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Old 01-17-2014, 08:59 PM   #176
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

What a spectacular build, absolutely beautiful!

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Old 01-20-2014, 02:26 PM   #177
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Not surprising, I got better mileage with my v8 4wd than the six 2wd when I converted. I think it was because the six was always working in the upper range while the 283 did not have to work as hard. I am hoping the 350 is even better as it should be a little more torquey.
I just finished up putting a 468 in it over my Christmas break from work. Flat top pistons, rv cam....should have a little more than the stock 454. Hopefully it does not make the fuel mileage go the wrong direction. Now if this white stuff would go away and I could get out and test it......spring is just around the corner...I hope.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:52 PM   #178
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

This is a very cool build, I seen it the first time around,
Didnt you make drop in top rails for your bed that were the original parts that were trimed off ?
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:20 AM   #179
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Absolutely amazing build. And you did it so fast! I love it. Now, you need to make your own camper with the same nostalgia look and paint.

Again, I love it and hope to see it some day!
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:16 PM   #180
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This is the most amazing build I have viewed. Your vision, creativity and follow through is perfect. Bertha turned out to be a show vehicle built in a home garage not in a million dollar hot rod shop. Foose, Coddington and Barris have nothing on you. This truck is beautiful. Please let us know if you will be showing Bertha around Pittsburgh this summer. I would love to see her and talk to you in person. Best Wishes and Happy Camping. Mark Harley Oakmont, Pa.
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Old 06-03-2014, 09:11 PM   #181
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cool build have you started on bertha;s big brother? would that be buford?
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:13 PM   #182
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Awesome build & you got some mad skills. This truck is out of this world love your work on the bed. GR8 JOB!! Keep the photos coming. Now whatcha gona do for an encore?
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:37 PM   #183
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

Are the windshields the same on the Low Cab Fowards as the normal pickup truck windshields?
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:12 PM   #184
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i echo all the positive comments. it's beautiful. i have seen a few HD dodge here in Canada. not a mopar fan but the old ones get my attention.
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Old 08-28-2015, 12:31 PM   #185
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

That is a really cool truck you have there. Great fab skills and I love the suicide rear doors
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:15 AM   #186
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Drove her to work today. Out on the highway she shifted into overdrive and never came out. There is a big hill I used to come up at about 70 in drive and I came up it at 80 in overdrive with only quarter pedal....I am so glad I switched to a big block.
There's no replacement for displacement. Such an awesome build. I hope to see it in person someday...
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:41 PM   #187
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

What an awesome build! I don't know how I missed it. You did an excellent job on the fab work on Bertha. How is she doing now? I saw pics of your truck searching crew cab lcf's.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:40 PM   #188
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

It's been a few years since I sent you a couple of LCF doors for your next project, did you ever start that project ?
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:03 PM   #189
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

It got put on the back burner...I've been doing a few for other people. Should be back on my projects this fall. finish 59 NAPCO, start on 57 short fleetside for my oldest son, start on 58 GMC 600 diesel tow pig. Then maybe the LCF
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:06 PM   #190
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What an awesome build! I don't know how I missed it. You did an excellent job on the fab work on Bertha. How is she doing now? I saw pics of your truck searching crew cab lcf's.
She is doing well, still pulling the camper around. She'll be due for some touch ups soon. Kids are hard on paint jobs. They have both scratched and dented it with bicycles. Its all good, I built it to use.
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:30 PM   #191
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I know what you mean about kids being hard on paint jobs. What are the details on the 58 GMC Diesel tow pig?
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:44 AM   #192
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Its a 58 GMC 600. I have a 99. Internatioal dt530 and 9speed. It will be air ride and air brakes. Setting it up like a semi with a sleeper.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:55 PM   #193
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Re: Big Bertha Build thread x2

Just read through this man and love the truck, modern drivetrain with classis body is the way to go. I plan to mount my 63 GMC 1500 on my 94 ram 2500 4x4 chassis though I would call mine a budget build lol, LS power and 5spd for just a dd truck that can pull car trailer here and there.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:21 PM   #194
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Re read the build as I want to do a similar build with my 58 GMC 450. What picture hosting site do you use just out of curiosity?
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:55 PM   #195
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All my pics are hosted on this site
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