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Old 01-18-2018, 06:40 PM   #176
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-27-2018, 02:55 AM   #177
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

Go a lot done. Forgot to take photos today. I will be heading back next week, and will try to take more then.

The cab is stripped and prepped for primer.

The doors had all the trim holes welded up, ground, primed and sanded.

The rockers and toe kicks arrived from Top Banana. I am a tad pissed, as I asked specifically if the floor repair parts I was looking at would cover the first inch and a half of the floor from the rocker. I was told it would "cover 2-2.5" of the floor." So, I ordered one for both sides. . . surprise! it only covers about 3/4" to 7/8" of the floor! So, it was yet another Top Banana Delay as we had to order the larger floor repair panels, from Classic Industries this time. So, no rocker repair this week. I am officially done with Top Banana Peel.

We got the AMD Bumper from Summit (who, by the way, does not sell the bolts to attach said bumper. . . go figure) and attached it with half of the stainless bolts I had to buy from ACE Hardware.

We mocked up the 25 gallon Blazer gas tank one last time. It looks like we will be able to do the hidden gas cap behind the license plate after all. So, we cut the neck off the tank and loaded both parts into my Silverado for the 90 mile trip home.

My buddy, Erick, will reattach the neck to the radius on the edge of the tank. We will raise the tank up to within 1.5" of the frame, where we will drill into the frame and run the tank straps from side to side.

We will notch the bottom of the cross brace for the neck to clear, then run the rubber gas supply hose from the neck, to the hidden pop-up gas cap behind the license plate. I am real pleased with how little the gas tank will be visible from behind. Once we paint it with the new Eastwood Invisible Paint, you will never see the inch and a half that shows below the frame.

I have a set of 1990 Chevy OEM Electric Mirrors coming from New Mexico. They are an excellent blend of the OEM Chrome monsters and a more traditional mirror. I am really stoked to find them. I got the control switch, both pigtails and connectors and about 18 inches of wiring from the switch to splice into the main harness. . . all for $135.

I never knew about these mirrors until I stumbled across an old thread from 2011 with someone selling a couple sets. There wasn't a lot of interest but it was exactly what I was looking for, so I went on a mission to find some and within a week, I had a pair located.

Anyway. . . sorry for the lack of photo-documentation. I will definitely get a lot next week when I head down with the mirrors. I will also get some photos of Erick doing his thing with the electric metal stitcher when he starts necking with my Blazer gas tank.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:39 PM   #178
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

I got the 1990 electric mirrors today. Had to tighten up some screws and now the bodies are nice and tight.

The drivers glass need to be replaced at some point and I found new glass for $22, so I don't suspect it will be too difficult. The passenger side didn't have the warning though, so the reflection is going to be the same as the normal drivers side.

The passenger side has that warning about objects being closer. The glass is in good shape but the very bottom lip is starting to show some loss of the silver backing, so I hope I can find a new one with the same image characteristics.

The control knob is a simple R-L switch and a joy stick, so I will need to get creative as to the mounting. After we test the wiring, if we find that the joy stick toast, and I can't find any reasonable replacement, the mirrors work really well manually.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:33 PM   #179
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

I haven't been to the shop in a couple of weeks. I have been busy getting the gas tank neck relocated and the mirrors refurbished before heading down to the shop. . . 90 miles is a bit of a haul just to say 'hi."

From the updates I have received, all the floor and kick panels are replaced and both doors are in primer.

I have received the FatMat sound deadener and will take it down with the gas tank and mirrors.

Here is the gas tank after we relocated the neck to come out behind the license plate. I will hopefully make a trip to the pick-n-pull and find a flip down holder for the license plate this week. I am also hoping the gas tank is welded this week, as that's the last thing that we need to get mounted and dialed in, before painting the frame.

From there, it's prime the cab and run the gas lines. . . then wait for warm enough weather to spray the black paint. . .
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:22 AM   #180
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

While I am waiting on the gas tank to be welded by a buddy. . . I have a huge wiring need where my mirrors are concerned.

Anyone that may be able to help; I have a thread started in the ELECTRICAL Forum here:http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...03#post8187603
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:26 PM   #181
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

Gas tank is welded, primed and painted... needs a couple more coats. Hope to make it to the build shop next week if all goes as anticipated.

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As for the rest of the build, all the rust panels are out and replacements welded in. Both doors are primed and blocked three times. Now starting on the cab.

Hoping for more updated photos next week. . .
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:25 PM   #182
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

We got a pleasant break in the weather today, so I cajoled the wife into coming with me to the pick-n-pull.

I managed to get a complete set of '96 power mirrors with pigtails and connectors. A plus was that they have manual folding bases!

I got them home and swapped out the door mounts with my '90 Blazer mounts. Super easy; just three torx screws and it's simply one off, one on!
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Next step is getting the power mirror harness from Harnessworx (GBody Performance) on this forum and bench test the motors. Keeping fingers crossed that they are all four good to go.
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I also picked up a pristine '95 Camaro folding license plate holder. It will be going down to the build shop in a week or so, and be added to the list of mods for the rear gas tank relocation. Anxious to see how close we came with our mock up on the gas tank neck relocation.
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After all this, it's pretty much body and paint time. . .

Stay tuned for more up to date build photos after my next trip to the shop. One of the drawbacks to have the shop 90 miles away.
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Old 02-25-2018, 03:12 PM   #183
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

Sweet deal on the mirrors.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:39 PM   #184
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Re: 1974 C20 Soon to become a project...

Well, it's been a while since the last post.

The old guys doing the body and paint, had to pull back for a while. The younger one (74) was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. It took about 6 weeks for the final diagnosis. Since then, it's been radiation 5 days a week for two months. There is about a month to go. During that time, they, understandably, took time away from everything.

About a week ago, they contacted me and said they wanted to get back on the project. It would be good therapy for Larry. So I gave the go-ahead, as long as it doesn't have a negative impact on Larry's treatment and healing process.

I have a wedding to attend in Bellingham, Washington this weekend. When I return, I will be making the 90 mile drive to deliver the modified gas tank, 1990 Blazer Electric Mirrors and a few other parts.

I am at a standstill on rebuilding the wing-window assemblies. I have them disassembled and starting to clean them up. . . but it's a toss-up to spend the time making them right or buying a good set of used assemblies and rebuilding them instead. Something hit the glass frame on the driver side and dented it pretty good. I got it straightened pretty good but the black snap on trim piece was also dented and I can't find any replacement ones. I have a lead on a clean set of wing frame assemblies for a good price, but really need the long door braces, especially for the driver side.

Also have a lead on a full set of rebuilt assemblies including new rubber and felt. . . $250-$300. So, in the interest of time and chasing parts, I might have to pull the trigger. All the rubber and felt for a rebuild is right around $100. Add another $30 for rivets and new springs, washers, etc. Then I would still need the door braces and the driver side black snap-on metal trim piece. . . I could also spend another $60 for the clean set of wing frames black trim, which pencils out at around $200 and still needing the brace.

LMC wants $400 for two wing assemblies without braces. . . and they have been out of stock on one or both for months. So, $250-$300 for a complete set of rebuilt assemblies. . . starts to sound pretty good.
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