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Link Posted: 1/29/2022 1:31:57 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/29/2022 1:32:56 AM EDT
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Because people will notice... The cab isn't on rubbers yet, hence the shit alignment with the bed
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 1:38:29 AM EDT
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Great stuff. I have a 67 long bed that my grandfather built for Chevy, bought, ruined the engine and left in the woods.   Dad was to cheap to get me a truck 8n high school so we dragged it out and got her running.   It’s back in the woods now but my boy is nine so almost time.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:01:44 AM EDT
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Loading up on caffeine before going back at it

Had to sleep in a little after going to midnight
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:05:51 AM EDT
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Have fun!

I am out working on my project today as well.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:20:32 AM EDT
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I am NOT looking forward to the roof fixes.  We have a left and right piece from LMC that are no where remotely close to being the correct part.  So in the interest of time we're going to make our own.  The entire roof along the drip edge, on the inside side, is rot.  So having little good metal is making it harder.  I said fuck it, I'll put in a head liner if I don't like it.

The windshield is coming out today to fix the front edge of the roof.

We can't hang the doors and do the rockers until the roof is firmed up.  

The bedside was hilarious cutting out.  Typical hack job patch panel work overlapped.  Then the whole thing was stuffed with fucking expanding foam.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:24:32 AM EDT
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Great work so far.  I don't have the patience or skill for body work, but I can appreciate it when I see it.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:28:28 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Master_Shake_TX:
Great work so far.  I don't have the patience or skill for body work, but I can appreciate it when I see it.
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All credit to my brother on that because I don't have the patience either.  I'm too brute force and he's more finesse.  

Our workflow is...
I rough align panel
He checks it
I do the bitch work of cutting it out
He works his sheet metal wizard skills

The kicker?  He's only 20.  I wish he knew just how talented he is.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:28:37 AM EDT
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I can't imagine all that rust. I'm restoring a 1971 International Harvester 1/2 ton short bed and it pissed me off there was a nickel-sized rust hole in the windshield frame.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:29:15 AM EDT
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This may come in handy if you get into the wiring. Someone else made the original wiring diagram but there were a few mistakes that I fixed and I also put a few different permutations together depending if you still have original points, HEI, different types of alternators, etc.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/130hu6nG6pgwiRzTwf2kgK4-mVyNB1VyR/view?usp=sharing
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:30:12 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SIGnificant:
I can't imagine all that rust. I'm restoring a 1971 International Harvester 1/2 ton short bed and it pissed me off there was a nickel-sized rust hole in the windshield frame.
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The funny thing is my 2002 F250 was even worse lol

Salt kills cars in the north.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:31:37 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By XavierBK:
This may come in handy if you get into the wiring. Someone else made the original wiring diagram but there were a few mistakes that I fixed and I also put a few different permutations together depending if you still have original points, HEI, different types of alternators, etc.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/130hu6nG6pgwiRzTwf2kgK4-mVyNB1VyR/view?usp=sharing
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Thank you!

I haven't even touched any wiring.  Hell, I was happy just to see the bed wiring still tucked in the frame.  I fully intend to rip every last bit of it out.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:36:20 AM EDT
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My first pickup was a yellow '67 C10 Stepside. Like this:


Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:36:47 AM EDT
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Great thread, thanks for sharing the story too.

I love old trucks, way cooler than older cars.  Keep the pics coming.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:39:17 AM EDT
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Thank you!

I haven't even touched any wiring.  Hell, I was happy just to see the bed wiring still tucked in the frame.  I fully intend to rip every last bit of it out.
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No problem. I picked up a '68 C20 a few years ago when I was living in California and it's wiring was a mess. I completely gutted the interior harness and rebuilt it, hence me getting familiar and building out existing harness documents!
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 12:19:22 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/29/2022 2:40:16 PM EDT
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Progress looks good so far, keep plugging away!
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 7:16:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Into_the_Void] [#18]
Today fucking sucked.  Every single bit of it.  Wheel arch is in and has a bunch of tacks on it.

The angles on the roof are temporary just to hold structure while we hacked out the roof.

