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Old 12-17-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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71 Chevy LWB Custom Camper Finished and Representing

I want to start this thread by saying thank you to everyone on this forum for the amazing help in our project truck. I may not have asked many questions but that was because I usually never had to. The search feature and amazing feedback provided within this forum to others with similar issues almost always answered my questions. So thank you all for keeping and adding into an amazing resource for these trucks!

We took the finished truck to Hot August Nights in Reno. Ended up representing our trucks well being chosen as 1 of 6 finalists at Peppermill (for the entire week out of thousands of hot rods) and 1 of 25 on the big money night at Atlantis! It was surreal to be there with grandpa's truck winning awards. Also met a number of board members which was extra cool.

I originally planned on doing a long "build thread" but just did not have the time. So instead of a build thread here is a "finished" thread. I performed a full write up on our blog (here http://bit.ly/1i00Jf4) but will check in here regularly for any questions or comments.

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This was my grandfather's truck purchased new in 71. I eventually received it and from that first pic you can see that it was trashed. As life moved on and I got older and busier the project kept getting pushed to the side. I eventually conned Sierra Customs into doing a little restoration work and the project morphed into a completed frame off "modernization". The best compliment I get and it has happened a lot is "that thing looks brand new!"

Here is a list of amenities:
  1. 1971 C-20 Custom Camper LWB
  2. Fully welded stock frame
  3. Full air ride with auto level - sites at stock height
  4. New Driveshaft and carrier bearing
  5. 05 Vortec 5.3L with 4L60E (both brand new)
  6. Chevy 14 Bolt Disc Brake 3.73 rear end
  7. Factory front disc brakes
  8. Upgraded brake lines, master, and booster
  9. CPP 500 Quick Ratio steering box
  10. Vintage Air AC/ Heat wired into electric fans
  11. "Suburban" gas tank behind the rear end
  12. Custom bedside fuel fill
  13. Synergy Green Paint with painted molding lines
  14. Stock No AC dash uncut with AC plumbed underneath
  15. Hummer Seat with shoulder harnesses - reinforced floor underneath
  16. Heated seat elements for driver and passenger
  17. 71 Blazer tilt column
  18. Cruise Control
  19. Waterfall aluminum steering wheel
  20. Classic Audio stereo
  21. Pioneer kick speakers
  22. Kenwood dash speaker
  23. Upgraded electrical throughout
  24. Rigid Industries Wide LED Fog lights/ driving lights
  25. Softopper Custom Vinyl Camper Shell
  26. American Eagle 050 17" Aluminum wheels
  27. Nitto Terra Grappler 265 70 17 E tires
More pictures (read full write-up here http://bit.ly/1i00Jf4)












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Old 12-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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Re: 71 Chevy LWB Custom Camper Finished and Representing

That's a lot if green but it looks good
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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Very nice! Your grandfather would be proud!
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:20 PM   #4
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Nice!
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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Looks real nice. Id like to see a normal side shot if you have one. Those down low shots are pulling my eye right to the exhaust.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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as a fellow 71 Custom Camper owner - NICE JOB! I've never seen the lower trim paint treatment - I like it, resembles the original a little yet still qualifies as racing stripes! Congrats and thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:14 AM   #7
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Looks real nice. Id like to see a normal side shot if you have one. Those down low shots are pulling my eye right to the exhaust.
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jocko - the racing stripes I can't take credit for. the idea came from this forum. Someone else did similar on a red 4x4 a few years ago. In this case we used the gray that was utilized as the racing stripes on the Synergy Green Camaros.

black_sheep454 - I agree it is a lot of green. Originally the truck was the Olive Green and I am not a fan of that color. We literally went through the rainbow of choices, for 42 years it has been the big green truck, gotta stick to the roots. Synergy Green is probably the only green I would ever consider for these trucks and it looks awesome (IMHO).
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:23 AM   #8
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I love everything about it. The color, the stripes, the wheels, even the green bow tie. Just my own taste, but the only thing I'd do is black out behind the grill.
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I love everything about it. The color, the stripes, the wheels, even the green bow tie. Just my own taste, but the only thing I'd do is black out behind the grill.
Thank you we love it too. Blacking out - yeah that is something I have been considering too. I am also wondering if the new chromed egg crate grill would look better or not.
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Thank you we love it too. Blacking out - yeah that is something I have been considering too. I am also wondering if the new chromed egg crate grill would look better or not.
Just my opinion too..."Don't you dare replace that grill!"
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:13 AM   #11
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Just my opinion too..."Don't you dare replace that grill!"
Got it . As for the black out behind the grill I was looking at the truck today and do not think it is necessary. I believe the lighting of the pictures really brings out the green of the core support. In everyday driving it actually looks pretty clean.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:21 AM   #12
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Nice job. That green really pops!
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