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Old 08-13-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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Al's 71C10 Rebuild...updated with new additions

Well after going back and forward on my mind I decided to do an upgrade which turned out to be several at the same time... My truck is a 71c10 3spd manual bottom of the barrel with power nothing.


1971 Chevy C-10 fully done from top to bottom.
The list of upgrades are as follows:
*Classic auto Air A/C kit DONE
* Chevy 400 small block motor FULLY BUILT DONE
*Convert to automatic fully built(turbo 350) DONE
*Brand New steering column assy (DONE
*Replace engine wire harness and dash wire harnes DONE
*New Griffin Aluminum Radiator DONE
*Flexalite Electric Fans DONE
*Replace the radiator support DONE
* Brand new inner fenders DONE
*NEW battery Tray DONE
* Add power steering DONE
*Shaved the firewall DONE
*Repaint the engine bay DONE
*Repaint the interior of the Cab DONE
*Redo the rear differential and install auburn unit DONE
*Install new wheel combo 18/20 DONE
*Shaved antenna hole off cowlpanel DONE
*Smoothed firewall DONE
* ECE 4/6 Drop DONE
*Early Classics panhard bar DONE
*Install tonneu cover DONE
*ECE Hidden hitch DONE
*Replaced mirrors DONE
*Tinted Windows DONE
*New rear bumper arms DONE
* Replaced all Door Handles inner and outers DONE
*Replaced all weatherstrips and seals DONE
*Change Steering wheel DONE
*Rewired the complete truck and not a wire to show in the engine area or a/c lines DONE
*March Pulley Set DONE
*In dash am/fm cd player DONE
*Kick panels with speakers DONE
*Early Classics Front Sway Bar DONE
*Early Classic Trailing Arms on the rear DONE
*Billet Specialties valve cover and Air cleaner with K&N filter DONE
*Brand new calipers and rotors DONE
*Brand New Drums seals and rear shoes DONE
*Brand New auburn posi unti and 373 richmond grears DONE
*Completely rebuilt the rear differential seals bearings DONE
* Doug Thorley ceramic coated headers DONE
* Dynomax Mufflers with brand new exhaust DONE
* Tailgate chevrolet band DONE
* Autometer Gauges DONE
* Four wheel Wilwood brakes DONE
* Wilwood manual master cylinder DONE
*C-notch DONE
*Air Ride technologies DONE
* Billet Specialties Wheels 20x8.5 and 20x10 DONE
*New Tires DONE
* Exhaust redone (2nd time) DONE
* Painless under dash lights DONE
*Billet hood hinges DONE





The list keeps growing every time I look at it,, well I will post picts of the progress to share with you all....
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

more picts of the progess so far!!!
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Of course after taking it apart we ran into rusted out inner passenger side fender, battery box and I might as well replace the drivers side also...
I spent about an hour buying a bunch of parts on line, now I am sitting here like a kid waiting for the big brown truck!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:49 PM   #4
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

your truck looks good to begin with, good luck with the build.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:02 PM   #5
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Good luck with the build I also thing it looked pretty good to begin with, but it will be a lot better when you finish it.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:18 PM   #6
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Well I got home tonight and started thinking about new wheels and tires I did alot of reading on the site from other members and boy there are many choices...I am leaning on foose nitro 18's in the front and 20's in the rear..I am not going to do a body drop but I might go lower than where it is at now maybe four six drop.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:47 PM   #7
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

The tearing down continues, today the complete dash assy was guttet out as well as the steering column and everything else on the firewall....
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:50 PM   #8
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

some more picts....
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:34 PM   #9
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Nice project you have going. Keep the pics comming.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:22 PM   #10
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

I see....looks good. Working at the dealer huh. If I did not work at a dealer..my truck would still be sitting. Keep this updated...Ill check in.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:30 PM   #11
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

yes I have the luxury of a 30 bay shop and a great group of techs that really like working and helping me with my "buckets"

the never ending story!!!!
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Nothing like having a vehicle lift at your fingertips and all the tools you need. Mine was in my shop for over hald the year (work in progress)
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

I have one lift that I have been using steady for the last month or so. Hopefully I will have this truck back on the road in about two months max and that includes doing some paint work....I have my fingers crossed. At this point I have about five different tracking numbers on many boxes on route to south florida from everywhere..
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Old 08-15-2008, 06:57 PM   #14
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Well the truck will be going to the body shop maybe monday or tuesday to have the firewall smooth, install the new radiator support and the two inner fenders and repaint the complete engine compartment. We cleaned the crap out of the engine bay including frame and all....The only thing we can't do is body work in here or paint for that matter...
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Engine bay up close!!
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

after going back and forward this weekend I decided to gut out the rest of the cab, removing the new windshield, gas tank, back glass, carpet and seat....I figure let me repaint the interior of the cab the way it should had been done originally.. Here are some picts of the dissasembling before it finally leaves to the body shop in the next few days.
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

I was lucky and I sold my 307 engine with tranny to be able to recoup some of the money I spent on my small block 400.
I finally picked up the "400" and a th350 tranny with a 3,000 stall converter..While the truck is at the body shop I am going to make this bad boy look good.
List of things going on it:
March Pulley v belt set up.
New aluminum water pump
new fuel pump
new oil pan
new carburator
new msd dist.
new taylor wires
new plugs
new headers
new holley 650 or 750 not sure yet
billet specialties or edelbrock classic valve covers and matching air cleaner
new paint on the block and heads

It is unbelievable how quick the money goes I have spent over 8,000 dollars in parts so far in a month and a half still have to pay for paint job, wheels and tires.
I bought parts from Classic auto air, Brothers trucks, classic parts & classic performance great customer service by all of them so far.I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes as planned with the body shop and there are no big delays.

I guess jegs or summit racing will be the next vendors that I will try finish buying what I have left before reassembling begins..
Still looking for a reasonable priced vendor for my 18 and 20 combo foose nitrous wheels polished not chrome..

Any suggestions...????
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We can make a deal...I am ready to get my 22'', please let me know if we can help each other out
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We can make a deal...I am ready to get my 22'', please let me know if we can help each other out

I want to get the same exact wheels but without the rivets look around the edge these are the ones that I am after
http://www.newstalgiawheel.com/wheel...ubcat3=1081100
however I would like to help you get rid of yours. I am spreading the word downhere.
Who knows maybe I might buy yours.....
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I want to get the same exact wheels but without the rivets look around the edge these are the ones that I am after
http://www.newstalgiawheel.com/wheel...ubcat3=1081100
however I would like to help you get rid of yours. I am spreading the word downhere.
Who knows maybe I might buy yours.....
Yea. I like those too. I love the rivets look...just hate cleaning them in detail. I have seen those in person...they look more simple i guess. Let me know...I sent more pics.
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Re: Al's 71C10 Rebuild

Well she is gone to the body shop
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I like your truck alot, it looks very nice. I love getting boxes of parts in the mail
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Thank you!!!
I am trying to make it better!!!
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Great looking progress, keep us posted!
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