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Old 02-24-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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Project truck dream 65"

Been on this site for a while now,figured its time to show my build.Ill start with the pics or when I got her home.It came from Scottsdale,but grew up in the salty area of Utah..so there was some sheet metal issues !

Most think Im crazy and should have started with a better truck,you should all know that after hearing this from friends....I now had something to prove and was determined even more to do it !
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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Been on this site for a while now,figured its time to show my build.Ill start with the pics or when I got her home.It came from Scottsdale,but grew up in the salty area of Utah..so there was some sheet metal issues !

Most think Im crazy and should have started with a better truck,you should all know that after hearing this from friends....I now had something to prove and was determined even more to do it !
Kinda like Evil Knievel,there wasn't a bone or panel on this rig that hadn't been broken !
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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Time to get the truck under way !Its been - to - years that it sat in the back forty.
So I decided to remove fenders and engine and what's left of the box wood for a start !(SOUNDS EASY...RIGHT ?)I have done this before,I think I was in my mid 20"s then,now finding I squeak and creak a bit when I started undoing (breaking) bolts.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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Engine coming out...engine out ! It was alot easier in this life with inner outer fenders off !
I think I'm now commited or maybe I should be.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:34 PM   #5
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Engine coming out...engine out ! It was alot easier in this life with inner outer fenders off !
I think I'm now commited or maybe I should be.
Stay tuned,Ill update when I have time folks !
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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Glad to see you're gonna bring it back to life and not trash it like most people would.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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Looks like you're making good progress. If you consider the truck rebuild therapy, it doesn't really matter what you start with as long as you enjoy the process and think it's worth the effort.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:32 PM   #8
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what are your overall plans? Looks like you're on your way. And I couldn't agree more with Markeb01 - although sometimes it's harder to enjoy the 'here and now' on a project, if you're able to, that makes it much more fun. And I tend to screw up less things when I am enjoying it. (or is it that i enjoy it less when I screw up! )
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #9
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Greetings Jocko,overall plans are a total restoration plus all of the changes would do to make it comfortable to drive.Being 6'5",there are some challenges as these and most cabs were built with out alot of room for the driver.
My main fault is Im a perfectionist,so Im not sure this is going to be completed in a normal time frame...,whatever that might be ?
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #10
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the First step is always the hardest.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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Changing out the front end to a later Chevy heavy rotar disc brake and 283 small block ....bolt everything in place to check for fitment and then take it all apart !

Thumbs up looks like everything fits !
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #12
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Box off,evaluation time !Rusty floor,rusty rockers,rusty cab mounts,rusty........,hey frame and box are solid !
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:23 PM   #13
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Soon to the blaster,find out whats left after that !
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:24 PM   #14
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Yes,I agree !Along with fine tuning my patience,thats the toughest game in this project.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:19 PM   #15
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Cool man, I dig the colour. I love Kelowna too, I have some good friends out there.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:52 AM   #16
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Hello Delmo,small world ! Id rather be In Burbank right now myself...cold and raining here,hopefully get some spring soon.Mabey we might know some of the same people,keep in touch,Ill be updating on the project soon
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Restoring a Shortbed is always worth it.
Just out of curiosity, check to see if the VIN on the cab matches the VIN on the frame.
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Very cool to see your project. Keep up the hard work. I'm subscribed.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:18 AM   #19
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Restoring a Shortbed is always worth it.
Just out of curiosity, check to see if the VIN on the cab matches the VIN on the frame.
Maybe you could steer me in the right direction...,not sure where to look on the frame for numbers,now curious myself.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:20 AM   #20
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Thanks Allan,I glad your on board !
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The VIN will be on the top of the front driver's frame rail. Real close to the steering box.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:49 AM   #22
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Thanks to my Buddy Doug,we moved the tank to the rear,used Tank inc. 48-52 Chev sedan replica,fits like a dream !
Some pics of the frame work,rearend which took a year to find.I was lucky,I removed the dif. cover virtually no wear ! Someone kept on top of the maintanance,Id never seen one this old that clean.
Wanted to go to 5 bolt and there was wear at the seal surface so replaced with Moser performance axels !
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:55 AM   #23
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Thanks,I just checked and they do match !

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Old 02-26-2012, 03:11 AM   #24
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Frame,frontend,rearend all back from the paint shop.Coated in Hempel epoxy,cant get a more durable finish.Nice looking product,figured I take er for a test drive...runs well !
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Chassis assembly underway,never done this before....it was a good learning experience ! I opted for the 3" drop spindles and 3" drop springs from Lowriders inc.good way to go,didn't want to compromise handling.
Glad Doug is helping,he's done this a few times ! He focused on the brakes while I put by brain in overdrive...wrenches were turnin
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