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Old 04-27-2020, 12:19 AM   #1
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Here we go again... The Tumbleweed 69 K10 Shorty

Some of you may have seen mention of this truck in the 67-72 general forum last year. About a year ago I made a deal on this truck with a close friend. In short we agreed originally on a deal of $500. Later the same day he approached me on doing some mechanical work getting an old front end loader running so he could sell it, in return for the truck (aka no cash required) I wasnt really in a place where I was ready to start working on the truck so I just left it at his place for the time being. Well funny how time flies when your having fun with a wife and two little kids. A little over a year later, I called him up yesterday and asked when he wanted to work on the loader or if he wanted some cash. He said come get the truck and well work on the loader when hes ready. Im shooting to go pick the truck up on Friday. He owns a pawn shop that deals with lots of vehicles, equipment, trailers etc. This one went dead pawn long long ago and has been sitting for a good while. It appears to have spent a long time in New Mexico judging by the rear license plate. He believes its a 72 and of course Im an idiot and didnt take any pictures of the interior when I took these pictures, and I didnt even really pay attention when I took them to remember if there was a rear view mirror pad, Plastic door panels or vent window screws. The outer grill shell is no help as the blackout and/or 71 striping is long faded away. I do know its got a later small block with an sm465/205, no ac and the cab appears to have been medium green originally. It didnt appear to have a ton of rust in the floors and supports which is good. Cab roof looked good to. Im sure itll need some lovin but Im in for the build. I doubt Ill really start working on this one Too heavily for another year or so. For now Ill probably do the basics and shoot to get it running and driving and leave it at that for a while since it doesnt have A Fred Flintstone floor like my K20 did. I haven t seen the spid yet but based on the chrome vent windows and no cargo light Im gonna assume its a 72 custom deluxe, anyone want to make some bets?? I will report back as soon as its home. Here we go again with another truck build thread! Heres a few pictures.
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Old 04-27-2020, 12:23 AM   #2
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Re: Here we go again... The Cactus Shorty K10

Couple more for now. Updates to come when I pick it up. Pardon the ford mirrors they will surely find there way off the truck...
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Old 04-27-2020, 09:44 AM   #3
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Re: Here we go again... The Cactus Shorty K10

What a deal! Looks pretty solid, have fun with the build.
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:42 PM   #4
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Nice truck!! Looks pretty solid cant wait for the work to begin!!
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Old 04-28-2020, 08:27 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I’m excited to get it home and start making some plans for it. I’ve been looking the pictures over and my bet is it’s a ‘71. I’ve always understood 72 4x4 frames to have had the strap welded across the front of the drivers front spring hanger in conjunction with the bracket at the rear of the spring to keep it in place in the event of a crash or broken bolts. I’ve previous only dealt with K10 longbed and K20s which use the same frame so maybe the shorties and blazers didn’t get this strap and bracket? Here’s a brightened up picture of the drivers spring hanger and a picture of the 72 hanger on my K20.

I also don’t see any tow hook holes in the shorty frame and I believe all 72’s had hook holes. Again maybe longbed frames only?
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Old 04-29-2020, 09:29 AM   #6
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I'm in to watch!.....
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Old 04-30-2020, 06:17 AM   #7
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I believe I have one of those brackets kicking around if you're looking for one.
My 72 swb has it.

