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Old 09-04-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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77 k10 short box winter beater build

This is going to be a fun, use extra parts, make a good winter driver build. No restoration, nothing fancy, doesn't have to be perfect. It's been sitting here for about a month, and all I've done so far is start gathering parts. It's pretty rusty to say the least. The interior is in pretty good shape. Someone along the line stuffed a 402 in it, and it has a th350, and np203, and 3.73 gears. Plans are to pull the cab to start fixing the floor rust. It needs full floor pans, the short cab supports that go down to the inner rockers, and the long floor supports as well. I have all of those pieces, and also inner, and outer rockers, cab corners, and kick panels. I have a spare set of inner, and outer front fenders as well. My round trip to work is 150 miles, 3 times a week, so the 402 is coming out. I have a good running 250 that will take its place. I have a spare th350 np203 combo sitting here, so I have rounded up all the tools to rebuild the transmission, and reseal the transfer case . I'm looking forward to being able to to my own transmissions from now on. Not sure if I will do anything with the rust on the box. I think the 250 will work good with the 3.73 gears. I hope this will make a nice winter beater.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

looking forward to watching this. When things dont have to be perfect it always makes the build more fun.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:22 PM   #3
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

God id love to get that woodgrain interior. So your swapping the 250 in? Sounds pretty cool
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:23 PM   #4
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

Cool truck and I like the plan. I bet it will work great with a 250 and 3.73's. How fast do you have to go on your commute?
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:39 PM   #5
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Cool truck and I like the plan. I bet it will work great with a 250 and 3.73's. How fast do you have to go on your commute?
Most of the commute is 55 mph, there is about a 10 mile stretch of 70. I think it will work pretty good.
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:40 AM   #6
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

I too am looking forward to watching this build. I have a 77' C10 Stepside and it sounds like my cab is in as good of shape as yours. Got the truck a month or so ago, in the process of collecting parts and coming up with a plan for the winter months. Would like to make a nice daily driver not a show truck. I have lots to learn and that's why I joined the club.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:35 AM   #7
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I too am looking forward to watching this build. I have a 77' C10 Stepside and it sounds like my cab is in as good of shape as yours. Got the truck a month or so ago, in the process of collecting parts and coming up with a plan for the winter months. Would like to make a nice daily driver not a show truck. I have lots to learn and that's why I joined the club.
Welcome to the forum! Stepsides are fun, let's see some pictures of what your starting with. Your in the right place if you want to learn about our trucks, this forum is full of knowledgeable, helpful people.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:44 PM   #8
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

I think I have gathered up most of what I need to get started on this project, a few more honey-doooos and I should be all set. My plan is to get the 250 cleaned up and ready to go in, clean up and reseal the np203, and rebuild the transmission, then pull the truck in and start the swap/rust repair. Today I power washed the tranny, and transfer case, split them, and built a transmission holding fixture for a engine stand. I'm hoping to get a good start on the transmission tomorrow night
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:11 PM   #9
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Transmission is rebuilt! Started it yesterday afternoon, got done with it this afternoon.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:58 AM   #10
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Well the cab floor isn't as bad as I thought. I got a good start on it this weekend. Front end ,box, and doors are off, and I'm working on getting the cab ready to pull.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:02 PM   #11
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

A few more pics. So far the extras I have found are a massive pinion leak, rear drive shaft is shot, gas tanks are shot, one of the front spring hangers is rusted out.
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:42 PM   #12
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

Tranny looks good. I've seen way worse on the body. Going to do anything to try to save it from the salt going forward? It will see a lot of it I assume since it's a winter beater
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:47 PM   #13
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

And I complained about my rusty little cab corner.

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Old 09-18-2016, 02:55 PM   #14
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

I'll try and get everything sealed up as well as I can, and IL undercoat everything before I put it back together. I got the cab off, got the frame outside and out of the way, and got the cab on its back so I can tackle the braces first.
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Old 09-18-2016, 04:00 PM   #15
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Supports tacked in on one side. Pretty nervous, they don't fit very well.
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:46 PM   #16
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

Had the afternoon in the shop today, I got the drivers side about 3/4 done.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:06 PM   #17
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

That cab was pretty rough. Looks like you are doing a good job of putting it back together.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:06 PM   #18
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

Drivers side metal work is done. The fit was good enough for a winter beater. I goofed up and the inner rocker was a little high in the rear, and made a bunch of extra work for myself. Door fits pretty well.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:12 PM   #19
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

Oh rust repair why mist there be so much.. Some guy probably said a million times lol
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:59 PM   #20
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Even here where everything has rust, I think most would have junked this one. The parts were pretty cheap to fix it, it will just take a bunch of time. It will be fun to bring it back into a serviceable truck.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:15 PM   #21
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Floors, rockers, cab corners, and kick panels are done. Both doors fit pretty good. Now I flipped it on its back again, got the bottom cleaned up, and I have to finish the inner cab corners, and patch the rear cab support. Then it's prime and undercoating.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:04 AM   #22
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Looking good! What's your timeline for it? Gonna be on the road for this winter?
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:08 AM   #23
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Looking good! What's your timeline for it? Gonna be on the road for this winter?
I hope so, after I get the cab done the pace should pick up quite a bit. I have a set of aftermarket fenders to put on it, and the hood is in good shape. I'm not sure how much work I'm going to do on the box, it's in pretty rough shape.
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Great work you are really flying!
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Re: 77 k10 short box winter beater build

Looking good! Are you going to be keeping the 77 yellow trim?
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