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Old 04-13-2017, 02:49 PM   #26
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I wasn't able to get too far last night, but I got the new rear frame rails, rear cab mounts, and upper airbag/link bar cross member bolted on to get it rigid and get it squared up. I still have to drill out the remaining bolt holes where the new rails meet the old ones, then get everything tightened up so I can get the rest of it bolted together and the 4-link mounts tacked to the axle. I need more hours in the day.

I gotta say I'm loving having a complete new back half. Using their gas tank allows you to drop the tank down instead of having to pull the bed if something happens to your sending unit or pump. They really thought of everything on this.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:10 PM   #27
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Made more progress last night. I got the rest of the rear kit installed. I only spent a little over an hour last night getting everything completed. Thank god this kit goes together so easy because I have had zero time the past few weeks to work on the truck.

I'm going to get the front cross member installed tonight.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:16 PM   #28
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That's looking so good. It's like a big kid's model kit. I'm definitely putting Choppin Block components on my wish list for if and when I ever get around to bagging my truck.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:45 PM   #29
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That's looking so good. It's like a big kid's model kit. I'm definitely putting Choppin Block components on my wish list for if and when I ever get around to bagging my truck.
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Thanks! I'm getting excited to see it laying on the ground! I have to get my axle narrowed and get the brakes ordered, but it's coming together.

The Choppin Block stuff really is amazing stuff. I've fabricated back halves before on trucks and this feels like I'm cheating it's so easy. I'd do it this way every day of the week though. If I had more time and had the axle assembled already I'm sure I could take the frame from stock to laid out in a weekend!
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:06 PM   #30
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I was going to say, I normally like building/fabricating all my own stuff, but it looks like that kit just takes all the headaches and figuring out of the whole process and gets right to the point. If you can swing the cost differential, it seems like a no brainer.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:55 PM   #31
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I got the front cross member in last night. Super simple and it makes the front of the frame super rigid!

I'm going to paint the frame black and the a-arms/link bars my accent color now, and then I can start getting everything final assembled and ready to run fuel and brake lines.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:56 PM   #32
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Nice work on the frame. If the price is good and that handles like it should with an easy install then the competition is going to be in trouble.
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:41 PM   #33
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Nice work on the frame. If the price is good and that handles like it should with an easy install then the competition is going to be in trouble.
Thank you! The price is right on par with the other stuff on the market and with the splined style sway bars, that you can swap out to give you more or less body roll, I think this thing is gonna handle amazingly. I'm definitely gonna test that theory!
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:13 PM   #34
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I had a few hours on Saturday to tinker on the 73.

After getting all the Choppin Block stuff bolted up I decided to weld up one spot where the back half meets the original rails, but only because I wanted it to look smoother. I lifted the from from the rear cross member before welding it and it didn't even flex a little where the two met. My Dad is convinced I only did it so I could weld something.

Once I got that finished I got the first coat of black enamel on the frame and shot the base and clear on the link bars and upper/lower a-arms.

What do you guys think of the accent color? I'm thinking I'll do the engine block and heads the same color.
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:56 PM   #35
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Lookin good. I like the accent color, I was wondering what it would be. After looking at these photos of your frame all together again, I'm wondering how much extra it would be for CB to just make a full frame because there doesn't appear to be much more left of the original frame except for a few runs of frame rail and a couple body mounts.
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:53 PM   #36
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Lookin good. I like the accent color, I was wondering what it would be. After looking at these photos of your frame all together again, I'm wondering how much extra it would be for CB to just make a full frame because there doesn't appear to be much more left of the original frame except for a few runs of frame rail and a couple body mounts.
They are coming out with exactly what you're talking about. They released their first version for the 1967-72 trucks at SEMA last year and are currently working on one for the 1973-87 trucks. I'm trying to get my Dad to pick one up for his 70 GMC build.
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Very nice!
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:01 AM   #38
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When you said accent color I was holding my breath. Seems like the lime or neon green is the go-to color and I am much more a fan of subtlety. So I like your choice although it is hard to tell just what color it is. Looks somewhere from a gray to a tan. Maybe show us next to the painted frame? Again, like the subtlety. Should look cool when the stock orange body goes on.
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Old 04-25-2017, 12:23 PM   #39
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Looks really nice!
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When you said accent color I was holding my breath. Seems like the lime or neon green is the go-to color and I am much more a fan of subtlety. So I like your choice although it is hard to tell just what color it is. Looks somewhere from a gray to a tan. Maybe show us next to the painted frame? Again, like the subtlety. Should look cool when the stock orange body goes on.
Yeah, I've seen the neon green accents and I'm with you on being more subtle. The color is more tan/brown then grey. It will be very similar to the interior color I'm doing, and I think it will be a good color with the factory Burnt Orange. The picture of the parts laying on the bench is a much better representation of the actual color.

