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Old 04-24-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Well guys, it has been a while since I have posted anything worthwhile on here and I suppose it's time I start an "Official" build thread for Audrey.

History: Got her as a Senior in High School after trading another truck plus some cash at a car lot I worked at. Started out with 68k original miles, now has 79k and is being, well, torn apart and restored how I want. Originally a 350/400 and 342 rear end lowered 5/7 and original mandarin interior.

Planned Build:
-Scotts Hot Rod's 73-87 Custom Chassis
-6 spd Super Magnum with an LT Gen V motor
-Switch over to low back buckets covered in leather as close to the original mandarin as possible.
-Interior will have a redesigned retro, vibe, keeping the original dash but wrapping in leather, door panels will be redesigned and updated but keep some original parts.
-One-off cab trim, billet grille (stock design), and all trim will be done in a brushed nickel.
-Bumpers smoothed, narrowed and done in brushed nickel.
-Bed rails filled, bed floor raised ~4", metal border in bed with central gas fill, dark wood and brushed nickel strips, flush tonneau cover with gas shocks, tailgate altered with gas shocks for opening.


More to come later. Will post more later and update with pics.
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Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
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Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Some ideas
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aka "Audrey"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:48 PM   #3
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Chassis is 95%. Will be at the Raleigh Goodguys show on display and also the Nashville show on display for Scott's. Looks like it came out good. Will be picking it up at the end of May.
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1978 Chevy 2wd Stepside
aka "Audrey"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:27 PM   #4
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

One wild chassis. I have always loved your truck. Can't wait to see the new tweaked version.
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Old 04-25-2019, 02:40 PM   #5
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Diggin' it! Love the wheels and tires.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:39 PM   #6
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Locked and loaded for getting the frame tomorrow from Scotts
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1978 Chevy 2wd Stepside
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Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.

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Old 05-21-2019, 03:57 PM   #7
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Got the frame home. Gonna be some mock ups soon
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1978 Chevy 2wd Stepside
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Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:22 PM   #8
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Loving it, keep it coming please.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:45 AM   #9
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Cab is sitting on new frame. Still need to do some bed mods to let the bed sit down.
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1978 Chevy 2wd Stepside
aka "Audrey"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:58 PM   #10
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

On the ground. Metal work to come.
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1978 Chevy 2wd Stepside
aka "Audrey"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:42 PM   #11
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

Little fender and bed floor mock up to see how everything is fitting. Found out the front core support mounts are a couple inches too far back and will have to cut and weld them up further. Also will have to fabricate/modify front lower center bumper brackets.
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1978 Chevy 2wd Stepside
aka "Audrey"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts
79k original miles & being restored

1979 Chevy 2wd Short Wide
aka "Emma-Jayne"
Cordova brown with mandarin guts

2019 Chevy Tahoe LT


Previous rides:
-2002 Firehawk T/A, 2006 Trailblazer SS AWD, 2014 GMC Sierra RCSB, 1971 2wd Blazer, 1996 SNB, 1997 2dr 2wd Yukon, 2001 Silverado RCSB, 2011 Silverado Z71 4x4, 1982 2wd Blazer, 1997 2dr Tahoe, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1972 2wd Blazer, 1986 Silverado Stepside, 1995 S-10, 1985 Silverado SWB.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:21 PM   #12
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Re: Audrey: My '78 Silverado

I usually dont care for brown but that color is cool! I dig the new wheels too.
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