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Old 11-03-2010, 02:05 AM   #1
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79 Silverado long box build

Hey guy's i'm new to this forum, mostley been on my other car forum all my life haha. Anyways, its the trucks turn to be fun. I'm planning on swapping a 4x4 frame onto my 79 silverado.
I found a 79 GMC 2500 for 500 bucks (canadian) and its in pretty good shape! got rust free doors and rust free bed floor. Hopefully i'll be picking that up this friday.

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In the end Something like this hopefully

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Old 11-10-2010, 01:43 AM   #2
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Quick update.

Thinking of selling this truck and pick up a 85 crewcab.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:00 PM   #3
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

crewcab 4x4 or 2wd?
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:34 AM   #4
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Crewcab. 4x4.

Well I didn't see any around so I went ahead with my original plan and picked up my GMC tonight. I'll take some Pictures either tomorrow or monday.

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:53 PM   #5
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Pictures are to come soon I promise. Monday i'll identifying what I got. and maybe clean out the bed.

Anybody know what size of rim would be ideal for a 35" by 13.5 tire?




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Old 11-13-2010, 11:29 PM   #6
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

If you're going to go with a 35" tire, I'd go with a 15X10 wheel with 35X12.50 15 tires. They make a great combination and look great. Personally, I don't like tires that are too wide.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:43 AM   #7
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I'm thinking of stepping it up to a 6" lift by rough country and going with a 35 or 37. If i do 37 it'd probably look better with a 16'' rim
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:18 AM   #8
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Well got the Green B***erd down to the bare frame today. Time to start sanding away and paint the frame.

Am i going to need the floor pan from 4x4?
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:25 AM   #9
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Cool build! Yeah you are going to need a high hump out of a 4x4 or manual 2x4.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:13 AM   #10
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Ok thats what I was thinking. Is that the part that is bolted down? I kinda want to take the cab to the junkyard before i start ripping my normal truck apart.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:00 PM   #11
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Depending on what your floor looks like you might need the removable hump and the section behind it. Check this out: http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/sm...?topic=11838.0
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:25 AM   #12
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Bought a new Camera, so you guys can expect pics finally. Right now the entire body is off the frame of the gmc. Time to start cleaning it up and paint.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:34 AM   #13
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Looks like you got yourself a good project there. I'm looking forward to following it. Subscribed.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:14 PM   #14
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Sorry it took so long for pics. I have some brutal quality cell phone ones from the ripping to the frame, But Unless you guys actually want to see those horrid images then I could.







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Old 01-10-2011, 02:29 AM   #15
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lookin good. I spent like 20 days searching for that style NP205 in my area, and no luck. Couldn't find one anywhere. I ended up yankin one from a junk yard thats got the fixed yoke, but now I need my drive shaft modified. Sorry, but i was shocked when i saw your t case. HAHA. your project is movin along pretty good, cant wait to see the final project
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:43 PM   #16
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Thanks, i was pretty happy finding the np205 and I'm pretty sure i got a 700r4. Its got kind of a rectangular oil pan.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:07 PM   #17
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Painted the frame today with POR15 Semi-gloss. I brushed it on.





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Old 02-16-2011, 09:24 PM   #18
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Looking good.

I'm jealous of your garage space.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:36 PM   #19
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Haha my school's garage space. once summer rolls around i'll be working on it in the driveway... Lets hope I finish it before then.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:32 PM   #20
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Do what you can while you have the space!
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:23 AM   #21
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Solid progress bro. Hopefully you can git-r-dun before too too long, in time for offroading season lol
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:27 AM   #22
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Yeah Hopefully. I got the rear axle replaced. good brakes on it and everything. Cracked open the diff and I think the fluid didn't even have 1000kms yet.

Rough country 6" Will be here tomorrow or Monday.
LMC sent out there Cab to frame bushings today. Little slow. But forgiven.

After the 5th, I'll be ordering inner fenders and paint/primer.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:15 AM   #23
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Re: 79 Silverado long box build

Started tearing apart the truck today. Looks like more work then I thought. Anyways. my Rough country lift came in today.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:25 AM   #25
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Currently looking for advice for making the engine bay Much cleaner.
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