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Old 11-13-2017, 11:56 AM   #176
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Well, got a text from Jayson Saturday saying that we needed to develop a course of action on getting my truck to his garage before the snow starts flying and things unpredictably get sloppy here in the great Midwest. So, yesterday my wife and I turned the truck on a dime inside the garage and my son and I pushed it on the trailer. Now, it wasn't as easy as that, there was a lot of other straightening and cleaning of tons of parts and debris before any movement of the truck could occur. I went out and rented a U-Haul trailer (great shape surprisingly), which was 30 miles away in the direction of Jayson, turned back around, headed home and then loaded the trailer. I had a quick supper and was on my way around 6:30PM. I arrived at Jayson's just around 10:00PM. After several discussions on how and where to unload the trailer, we pushed it off without damage to the truck and especially the truck he's working on. We swapped the original hood with an NOS one that I had in the back of my truck, and the two of us kind of lifted the SWB bed that had been sitting at Jayson's for some time onto the frame. Dads79GMC is now in the talented hands of Jayson. Oh, after two hours of work and discussion, I headed home, dropped off the trailer at 03:10AM and arrived home around 04:00AM. Talk about being hyper-alert.....seemed like every 5-10 miles there was either deer splatter/guts on the interstate or deer in the ditch....Terrible.

BTW, Jayson has to redo my handiwork from 9 years ago and replace my floor, cab corner, inners etc, the "correct way"! Sorry Jayson. What can i say.....I tried!

Take it from here Jayson!!!
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:18 PM   #177
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

Here it is in its new home for the winter! It looks right at home! It is going to be a treat to work with all the NOS sheet metal.
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:29 PM   #178
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Hey Mike, I had read your thread awhile back and just got caught up. Cool line-up of projects! Jealousy doesn't look good on me but I've got some nonetheless, ha. Congratulations on the new job and thank you for how you've served our country. Your artwork is compelling. How did you get started doing that?

I look forward to seeing the progress that JaysonB makes on your truck. Couldn't hardly be in better hands. And don't feel badly that he is going to re-do some of your past work. I think one of the great things about these trucks is that they always look cool -- all the way from old and beat, to pristine. My approach to my trucks is the idea of improvement. Fix them to the level of my skill with what I can afford now, and then maybe take it to the next level next time around. The cool thing is that you are now at that next level. Keep us posted on all 3 trucks. Thanks! LT7A
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:48 PM   #179
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Aftermarket sheetmetal installs $250/hr

NOS sheetmetal installs $60/hr


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Old 11-15-2017, 05:28 PM   #180
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Hey Mike, I had read your thread awhile back and just got caught up. Cool line-up of projects! Jealousy doesn't look good on me but I've got some nonetheless, ha. Congratulations on the new job and thank you for how you've served our country. Your artwork is compelling. How did you get started doing that?

I look forward to seeing the progress that JaysonB makes on your truck. Couldn't hardly be in better hands. And don't feel badly that he is going to re-do some of your past work. I think one of the great things about these trucks is that they always look cool -- all the way from old and beat, to pristine. My approach to my trucks is the idea of improvement. Fix them to the level of my skill with what I can afford now, and then maybe take it to the next level next time around. The cool thing is that you are now at that next level. Keep us posted on all 3 trucks. Thanks! LT7A

LT7A,

I went to school for graphic design (Bachelor of Fine Art) way back. However, didn't do a thing with it because I was too busy playing war games and war. I learned silkscreening in college, just recalled it for something to do. I have too many hobbies

The third truck will be a while since Jayson and I both have our additional projects that need done. We plan on building a true "Spare Parts" build when we get the chance. We believe we have everything to do it???????

As for my truck #2 (the one I paid $150 for), I'll start a build thread on that one soon.

Thanks Mike
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:18 PM   #181
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Not having to do a bunch of cutting and welding on new parts to make them fit is going to be a treat for sure! The next few weeks will be spent coming up with a plan of action, and gathering parts and supplies, while I finish up the current project. Having Mikes truck sitting here is a good motivator to get stuff done.😀
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:25 PM   #182
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True-NOS is the only way to go! I'm building my father in laws 77 GMC and we have all NOS stuff on it as well....so much time saved its great!
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:21 PM   #183
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Re: Dad's 1979 GMC Heavy Half Transformation

gmachinz, those bedsides are just rotting away...you know....the ones you should sell me!!!!
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:48 PM   #184
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Looks amazing!
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:50 PM   #185
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Thanks STOCKISH. BTW, I can't get your build link to work. Thanks Mike
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