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Old 12-22-2012, 12:37 PM   #201
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Re: Curt's '72 K20 Resto-mod

what a restoration job !
very interesting.
What interested me first is the audio system with 6 speakers and bass system under the seats.
I've installed an audio vintage, and re-used 2 speakers Jensen under seats. But it's very noisy in the cab' because I've just glasspacks as muflers, and they are under the cab' ==> so the sound is not really good. Now I would like to put 2 speakers in cabin, but I don't know what is the best place for : buy kick panels ? other place ?
thanks for helping me on this point.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:35 PM   #202
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We're back!
The truck has been done for awhile. It's about the trip, not the destination. I truly enjoyed the restoration process. After a short time, I got kinda bored, as the truck was 'done' for the most part.
Enter 2016 and after an uneventful 2015, I decided to pull the transmission and transfer case. When the truck was in California, the previous owner stepped up and had a 700R4 and 208 transfer case installed.
I never liked the way it shifted and I was constantly draining fluid from the transfer case which seeped from the transmission.
New converter, internals and gaskets were next up.
Back to wrenching!
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:56 AM   #203
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Transfer case re-sealed and detailed.
Eastwood products are good quality.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:32 AM   #204
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I know most have had to move on from 16.5 wheels. I had managed to collect a couple of sets of both 8.25" and 9.75" wide.
I've always liked the white steelie look. Ran the 8.25's with 31x10.50's for several years, never thinking much about it. When all the 33x12.50's dried up, I was considering the move to 16" wheels. Also, the fact that if anything happened to what I was running, I had no replacement.
Late last year, I located a set of gently used BFG's in 33x12.50-16.50. Well, they're home and mounted.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:06 PM   #205
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I've always liked the white steel look also. Very nice job.

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Old 06-09-2017, 09:22 AM   #206
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Here it is with the new wheels and tires installed.
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Old 06-09-2017, 09:34 PM   #207
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WOW! I really like your truck. Those wheels look great with the yellow and white.

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Old 06-11-2019, 10:36 AM   #208
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I wanted to show the installation of the 3 point shoulder belts I purchased from Tom on for sale postings. The safety upgrade was well worth it. The installation was easy.

After much deliberation, I went with white over ivory. I felt originally that ivory would be a tick too dark. After seeing them, I feel ivory would have worked as well.

I painted the buckles and retractor housings and B pillar covers using SEM super white 10503. I would suggest using the sand free primer first, as the rough finish won't allow any sanding. Time will tell if they need redone.

You can't use the oem style bolts on the belts. The holes in the mounting brackets are too small for the shoulder of the existing bolts. New hardware is included. I opted for a 1/4" longer bolt for the belts than what was provided.

The B pillar bolts were provided as well. I highly recommend running a tap through the holes before attempting the installation. 7/16-20 is the size. I found that the cover wouldn't fit well when I tightened the pillar bolts firmly. I backed them off just a bit.

It's obvious you're wearing a restraint now, rather than just a lap belt. I'm also hoping a couple of dollars in insurance savings because of this safety upgrade.

As you can see, they're tasteful and functional. I had considered this for some time, but hadn't found a set that looked stock enough and didn't require potential fabrication for installation.
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Nice job Curt
I like the look of the whole truck.
Those seatbelts look fantastic.
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:48 PM   #210
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Re: Curt's '72 K20 Resto-mod

Just read through your whole thread, just awesome. The 33’s and 2.5” lift looks great. I really think that is the best look for these trucks.
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Re: Curt's '72 K20 Resto-mod

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Nice job Curt
I like the look of the whole truck.
Those seatbelts look fantastic.
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Just read through your whole thread, just awesome. The 33s and 2.5 lift looks great. I really think that is the best look for these trucks.
Thanks for the kind words, guys.

I was going for a look that a project manager would drive to job sites with a 'day two' twist from the dealership. I just wanted a stock heavy duty look.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:55 AM   #212
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Re: Curt's '72 K20 Resto-mod

Spent last Saturday evening working on leaking valve covers.
Since the truck isn't a daily driver, the valve cover gaskets have decided to weep slightly causing minor smoking from the manifolds. Easy fix.

The covers are factory LT1 pieces which are aluminum. This would also allow time to use a little polish on them as well.

I leaned toward the Fel-Pro 1628 steel core set. A little pricy, but reviews were very good. They are thicker than the ones I had originally installed a few years back.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:37 AM   #213
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Re-assembly when smooth. But hey, a basic small block in a cavernous engine bay. Valve covers cleaned up nice.
If you use these gaskets, keep in mind they are thicker. I recommend slightly longer bolts for the valve covers. I chose stainless steel at 1.25" long with a stainless washer.
A short drive and no leaks. We'll keep an eye on things.
And, we got our number for the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville. Looking forward to the drive.
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