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Old 06-02-2016, 09:29 AM   #1
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1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

I bought this truck the summer before I was a senior in high school in 2005 from a man named Cecil for $3600. It had 68,000 original miles on the 350 TBI, 700r4, 208 transfer case, 3.73 gears. Before I even had the truck I already knew what I wanted it to look like and wasnt going to let anybody change my mind. Over a couple years I painted it, put a 4 inch rough country lift on it, bought 5 new 35x12.50 bfg all terrains, changed all fluids/ belts and such.

After high school I drove it 420 miles to Nashville Tennessee where I went to Nashville Auto Diesel College. After I became more comfortable with my mechanical abilities, I put a B&M shift kit in it, MSD 6A box, Jet Performance chip in the ECM(which didnt do anything by the way), new wheels, and other miscellaneous items that go along with driving and older truck as a daily driver.

After finishing college I returned home to VA and bought a 1972 GMC 2WD Long Bed. The 87 kinda went on the back burner I as was infatuated with my new project. I turned the 72 2WD to 4WD in the matter of 10 months in my brothers backyard. I later made the mistake of getting married and everything went on the backburner for several years. Long story short I got out of the slump I was in for years and getting back to fixing up my 87 chevy from highschool again.

I call my 87 the "green truck". The main reason I started on this project again is because of a rotten spot on the frame. It was my first truck. The first thing I took out a loan on(from dad). It has been there for me through it all and I have millions of memories with it. My ex wife once told me that my truck was junk and I needed to get rid of it... My response was this and it has held true "These trucks were here before you and will be here after you long after your gone". Anyways I got alot of pictures to load to get yall up to date. Be paitient with me as Im still getting the hang of using this site instead of just viewing everyone elses builds
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:39 AM   #2
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Heres how it looked after returning from College
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Pulled the bed and stuff
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:53 AM   #4
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Bought some 37x13.5r17 Cooper Discoverer STT
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:55 AM   #5
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

next to the truck
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:57 AM   #6
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

These things were taking up too much space in the garage so I put them down in the house. They complimented my back bedroom with a nice aroma of new rubber
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:36 PM   #7
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Looks like a great project! Those Coopers appear to have a real nice tread pattern.
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:59 AM   #8
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Looks like a great project! Those Coopers appear to have a real nice tread pattern.
Thanks Yukon Jack! Love your truck by the way
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:08 AM   #9
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Got the back end rust free now and crossmembers bolted back into place
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:10 AM   #10
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progress
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:41 AM   #11
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Bolting up the rear axle. Turns out I ordered the wrong u-bolts. When I ordered the lift from Rough Country, I selected 1/2 ton instead of 3/4 ton. Which means my u-bolts were not big enough for the rear axle as its diameter is slightly bigger. I still managed to beat and squeeze them around the axle enough to slip them into place. Hopefully they wont give me any trouble or I reckon Ill just have to order the correct ones.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:26 PM   #12
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Very nice build. Diggin' the black Cragar wheels. What is the purpose of the new drop down steering arm, and the steering box frame support?
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:08 PM   #13
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Very nice build. Diggin' the black Cragar wheels. What is the purpose of the new drop down steering arm, and the steering box frame support?
Thanks man! Those wheels were only 90 bucks each. The drop/raised steering arm keeps the steering linkage where its suppose to be. Its not a MUST have with just a 4" lift but it does keep the drag link from wearing out all the time from the angle put on it once the truck is lifted.

These frames are notorious for cracking at the mounting bolt holes at the steering pump after you run bigger tires. There is a couple good youtube videos showing how much the frame twists back and forth when turning the steering wheel left to right. My frame had a crack or two in it and will upload some more pics later. Those frame supports really stiffen up the steering too
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:12 PM   #14
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Looks good. Keep on posting.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:44 PM   #15
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Nice progress!
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:20 AM   #16
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Cool truck and story. I'm following.
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:22 AM   #17
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Nice truck!
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:18 PM   #18
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

New wheel cylinders and brake springs. The brake shoes that were on there to begin with were pretty much brand new so I just sandblasted and painted those too
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:20 PM   #19
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Big shoes in the rear aint that how it goes?
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:58 PM   #20
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Well, maybe I can put pictures on here from my phone.. it said it failed to upload?
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:16 PM   #21
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

nice build
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:37 AM   #22
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

Looking good, nice work sir!
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:50 AM   #23
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Nice work so far!
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:39 PM   #24
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Re: 1987 Chevrolet K10 to K20 and repairs

So I just found this, thought you might like this idea?

http://www.fourwheeler.com/project-v...y-k10-revival/


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