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Old 04-15-2013, 07:27 AM   #21
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Got some suspension work done this weekend. The more productive part of my Saturday was spent finishing up some house projects and cleaning up my garage in preparation to pull the bed off the truck, but finally around 5 I made some time to work on the truck.

Started on the driver's side, throwing in a CPP 2.5" drop spindle, 2" drop spring, and the Belltech Nitro 2 drop shocks.


As greasy as my hands were I didn't get many pictures on that first side, and it started getting dark by the time I got to messing with the passenger's side.

Old parts out, new shock going in


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Front end back on the ground. I'll have to get some day light pictures for a before/after comparison.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:39 AM   #22
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Unfortunately, still not much to update on. Got my cam and some misc. stuff on Sunday, and got the cam into the block last night. I'm hoping to get as far as getting the heads back on tonight. Finally got the rear springs in as well, so may see about getting those and the drop blocks under the truck if the rain holds off. I may just wait until I can pull the bed though, as it'll have to come off to do the gas tank installation, panhard bar and shock relocation, and to stitch-weld the trailing arms.

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You want to come check out my build when I get moved in to my new house? (need a 2 car garage for all the toys). It is in great condition. Have 2 spare motors (350's, But most likely building a 454 for it). Only 30k original miles.

I am stuck on which direction to go with the body. It's a square body. I have a couple of friends in on the build for entertainment. We like to sit around in the evenings and drink beers and turn wrenches.

I would love to check yours out as well. If you need a helping hand with anything. I would be more than willing. New builds always have some sort of quirk or knowledge you need to learn.
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That is my favorite year model truck, for hard to find parts like interior pieces or trim, try Lynn's truck in Magnolia, they specialize in this model, from 67-72.

Did they hack the radio openig out on the dash, this me off so bad, everytime I looik for one to build and pimp out some goes and cuts a giant rectangle in the dash.

I had a 72 I built from scratch with a 383 stroker aluminium heads, airbags, and 18 inch wheels.

That thing would pass everything in a blurr except for the gas station.

I bought a 72 that was listed in truck trader for almost 9 months from a guy in Deridder Louisiana, I was why it hadn't sold, he said noone want to come look at it. I offered him 2/3 of what he was asking sight unseen.

The next day drove out and picked it up, it was perfect, not a spec of rust, all original with the exception of a 4" lift kit and 35" tires. I miss that too

What ever you do, don't put one of those gay stillen tube style grill inserts in it.

Oh, and one piece door glass, tightens it up real good, really gives the truck a nice pop!
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You want to come check out my build when I get moved in to my new house? (need a 2 car garage for all the toys). It is in great condition. Have 2 spare motors (350's, But most likely building a 454 for it). Only 30k original miles.

I am stuck on which direction to go with the body. It's a square body. I have a couple of friends in on the build for entertainment. We like to sit around in the evenings and drink beers and turn wrenches.

I would love to check yours out as well. If you need a helping hand with anything. I would be more than willing. New builds always have some sort of quirk or knowledge you need to learn.
I'd love to check it out. I love the square bodies and am kind of thinking about eventually trying to find a K5 once I finish out the C10.

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That is my favorite year model truck, for hard to find parts like interior pieces or trim, try Lynn's truck in Magnolia, they specialize in this model, from 67-72.

Did they hack the radio openig out on the dash, this me off so bad, everytime I looik for one to build and pimp out some goes and cuts a giant rectangle in the dash.
Yeah it's had the dash cut but it doesn't really bother me. I don't care how original the truck is, and since it's been cut once already I'm kind of debating whether or not to cut it further and put in a 2xDIN touchscreen unit.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #26
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Not sure what wheels your running (I skipped to the last post just to post this) but there are some 22" smoothie's on craigslist right now that would look absolutely on this truck! Unfortunately, I'm too lazy to post the link from my phone.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #27
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going to stick with the 15x(7 or 8) rally wheels for now. just got new tires in and I'm talking with ScooterTrash about getting these coated so I can get new tires on the truck.

unfortunately, all the work i've gotten done recently has been either on my bike or on my brother's "new" '73 c10.
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Have you seen the Mitch Henderson Designs truck yet? I'm a big fan of this https://www.hubgarage.com/mygarage/mh...vehicles/54058
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:42 PM   #29
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have you thought about swapping over to the GMC front end with the dual headlight set up? I personally like that better, I'd stick with the red body and white cab too.

I had a 69 GMC stepside that I wanted to re-do but being so young and broke at the time, money wouldn't allow it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:59 PM   #30
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I do like the GMC front end, but I'm going to keep the original parts on there for now.
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:47 PM   #31
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so, long time without an update, but long-story-short, it's headed up to IDB early next week to do some of the "heavy lifting". I finally admitted a few things to myself...

- I don't really enjoy my Trans Am, and it's not practical
- I don't have enough room to fit the truck in the garage (too long)
- The truck would be fun with the LS1 from my T/A
- If I don't have room for one vehicle in the garage, there's no way I'm going to be able to deal with having both down during the swap.

So, talked to Wil and they're going to get the bulk of the swap done to get me up and running and I'll take care of all the little stuff that I can do in my driveway.

If anyone is interested in a Trans Am roller, I'll be looking to get rid of it pretty soon. As of this moment, I've got a decent start on a drag race project... T/A shell, iron 5.3L with carb setup and MSD 6010 ignition, th350
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Piston looked fine at a glance, but I wasn't really looking for damage. If you want that 350, it needs a rebuild, but I'll let it go for scrap value.
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truck is headed up to IDB tomorrow, and Doug Thorley 1-7/8" primary swap headers are on the way.
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So how do you do a project without replacing EVERYTHING? lol I seem to have a problem with knowing where to stop. lol Cant wait to see it after the swap
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Not speaking for the OP...but most people can't drop $20K on a toy in 6 months!
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Check out my friends build on his 69 C10 SWB. He did bag setup and iron LS motor with T56. Maybe worth using his build for research on fitment/potential issues.

https://motorhed.com/xf/threads/1969-c10-ls-swap.6051/

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I've been reading about LS swaps on the 47-72 truck forum for a while now, and it seems like it should be straight-forward, even considering moving the tranny mount ~2" for the 4L60, I just ran out of room in the garage (and HOA already has their eye on me for working on cars in my driveway).

I'm kind of off that I've now swapped the engine in a truck for both of my brothers and I'm just sending mine off to a shop, but I want it done sometime sooner than the 12 months or so it would take me to do it.

example: as of last night I've got about 10 minutes of work to get the starter wired up and my brother's '73 C10 should be ready to break in his new engine.
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