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Old 01-11-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Kabwe's aka Bam's build

For those that have been following my build thread sorry I deleted it due to me canceling my picture hosting site and all my pics disappeared. I’ve been working over the last couple weeks to put it back up and finally finished it . If I missed something that was there before let me know and I’ll put it back.
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1958 Chevy Big Window I only bought it for the cab. The guy I bought it from kept it in a trailer park.

So I’ll start with the frame I installed a Mustang II , 4 link, and c-notched the rear of the frame.





I made a frame rotisserie out of two engine stands to get the frame ready for paint.







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Old 01-11-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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8.5 Chevy Rearend Narrowed to 58 inches (mounting point to mounting point) with moser housing ends and axles.



4 Link install.


I had to modify the caliper bracket and the axles retainer to install my disc brakes.
Here is what I came up with.


The rearend completed . With the micky mouse ears off the rearend looks
cleaner, and will clear the bed floor.

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Old 01-11-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
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There was extensive rust damage on this cab but I wanted a big window cab and I had to have it.lol I should have waited because I ended up building a cab.lol I had to replace both cab corners, the steps and rockers, floors, and the roof.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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Roof replaced.





Door Repair





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Old 01-11-2011, 06:21 PM   #5
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58 Fender repair



I ended up cutting the front portion out and made a better patch to get a nicer edge. You notice it in the final pic.



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Old 01-11-2011, 06:22 PM   #6
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After all this work I knew what I really wanted was a 55-56 truck. I have a 55 210 and I always wanted twins.lol


I decided to change the front clip to a 55. How it came about was a friend challenged me to fix some terrible 55 fenders and they came out nice so I said why not.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:22 PM   #7
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The truck will be running a 2003 5.3 and 40L60E transmission
The motor mounts I fab up.






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Old 01-11-2011, 06:23 PM   #8
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Okay that pretty much up to date other than the custom mods I added which are.
55 Chevy car dash





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Shaved drip rails





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Old 01-11-2011, 06:24 PM   #9
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Smooth the vent cover

Shaved gas filler

Shaved firewall


Smooth the rear section of the cab and added a 3rd brake light



Rounded door corners





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Old 01-11-2011, 06:24 PM   #10
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Rounded front and rear bed corners






Mini tubs





Shaved door hands and bearclaws latches installed in reverse because I want the solenoid in the cab corner instead of at the bottom of the door.






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Old 01-11-2011, 06:25 PM   #11
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47-55 1st Series Chevy Truck Battery access door.

Pancaked the hood. I took an inch out.







A couple of mock up pics.








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Old 01-11-2011, 06:52 PM   #12
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Twins are hot; your truck and car are nice too! Nice build project. Keep the pics. coming.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:18 PM   #13
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i was wondering where this build went...glad to see it back up
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:22 PM   #14
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I'm still amazed at the amount of work you've done to your truck.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:08 PM   #15
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Twins are hot; your truck and car are nice too! Nice build project. Keep the pics. coming.
Not going there, but my mind did for a second. TWINS are hot.lol Thanks for the compliment.
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Sorry man, but there has not been much to update anyway other than I installed the seats. Other than that I've been working on panel alignment issues.
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You got nerve.lol You've done a lot of work also and you've done a great job I might add.

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Old 01-11-2011, 10:42 PM   #16
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Re: Kabwe's aka Bam's build

Glad to see that your build is back up! I reference it all the time. Thanxs for all the pictures; it sure helps us novice people out with our mods.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:15 AM   #17
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Re: Kabwe's aka Bam's build

Good to see things are back. I bet you were a little PO.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:20 AM   #18
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Glad to see that your build is back up! I reference it all the time. Thanxs for all the pictures; it sure helps us novice people out with our mods.
Thanks Fatmike, that's really nice of you to say.

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Good to see things are back. I bet you were a little PO.
Not really I just did this thread in a word file with all the HTML so it was a simple copy past to put everything back. Plus it gave me a chance to put all my pics in my flickr account. I had them in several locations on the net.

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Old 01-12-2011, 02:21 AM   #19
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Re: Kabwe's aka Bam's build

o wow thats a very nice truck and a beautiful car u got. by the looks of your car this truck will be sweet.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:23 AM   #20
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o wow thats a very nice truck and a beautiful car u got. by the looks of your car this truck will be sweet.
Let's hope so, I sure do.lol Thanks
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Re: Kabwe's aka Bam's build

I'm glad you were able to get your build thread back on this site. It's one of my favorites, and has given me alot of inspiration to work on my own truck.

I know what you mean about panel fitment issues. This has to be one of the hardest vehicles I have ever had to align doors on. They are curved everywhere, and the body lines always seem to be in the worst places for getting it to look right.
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I can't wait to see some pics of the 5.3 install.
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Me too... and a video of it running. Thump thump thump!
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:18 PM   #24
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I'm glad you were able to get your build thread back on this site. It's one of my favorites, and has given me alot of inspiration to work on my own truck.

I know what you mean about panel fitment issues. This has to be one of the hardest vehicles I have ever had to align doors on. They are curved everywhere, and the body lines always seem to be in the worst places for getting it to look right.
Thanks man and yeah panel fitment is nuts on these things but I knew that before I started working on this one.lol Anyway the build is in the details, if you skip the details the truck is not as nice as it should or could be. BTW your truck is looking sweet, got me thinking about bagging mine.lol

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When the time comes I'll be sure to post.

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Old 01-12-2011, 02:56 PM   #25
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I think the time has come, I know everyone would agree with me.
Can you at least tell or show us what you're doing to the engine in detail with pictures please, pretty please. LOL

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