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Old 01-20-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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I got this truck on Nov 13th and only now getting around to starting a build thread. The original plan for the truck was to get it running/driving and use it as my DD while I worked on it(using my motorcycle as a backup DD).





First thing was to get it started, Carb kit, file the points and a battery was all it took! Drove it on the trailer and got it home.

After It was home and cleaned out, I found the seat belts in never/hardly used condition still in the plastic wrap under the seat! A bit dirty but still great condition.

I also found a lot more rust.....Cab roof, bed floor, core support, doors you name it, it was bad. More about that later.
Since this is a driving project I needed someplace clean for gas. Blazer tank went in



You can see the tailgate I got from 1Sik52 in this pic

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Old 01-20-2010, 03:18 PM   #2
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Then it was time for brakes and a new windshield.............both turned out to be a huge deal for how simple they sound. First when I took the windshield out, half of the windshield frame came with it. I posted how to fix the windshield frame along with the drip rail rust. The general consensus was to get a new roof or a new cab








I was a little down about the windshield frame due to wanting this truck to be a driver, but continued work on the brakes. The front brakes were kind of working so I went after the rear with new wheel cylinders and rear end lines. Thank you whoever did this picture write-up! http://www.pbase.com/nufsed/drumbrake
After completing the install on the rear brakes, I drug my wife to the garage to help bleed the brakes. Still nothing to the rear.... fronts bleed good though. Next day i found all of the brake fluid in the cab from the "good" master cylinder the PO gave me. New master cylinder installed, still nothing to the rear, WTF. So I cracked a line on the frame, found fluid there, but not at the rear wheels. So I pulled the rear brake hose to find it plugged solid. New hose and all was well, better brakes than my 2000 Silverado!
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:20 PM   #3
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While I was looking for a roof or a cab, one found me Roland from here PM'ed me about a cab he had up by Jackson, MS. A couple weeks and a six hour round trip drive later and I had a new cab..........FREE, Roland is the MAN!!!!!!!!

Old cab going away.



I also wire wheeled the frame and painted under the cab, no pics
on its new home, by the way three guys is barely enough to lift and position a cab......my air cleaner didn't fare so well

Not to mention he also throw in two sets of seats and and a bunch of wiring! THANKS AGAIN Roland!
The cab was stripped of everything, scotch brite or wire wheeled.
Did some repair to the trans tunnel.

And started painting Flat black, Gonna be a rat rod until all work is done
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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Then started putting back together. Which Is where I'm at now. Waiting on parts! They should be here thursday so I can get more done this weekend

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Old 01-20-2010, 03:38 PM   #5
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Nice progress, and props to Rowland for the offer.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:25 AM   #6
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Little bit of progress.
New poly cab mounts installed.

New master cylinder and clutch rod boots.

Finished wiring for the most part
Homemade dash pad that came with the cab and gauge cluster installed.

Seats are out of a Freightliner not installed yet, but I think they'll do pretty good. Need to find a center console though.

I go to look at a set of doors on Wednesday, hopefully they are better than what I've got. Ya know, by the time I get done there isnt going to be much of the original body on this truck...............oh well it sure is fun
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:54 PM   #7
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No real progress this week. I picked up a bunch of parts though. First was a set of 8x15 slots no pics though. Second came all of this.
Solid Passenger side door.




I also got the core support, but still need a hood and passenger side fender.
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where did u get that blazer tank from?
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:25 PM   #9
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:06 PM   #10
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where did u get that blazer tank from?
The tank came from ebay, it was the cheapest I could find not to mention the free shipping.
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Looking Good! Now I see why you hacked up your old cab...that puppy had some cancer.Wow
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:54 PM   #12
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Good Job so far, Keep up the good work!! I believe I will have to subscribe!!
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nice job so far, and a big congrats to the new cab. P.S. nice bikes, a 750 gixxer and a ........ I relate to those.
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Re: '72 Chevy SWB, Project Driver

Picked up 2 68 hoods the other day along with a radio delete and a cowl with no antenna hole. I also picked up all kinds of hardware from lowes and got the seats bolted in. Working on rebuilding the drivers side door hinges and repairing my 68 radiator support. Of course I'd have pictures, but thanks to my wonderful dog. I have no computer and can only jump on here quick from my wife's or work I'll get pics up as soon as possible.
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Ben here are a few pictures of the 69-72 radiator support patch from Brothers.




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Long over due for an update, first thanks for the pics fishingjred73.
Next is what I've accomplished over the past almost two months.
I decided to rebuild my core support and skip the brothers patch panel. Turned out ok in my opinion and its now 1/8" metal so it should take a little while to rust out again.






You can also see I cleaned and painted the front frame rails while I was there. I'll do the frame around the engine when I pull the motor to replace it and the front suspension when I rebuild that.
I also gave the old doors a coat of flat black and stuck them on.


Other than that I've just been collecting parts and planning
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Lookin good Ben!
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nice progress!
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Looks pretty good to me also! I bet you saved a ton of time/money/cursing swapping cabs over than doing the body work on the other one -
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Looks great! Will it be ready by Cruizin the Coast?
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you are doing a great job, keep the picts coming....
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Define "ready" Done....NO WAY. All rust fixed, probably not. Running and driving, yes
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Small update, got the drivers side fender mounted and the door weather strip installed.


And I just placed a $600 order with Mikes Bump and Grind so there should be some pretty good progress in the next few weeks.
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