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Old 01-06-2020, 11:27 AM   #1
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Talking 81 C10 Rebuild

So this weekend while I was looking online I saw a truck pop up for sale that I sold a few years ago while in a tight spot and had to have it back! Itís an 81 Silverado. Brown and tan two tone. It appears the rust has grown a bit since I saw it last and the trim is all missing. But, a little rust repair, interior makeover and paint will get he back to a presentable state. Still rocking the 305/350 combo and has full McGaughys suspension that I installed years ago. So glad to have this one back!
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:41 PM   #2
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

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nice to see it returned back to a great caretaker! please feel free to update as you progress...
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:37 AM   #3
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I got the interior removed last night. Carpet was a disaster and someone back in the day thought it would be sweet to cover everything in the inside of the truck in brown velvet lol! All the tan interior pieces were sprayed brown as well..... So I'll get everything cleaned up inside, strip and re-dye the plastics back tan like they were supposed to be. Replace everything else with new pieces and have the seat recovered. Then its on to the body!
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Old 01-10-2020, 06:15 AM   #4
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Nice truck and good color.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:46 AM   #5
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Velvet, yeah!
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:47 PM   #6
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

Made room in the garage tonight and got the truck in out of the elements. Going to continue cleaning everything and see exactly where I am as far as rust repair, freshening up the suspension, etc. Now to get to looking around and decide what wheels to throw under this thing to make it a little more presentable.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:03 AM   #7
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

Cool to get one back that's not too much worse for the wear.
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Old 01-14-2020, 03:12 PM   #8
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cool to get one back that's not too much worse for the wear.
definitely. Could be better, but could definitely be worse. Glad to have it back for sure.
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Old 01-14-2020, 04:06 PM   #9
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

I gotta rethink my strategies man; my projects always start 1/2 step from the local pick-and-pull!

Beautiful truck!
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:17 AM   #10
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Fine-lookin' machine sir!
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:56 PM   #11
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

Thanks fellas. Hope to make a little progress this weekend with the interior makeover!
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:40 PM   #12
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I’m following. Good looking truck
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Old 02-16-2020, 09:11 PM   #13
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Thanks fellas. Hopefully picking up some wheels tomorrow. Been deciding between US Mags Ctens or Torque Thrust wheels both in staggered 20" sizes. think Im going to go with the timeless choice and pick up the TT2s. While its getting the wheels I hope to get the chassis cleaned, painted, and get the calipers and drums cleaned and painted as well. My body doesnt do well in the cold so hope itll warm up soon!
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Old 02-18-2020, 09:56 PM   #14
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

A little progress tonight. Hereís a before and after wheel install.
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Old 02-19-2020, 11:16 AM   #15
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Isn't it great what a set of wheels could do.....Truck looks great!



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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

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very nice!! although I was kinda diggin' the stock wheel look too!! I may have missed it but what tire size did yo choose?.....
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:17 PM   #17
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

Nice truck!
I like the addition of the '85-'87 grille.
I was never a fan of the '81-'82 grille.
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:34 PM   #18
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very nice!! although I was kinda diggin' the stock wheel look too!! I may have missed it but what tire size did yo choose?.....
Thanks man, I went with 245/40 fronts and 275/40 rears.
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:34 PM   #19
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Nice truck!
I like the addition of the '85-'87 grille.
I was never a fan of the '81-'82 grille.
Yeah the newer grill looks way better in my opinion. Thanks for the compliments.
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Yeah the newer grill looks way better in my opinion. Thanks for the compliments.
agree.. my '86 will have the same grill..... now that I got rid of the phantom grille from when purchased.
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Old 02-24-2020, 08:46 PM   #21
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Wow! What you have done so far looks really nice. Love the wheels! And of course Iím a big fan of the 85-87 grilles myself.
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I love the look of the new wheels, Just in case your selling I need a set of the original take off wheels. Please contact me if you want to sell them.
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Old 03-10-2020, 10:19 AM   #23
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

Thanks for the comments fellas. Been down a couple weeks with flu garbage going around. Hoping to get back on the interior redo soon!
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:51 AM   #24
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Re: 81 C10 Rebuild

The good ole carburetor on the 305 started acting crazy the other day, so I went out there to mess with it and one thing led to another. Next thing I knew the entire drivetrain, front clip, HVAC box, etc is gone. Guess itís as good a time as any to clean and paint all the chassis parts and frame. Ordered some Slosh Tubz firewall filler panels last night. Will get the firewall painted after the filler panel install and start the LS swap as well. Time to get to it!
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Old 04-15-2020, 02:46 PM   #25
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Made a little more progress last night. Got the bed removed, hopefully cab removal will be tonight. Then on to cleaning and painting the chassis. Ordered Slosh Tubz firewall filler panels to get the firewall all straightened out. C-Notch ordered, and body mount bushings are on the way from Energy Suspension. With any luck Iíll have the chassis cleaned and ready for paint this weekend!
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