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Good to know, as I start to work on it I may take you up on that.
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Soo.... heres some more pictures and info. I picked it up today. Its actually a 69 that someone slapped a 71-72 open knuckle 44 with blue dials, and drag link as well as a 71 grill. ( they actually left the 69 signal lights behind the grill). along with what looks like a 4 lift and 33/12.5s. No complaints here! I didnt even look at it very close last year when we made the deal I just knew what it was and didnt care how good or bad the body/rust was. Well.... its got all the original Cab corners, rockers, floors etc. theres a minimal amount of rust. The only spots i saw I will detail later this evening or tomorrow. Its got a Factory tach in it too. The interior has what looks to be house carpet and a reupholstered seat. Both of which will go along with the wood at the bottom of the doors. The frame looks decent, the steering box area on the frame cracked out but its been repaired with plate. It is missing the front crossmember though. Ill likely fab one out of square tube and plate. The one crappy thing about it is someone painted the spid over so I dont know as much about it as Id like. I believe originally it was medium green but thats all I know for sure. Heres some pictures!
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great deal, even a tach. good luck with it.
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It looks like a great find and a good starting point....congrats!
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Thanks Jamie and Dale, I’ve got a bunch more pictures to load today. Yesterday I took it by the shop and gave it a good cleaning with the heated power washer as well as vacuuming out the carpet and seat and cleaning the mouse nest from the glove box. I found several papers and receipts from the early 90’s in the glove box so I’m sure it’s been sitting for a long time, the most recent thing I found was from 2000. So the good on it all is I’m confident it’s a legit shortbed truck even though the spid is painted over. The cab mounts are all riveted to the frame, and I see zero evidence of a chop. I’m going to measure the thickness of the steel soon, that will tell the tale for sure as the shortbed and blazer frames are made of a thinner steel than the longbed frame is. The vin on the cab and title is a 4x4 vin. The cab has the rosettes and it matches the frame and title so it is legit there. Someone has swapped in atleast a square body 465 shifter maybe even the whole 465 as well as an Np205. I’m glad the Rockwell is gone honestly. The square body shifters have got to go I favor of 71/72 4x4 am 465 shifter and 205 shifter. I’m pretty confident it’s an original 4 speed truck looking at the steering column, clutch boot and clutch linkage. As I said before the cab panels are all original and in nice shape given there age. The frame looks good except for a few issues, as said before the front cross member is missing, and around the steering box has been repaired- I will be re doing this repair I believe with the ord kit I used on my K20. Also the outside And top of the rear frame rails have been plated. I’m kind of afraid to remove the plates and see why honestly. There’s no rust in the frame that I can see. It’s got 4 or 5 different colors showing different panels have been different colors they the years. The bed passenger door and fender are not original to the truck. The cab drivers door and fender are all showing medium green under a layer or two of other colors. The bed was originally 508 dark blue I believe. And that’s what I’m thinking I may repaint the whole truck. My great grandfather had a 508 truck that I’m thinking I may pay tribute to. My dad also had a 71 medium green K10 when I was a kid so maybe I’ll paint it medium green idk. As far as the cab metal goes all I’ve found major are dime size holes drilled in the roof for lights I assume, 1 hole on the outside of each A pillar for a light I assumed, and 2 holes knocked in the back of the cab mid way up on the passenger cab corner. This is why the lower passenger cab corner has a little rust thru. I’ll buy a corner and only replace the little bit that rusted thru, the weld the holes up in the upper cab corner, a pillars, and roof. As for the engine I’ll probably try to get It to run and see what up with it. I’ve got vortec 350 on a stand that needs a home too so I may go that route a little ways off in the future.
Immediate plans for now are:

Get that nasty carpet out and seal the cab up from all leaks
Thoroughly clean and Disinfect the interior
Change all fluids
See if the engine will run
Go thru the brakes- probably add hydraboost and hydraulic clutch like my K20 has
Replace the double cardan joint on the front drive shaft and install it

Once that’s done and it’s running and driving all gradually start making it into what I want it to be. Pictures to follow.
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Incoming, I got a kick out of the 69 marker lights still behind the 71 grill. You can also see the holes in the upper cab corner and the small hole and bubble in the lower corner.
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And some more
Who paints hood hinges purple??? It’s also got some wonky stuff going on with the brake booster, one more reason to go with a hydroboost, I’m sure this booster started life in a different generation of truck. At worst I’ll use the vacuum booster from my K20 Along with a new master before I do the hydroboost swap. You can also see the plate on the outside and top of the rear frame rail.
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Last night my brother and I yanked the old nasty carpet out of it. Didn’t find much in the way of surprises other than a small hole in the passenger floor and a little rot in the drivers lower kick panel. Not enough to worry about right now. I’ll focus on getting it running and driving before I even begin to think about metal work. Also I believe the truck probably had a saddle interior originally, the visors are dark brown and the belts are a lighter brown. The in the picture has a 68 date code but the others have 69 codes and are the same color.
We also ran the suffix code on the engine... 1980 Camaro 305 rated at 155 hp. Yea... not even worth the time to get it running. I swore I was done building old small blocks in favor of the LS platform but I’ve got a couple decent vortec 350’s still laying around. I’ll swap the cam on one of them and slap it in with an HEI and carb manifold/ quadrajet and inline fuel pump and see how it does. I pulled the heads off of the swap motor a few months ago and the bores are perfect. Today I pulled the oil pan and main/rod caps and the bearings/crank show virtually no wear. So I’ll slap it back together with a bigger cam and new gaskets/seals and call it good. I’m gonna get my machinist I use for all the engines I build at work to go thru the heads. For less than $500 All in, (At work we pulled the 350’s off of natural gas compressors a few years ago and I was able to snag a few of them for free) I’ll have a virtually new motor. Can’t go wrong with that. Natural gas is quite a bit easier on the cylinders than gasoline because it doesn’t wash the cylinders or oil down so the engine lasts a whole lot longer. This will also be the perfect opportunity to swap to an aluminum hydraulic clutch bell housing (same deal have a ton of those floating around too) and the captain fab hydraboost and hydraulic clutch setup that I ran on my K20. Here’s some pictures
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Heres a few updates, I havent worked on this truck much as Ive been hitting my K20 really hard over the last few months. Today I did score a set of new aluminum heads drilled for both vortec and standard manifolds. They are 64cc chambers with 190cc runners. My plan is to run them on the vortec 350 with a weiand street fighter dual plane, lt4 hot cam or similar, and a to be decided four barrel and Hei. I may end up switching to a holly sniper setup later down the line. I think this setup should be pretty good for 400ish hp at my almost 6,000ft elevation. I also picked up a front crossmember to replace the one missing. Im hoping to jump on this truck this winter but we will see how things go. It all comes down to time and money as always.
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Rust is not to bad. I feel lucky when I see what people had to start with.
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