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Old 07-31-2017, 12:11 PM   #1
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‘62 Long Low Fleet

I have not done a good job of taking pictures, let alone compiling them over the years with previous OT projects so I figure if I start a build thread, that might change things. Picked this truck up over the winter and have been anxiously waiting to tear into it as I finished up other more pressing projects. Finally drug it into the shop two weeks ago and have made some good progress so far.

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Knowing that the rear was going to be more difficult to lower, I started there and will match that drop up front. Off with the bed and removed the 10 bolt

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Old 07-31-2017, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Got the notch boxed in and the 12 bolt mocked up. I’ll plate the notch once I decide if I need to keep the bump stop brackets and figure out a location for the shocks

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Pulled the seat and hump to extract the 4 speed through the floor then pulled the motor.
The front cross member was next to go.

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Old 07-31-2017, 09:47 PM   #3
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Good progress! Looks like our plans are very similar for our 62's. I've swapped in a new front crossmember and want to pull the bed and notch the frame. Keep it up!
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:04 PM   #4
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Final plans?
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

End game includes a 383, TKO600 and a Truetrac. The interior will get cleaned up with a new seat and carpet. I don't have intentions of doing any body work or paint. I'll need to raise the bed floor because of the notch and maybe make more room for wider rear tires.
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:30 AM   #6
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Here is my '62 shock location. If stock arms the rear push forward as it goes up. Use blocks to help. Mine is a pipe notch bit you looking to lay frame?
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Old 08-28-2017, 04:32 PM   #7
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Update from the last few weekends. Finished up the rear suspension. Installed rear bags, fabricated upper and lower shock mounts, made brackets for the panhard bar. I still need to finish weld the trailing arm brackets and panhard but I'll wait until i get the trans installed and know what my pinion angle needs to be.
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Got it all squared up and sitting on 4 wheels again.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:37 AM   #8
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Almost forgot, finished the front end swap ('84).
Installed the steering shaft and box with CaptainFab's kit
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:29 PM   #9
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Looks good. I plan on swapping the front end and rearend of a 82 into my 62.
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:19 PM   #10
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Nice work so far. Welcome
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:35 PM   #11
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Back to work on the truck. Got the bed sitting on the frame once again.

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Started to work on raising the floor. Couldn't find many pictures (thanks photobucket) on how others have done it so this is what i came up with.

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I welded 1x1 angle around the perimeter so the flooring will mount similar to the original. Notch is 4" so i just used 2x4 tubing where it mounts to the frame. Building the area up at the tailgate is next.

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Old 12-18-2017, 12:48 PM   #12
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Made a bit more progress recently. Got the tailgate area of the floor sorted out. Used 4 different pieces to create a shape that was close to stock design

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I sectioned the wheel wells a few inches so the proportions look better with the shallower bed.

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I'm going to hold off on the wood until the truck is on the road. Having access from above is priceless.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:21 PM   #13
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Very nice build. I have been looking for a way to raise my bed. Hope you don't mind if I use your ideas. Will follow your progress.
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Old 12-30-2017, 02:47 AM   #14
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Re: ‘62 Long Low Fleet

Would you mind to pm me some more info on the power steering install? I’ve got a 62 as well and about to do that same thing, without instructions or measurements. Awesome build!
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