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Old 01-24-2019, 11:28 PM   #1
wally_245
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My 59 GMC Build

After searching for a couple months (after moving back to SoCal), I finally found a truck. I picked it up in Bakersfield, CA two days ago. It was quite the hassle getting there (UHaul screwed up big time), but in the end, it was worth it. She is a 59 GMC, but the front clip has been swapped from a 55/56 Chevy.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/axzrjF7PBi1Zti4aA

She also has what I think is a 2nd Gen Camaro subframe on the front

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hPJivGxXBXJDXNd87

and a 'built' 350 and TH350.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/rBpGNNHWLkR3bLDj7

Once I get the engine to fire, I will decide if it is going to stay or go. I would really rather have an LS, but since this sbc is already here, I am going to see how it runs.

The wiring harness is new, but only about 20% installed (if that, I actually wish it hadn't been started because now I have to try to figure out what has been done).

https://photos.app.goo.gl/AxWdYBp2SQ8nKWeE7

A lot of work has been started, but most of it wasn't finished. It has a tilt column, but again, not done very well. Now I get to figure out the wiring for that, since they chopped the harness.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ki3gBYn3MfmUnC7R6

The goal is to get it up and running in a month or two, and use it for my daily driver while I work on my 'real' project, my 68 Camaro.

Needless to say, I have my work cut out, but I think it's possible. It won't be a show truck, that's for sure, but I think it will be fun.

Parts have already started showing up, the joys of being in SoCal.

Not 100% sure the pictures will work, I haven't tried embedding from Google before, and my Flickr account needs to be upgraded. I will fix them if they don't work. And I have tons more.

Wish me luck guys
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:24 AM   #2
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Re: My 59 GMC Build

Welcome to the fun !

Sounds like a fun project ( untangling other peoples work ) and making it your own.

BTW you can post your pictures here without links that over time can disappear because of second party changes. Just be sure they are not large files.

Good luck with the build and have fun with it.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:00 AM   #3
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Re: My 59 GMC Build

I guess I can't edit the original post, but here are the original pictures I linked to...

Loaded Up by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

The grafted front clip.

IMG_20190124_083151 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

The engine compartment.

Engine Bay by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

And the column/wiring harness.

Under the dash by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

Here is my flickr album for the build, I wlll post all the pictures there, with some embedded here.

As for progress, I haven't made much. We have had a TON of rain in SoCal, and I have been told our kitchen remodel need to be finished before I can start on the truck Thankfully I should be finished the kitchen this week, then I can get started.

Kitchen by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I found a decent carb on Craigslist, a Holley Avenger 670, which should be plenty.

IMG_20190123_220356 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

And I have the complete exhaust system. I went with cheap Chinese headers (which are actually really nice) off eBay, a Speedway 2.5" Dual build it yourself kit, and a pair of BlackWidow Venom 250 mufflers. They sound pretty good on youtube.

I have ordered some NiCopp brake line and fittings, as I noticed they bolted the T fitting for the brake lines on the diff to the body, and I would rather be safe than sorry, especially with LA traffic. Hopefully that gets here early next week.

I put my scope in the valve cover vent, and I think the heads are 441's, which aren't horrible, so we will see. If the weather isn't too bad this weekend I hope to start poking around and see what I have.

The truck came with a bunch of new parts, which is nice, but I still have a decent list of other stuff I need.

One thing I wanted to do, given that the taillights are so small is put an LED strip at the bottom of the rear window. I looked at a few options that were designed for that specific use and they were $20-40. Which is kind of crazy. So I bought a 5 meter roll of 12v red LED strip for $6.22 on eBay.

I think that's about it for now, more updates after I actually get a chance to start working on the truck.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:28 PM   #4
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I managed to finish up the kitchen remodel this weekend, so hopefully that means I get more Truck time

I did manage to spend a couple hours on her this weekend. I swept out the cab, removed the gas tank (to check out the corners), got her up in the air and took a look underneath.

It's definitely a 2nd Gen FBody front clip, I checked the part numbers on the rotors and calipers. I might end up getting the C5 spindle/brake kit from CPP, we will see. The bushings all need to be replaced, so I might get their poly rebuild kit as well. We will see.

IMG_20190209_142714_1 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I had read that the core support mounts can be a pain with the camaro front clip. Hopefully this won't be a problem.

IMG_20190209_142445 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I pulled a valve cover and as I expected, it has seen better days. They claimed it was a 350, but it might actually be a 305, at least the heads are off a 305. I should have checked the block, but I didn't look up the casting numbers until later.

IMG_20190209_134341 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I also found the usual backyard hack bodywork...

IMG_20190209_141637 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

and

IMG_20190209_140520 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

and I think the inside panel is suppose to meet the outside panel here.

IMG_20190209_152438 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

But it was cool to see the various colours it has been over it's lifetime...

IMG_20190209_143211 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I pulled the entire harness back, as it wasn't run very well, and they didn't use grommets at all. The existing hole they were using was right at the inner fender, which was very tight and just not good imho.

IMG_20190209_143133 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

On a positive note, the column that they installed is actually going to work out. I was expecting to order an Ididit or CPP column, but this one will be fine.