Removing the windshield was a fucking nightmare

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Link Posted: 1/29/2022 7:24:34 PM EDT
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I see you made a step flange to support the new sheetmetal, Are you coming back at it once the panels are welded to seal up the flange and keep out moisture?
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 7:26:18 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By FJB247:
I see you made a step flange to support the new sheetmetal, Are you coming back at it once the panels are welded to seal up the flange and keep out moisture?
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Yes
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 8:22:53 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/29/2022 9:11:43 PM EDT
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What's the plan for the inside of the box between box and outer body?  Sandblast and undercoat or just shore up a bit and hope it's OK?

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Originally Posted By SDMF_Rebel:
Today fucking sucked.  Every single bit of it.  Wheel arch is in and has a bunch of tacks on it.

The angles on the roof are temporary just to hold structure while we hacked out the roof.

Removing the windshield was a fucking nightmare

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What's the plan for the inside of the box between box and outer body?  Sandblast and undercoat or just shore up a bit and hope it's OK?



The rotted areas will get cut out
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 9:21:18 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:09:43 PM EDT
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Tagged.
Link Posted: 1/29/2022 10:19:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: pv74] [#25]
This is my '68 shortbed.
Stock 307 and TH400 tranny.

Completely rebuilt the frame and converted to disk brakes.
All new springs, suspension, bushings, etc.
Engine and transmission have been cleaned up and aluminum intake and a small 4bbl added (they were in good shape, so I saved them).
It's not getting lowered as I like stock ride height.
It's staying pretty much stock.

Welded in new rockers and cab corners... now I'm deciding if I should repaint it or just pop the cab back on and do the patina thing.







Link Posted: 1/30/2022 12:11:59 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By pv74:
This is my '68 shortbed.
Stock 307 and TH400 tranny.

Completely rebuilt the frame and converted to disk brakes.
All new springs, suspension, bushings, etc.
Engine and transmission have been cleaned up and aluminum intake and a small 4bbl added (they were in good shape, so I saved them).
It's not getting lowered as I like stock ride height.
It's staying pretty much stock.

Welded in new rockers and cab corners... now I'm deciding if I should repaint it or just pop the cab back on and do the patina thing.


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I'd vote for let it ride, perhaps with some clear to preserve, but pictures first would help!
Link Posted: 1/30/2022 12:52:29 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By LeadBreakfast:

I'd vote for let it ride, perhaps with some clear to preserve, but pictures first would help!
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Some before pictures.
I had it running and driving (after sitting for 15 years) but found it was unsafe to drive.
So I took it completely apart and had the frame blasted, then completely rebuilt it.
Now I am into year 2 of the project






Link Posted: 1/30/2022 8:14:12 AM EDT
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Damn that thing was in decent shape to start with.
Link Posted: 1/30/2022 8:50:37 AM EDT
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I don't have the patience for that much sheet metal work.  God bless you.  Nice truck!
Link Posted: 1/30/2022 1:03:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By SDMF_Rebel:
Damn that thing was in decent shape to start with.
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It lived most of it's life in Northern California, then sat for 15-20 years.
Stored it for a friend and he offered to sell it to me as he had moved on to another project.
It had to be sunk in mud at one point as I cleaned a ton of dirt and wasp nests out of the frame and under the cab.
Fortunately, the only major rust damage was the rocker panels and under the bottom of the A pillars.

I see that you have the roof rot going. Seems to be a common issue on those trucks back east.
That bed seems to be in fairly good shape...you did good for $500.
The bed floor on mine is pretty far gone, so I think I'm going to do a wood bed kit.. it's cheaper and I like the looks.

I wish I had someone to do body work for me as I hate it! In  only do it as I can't afford to hire it done




Link Posted: 1/30/2022 1:18:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By XavierBK:

No problem. I picked up a '68 C20 a few years ago when I was living in California and it's wiring was a mess. I completely gutted the interior harness and rebuilt it, hence me getting familiar and building out existing harness documents!
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Originally Posted By SDMF_Rebel:


Thank you!

I haven't even touched any wiring.  Hell, I was happy just to see the bed wiring still tucked in the frame.  I fully intend to rip every last bit of it out.

No problem. I picked up a '68 C20 a few years ago when I was living in California and it's wiring was a mess. I completely gutted the interior harness and rebuilt it, hence me getting familiar and building out existing harness documents!



