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Old 08-17-2015, 11:01 PM   #1
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The project with no name - 1970 K20

I don't have a name for the truck yet, since I have absolutely zero seat time at this stage.

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1970 K-20, factory AC cab 4spd, dana 60 front axle and 14 bolt rear, PDB and PS. Has a rebuilt 383 LWP setup in it but the AC stuff from the firewall forward is gone.

Previous owner painted the whole thing and built the bumpers for it. All I did was cut and buff it. It is a pretty nice paint job. Oh and yes it has been cut down to a SWB, as you could already tell. PO had it set for "monster truck" with a huge lift and 44" tires.

Mechanical is almost done, next will be interior. Most of what I had to do was goofy body guy stuff (throttle rod was zip tied to the carb, for instance) and some wiring. I know it won't be too popular a truck what with the chopped down frame and the 88-98 bed but I dig it.

Almost day 1


After cut & buff. He is good so it didn't take much wetsanding.


Front bumper he built, awesome IMO. Made out of 3/16" plate. Had brackets made that mount in the receiver slot for the license plates. I found H4 headlights with built in turn signals so I didn't have to add on anything. I liked the clean look.



As it sits now. Front springs were swapped to some Skyjacker softride 6" lift. Put some KYB shocks in.



New brake booster and master cyl. How bout those M/T valve covers!



Next is dash pad and seat cover. Interior was all repainted too. Then I'll slowly get the AC stuff and get that going by next summer.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:29 AM   #2
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

looks way better with the lower stance. clean looking truck!
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:42 PM   #3
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Nice truck!
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:52 PM   #4
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Thanks for bringing that truck back to earth...
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:41 AM   #5
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

much better!
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:10 PM   #6
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Would you believe I sold those hideous 44"s for a grand which almost paid for those wheels AND tires?
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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Went to take it for a test drive the other day and the brakes aren't good enough to hold it still in my driveway. Got the left rear drum of the 14b off and everything is coated with gear oil, so 1. no wonder the brakes can't do their job, and 2. it also looks like the cylinder isn't moving so I guess we'll be doing bearings, brakes, and seals!
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:49 PM   #8
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Very nice truck I almost did a step side for my build. looks better with the 6" lift and new tires.
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:17 PM   #9
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Did I say the mechanicals were almost done last august? Well here it is damn near next august and the thing is ready to go down and get plates & tags. While I was at it I replaced the broken gov-lock for a peg-leg, new ring & pinion, new front bearings & brakes, new aluminum radiator, heck its almost a new truck again!

The truck has been named "Brewtus" because, I'll be honest, I love beer!

Still need to replace that ugly cracked up steering wheel.


Pulled the ol vac secondary holley off and decided it had to go, so I rebuilt a nice quadrajet which I actually pulled off my last truck, a 71 K20. It has great throttle response and idles super nice. Once I pulled the carb I saw it had a single plane intake, so I pulled that in favor of an edelbrock performer.

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Old 08-27-2016, 09:32 AM   #10
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Love that interior shot bud, did you have the bench reupholstered locally, or ordered that cover?
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:54 AM   #11
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Love that interior shot bud, did you have the bench reupholstered locally, or ordered that cover?
Cover is from Tim at truckseats. I installed.

This thing about ready to hit the road for good. I had to fix an overheating issue. New water pump and thermostat fixed that.

I still want to figure out some ebrake cable setup on this since I park on a sloped driveway. In the flattest town in eastern Oregon there isn't a single flat driveway or parking lot.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:54 AM   #12
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Inline tube should be able to get you set up, tell then how much lift you have and they should be able to extend the cable length, if you have the stock setup let them know how short the cable to drum is.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:23 AM   #13
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

I tried to get them (Inline Tube) to work with us on our ebrake setup and they wouldn't customize anything for us. I was told they build to factory spec or reproduce a cable sent to them and that is it.

We took forum member First c10 advise and went with Control Cables http://www.controlcables.com/, we'll be installing some of their stuff in my build thread this week.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:48 PM   #14
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I tried to get them (Inline Tube) to work with us on our ebrake setup and they wouldn't customize anything for us. I was told they build to factory spec or reproduce a cable sent to them and that is it.

