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Old September 23rd, 2010, 07:18 PM   #121
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Could also section and lengthen the bed, easier then the cab but harder then the frame. I don't like the shorter wheelbase trucks though.
But the weird thing is that this bed is 89" compared to a full LWB bed length of 97". The way it works out is that it still looks like a LWB stepside, but something is just a little off...
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Old September 24th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #122
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Cut 6" off the end of the frame...



Now, the axle needs to be moved 3" forward - I think I am going to shorten the trailing arms and driveshaft to accomplish this.


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Old September 27th, 2010, 10:56 PM   #123
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So, making new trailing arms and adding coilovers. Think I have enough room to put them outboard of the frame:

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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:03 PM   #124
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I'm suprised how many are down here.
http://bham.craigslist.org/cto/2030361178.html
http://bham.craigslist.org/cto/2010723038.html
http://bham.craigslist.org/cto/1983007046.html
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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:23 PM   #125
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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:29 PM   #126
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Looking good.

Wish my 70 was fleetside.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #127
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There is one of these for sale down the road from my house, its a 4wd GMC
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Old November 26th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #128
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There is one of these for sale down the road from my house, its a 4wd GMC
Sounds like I need to go for a drive.

Funny you bring build this BTT
Between keeping the woodstove hot and making Thanksgiving dinner, I started to tear into the 66.

Door off and removing the seat:


Sweet! Build sheet for my truck!


Removed the "Bomb" from the passenger area. Fuel tank is getting relocated to the rear of the truck.


Very surprised to see this much structure left on a 44 y/o truck:


Note the shiny body-bolt; though it is pretty here, once I removed it, I found that it was "rusted down" to about half its original thickness. Fuck safety, anyway...


I really was happy with the floor - but it's hosed @ the door sill area:


About a 5lb clump of filler schticking the rear of the fender to the bracket. I couldn't get to all the bolts, so I zipped it off. Note: Cutoff wheel + ?? y/o bondo smells like poop. Literally.


A bit more room to work now...


Spotwelds marked for drilling,


Old vs. New


Inner rocker / floor rot


Cutting out rotted areas, more damn spotwelds and what-not:


Where it sits right now.



I need to get the rear cab corner cut off and see how it looks under the rust - the replacement floor panels I have go from the front cab seam, all the way to the rear cab corner. This side of the truck is awesome, compared to the other side - I may not have to use the full piece. I know - I have the whole piece, so why don't I use it? Well, if you're reusing the cab supports (because the ones on this side are in excellent shape), breaking the floor free from everything it is welded to is pretty invasive.

I don't think I'll be so lucky, though.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #129
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Looks good.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 11:44 AM   #130
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Didn't get as much done as I wanted - had errands to run and I had to take some time to develop a plan on how I will go about replacing the sheet metal - and making a list of more parts to get as I find more rot.


I usually use an insulated mug for this - but, hey - Red Beer!


Rust cut out so far (doesn't include the piles of scale and grinding on the floor):


Hidden sheetmetal that needs replaced (remember me mentioning another parts order?)


Rear corner cut away and working on separating the floor from the cab support:


Floor and rockers set in place, waiting for final cut/fit and weld:


I love cleco fasteners.


Started taking apart the box to work on banging out the dents and seeing what needs work. This is where I left off last night.




Gotta take this afternoon off and go cut and split more wood - it's starting to get cold. :)
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Old November 27th, 2010, 12:05 PM   #131
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Great progress! Should look good when its done.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 06:58 AM   #132
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Not much more done, but I did spend some of Saturday night stripping it down.

(yes, those are motorcycles on a shelf in my garage)





Driver's side - creative fiberglass work. I'm interested to see what's hidden by this. Thankfully, I have the repair panels for this side too:


S-10 T-5: no more granny gear and the overdrive will work nice with my 3.73 rear end:
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Old November 29th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #133
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Nice work, man!
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:49 PM   #134
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Transmission coming out soon:


Windows out and more stripped off the truck:


About half the rot cut out of the driver's side floor:


And...this shot is in relief. This is a problem area that's a bitch to fix if it has rot:

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Old December 2nd, 2010, 08:01 PM   #135
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Red beer made with PBR?

Excellent.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:46 AM   #136
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Excellent.
With a hint of penetrating oil.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:55 AM   #137
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I'm at work for half-day, but the engine comes out today.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 07:44 AM   #138
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Doing a great job, nice to see someone take the time to fix it right
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Old December 4th, 2010, 07:46 AM   #139
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Lookin good, scoot! Glad to see some progress.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 08:50 AM   #140
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