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Old 12-08-2016, 05:13 PM   #1
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Ellie Lou the 72

This build may take a while, and there might be weeks between posts, but I wanted to document it. At least for myself, so ya'll get to see it, too.

This truck has been in my life since birth. It's my grandfather's, and he parked it in the 80s when the transmission went out. I've finally convinced him to pass it on. So, once we get our car hauler ready, it will be making the one hour haul to my place (or at least the shop where my father teaches).

The name comes from my Grandparents. Their middle names were Eldon and Louise.

She's a 1972 Cheyenne with auto, air, and a 350.

The plans, at the moment, are:

-Get her running solid (runs with gas poured in the carb)
-Fix the transmission
-Clean her up
-Repair rockers and other rust spots.
-Drive her.

So, here's Ellie Lou, as she sits.
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Old 12-08-2016, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

Magnificent truck. Keep the updates and pictures coming as often as you can!
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Old 12-08-2016, 11:01 PM   #3
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Factory air Cheyenne...nice. looks all intact, bonus.
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Old 12-08-2016, 11:11 PM   #4
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Factory air Cheyenne...nice. looks all intact, bonus.
Yeah, it's all there, it just needs some TLC.
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Old 12-08-2016, 11:32 PM   #5
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Magnificent truck. Keep the updates and pictures coming as often as you can!

Thanks, I'm hoping I can get it moved soon.

Here's a few interior pics that I have. I've cleaned it up a bit since these were taken.
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:26 AM   #6
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

Well, I finally got a break in schedules and made the trip to haul the old girl closer to home.

She rode well, and is now at my Dad's shop where we'll be working on her.

Grandpa hated to see her go, but hopefully she'll drive back under her own power soon.

The missing trim pieces are in the cab. It's a pretty complete truck.

We've got a lot of rust repair coming. I'll get detailed pics later in the week.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:34 PM   #7
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Not a bad start!
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:07 PM   #8
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Went out over the weekend and documented some of the worst spots on the truck. Places that need the most work. Also, My Dad and Son installed a new steering wheel while the boy was spending the night at his grandpa's. So far, we've got four generations involved in this restoration.
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:51 PM   #9
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

I like your plans!!!
I'm not one that cares much for cutting the frame and all the lowering stuff, to each their own, it's still a free country!
The 72 is the pinnacle of the 67-72 pickups. Nicer interior stuff, disc brakes, 350 engine was in most...
The carb will need work, www.cliffshighperformance.com is the place to get carb kit and parts. His deluxe kit is $79.95, sounds pricey but includes parts NO ONE else puts in kits! Plus his parts are ethanol compatible, I don't know of anyone else's that is! Cliff can send you the EXACT parts to tailor your carb specifically to your specific use, especially with todays modern gasoline formulation. He can build your carb if need be, of course that's more $$$.

Fix the rust and other details, and DRIVE IT!

Waiting more work!
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:20 PM   #10
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Got my carb kit from Cliffs....excellent kit! Got the throttle shaft bushing kit as well, carb runs like new. Highly recommend!
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:18 AM   #11
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

Thanks for the suggestions. That's exactly why I'm posting here. I'm pretty new at this and need all the advice I can get.

I'm not a big fan of the lowered look either. I want a truck that can still function as a truck. I don't want it to be so custom that you can't tell it's the same truck my Grandfather drove. I love that history. I want to keep it there, but I also don't want to fall through the floorboards.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:16 AM   #12
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Door logo idea mock-up. Any opinions?

It's the name of my AV business.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:24 PM   #13
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That logo looks perfect!! It really fits the truck!
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:33 PM   #14
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

I'm slowly starting on my grandfathers '72 GMC. So I'm following your thread. Mine is half way across the country so it will be a slow process.
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Old 04-26-2017, 03:54 AM   #15
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in for this build
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:52 PM   #16
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

Been months since my last post. Progress has been slow (too much paying work at the shop, so no room for this to get in). But we have been working.

We hadn't been able to get it to run right. I was told it ran with gas in the carb, but we couldn't get it to. So I pulled the carb off for a rebuild.

I wanna know who poured hamburger grease in my Quadrajet.
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:55 PM   #17
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

Also pulled the carpet up, found some more rust, but not as bad as I was expecting. Found one of my grandpa's hammers under the seat.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:16 PM   #18
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Re: Ellie Lou the 72

Once we rebuilt the carb (first time, not as hard as I thought), we got it reinstalled and it ran briefly. We're going to replace the plugs and wires next, maybe a distributer. We found out the fuel pump works, so that's good.

I've also replaced a few vacuum lines and other piddly little things.
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