I ordered a complete wiring harness kit for mine from LMC Truck (It's an American Autowire Harness)...it's really nice.
https://www.lmctruck.com/1967-72-chevy-gmc/wiring-components/cb-1967-72-wiring-harness
https://www.americanautowire.com/

Everything that I have gotten from LMC truck has been top notch.. they also have just about every little piece of that truck in stock.
Their exploded diagrams have also helped me figure out how a lot of things go back together.
They even send me thankyou cards in the mail for spending so much money with them


Link Posted: 1/30/2022 7:15:32 PM EDT
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Can't say no if it's liquid

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Link Posted: 1/30/2022 7:16:57 PM EDT
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Didn't take many after pictures of sheet metal today

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Link Posted: 1/30/2022 8:18:14 PM EDT
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Blue wrench solves a lot of problems.
Link Posted: 1/30/2022 8:26:20 PM EDT
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Me and my brother's buddy had the whole rear tore apart, went to rebuilt it and realized my brother had a 10 bolt kit for a S10.  Pretty sure he was hammered when he ordered that...
Link Posted: 1/31/2022 4:30:24 PM EDT
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I'm not sure if I mentioned it already...

My brother said he put a street cam in the engine when he went through it.  When I fired up the engine Friday I found out what he calls a street cam and what I call a street cam are very different things.  I had to crank it about 3 times.  What I call street is around 330 lift.  This fucker threw in something over 500

It sounds orgasmic
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 4:21:27 PM EDT
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It is home.  Now the long, expensive, tedious process begins...

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Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:18:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: wildearp] [#38]
Here is a Blazer I did over a decade ago:



Not covid masked up for something hazardous:



I had to do the rockers and windshield frame due to rot. It is a 1970 and I added front disk brakes.  The heater/vent housing under the front fenders is another place that will rot and it easy to miss until go time, so look there too.



This truck had a side winder winch and a 40 gallon gas tank.  The WWII vet I bought it from said he bought it from Mickey Thompson.
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:28:17 PM EDT
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I don't hate crush sleeves but after setting up a few hundred heavy truck diffs
with solid spacers and shims I'll never go back.

Anything car wise I've done for myself or for friends I've found conversion parts for...



Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:30:56 PM EDT
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Love my ‘70. It was my Dad’s.



Looks like you’re doing a very thorough job!
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:34:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RobertL:
Love my ‘70. It was my Dad’s.

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Looks like you’re doing a very thorough job!
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Damn that is beautiful
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:40:02 PM EDT
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Im in.. 68 here

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Link Posted: 2/1/2022 6:50:41 PM EDT
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Following along..
Some nice C10’s in here.
I have fond memories of a friends with a 327, big ol solid lift cam, w/ 4 spd and 4:11 gears!
Link Posted: 2/2/2022 6:34:14 PM EDT
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Now the real work begins....

60 minutes into removing a fender and it's no where close to being off
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 12:48:21 PM EDT
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I'm so fed up trying to find every bolt to get the front clip off that I'm thinking about just rebuilding the rear now instead.
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 1:02:48 PM EDT
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I started on the front fenders of my ‘68 the other day and I think all but a couple were stripped/spinning. Cutting the head off of one or two wouldn’t ruin my day but that’s going to really piss me off.
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 2:44:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By BASE:
I started on the front fenders of my ‘68 the other day and I think all but a couple were stripped/spinning. Cutting the head off of one or two wouldn’t ruin my day but that’s going to really piss me off.
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I had to cut half the inner fender bolts off.
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 3:11:08 PM EDT
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I had to cut half the inner fender bolts off.
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Originally Posted By SDMF_Rebel:
Originally Posted By BASE:
I started on the front fenders of my ‘68 the other day and I think all but a couple were stripped/spinning. Cutting the head off of one or two wouldn’t ruin my day but that’s going to really piss me off.


I had to cut half the inner fender bolts off.

I'm thinking the ones I can't get will just come off with the outer fender. I decided the whole front was going to come off but didn't get past the bumper and hood before our snowstorm hit. In the mean time I decided to just order all new fasteners for the front end. bolts, screws, j-nuts etc.
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 5:00:44 PM EDT
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I'm replacing both fenders and core support

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Link Posted: 2/3/2022 6:11:08 PM EDT
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Just my fucking luck.... as I'm loading the scrap (fender and core support) into my truck to dump in the scrap bin, the fucking headlight falls out and shatters everywhere.
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