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Old 04-19-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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K20 Challenge

First a little history of my 1969 Chevy K20 that I am starting to build -

I bought the truck off of Ebay in 2002 upgrading from a rusty 72 K20 that I drove daily. It came from Lake Tahoe California and was a fairly solid truck but wasn't all that I had desired and I think I over paid, yet the goal remained the same (to some day do a restoration). The body was nice but had some rust-through in the cab, it ran but was getting tired, but overall it was a good start for a project truck.

In 2009 I came up with a plan up to do the resto but it would take a few years to get started (paying down debts and cashing out investments). I was aiming to start in March of 2012 and that target has been reached.

Since it has sat for over two years without moving or doing any work on it, my Mom has had nothing but doubts that this truck would ever see a road on it's own power again. I am a 43 year old man and my Mom still doesn't believe in me, lol. She has offered me a challenge that she thinks is a slam dunk for her. If the truck doesn't roll down the road by September of 2013 I owe her a vacation on me, but WHEN I am done with it (by September of 2013) she owes me and my family a vacation.

So here I go down this road that I have never traveled but have always wanted to. I know that it can be done but it's all up to me to see to it that it happens. So wish me lots of luck ('cuz God knows I'm going to need it) and send along your advice, encouragement and criticism too.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Re: K20 Challenge

OK - Like I said, I started in March so I have some catching up to do with the progress of the truck. I am doing a complete frame-off, bolt by bolt restoration so I needed to get the truck completely taken apart, check! As of today, the body panels and frame are at the sand blaster. The frame and core support will be powder coated in satin black. I can't wait to pick them up this weekend. I have also been collecting pieces and buying a whole lot of stuff for the truck. Here are some progress pictures.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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You can do it! Where are you going to have Mom take you on vacation?
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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You can do it! Where are you going to have Mom take you on vacation?
She want's to go back to Tennessee where we had a big family vaction a few years ago so that's fine with me, as long as she's paying.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:36 AM   #5
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Got my body pieces back from the blaster. The frame will be done Thursday.

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Old 04-27-2012, 10:53 PM   #6
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Looks like a good start.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:23 AM   #7
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Looks like you're on your way! I'd be super motivated with that type of deal...

...sorry mom...can't come over for my Birthday dinner....working on the truck

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:54 AM   #8
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when did you get the 67 cab? looks nice! its AC, panoramic cab! looking good!
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:33 AM   #9
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Nice truck!

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Old 04-28-2012, 02:51 AM   #10
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when did you get the 67 cab? looks nice! its AC, panoramic cab! looking good!
Got the cab in 2009 from a board member (Tom Korinek) in Arizona, A/C big window 67. It is in great shape, no patches, all origional steel.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:59 AM   #11
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Some pics of Dave shooting some body parts with primer this evening, finishing up tomorrow. Thanks Dave!

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Old 04-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #12
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......so I went to bed at 2:00am and was woken at 8:00 by some guy delivering this.......

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I guess that's not so bad.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
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Re: K20 Challenge

Looks like a great start! Looking good sir.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:32 AM   #14
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Not much action lately on the truck. Getting the house painted and some yard work done. I did however get a ton of parts delivered yesterday from Year One and LMC.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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Man I love these K20s. I may have to have one one day. Nice progress.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:30 AM   #16
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Time to get back to work!
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:26 AM   #17
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Time to get back to work!
Yes it is......next step is getting leafs and differentials taken apart and sent to CPC.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:34 AM   #18
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September 2013 is getting closer every day!
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:25 AM   #19
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September 2013 is getting closer every day!
I know...I know. I have to stop letting things get in my way and slow me down.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:38 PM   #20
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Nice truck, can't wait to see it done. I'm working on a 71 myself. Hope you get that vacation.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:40 PM   #21
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nice lookin progress, keep it up and have time for shakedown runs before Sept.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #22
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Wow, this is going to be a nice one!!! Looking real good.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:40 AM   #23
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OK it's been a while but I am once again working on the truck. I really need to pick up the pace if I want to be beating the pavement in September. Here's what I've been up to -

The differentials, along with some other various parts, are out for blasting and powdercoating. I have been cleaning and coating other parts at home. I also swapped hubs from a 72 K20 and bought new disk brake parts for the front and rear.
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I am waiting on LMC to figure out a leaf spring issue. They sent me a pair of rear leafs, one was the 5-leaf that is what the K20 has, the other one they sent was a 4-leaf. I sent back the 4 and they sent a 4 once again. I'm not sure what the deal is but they are working on it. When I get the leaf issue sorted out they will be going to the powder coater too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #24
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I WOULD NOT powder coat the springs. You run the risk of loosing some of the temper during the baking. Plus, they need to slide and bend and the coating will just crack anyways.
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71 CHV K20 292 SM465, white, tach, PTO, (future project)
72 CHV K20 350 350th, medium blue (project stocker)
01 CHV K2500hd crew, indigo blue

^3 dont run and the others don't see winter either
'86 K30 Cummins "Fireside" thread: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=649649
'71 K20 "get driveable" thread: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=590642
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #25
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I WOULD NOT powder coat the springs. You run the risk of loosing some of the temper during the baking. Plus, they need to slide and bend and the coating will just crack anyways.
Hmmmmm...... Something to consider. Thanks!
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