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Old 05-25-2021, 11:03 AM   #1
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My GMC re-restoration

Well, I have been a member here since 2009, and this is my first "real" post.
I have been slowly accumulating parts for this build over the past year or so and am ready to get started. This is up to date, hopefully trying to work through it quickly and have it 100% complete by the end of 2021. I now work from home full-time so i am able to go out and work on it immediately after work in my home shop so hopefully i make steady progress.

Ill probably catch some crap for chopping up this truck in the condition its in but its mine and I dont care haha.

A bit of background.

I worked with my dad, uncle and grapndpa to restore this truck about 15-16 years ago. At the time, we tried to get it put back together but just to "driver" type condition.

There have always been minor issues that I have worked on- no problem. But there are some issues that really have bugged me. Mainly panel fitment. The aftermarket panels were just installed, no fitting and right to paint. The body shop did excellent paint work, its mirror like in most places, but the panel fitment is horrendous. The doors have to be slammed hard enough where the welds broke on the upper window hoop on both sides

Recently started getting some paint cracking in the drip rails and i see some rust bubbling up around the fuel filler in the cab. So my idea, go ahead and tear it down and fix everything i dont like.

A few specs
ZZ4 crate engine
TH350
3.08 gear open diff

Completed work
1. FiTech fuel injection
2. Boyd welding fuel tank
3. NVU guages
4. Ron davis radiator with dual electric fans
5. Dakota digital fan controller
6. Porterbuilt front lower control arms +1" Forward
7. Borgeson quick ratio steering box


Plans:
1. Short bed conversion
2. Wood bed floor
3. No-Limit fat bar
4. CPP modular drop spindles
5. Homemade big brake kit (14" front, 13" rear)
6. Vintage air
7. Porterbuilt hood hinges
8. 700R4 trans with 2400 stall converter
9. perfect panel fitment
10. All green exterior
11. Mar-k lower woodgrain trim only
12. 3.73 gear, locker
13. 3/5 or 4/6 drop. wherever it ends up


Anyway, here are some "before" pictures
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Old 05-25-2021, 11:07 AM   #2
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Now on to the disassembly and chop

12" behind the cab, 8" off the back. I have some inner frame reinforcements I have not welded in yet. Those will be going on next time i take the bed off.
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Old 05-25-2021, 11:30 AM   #3
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Next up was installing the No-Limit fatbar kit. I like the kit. Nice parts, good design. Ridetech coilovers.

I see some complaints online about the directions. Yes, they are a bit lacking but honestly if you are doing this type of kit and you need detailed instructions, you probably shouldnt be doing it. Install was straightforward.
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Old 05-25-2021, 12:52 PM   #4
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Installing the bed was straightforward. The Mar-K stuff is top notch. The made in Taiwan bedsides, not so much. had to work the mounting holes over everywhere. Some were off by 1/2" or so

Wheel tubs took ~3-4 hours to fit but they fit pretty good now (last pic). Bed wood has the stain and a couple coats of clear to protect it during the build. it will be removed and several more coats added and sanded prior to final install. Mar-k bedstrips are awesome as well
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Old 05-25-2021, 09:57 PM   #5
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

A great start. Are you keeping the same color green? Is it 505?

Good luck, Rg
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Old 05-25-2021, 11:48 PM   #6
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Great looking truck!
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Old 05-26-2021, 08:41 PM   #7
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

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A great start. Are you keeping the same color green? Is it 505?

Good luck, Rg
Yes but I am ditching all the white. I believe its 506 green. Has metallic in it


Got the frame reinforcing plates in for the cut. Got them from summit. I think they are a CPP piece
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Old 05-31-2021, 02:33 PM   #8
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Confirmed on Friday that Boyd tanks made pre 2017 do no have the filler tube centered on the bed wood. Had to chop it off and re weld it. Good thing this is covered by the bed wood

Got some porterbuilt goodies as well. Frame crossmember and hood hinges
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Old 06-01-2021, 10:03 AM   #9
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I'm in to watch!
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Old 06-13-2021, 07:59 PM   #10
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Slow progress this weekend waiting on parts. Installed the Boyd filler. Also installed my cpp modular spindles with 1 drop springs. Hubs are machined down factory disk hubs. Rotor is a 350mm Durango rotor. Calipers are C6 aluminum corvette with a custom bracket I drew up and had laser cut

The purpose of doing the brake kit myself other than I enjoy it, was to run off the shelf unmodified wear parts. If I want to replace the rotor, caliper, pads etc I can buy them at the local parts store
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Old 06-21-2021, 03:41 PM   #11
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Nice work already, as for cutting it down, like you said its your truck
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Re: My GMC re-restoration

Little progress. Found some original doors locally at a great price. No rust through. One has a speaker hole to be fixed and the other has a dent but no big deal

Pulled the rear and finish welded the 4 link. Bent up some brake lines and mocked up my 2014 mustang brake calipers. Went to install the gears but ran into a snag with my parts. Awaiting replacements
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