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Old 01-06-2016, 01:12 AM   #1
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1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

I picked up this truck a few months back, but I was in the process of building a new shop, so it has sort of been on the back burner till now. It's in pretty rough shape, and I payed a little to much for it, but there is not much rust on it, as it was a California truck. I did what I could to make it drive right away, and used it a little for the summer. It has a 250 straight 6, and a th350. I had to yank and rebuild the trans, rebuild the carb, and rebuild the complete front end. The guy I bought it from started working on the suspension, he installed a flip in the rear, and drop springs, and spindles in the front. I put in some drop shocks, threw on some MB old school wheels (18s in the front, 20s on the rear) and had some fun driving it. Now the shop is done, and there is snow on the ground, so I decided to get at it. I cant find the pics of when I brought it home, it had red rally's on it, but looks pretty much as it does now.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:18 AM   #2
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A few before pics.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:22 AM   #3
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There is a little rust in the outer floors, and the rear fenders are not original to the truck, and have some rust. I decided to just pull it apart, and try and do it right, but on a budget. I'll do all the body work, and paint myself, and I might do the upholstery my self as well.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:36 AM   #4
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Tear down!
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:41 AM   #5
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Re: 1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

Now I have the cab on jack stands, and started on the drivers side floor. The flange that the weather strip goes on was a little rusty on the bottom, so I made a nice little patch for that using a shrinker/stretcher set I just got from eastwood. It worked very nice.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:53 AM   #6
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Re: 1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

Rust repair. This is where I left off tonight.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:18 AM   #7
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For a budget build you are doing nice work
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Old 01-06-2016, 03:43 PM   #8
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Im in for a stepper build
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Old 01-07-2016, 08:18 PM   #9
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Im building a stepper too. Ill be watching you.
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:18 PM   #10
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Before I took the box off, I noticed that it loofed like it was sitting a little crooked. I got the tape out, and from behind the cab , to the end of the frame, the right side was about 3/4" low. I hauled the frame over to a buddy with a frame rack, and he got it nice and straight for me. It's pretty amazing how much you have to tweak one of these frames, to gain 3/4".
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:30 PM   #11
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I'm hoping to pick up the pace on this thing, I'm still trying to get all the small stuff organized in the new shop. It's never ending! I managed to get a new welder cart built, I'm going to try and use the tig more on this truck, just to try and get the hang of it. I'm not off to a great start, I welded up the drivers side drip rail holes, and ended up having to put a 2" patch in for one that blew out on me. At the time, it seems pretty easy to chase the hole,"I can still save it, one more try"
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:37 PM   #12
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Re: 1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

Love steppers...I want to do another one someday soon.
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Old 01-22-2016, 08:52 AM   #13
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I'm in, i'd love to have a stepper to play around with.
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Old 01-22-2016, 09:09 AM   #14
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Subscribed. Not too far from me either!
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Hitching to this bandwagon...Wow. What a nice shop.
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:48 PM   #16
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Re: 1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

Well, I've made a little progress. I have most of the floor patched up, me and one of my side kicks got under the cab all cleaned up, and I got the engine pulled out of the frame, and got the frame cleaned up. I used some fiberglass body filler to seal up the floor patches, and it seems to be acting funny with the under coating. So I'll let everything sit and cure for a day or 2, and then get the bottom wrapped up. I got real lucky with this truck, the guy that one it was one that thought, if a little seam sealer is good, than more will be great, same with window urethane, I bet that I have about 6 tube of crap to scrape off the windshield opening, and another 4 to scrape off the doors, and door openings!!!
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:50 PM   #17
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Not sure how to fix the pics.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:51 AM   #18
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Not sure how to fix the pics.
You can do it from your desktop using MS Paint or any editing app. Just download the pics you posted, rotate, and upload again.

Double check your phone when you take the pics to ensure its positioned correctly for future reference.
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Helluva nice work space you have there. You're raising the bar on "budget build."LOL Subbed!
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:37 AM   #20
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Re: 1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

Thanks guys. The new shop is great, it's taken some getting used to. The old one was 12x28. You had to center a truck perfect to paint in there, or you were bumping elbows into the wall. Every thing was always at arms reach though, now I find myself looking for stuff all the time. Here is a few pics painting my 80 k10 in the old shop.
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:45 AM   #21
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Here is a few pics of some other projects I did in my little old shop.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:40 AM   #22
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Re: 1980 Short Stepper Budget Build

Slowly plugging away at. I got the cab floor done, and undercoating sprayed on. I finished cleaning up the frame, and sprayed some satin black on it, and I got the first round of body work done on the cab, and shot it with epoxy, and then a few coats of high build primer. I mounted the cab back up with some new poly bushings. The primers, paint and clear are all from summit racing. I have used in on a number of projects, and had good results with it, and it's pretty cheap.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:57 AM   #23
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Really nice start you got going on.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:09 AM   #25
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Seems like progress on this thing is moving at a snails pace. The passenger door was in very rough shape, I have about a week solid trying to get it straight. No rust, just beat ro crap. Getting the cab and doors in 2nd coat of primer tonight. Kinda blew the budget in the motor department. Instead of keeping the 250, I spent the better part of the last week building a 400. Should scoot this little truck around pretty good. I went with vortec heads, a summit 1103 cam, and an edelbrock intake, and carb. I also picked up some ceramic coated headers, and a new exhaust kit, with thrush turbo mufflers.
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