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Old 04-09-2018, 10:37 PM   #1
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Kel's '50 GMC 1/2 ton build

As suggested, starting a build thread. Bought it from a guy in Comanche , Texas. Was asking $1400 with clear title. After seeing several similar trucks that were in worse shape with no title, decided to buy sight unseen. 5 hour drive from Corpus Christi, the guy said next day he'd deliver for $200...I said have you left yet...

Truck shows up 9/24/17. I was still working o the '59 Apache, so didn't touch it for months. Truck was better than expected. Typical cab corner, floor pan repairs needed, but no replacing roof, door skins, fender patches like the '59. Even has the running boards intact, not rusted out or totally missing like most I had see. All the door/window hardware work, just a really solid find.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:49 PM   #2
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Disassembly started.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:54 PM   #3
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Speedway X-member & Mustang II IFS install.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:10 PM   #4
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More IFS install.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:16 PM   #5
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My DIY rotisserie. 2 HF engine stands, had to cut neck off and scab pieces in to raise the frame so running board brackets would clear ground/lift.
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:02 AM   #6
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Looking at the pics the bed looks like the longer 87 inch unit. Is that a long wheelbase half ton from the factory? That must be one rare bird if that's the case. Looks like you're motoring right along for just getting started!

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Old 04-11-2018, 01:42 PM   #7
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Trial fitting LS, 10 bolt rear end that was traded for front axle from this truck, set of Foose wheels/Nitto tires from CL, mocked up rear leaf springs.
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:42 PM   #8
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:38 PM   #9
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welcome to the forum 68blackbird

texas sun is a little rough on paint from what i see, easy on rust too
half that truck would be missing up here in michigan

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After seeing several similar trucks that were in worse shape with no title, decided to buy sight unseen.
i understand that 'no title' comment, been looking for a new project
$4500 rust bucket 'no title' is what i see all over craigslist
i call it barrettjacksonitis
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welcome to the forum 68blackbird

texas sun is a little rough on paint from what i see, easy on rust too
half that truck would be missing up here in michigan


i understand that 'no title' comment, been looking for a new project
$4500 rust bucket 'no title' is what i see all over craigslist
i call it barrettjacksonitis
Thanks Ogre, I joined bout 1 1/2 year ago when restoring the '59 Apache, got a lot of much needed help from this forum. I only started this restoring gig bout 5 years ago. My first was '68 Firebird, then a '70 Mustang for a buddy, my '66 Fury was next then the Apache. I guess I just have a knack for this stuff, that YouTube, and places like this make it all possible.

For anyone interested, here are my links to some of those builds. Kel

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...VlLdWoqF1aemNK


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Old 04-12-2018, 12:03 AM   #11
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Big step tonight, got front end put back together, even got springs in, uncut as Ogre suggested, glad you did man, I was really tempted to cut at least a 1/2 link out just to make it easier. As it was, having the right tool made all the difference. Also got the rear end back from my buddy who installed the new 3.73 gears, and did all that pinion, back lash stuff done. He's done a few 100 of them, so I feel good about that. Have the rear kinda snugged down till tomorrow, hope to get some wheels on it so we can nail down the rear and start on setting the LS in, I'm sure I will be hitting you guys when that time comes...Kel
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More from tonight...that spring tool was worth its weight in GOLD!!

BTW, open for any and all suggestions on the rear end set up...Kel
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Rolling chassis, very happy.
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I guess we need to fit cab on to mock up LS install?
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