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Old 01-01-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

Since everyone has been asking for more picture and updates on the construction of n2billet's latest project I thought I would post a few pics (with his permission).

Here's what he started with a clean low mileage truck. that was almost rust free. It does need a freash set of cab supports but the corners and rockers are as solid as they come on a 68.


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Old 01-01-2006, 10:31 AM   #2
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

It's has 68k original miles. It's got a 250 six with a 2 speed powerglide.

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Old 01-01-2006, 10:33 AM   #3
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

Now for the ugly stuff. Fortunately this is all easy to fix after you pull the cab. That will come a little later....

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Old 01-01-2006, 10:41 AM   #4
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

It sat in storage for a while as he gathered new parts and finished off other projects. A plan was laid out that included air suspension and big billet wheels. Since the truck is so solid the bed would not be cut. That means a small C-notch to get it as low as it will go with out cutting sheetmetal.
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Old 01-01-2006, 10:47 AM   #5
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

The frame was partially covered with undercoating, caked with grunge, and somewhat rusty. This wasn't going to be a "frame off" project but it couldn't go back together nasty either. The decision was made to clean it up and paint it.
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Old 01-01-2006, 10:53 AM   #6
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

He installed an Air Ride Technologies "Big Red" system that includes 8 Big Red 3/8" valves, two 3 gallon tanks, and two Thompson 317 compressors.
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Old 01-01-2006, 10:59 AM   #7
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

He also installed 2" blocks, an adjustable panhard rod and a pair of Firestaone bags. What you can't see in the pics are the 5 lug axles that were installed.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:08 AM   #8
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

With the rear done, and the bed back on it was time to move to the front. He installed a crossmember from an 73-87 truck (82 Blazer to be exact) that was completely rebuilt with Performance Suspension Tecnology components, and brakes from Stainless Steel Brakes that were cryogenic treated by Applied Rotor Technology
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:11 AM   #9
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

It was time to get it back on the ground to see how she looked. Even with a borrowed set of mud and snow tires it was starting to take shape.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:14 AM   #10
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

What it really needed right now was a set of big inch billet rollers to get the look he was after. Fortunately he had some close by he could borrow for a test fit.

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Old 01-01-2006, 11:16 AM   #11
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

Another set that wasn't mounted yet would give him an idea of what was needed for the rear. Now he could measure for correct backspace and get a set ordered.

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Old 01-01-2006, 11:19 AM   #12
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

While he is waiting on the wheels it was time to clean up the front suspension. Unfortunately there was a motor in the way of his progress, so the decision was made to remove it.

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Old 01-01-2006, 11:22 AM   #13
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

Even though the truck only had 68k miles, he figures it started leaking oil right off the showroom floor. Everything under the hood was well lubricated.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:26 AM   #14
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

It's amazing what a few hundred psi of water will do. Of course there was lots of scraping and wire brushing involved too.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:29 AM   #15
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

The firewall was repainted along with the inside of the fenders.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:33 AM   #16
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

In the meantime, the motor was getting the first stages of "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:38 AM   #17
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Re: n2billet's 68 project

I'll add more pics as he sends them to me. Wait till you see what he got for the motor...
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Old 01-01-2006, 01:45 PM   #18
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

Truck, very nice makeover, if you are going to do it you may as well do it right the first time......
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

Looks good. Are the 'bags acting as the bumpstop? Is the adjustable panhard bar from CPP? Can't wait to see what he has in store for the inline 6.
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

did he use drop spindles in the front?
thats looking really good
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:05 PM   #21
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

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did he use drop spindles in the front?
Yes, 3" DJM's...

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Old 01-01-2006, 04:41 PM   #22
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

Ken what is the process used to paint a engine?? Clear/base on that one??
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

I'm watching this one! It's gonna be SWEET,...
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Re: n2billet's project 68 "Extreme Makeover" hot rod style

Is the side trim staying? I would be interested in it if it is getting shaved...
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Old 01-01-2006, 08:20 PM   #25
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phantom dually- Ken what is the process used to paint a engine?? Clear/base on that one??

N2TRUX- Keith will be along soon. I will let me tell you the steps and material that he uses.

67Fleet- Is the side trim staying?

N2TRUX- Yes the trim is staying. He has a complete set of replacement trim that will be installed after the paint is buffed out. PM n2billet and he can tell you the condition of the trim that is being removed.

lolife99- I'm watching this one! It's gonna be SWEET

N2TRUX- Me too.....

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