We took forum member First c10 advise and went with Control Cables http://www.controlcables.com/, we'll be installing some of their stuff in my build thread this week.
Cool, i'll check it out and see how it goes.

I figured if I ran a piece of "bailing wire" from each drum cable and through the adjuster I could get a pretty good idea of the size I need. The thing I am wrestling with in my head is if I need some sort of bracketry to pull the cables up and out of the way.

In other news, I pulled off the evaporator cover, removed the evap a bit too aggressively and broke the small tube that comes out of it, but I suppose it is best to replace that anyway. Behind it was a massive vermin nest, got that all cleaned out. The inside heat/ac box is broken next to one mounting stud and has stripped out threads where the diverter screws to it, I found a good used one on the boards to replace it.

Turn signal switch is shot, which explains why the horn doesn't blow, the contact fell out and was laying in the bottom of the column. The upper column bearing looks to be missing a few ball bearings. Not sure if I can get away with packing this with grease and having it last a while since they are otherwise not available. (why not!)
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:57 AM   #15
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Re: The project with no name - 1970 K20

Not a lot of experience with this vendor but they seem to be very helpful, I was dealing with Kyle. We went back and forth a little to make sure the peddle end was going to work correctly. I'm sure if you give them a call they'll have some ideas.
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:23 AM   #16
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Got a new steering wheel (used a 3-spoke "comfort grip" ala 1st gen camaro) and put my new old lookin tach in, Bosch is the brand.

I always thought maybe this truck was just not gonna be very fast as I drive around 25 mph in 3rd, but it turns out it is my flex fan making all that noise, at 3k with that darn thing and the slowmasters it sounds revved out!

I have a severe duty fan clutch already, just need to secure a fan.

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Old 09-15-2016, 11:07 AM   #17
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Cool old school tach!
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That's a really nice truck you have there. I like the new stance, wheels and tires. The interior looks great too. Have you been able to drive the truck much yet?
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:27 PM   #19
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Well after 7 months I figure it is time for an update.

I ended up replacing the rear leafs too with matching skyjackers and now the thing can actually go over bumps without jarring teeth loose. 1 ton springs + short fiberglass bed = bad news. If I stood on the bed before there was absolutely no squat.

I got the heater/blower working, just in time to not need it! I guess this whole time I should have been working on the AC huh?

I am driving this pretty regularly now, and it is a fun truck to drive so now I am working on sprucing up the interior some, and I'd love to get that parking brake working. This might be redneck (Ok, i is and I'm ok with that) but for now my "parking brake" is a half round of wood I just drive over on my approach into the driveway and seems to hold the truck just fine while it is warming up.

Next big deal will be to get a spray in bedliner, the factory paint in the bed is maroon.. which clashes pretty well with a silver and grey truck. But, I'm not doing that!

Next thing I'd like to figure out is if there is a better way to raise the steering arm on this dana 60, right now the arm is pretty much level but I can tell the thing twists a bit when I turn as the steering wheel is never "centered" in the same place. (some of this may be due to a worn rag joint as well) This must have a 2 or 3" block under the steering arm.

*EDIT* seems like this is the ticket:
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You don't want to raise the steering arm.When you raise the steering arm they tend to twist and snap the longer studs. you are better off getting a drop drag link or pitman arm. The best way is to go with cross over steering set up.
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You don't want to raise the steering arm.When you raise the steering arm they tend to twist and snap the longer studs. you are better off getting a drop drag link or pitman arm. The best way is to go with cross over steering set up.
x2 get rid of that block and go with the dropped pitman arm
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X3, get rid of that steering block! Three of the studs broke on my steering block on my 72 in February. If you don't have ARP studs in that block, get them.

This is the ultimate fix though.

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Steering block is out, one of the nylon bushings was broken too. I was going to replace those anyway so I had them on hand. Truck drives GREAT now! No more steering slop. Time for an alignment and to put my steering wheel on straight.

Here is the unit, it is really stout.

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nice, havent seen that draglink before, only dropped pitman arms, where did you find it, who makes it?
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nice, havent seen that draglink before, only dropped pitman arms, where did you find it, who makes it?
It is superlift suspension part number 3040. Found one on eBay for $71.24.

I hadn't heard of it either til I posted that update a week or so ago, found it digging around d60 threads on another site.
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