I also opened up the shiny new bits that showed up...

Black Widow Venom 250's

IMG_20190209_125802 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

and some no-name headers off eBay

IMG_20190209_125534 by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:34 AM   #5
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Re: My 59 GMC Build

Not much of an update, just the stuff the nice man in the Brown truck dropped off.

First up, I found an 'open-box' fuel pump on Amazon for 50% off, so I picked that up.

IMG_20190212_233143
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I love the classic detail on the top, which of course you will _never_ see.

IMG_20190212_233418
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

Thankfully, I have a 50ft roll of aluminum fuel line, and I already had all the fittings I needed in my stash..

IMG_20190212_233227
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

So, other then figuring out if I am going to remove the existing pickup tube and braze in a larger one or pick up a new sending unit, I pretty much have the fuel system sorted.

I also got a 50ft roll of 1/4" NiCopp line, Stainless -4AN tube nuts and sleeves, and the -4AN Tee fitting I need (for the rear axle).

IMG_20190212_233319
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I really love the look of AN fittings for brakes, and I really suck at making bubble flares (I would blame my crappy double flare tool, but it's probably just me).

And lastly, I got the LED strip I am going to use for a third brake light in the bottom of the back window. I had looked on eBay for some, and they wanted $30-40 for a 2ft strip that was sold as a brake light. I found a 15ft strip for $6.55 shipped.

IMG_20190212_234650
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I think it will be plenty bright enough.

IMG_20190212_234656
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I have enough for the truck, my Camaro and probably 3-4 other vehicles. If anyone wants some, send me a PM.

I am _still_ tempted to go with an LS. I saw the latest Sloppy youtube video where they are aiming to go 8's for $8k, and he said they are going with a 4.8, which I had never thought of. I called around hoping they would be cheaper, and the prices out here are still insane. One guy quoted me $2500 for a 4.8.

Screenshot_20190213-001410.png
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

If anyone has a line on reasonably priced LS motors in LA, let me know.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:51 AM   #6
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Re: My 59 GMC Build

Good start, be nice to watch it progress
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:48 AM   #7
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So I haven't updated in a while, and I totally failed at my goal of getting it on the road in a month, but that's mostly due to unexpected expenses (and work got more than a little crazy).

I did get some progress made.

I installed the cheap eBay headers. They fit fine, the drivers side will self clearance a little, but overall not bad for $100.

IMG_20190216_163606
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

IMG_20190216_163617
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I mounted the carb, and picked up an air cleaner on eBay.

IMG_20190216_172110
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

IMG_20190216_172133
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I pulled the entire harness out of the car, and started going through it and doing it the way I want it done. I picked up a bulkhead connector which will make it a lot cleaner, and allow me to trim a lot of the wires back.

I also made a cardboard template for my new dash, mocked up the guages, and cut and fitted the piece of aluminum I will be using for the dash...

IMG_20190302_220315
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

IMG_20190302_223249
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

IMG_20190302_220530_276
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

IMG_20190303_130203_292
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

IMG_20190303_131140
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

Yes that is a network rack shelf, it was going to get tossed at work, and it should be plenty strong enough.

IMG_20190303_151458
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

Then I started to create a sub-harness with two metri-pack 8pin connectors for all the wiring. It won't really make it much easier to remove (since I am running mechanical guages, I will have the oil pressure line, water temp, and speedometer cable), but it will be cleaner and a lot easier to wire on the bench than up under the dash.

IMG_20190302_190956
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

I also pulled all the brake lines. They had mounted the hard line T fitting that normally attaches to the rear axle, to the frame. So, imho, they needed to be replaced. I am using AN fitting adapters and AN fittings for everything, but I have only done the rear axle lines. Man I love the NiCopp lines. So much easier than stainless, though it kind of made my full set of Rigid tubing benders obsolete

IMG_20190303_155605
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

This isn't final, I still need to secure it to the axle.

IMG_20190303_155600
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

The Kevlar flexible brake lines came in, so I can secure the hard line and install the flex so I can get started on the front to rear. Though I realized I don't have a spare residual valve for my rear drums, so I ordered that. Thankfully I have plenty of AN fittings.

One interesting thing, is I can't find anything on the engine that is in the truck. It appears to be stamped ULB, but I can't find that stamping referenced anywhere on the internet.

IMG_20190216_154647
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

One issue I ran into, it appears that someone along the way used regular NPT fittings on the transmission, instead of the NSPT, so I will need to use the same, I just hope it doesn't leak.

IMG_20190223_121308
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

One cool thing, I saw this guy on the freeway the other day. He was on the 101 south, between the 23 and Kanan Rd one morning on my drive in, not sure if he is on here, but Hi

IMG_20190304_094330_1
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr

Thankfully I won't get much done this weekend, even though it is a beautiful weekend, because I will be at The Race of Gentlemen in Santa Barbara tomorrow. Today was tech and a bit of a car show, and from what they had today, I can't wait to see the racing tomorrow.

This was my favourite car..

IMG_20190308_145452_789
by Shawn Wallbridge, on Flickr
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