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Old 12-16-2016, 08:25 PM   #1
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65 gmc 4x4 build

I started off when i was 15 with a 79 gmc restoration. It went in some crazy different directions that i never dreamed of happening with it. But as some of you probably went through as well, i was young, dumb and wanted to buy a newer modern truck. All in all, i lost my butt in the end and still to this day kick myself for selling it.. Im now 20 and I came across this truck about a year ago. The guy had just bought it and it wasnt for sale. A bunch of time passed and i figured it was time to start a old truck build again so i gave him a call just for fun to see if i could take it off his hands. Turns out he had a price in mind and i picked it up two days later. Couldnt be more happier to start a build again. Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:34 PM   #2
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

Well it looks like you have a good candidate there, does it have the original running gear, are you going to do a nut and bolt restore a frame up or just build a DD...Remember it's your truck so do what you like....and we all LIKE plenty of PICTURES of your progress, looks like you did pretty good on the 79 I bet that thing is a beast with that caddy engine in it...
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Old 12-16-2016, 10:34 PM   #3
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

Yeah, factory running gear under it. My 79 was a 3/4 ton 2wd. I went through and took the front crossmember out and bolted in leaf mounts and a bunch of other stuff. It turned out great but lots and lots of measuring and time spent doing it... My last one i went all out on the body so im thinking this one im going to do the chassis. I have a 5.3 and a 700r4 that im gonna swap in. mild built, just cam, heads and a few other things. Then for the suspension i wanted to kinda go all out and leave the body alone (find a patina one). Im building a parrellel 4 link in the front with super duty coil springs and cups and the rear will be a triangular 4 link with bags. Powdercoated body color diff housing and 4 link bars. Do you know what color green this is?
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Old 12-17-2016, 02:14 AM   #4
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

i like it. as old as i am. the 65 that is.
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:50 PM   #5
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What V6 did it have in it?
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:07 AM   #6
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

Not sure about the green, it should be listed on the driver side foot well, I know there's someone on here that has a listing of the factory paint codes..
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Old 12-18-2016, 10:17 AM   #7
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What V6 did it have in it?
The 305 i think
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Old 12-28-2016, 03:15 PM   #8
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

Picked up a 14 bolt "heavy half" rearend for it. Opened it up and found out it has a posi carrier in it too! Only paid $150 for it. The rims pictured on it are 15x14 weld racing rims to give it that wide old school look.
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Old 12-28-2016, 03:21 PM   #9
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

15x14 welds next to a 2 liter coke bottle for comparison
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:00 PM   #10
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Re: 65 gmc 4x4 build

that's gonna look good.
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