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Old 03-21-2011, 02:05 AM   #1
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1983 Chevy lwb slow build

This is gonna be a pretty slow build thread, since I don't have all too much money coming in to work with xD. But here we go. I got this truck about 2 years ago from my dad. He got it from my grandpa to fix up for my brother, but then traded my brother for a 94 extended cab. He then passed the truck down to me. It was a PIECE when my dad got it. He pumped about $8000 into it, and I think it would look so much better if we would have had $8000 to spend on a halfway decent truck. It has a 350 with headers and a larger than stock cam. I want to build a 383 stroker in the near future and put that in there. Maybe along with a 3.73 posi. Anyway, Since I have gotten the truck I have added a bigger cam, rebuilt carburetor, new grille and headlight bezels, new door panels, new dash pad, and have sanded on it to get it ready to paint in the fall. I have done more than this I'm sure, but it's late and I can't think of what I've done to it atm.

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Old 03-21-2011, 02:06 AM   #2
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here are some pictures with the new grille and headlight bezels:
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:12 AM   #3
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here is a picture of how the interior used to look(it was bad!):
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here is the old dash that just got replaced today:
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:14 AM   #5
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Newer door panels:
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:16 AM   #6
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here are some pictures of how the interior sits now with the new dash pad and billet trim pieces:
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:18 AM   #7
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here are some pictures of how the exterior sits right now. I want to lower it, I'm thinking maybe 2/4? The back has already been dropped a little to even it out with the front. Let me know your opinion on how low.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:20 AM   #8
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here's one of my truck and my cousin's 83, mine's the one on the left:
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:11 PM   #9
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Looks nice! I would say 4 in the front and then drop the rear to match. Unless it's not gonna be a DD then slam it to the ground!
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:45 PM   #10
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Unfortunately it is my DD. I wish that I had another vehicle to drive so I could tear this one all apart and do a full resto :P
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:09 PM   #11
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

i like it wat made u do body work?
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:19 PM   #12
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i like it wat made u do body work?
The paint was really fading, and starting to turn a slightly purple color... It wasn't painted with base coat clear coat, and my Dad was the one who painted it. I decided I want to get it painted professionally with base coat clear coat. It looked a lot worse before I started sanding than it did in the first couple of pictures. It rapidly started to fade, I think he didn't get enough paint on certain places.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #13
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ohh i see... good luck
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:24 PM   #14
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Here's a picture when it started to go bad. It got worse than this. Notice the lines running down below the mirrors =\. We tried buffing and waxing it, didn't help
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ohh i see... good luck
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #16
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

yea i see wat u mean u going back the same color.. btw what are the seats out of other pics or them?
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:27 PM   #17
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yea i see wat u mean u going back the same color.. btw what are the seats out of other pics or them?
Yeah I'm going back the same color. It's that color of blue with metal flake in it.

My dad ordered them from somewhere new... I think they are just aftermarket seats. I'll ask him where he got them from. I'll go get some pictures of them today.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:04 PM   #18
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Nice truck..i say go 4 in tha front & 2 in tha back..that sould give you a slight rake..
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:50 PM   #19
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Nice truck..i say go 4 in tha front & 2 in tha back..that sould give you a slight rake..
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:29 PM   #20
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yea i see wat u mean u going back the same color.. btw what are the seats out of other pics or them?
Sorry I forgot to add the pictures of the seats, there they are. Sad part is, my dad doesn't remember where he ordered them from. All he knows is that they are from a company in California, and that he had ALOT of trouble getting them here... Took about 3+ weeks.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:39 PM   #21
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

you know that gives me an idea i can get to bucket backs and mount them to my bench bottom kool idea
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:19 AM   #22
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Been a while since I've updated the thread. Haven't done much... engine has been giving me a little trouble lately. I've basically only done sanding since the last update. Here is a picture of how it sits now.
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Coming along nicely, I'd still lower it just a couple more inches. But that's just my .02$
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:14 PM   #24
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

Got a new update: Scored a 400 Small block for only 300 dollars! It came with a 350 crank to make it a 377, and a kit with a lot of the parts needed to build! We need: 350 rods(i think), heads(thinking of either going with vortec 350 or 2.02 heads), Intake(RPM air gap if we do vortec 350), and a carburetor(Holley 650 double pumper is what we're thinking). Here are some pictures.
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:15 PM   #25
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Re: 1983 Chevy lwb slow build

The guy threw in a 700r4 transmission for only 50 bucks. Needs to be rebuilt. Might go in the truck someday.
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