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Old 04-09-2021, 02:46 PM   #1
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C10 Bay Area budget build

Been on this forum for years and always wanted to do a build thread, but was always so busy with life that I never took the time. Since we're still in covid lockdown mode, life has slowed down for sure. I always enjoy reading other peoples build threads and think itís a cool way to share with other enthusiast, get new ideas and keep a record like a time capsule of your project.

A brief history about the truck. Itís a 1970 C10 LWB I bought March 2013 for $1000 not running from the family 2 houses down from me and pushed it to my house. Got it running, and only had the intent of using it as a truck to help me in my various house projects and dump runs. Having already built several project cars that didnít last long once I got the itch of what it could be. I always wanted to do a truck because they looks so cool, but never saw myself as a truck guy due to fact that I have 3 kids and a wife that all want to cruise with me. It was worn out for sure, but was really clean in the areas you want for a project. After doing a little research about the trucks history, I found out that the truck was original a work truck for the University of Arizona till the early 90ís, then lived down in southern California till the family I bought it from brought up in 2011 to the bay area. Being a desert truck really help preserve it and made it a great foundation for sure. Over the next 2 years I did a budget build sourcing parts on forums, cyber Monday, ebay and Craigslist, it got a 5/7 drop, front power disc, power steering, new motor, trans and learned how to paint. Next was a 71 k5 blazer in 2015 and a 70 c20 in 2016. Sold the 70 C10 to my brother in law to fund the blazer project in 2016. In late 2016 I finished the blazer and had no project cars till mid 2018 when I got the idea of building a SWB C10.

I found the prices over inflated for what was just some extra metal in the frame or bed that would separate the LWB from a SWB truck. At that time my brother in law was wanting to sell the C10 after having his fun with it. Which made it the perfect candidate for a full LWB to SWB conversion. So we agreed on a price and late 2018 it was back in my garage.

Looking back I always wish I took more pictures of some of the steps or stages my trucks gone through over the many years. I have lately made myself stop to take time to take more pictures, to document where I started from and where it may end up. Like any other project I have had, it never feels done and I am always thinking of ways to make it better or improve in my own skills along the way while working on it.

The Photos below are around late 2018 after I just purchased the truck back from my brother-n-law.

I'll try to find some old photos to post of what it looked like when I first purchased it back in 2013.



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Old 04-09-2021, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: C10 Bay Area budget build

Have to give credit to Rokcrln for the write up on LWB to SWB fleet side conversion for this part. Used a lot of information from that tread to complete the conversion of converting to a SWB.













Laser level makes the measurements so much easer and accurate once the bed is perfectly level







































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Old 04-09-2021, 03:35 PM   #3
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The front was easy to line up and get straight compared to the rear which took a little massaging to get into place.























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Old 04-09-2021, 03:56 PM   #4
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For the frame LWB to SWB I used the brothers trucks conversion kit which is one of the best laid out instructions I have seen for anything I have built. I highly recommend it and it is really simple to follow and do your self in your garage.







Ended up flipping the trailing arm mounting plates and adding urethane bushings

















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Old 04-09-2021, 04:05 PM   #5
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Here's the link for the the LWB to SWB conversion I used http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=509442
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Old 04-09-2021, 04:19 PM   #6
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I like the bench seat, but its got to go. Was getting tired of sliding across the seat when hitting and turn to hard.







Had to build the seat frame mounts to fit the truck since people want to much for universal kits







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Old 04-09-2021, 04:24 PM   #7
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New gauge cluster and simple homemade harness





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Old 04-09-2021, 04:35 PM   #8
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While I was at, converted the truck to a Fitech injection set up and boyd fuel tank. The drivability and tuning of injection system is night and day when compared to a carburetor. I am going injection on all my builds from now on.





















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Old 04-09-2021, 06:43 PM   #9
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Your pictures are not visible, probably they are private to just you. Instead of hosting the pictures on some other site, you can upload them to your post right here in the forum using the Go Advanced button and Manage Attachments.
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Old 05-07-2021, 12:02 PM   #10
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Yes, I'd like to see them posted here too. I'm not far from you in Dubtown.
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