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Old 06-03-2020, 11:27 AM   #151
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

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What are your thoughts on adding a push bar/brush guard?
Maybe. I talked to a guy that makes factory style brush guards a few hours away from here. I am more concerned with protecting the body when offroad, and repro bumpers are junk for that. I'd still like to install the winch I have behind the front bumper.
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:53 AM   #152
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Maybe. I talked to a guy that makes factory style brush guards a few hours away from here. I am more concerned with protecting the body when offroad, and repro bumpers are junk for that. I'd still like to install the winch I have behind the front bumper.
Find one of these and problem solved.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:09 PM   #153
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Something like this is my new plan.

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Old 06-03-2020, 05:17 PM   #154
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:46 PM   #155
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

I've got a Smittybilt brush guard with the bolt-on hoops that protect the headlights if interested. There's a set of KC lights on it. Main center section is like a Hickey guard but the rise is greater - extends to the level of the upper part of the grille more than the Hickey. Not sure if the winch could be adapted for use with it though.
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Old 06-04-2020, 02:00 PM   #156
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

I opened up the rear differential this morning to find out what I've got. As I suspected, it has a Detroit Locker. The ring and pinion gear in the rear is 4.56 ratio.

Plan is to put matching gears in the front with a TrueTrac carrier.
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Old 06-04-2020, 02:24 PM   #157
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Holy cow! It's not a freeway cruiser. What's in the front now?
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:21 PM   #158
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Holy cow! It's not a freeway cruiser. What's in the front now?
Definitely not a freeway cruiser. The front has 3.07 gears I think. That's what it says on the tag.
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Old 06-08-2020, 11:49 PM   #159
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I installed the new bumpers today. They sure are flimsy, and a big patch of chrome flaked off when I tightened down the front bumper. I'm afraid a trail jack would probably destroy them. Good thing this isn't a restoration.

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Old 06-08-2020, 11:50 PM   #160
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At least now the truck has legal bumpers and it looks complete.

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Old 06-09-2020, 08:35 AM   #161
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Looks good, but I would do a lot of complaining to the vendor on the chrome issue.
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Old 06-10-2020, 01:25 AM   #162
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Looks good, did you get the brakes squared away?
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Looks good. Bummer about the chrome.
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Old 06-10-2020, 01:01 PM   #164
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Looks good, did you get the brakes squared away?
Thanks. I am taking it to a friend with a hot rod shop to look at the brakes today. I hope he is able to help me out.
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Old 06-10-2020, 01:02 PM   #165
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Looks good. Bummer about the chrome.
It's a bummer, but the vendor has already said they will replace or refund.
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Old 06-10-2020, 09:28 PM   #166
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Brakes saga update:
When I pushed on the pedal, my friend noticed the linkage was sloppy. This would have been impossible to diagnose by myself. We adjusted the brake pedal pushrod and it seems to have a much firmer pedal and improved stopping power. I need to mess with the brake light switch as it seems to stop the pedal from returning up all the way sometimes. Most importantly, it feels a lot safer to drive. I am still going to be extra careful testing it.
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Old 06-11-2020, 07:44 PM   #167
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I made a cardboard mockup for a winch cradle to hang between the frame rails behind the front bumper. The rivets on the front spring hangers are in the perfect spot to mount it, but I think I will just add new bolts.

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Nice winch, keep us posted on how it's going.
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Old 06-13-2020, 12:35 PM   #169
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

I made an alternative design for the winch cradle. It rotates the winch 90 degrees so the clutch handle faces forward instead of up, which would be much easier to engage/disengage. The wiring will be more difficult this way, but that only has to be done once.

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Post pics of the mount process as you go. It'll look good I'm sure.
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Post pics of the mount process as you go. It'll look good I'm sure.
I'll probably make a separate thread for the winch install once it is done.

I went on a little drive yesterday about 15 miles into the foothills to visit with my friend that is going to help cut the winch plate out at his work. Here is a short video from the drive up - https://youtu.be/OBSpvhzhaZM

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That road reminds me of the road to Oregon house/ Dobbins...lol
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Looks like a nice drive.
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:27 PM   #174
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Thanks guys! I love driving around Norcal foothills.

I dropped the truck off this morning to have the front gear work done. They are going to replace the wheel bearings and ball joints while they have the axle apart. Got to take a nice bike ride home on my old Raleigh.

A friend helped me cut out the metal for a winch plate. Now I need to get it welded together.

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Old 06-17-2020, 07:33 PM   #175
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The truck is home from the gear shop. The front axle should be better than new. It has a TrueTrac limited slip carrier with 4.56 ring and pinion, new seals, bearings, u-joints, ball joints, and wheel bearings. They also did a nice job cleaning up and painting the old parts.

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