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Thank you! It's coming along nicely!
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dang!...not messin' around. Looks great
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I don't know if any of you have seen these, but I tend to drive everything I own like I just stole it. This just seemed to perfect for this truck to pass up!
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I got the frame all painted with an enamel chassis black paint. I'm gonna work on pressing the ball joints into the lower A-arms and getting all the bushings and zerk fittings in tonight so I can get the rest of the suspension put together.

I'm going to have the rear end narrowed some so I can get some deep wheels on the back. That will likely hold up the progress a bit when it comes to laying this thing on the ground. I can't wait to see it laid out.
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I've got some parts rolling in to get this thing done. I got my brake kit from AZ Pro Performance. This kit is called their Revelator Brake Kit ant the rotors are HUGE! 14 1/2" front and rear rotors with billet hubs that allow you to bolt these to your factory, or factory style dropped, spindles! Now I can get the front end all put together!

I need you guys' opinion though on the color of the calipers. I've considered doing them the same color as I'm doing the suspension components, which is kind of a saddle brown color. I've also considered doing them the same color as the body, but think that might look cheesy and cheap. The other thought is just do them red. Let me know what you think would look best. Even if it's something totally different than what I've thought of.
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I'm just sitting here waiting on you to post updates.

I'm a fan of natural colored brakes, as in some form of silver, aluminum, or black paint. I had a Malibu for a long time with big Wilwoods on it and black calipers. It was understated but worked well with the overall look of the car.

I agree, body colored calipers look cheesy, and I have to lump red in there as well. Those massive brakes will draw enough attention on their own.
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I'm just sitting here waiting on you to post updates.

I'm a fan of natural colored brakes, as in some form of silver, aluminum, or black paint. I had a Malibu for a long time with big Wilwoods on it and black calipers. It was understated but worked well with the overall look of the car.

I agree, body colored calipers look cheesy, and I have to lump red in there as well. Those massive brakes will draw enough attention on their own.
I'm doing the same on your build! Lol. I wanna see the bed all done really bad!

That's a good point that the brakes will stand out irregardless of the color.
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Frame looks great and a nice set of brakes you have there.

I'll throw my opinion in there, I obviously like Red Calipers as the Wilwoods on my truck are Red. I also like the body color calipers if its like a Hugger Orange caliper on a Hugger Orange truck but with your truck being a burnt orange color I think Black or Silver calipers would look best.
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Frame looks great and a nice set of brakes you have there.

I'll throw my opinion in there, I obviously like Red Calipers as the Wilwoods on my truck are Red. I also like the body color calipers if its like a Hugger Orange caliper on a Hugger Orange truck but with your truck being a burnt orange color I think Black or Silver calipers would look best.
I appreciate your help on it!

I like the look of red calipers too. There was a time that only cars with really nice brakes had red calipers, and that's the reason I want them to be something other than silver or black. They are really nice brakes.

The only one I haven't heard any feedback on is painting them the same color as the suspension. It's a subtle color, but would stand out behind the wheels. Thoughts? (Picture of the color below)
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I'm not sure if I would like the color of your suspension parts for the calipers. It is your truck, so do what makes you happy. Paint them up....if you don't like the color all you need to do is paint them again.
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I'm not sure if I would like the color of your suspension parts for the calipers. It is your truck, so do what makes you happy. Paint them up....if you don't like the color all you need to do is paint them again.
I'm not sure either honestly, but that's also a great point. Spray them and see how they look. Black will cover it easily if I don't end up liking it.
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