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Old 09-17-2018, 07:22 PM   #1
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Talking Noob with a daughters project

I'm a sucker for my daughter(s).

I picked up 'Bernie' a two-toned '72 Chevy C10, 402ci from my brother in laws neighbor for $500, as my kiddo wanted "an old truck to fix up." It looked lonely to me, and the parts looked pricey, so I bought 'Floyd' the donor truck (1970 C20, 350ci).

I've started down the process & it's been educational, to say the least. I'm an accountant by training, but enjoy getting my hands dirty, especially when the smell of the old trucks brings back memories from grandma's farm.

We're hoping to have the truck up and running in a few months, but needed to pick the brains of guys far more experienced and smarter than myself. I called LMC and the guy wasn't quite as useful as I'd hoped in talking about how some of the parts fit together. Sigh...
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:51 PM   #2
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Re: Noob with a daughters project

Looks like a great start to a project (or two!). You'll find a wealth of knowledge here on the forum. Just go into the appropriate section, search for your answer using the "search" feature & feel absolutely free to make a new post to ask questions about any answers that you don't find. I built a VW Beetle with my daughter & it was awesome! Wrenching on an old project and having fun lends itself to lots of chit chat and small talk with your daughter that you might not otherwise get. Very cool of you to have the willingness to take on a project like this with your daughter! Have fun!

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Old 09-24-2018, 06:54 PM   #3
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Re: Noob with a daughters project

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Looks like a great start to a project (or two!). You'll find a wealth of knowledge here on the forum. Just go into the appropriate section, search for your answer using the "search" feature & feel absolutely free to make a new post to ask questions about any answers that you don't find. I built a VW Beetle with my daughter & it was awesome! Wrenching on an old project and having fun lends itself to lots of chit chat and small talk with your daughter that you might not otherwise get. Very cool of you to have the willingness to take on a project like this with your daughter! Have fun!

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Thanks Nik. I'm clearly in over my head, but figured the time I'll spend with her will be worth far more than the $2,500 I'm hoping to spend on this project.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:07 PM   #4
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Re: Noob with a daughters project

I'll have to get some pics to go with this update, but here is a summary of what we've done to Bernie (1972 C10) since we bought this little gem of a project. Starting from when I purchased Floyd (1970 C20) on Sept 1 through today, Sept 24:

Floyd (1970 C20) last year it was registered per the license plate was 1986. Likely had gas in the tank ever since then. nasty stuff.

9/3 - Floyd unloaded & into backyard. Kiddo detached & drained ancient NASTY gas Drained radiator. forgot to drain coolant from engine, so removing lower hose was lively. After the green shower, removed plugs & they looked pretty good. Removed fan shroud. Able to remove front end/radiator/lights thing from Bernie. Hand cranked the engine with breaker bar, the engine wasn't seized up. Glorious Day

9/6 - Loosened bolts off of alternator. didn't have tools to remove it ready.

9/10 - Took out A/C Compressor & loosened all belts.

9/11 - Tested Starter & researched how to "jump" the starter. Thx google.

9/12 - "Jerry rigged" the starter & was able to get the engine to try & turn over. Glorious whine. Performed compression test. Only one cylinder had difference between dry/wet test. Engine seems solid.

9/15 - Tested alternator, it's working. Reattached belts to alternator & power steering. Cleaned gas tank. xfer gas tank neck grommet onto Bernie. Attached body mounts to cab.

9/17 - Joined forum & uploaded pics to get opinion of cab rust & fix.

9/21 - Ordered Front floor supports (2), outer cab panels (LH/RH), Front door pillar (LH), Sending Unit Float, Sending Unit screen from Classic Industries. Talked to technical folks there & they said it's all 16-17 ga steel.

9/24 - looking online to learn how to fix issues from the tear down where important parts were cut away, like brake lines & gas lines. Need to buy a double flaring kit. arranging to borrow a welder from a buddy.

So far so good, am still wanting to have it running by 10/31 with brakes, gas, & coolant systems working.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:19 PM   #5
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Pic 1 - Antifreeze on bottom, old gas on top
Pic 2 - Nasty smelling gas & kiddo
Pic 3 - Tank removed from Floyd (1970 C20)
Pic 4 - Cleaning exterior of tank
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:22 PM   #6
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Pics After the antifreeze shower/bath
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:25 PM   #7
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Visions of rust issues on the cab floor. Rest of truck has minor surface rust.

Pic 1 & 2 - Driver Side
Pic 3 & 4 - Passenger Side
Pic 5 - Both sides front cab support are shot
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:29 PM   #8
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Redneck fix to bypass missing electric connections to the starter. Took a 3" piece of metal, bent & drilled to make a "custom" fit.

Pic 1 - Starter connections from the back
Pic 2 - Starter connections to show bending of metal
Pic 3 - Hooking up the battery to hear Bernie whine for gas
Pic 4 - Nasty remnants of using "cleaner" on the gas tank
Pic 5 - Gas tank drying out after a day at the spa
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:33 PM   #9
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Re: Noob with a daughters project

Random Pics

Pic 1 - Cab mounts installed (loose for now)
Pic 2 - Putting back in plugs after compression test
Pic 3 - Grinding out some rust
Pic 4 - Upcoming Project - learn to rebuild a carb
Pic 5 - Help I gave to a buddy with his struggling tomato plant
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:19 PM   #10
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Re: Noob with a daughters project

Nice Progress.
Family time like this can not be Replaced.
Building Memories like this is Priceless.
You have these Pictures to remember all the good times.
I have some old Faded Polaroids of my projects Years ago.
Brings back memories for me.
I'm Subbed for this Project.
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