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Old 11-30-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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'63 GMC Project

My friends and I got my '63 GMC project started this weekend. Plans include a full ***************** air ride setup ( P-51 raised crossmember kit and a rear Superlift kit ), cleaning up the frame and engine bay a little and hopefully some 22" wheels. No body work just yet except maybe patching the floorboards. I want to run the patina look for a liitle while.








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Old 11-30-2009, 01:12 PM   #2
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Good looking truck. Are you keeping the 3/4 ton suspension and v6?
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:44 PM   #3
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The V6 stays but the suspension is getting replaced with an air ride setup. It uses a raised front crossmember, tubular A-arms,'73-'87 spindles and brakes and rack and pinion steering. The rear is getting a triangulated 4 link and an axle swap.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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Great looking build, can't wait to see the new suspension upgrades added.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
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Re: '63 GMC Project

Nice progress, keep us updated.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:07 PM   #6
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Wow, Plaid valves covers, neat!
I may have some left-over '62 1/2 ton hard parts, if you need some. No sheetmetal, tho.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:34 PM   #7
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A slammed truck with that motor is killer....and the old paint. Cool build man.

Oh snap.....And your local to me. I will have to keep an eye out for it at the cruise-in's.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:25 PM   #8
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Got some more done this weekend.





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Old 12-06-2009, 11:14 PM   #9
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Looking good creep I put on Bazookas thread how the shock mounts mount.
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Nice work and keep us posted...more photos, more photos.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:31 PM   #11
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Slowly making progress. Finally got the SSBC kit test fit and started test fitting the rear kit. Also nabbed a rear end to put under it.




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Old 01-24-2010, 06:51 PM   #12
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woah sick truck!!!
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:55 PM   #13
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NICE!

I have a question about those mirrors: is that style still available? I have the mounting holes in my cab and would love to get a hold of a set of those.
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Looking good man. Now hurry up.
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NICE!

I have a question about those mirrors: is that style still available? I have the mounting holes in my cab and would love to get a hold of a set of those.
The mirrors are just stock replacement mirror heads bolted into the upper mounts of the big truck mirrors that were on the truck when I got it.

This is a pic of the truck when I got it with the big ugly mirrors.


Here's a close-up of my mirrors now.
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Looking good man. Now hurry up.

Thanks, I'm trying. How's yours comming along?
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Looking awesome man. I thought of going with air ride for suspension but since I live on a dirt road figured it wouldn't be the best. Get some more pics of that thing up! And what carb is that?
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:52 PM   #18
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Thanks Twiggy!

Done right, an air ride setup could handle a dirt road pretty well. Unless the truck sits really low and the road is really bad.

The carb is a Holley 500. You can see some pics of the swap here: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...=354432&page=2
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No problem man. With the beating that my 4x4 '94 Blazer already gets, I think I'm just going to have to hold off on that one. Plus at this point I'm having to pull money out of my rear just to finish everything. So either way, suspension will be a few years away. Luckily I don't mind how it sits now anyways though.
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Thanks, I'm trying. How's yours comming along?
I got my wishbone links in yesterday, but I got to get some gas for the welder and I've got to do my fuel cell mounts then. Motor and trans will come back out and I'll run the brake and fuel lines then.
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What's the lenght of your lower links from bolt hole to bolt hole?
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They're adjustable and nothing is really in place yet so I don't know.
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The mirrors are just stock replacement mirror heads bolted into the upper mounts of the big truck mirrors that were on the truck when I got it.

This is a pic of the truck when I got it with the big ugly mirrors.


Here's a close-up of my mirrors now.
Thanks for the info!

I'll be keeping my eye open at Pick a Part, now that I know what to look for Hope you don't mind me imitating that mounting detail.
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Man that is looking sick!
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Thanks for the info!

I'll be keeping my eye open at Pick a Part, now that I know what to look for Hope you don't mind me imitating that mounting detail.
Not at all.
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