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Old 01-14-2022, 11:44 PM   #1
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I have been working on cleaning the shop for the last 2 months but I have had some delays. I finally got it cleaned out enough to get this truck inside so I will go ahead and start a thread on it.. This project is for all of the guys and gals that don't need a show truck but want something different to drive. Hence the "Low Budget". Low Maintenance" part.

I am starting a new project. It won't be a quick assembly and it certainly won't be a show truck. It will be a new adventure for me. I'm usually pretty much by the book, but this build will be completely the opposite. I have this pretty nice '72 GMC 3/4 ton leaf spring frame and '71 cab & bed that I need to use. I didn't want to post anything until I knew I was going to have time to actually work on it over the winter but I started working on it outside last fall. I will still only be posting what I have done bit by bit instead of all at once.

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Old 01-14-2022, 11:51 PM   #2
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I Pulled the bed off of the truck a day or two ago and I removed the cab today. They were just sitting loose on there so they didn't have to sit on the ground. I removed the Small Block frame brackets, and the bell housing cross member is next.

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Old 01-14-2022, 11:55 PM   #3
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Re: LockDoc's "Low Budget", "Low Maintenance" Project Thread

I Am in for the Build

Are those Vintage Green bean cans on the exhaust?
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Old 01-15-2022, 12:22 PM   #4
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Oh boy, I know where this is going and look forward to your updates.
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Man, it would be a great time to go ahead and rebuild the front suspension. And maybe cleanup and paint the frame.

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Nice project Leon. I know you have been waiting for this for a while.
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Old 01-15-2022, 02:37 PM   #7
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Are those Vintage Green bean cans on the exhaust?
One is Green Beans and the other is Sauerkraut...

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Oh boy, I know where this is going and look forward to your updates.
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Man, it would be a great time to go ahead and rebuild the front suspension. And maybe cleanup and paint the frame.

Good luck, Rg
Good Idea. Thanks!

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Nice project Leon. I know you have been waiting for this for a while.
A few years, yes.

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I like cheap and not as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes
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Old 01-15-2022, 04:04 PM   #9
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Got the bell housing cross member out and the new engine frame brackets installed. I need to remove the stock exhaust system and brackets next.

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Old 01-16-2022, 02:58 PM   #10
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Removed the exhaust system and worked on the rear axle a bit trying to figure out how I want to set it up. I think I can use the stock '72 leaf spring hangers on the front end and just make some rear shackle brackets to get the results I need..

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Old 01-16-2022, 03:26 PM   #11
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Love the pics of the big breaker bar and torch! Keep em coming!
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Very kool. In to see what ya do with this one.
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Re: LockDoc's "Low Budget", "Low Maintenance" Project Thread

Leon, Job well done!!!
I see 72 big block mounts.....Is it getting a big block or a small block, using the "better" big block mounts? (I plan to do such on my 67).
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Are those Vintage Green bean cans on the exhaust?
Do you know how to tell which can was green beans and which can was sauerkraut????







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I remains long after
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Leon, Job well done!!!
I see 72 big block mounts.....Is it getting a big block or a small block, using the "better" big block mounts? (I plan to do such on my 67).
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The answer will be in one of my updates coming up...

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It remains long after

The Kraut comes in a smaller can. They don't think the consumer will notice...

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Worked on replacing the front spindles today. It was a bolt in deal and worked out great. New assemblies were off of a '73 truck. Don't make fun of my Rube Goldberg jack setup...

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Dually?....
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I'm already going to have a little delay because I have some volunteer work to do at the local Historical Society building for the next couple of days. I need to put some display cases together for them.

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Worked on cleaning up the frame a little and pressure washed it so I can spray it with Rust -Oleum satin black in a day or so. My heavy duty pressure washer is a gas powered unit and when I wash something like this frame it almost looks like you are sand blasting it. It still has a thin layer of rust but that is what Rust-Oleum paint is for, right? That makes it "Close Enough"....
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Leon, you can buy that POR-15 paint in spray cans. It’s a little pricey, but it’s some awesome stuff!!!
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I guess I didn't realize it was available in spray cans. Thanks.

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I worked on the rear frame spring hangers. The original brackets were hard to cut on an angle so one spacer had to be a 1/16" thicker than the other. I finished them up and bolted them on.

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Leon, you haven't answered my question yet...the suspense is killing me..dually?
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