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Old 06-08-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Well here is my project. Some of you may have already seen it, but I'm just getting around to creating a build thread for it.

It's a 1984 Chevrolet C10 1/2ton 2wd Short Wide Bed. I bought it back in March. It has the original tired 305 with a TH350 tranny. The previous owner had a 3" lift kit on it when I bought it. Here are a few pics of when I first bought it.
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Since I bought it progress has been somewhat slow. I have installed a new 85-87 grille, and stock steering wheel. Thanks to HotRod73 for the stock steering wheel. The previous owner had the the windshield partially tinted, so that has been removed. The gas tank leaks, and Joe231 has supplied me with a replacement one that he had, just haven't gotten around to installing it yet, trying to use up as much gas in the current tank as I can

I did get the lift kit taken out, and a set of 1" lowering springs from Brother's Truck Parts installed. Along with the springs I installed new shocks front and rear, and new upper and lower ball joints. The rear was lifted with blocks, so those were just removed to get the rear back to normal. My uncle bought a 85 SWB, and got a set of 15x8 rally wheels, with 275/60 tires along with the purchase. Those were also put on when the lift kit was removed. This was a great improvement over the 31x10.50 tires that were on it. Here is a pic from the Oklahoma Truck Meet that The Sebring took after I got it lowered back to normal.

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That is all the pics I have right now because the wife has the camera. I just installed a sport bumper on the rear, and cut off the chrome echo chamber exhaust tips today. I also removed the spare tire, and hanger. When I get a chance I'll post some more pics of the other progress that I have done.

Future plans include a rebuilt 350 motor, 700R4 tranny. Still undecided on further lowering options. Leaning towards 2.5" spindles, and hanger/shackle combo in the rear. Going to repaint it, but don't know color yet. So now that I have started the thread I can update it with info as I make progress. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and opinions are always welcome. Also if anyone has any questions about the truck, what I have done, or what I plan to do don't be afraid to ask.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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It is about time bro!!!

looks so much better with those wheels and tires and the change of altitude....

I failed to check out many trucks at the meet, so I wanna see some under hood shots, and some pics of the exhaust...
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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Glad to see you have a build thread. Now stay focused and keep the progress reports coming.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:16 PM   #4
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looks much better
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:35 PM   #5
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cool! We'll be watching
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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I've got pictures of your interior at the meet and your engine as well if you'd like it to be posted. Also a picture of your massive foot tall air filter I believe .
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:37 PM   #7
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Post it!
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:55 PM   #8
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congrats buddy! looks a lot cleaner from the 1st pics already. just take your time and little by little your gonna find yourself w/ a really nice truck just the way you wanted it! now just keep us posted w/ DAILY updates!
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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I've got pictures of your interior at the meet and your engine as well if you'd like it to be posted. Also a picture of your massive foot tall air filter I believe .
yeah, post them!!!
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:36 PM   #10
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Day and night with the new look. Much better now..
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:54 PM   #11
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Already looks much better with the stock rallies, John!

Looking forward to your progress. Are you going to do a frame off?
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:55 PM   #12
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Looks much better like it sits now . I like the look of Rallys on anything stock height to slammed . Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming .
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:23 PM   #13
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Here's your other pics from the meet.





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Old 06-09-2009, 12:50 AM   #14
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good luck with the build bro
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:35 AM   #15
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Nice work, lookin' good!
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:12 AM   #16
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Glad to see it John. It looks better since you lowered it back down. What did the old grill look like?
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:42 AM   #17
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sitting good man. keep up the progress.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:33 AM   #18
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Thanks a lot guys. It means a lot to hear encouragement from you all. Especially since I have seen the trucks you guys have done, and are still in the process of working on.


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It is about time bro!!!

I failed to check out many trucks at the meet, so I wanna see some under hood shots, and some pics of the exhaust...
My wife took the camera yesterday so I didn't get a chance to take any pics. I'll try and get some this evening.

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congrats buddy! looks a lot cleaner from the 1st pics already. just take your time and little by little your gonna find yourself w/ a really nice truck just the way you wanted it! now just keep us posted w/ DAILY updates!
Yeah with my cash flow the time isn't the issue!

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No I just don't have the time, funds, or space for a frame off job. Maybe on the next truck!

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Glad to see it John. It looks better since you lowered it back down. What did the old grill look like?
I have some pics of it I'll get posted. I just put some of the pics I had on here to get the thread started. It was just the stock 83-84 grille. It wasn't in too bad of shape, just always liked the 85-87 better. My uncle took a phantom billet grille off his truck, so I may look at that one too.

Thanks Hyper for posting the pics.
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You're welcome, but just for the record, I liked it when it was up in the air a little!

Still looks good though brother!
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Well I have a lift kit if you want to install it on the GMC. If it was a 4wd truck it would have been fine, but for a 2wd it just wasn't the right look in my opinion.
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Already looks much better with the stock rallies, John!

Looking forward to your progress. Are you going to do a frame off?
Hey you got any pics of yours painted yet?
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Hey you got any pics of yours painted yet?
It's not ready yet. I've been wet sanding the cab for what seems like eons now. It's coming out good, but it's slow and monotonous. Finished up the firewall today, came out really nice. I'll post some pics when I get the cab finished.
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Looking good John. I like the new stance.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:41 PM   #24
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Well I have a lift kit if you want to install it on the GMC. If it was a 4wd truck it would have been fine, but for a 2wd it just wasn't the right look in my opinion.
Yeah, I understand that. I like my 72 where it sits and my 4x4 I have to work out of so I don't want to raise it any more than it is.

I think low riders or high rollers either one look really good

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Old 06-09-2009, 10:55 PM   #25
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I gotta have it jacked up . I just dig the raised look better on any truck really. Get that suspension exposed and some beefy Mickey Thompsons on 'em. Now don't get crazy with it, but a good 5 inch raise in the back and 3 inch raise in the front is what I like to look at on trucks.
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