the wiring in. Well, 95% in. Still have to run the blower wiring and plug in the cigarette lighter which I believe is toast anyway. Got the new Dakota Digital dash wired in. Hooked the battery up and hte gauges start up, go through their startup cycle then start clicking with the needles. Almost like a turn signal. I'll need to figure that one out.
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