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Old 11-08-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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NorCal Cruiser

Ok, so im starting a build thread.
First let me introduce myself. My name is Rich and I live in Rancho Cordova, (near Sacramento) CA. I have been lurking around this forum for a wile and trying to determine what direction I want to take my truck., I can’t believe the amount of information on here.

I came upon this truck on Craigslist. It’s a California “black plate” 71 short/step with a L6 250c.i. and three speed manual column shift. This project will be a D/D typ build and I will be keeping the L6 motor. Plans are to install a static 4/6 drop, c-notch the frame, repair rust, rebuild motor and clean up the Saginaw.


projected 10 month build time.

Im looking forward to getting to know everybody and relying on your knowledge! I will be asking a lot of questions.
Stay tuned...I will update as much as I can.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:54 PM   #2
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Welcome to the site From Bakersfield,Ca.
Great start
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Getting Started...
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:07 PM   #4
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Moving along...
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:13 PM   #5
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Looking for rust!
This will be my first time doing rust repair/Rocker replacement.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:16 PM   #6
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looks clean..
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #7
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looks clean..
Not to bad
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:19 PM   #8
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Cant get more basic then this!!
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:26 PM   #9
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wow man all that in one day!! looks good. that is a base model fo sure. yeah i had a ten month plan over a year ago..
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:29 PM   #10
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Moving fast!!!!
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:27 PM   #11
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Welcome from another Rancho Cordova guy.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:49 PM   #12
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Nice progress. Welcome from another Sacramento guy (I'm in Carmichael)
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:18 AM   #13
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:18 PM   #14
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Welcome from another Rancho Cordova guy.
Hey thanks Jim & 67chevy. Nice to see some locals.
BTW, Amazing truck you got there SactoJim.
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:34 PM   #15
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Had a little time this past week to get the cab up on a dolly.
Made the dolly out of some scrap 2x4's. Attached some casters and lagged screwed through the cab mount holes.

The cab wasnít as heavy as I expected. My self, my 17yr. Old son and a couple of the neighbor kids managed it.
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:47 PM   #16
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Iím getting ready to tackle my rust. So far looks like Rocker, possible inner rocker, some floor patch and small amount on the firewall.

I wire wheeled my drip seals...Looks ok.

Altogether happy with the lack of rust.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:18 AM   #17
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Ok, so now im venturing into some rust repair. Cutting out the rust and making a patch was not to much of a problem.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:20 AM   #18
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nice job bud....I like the basic stuff.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:31 AM   #19
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Re: NorCal Cruiser

Now this is embarrassing!
I havenít welded in a long time and my only experience with welding is arc.
I really debated posting this but I decided to post up the good with the bad.

I ended up pulling out the patch and starting over.
I need some advice...I noticed on other post that most patch work is a multitude of spot welds as opposed to welding a continuance bead.
What is the problem? Am I to close? To hot? Just need more practice?
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:44 PM   #20
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To me it looks like you may still have weak metal on the cowl. Even though you cut out the rust holes there still could be thin/pitted metal behind what you see. If that is true it will cause the welder to burn thru very easily. You may need to cut the cowl out wider to get to solid metal. You could also have your welder turned up too high. I don't know a whole lot about welding so I am sure someone else will be able to help you much more than me.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #21
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Welcome to the board I am in orangevale.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:08 PM   #22
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You didnít say what type of welder youíre using? MIG with gas or shield core wire, what size wire. Most welders have a chart to set up the welder for different size metal that youíre welding, this just gets you in the ball park and may need minor adjustments in wire speed or power. If I remember right that area is 18 gauge metal.

One thing that Iíve found a great help is backing up the seam with a copper backing plate. You can find some at Eastwood (hand held or magnetic) or go to the hardware store and pick up some copper tubing flatten it in a vice and have someone hold it in place when welding (make sure to wear gloves when holding it, it gets hot) You might find some additional tips on my build thread (post # 76 and more thru out the build) http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...=318544&page=4
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:56 PM   #23
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Thank you Bruce and 1956cameo,
The welder is a Harbor freight purchase with shield core wire. I new when purchasing it wasnít going to be the ideal set-up but im hoping it will get the job done. Looks like I need to read up on all the settings. Bruce, I will try the copper backing. Great idea! Thanks for the advice guys, ill let you know how the rest of the repairs turn out.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:58 PM   #24
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Im following/followed your build threads. Amazing work bro!
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:21 PM   #25
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should not have a problem with an inexpensive mig welder....use .024 wire and just spot weld it all the way around the seam.....JUST ALTERNATE EACH SPOT WELD TO THE OTHER SIDE....THIS WILL KEEP IT FROM WARPING THE METAL.
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