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I've had this project for awhile and haven't really started on it. I've got the itch bad and in a little better place to do it. It will be slow going I'm sure as I'm an amatuer and not filthy rich. Ha!
I want to bag it and drop it. The 350 motor was newly rebuilt but it's been sitting for a couple years. It's got a three speed tranny in it. I'm leaving the patina and doing some minor painting. It needs a lot. All the wiring, lights, and hoses and stuff. I own a tattoo shop and I want to put my logo on the doors. I just got a welder so I'm anxious to tackle the suspension. Still trying to decide if I should convert to C10.


 

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Well Stutter, if it were me I`d get it up and running first, brakes, lights, and all the other safety items...then attack ride height, but its your ride....!
 

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I haven't really known where to start. This is the biggest project I've undertaken. It came with a bunch of extra parts, like an exhaust for example, that won't work at the height I want. I'm digging through parts trying to see. I thought I'd strip it down and start from the ground up so I'm not doing double work or spending double money. But I don't really know what I'm doing so I appreciate any advice I can get. Thank you. It would be fun to get it running.
 

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I haven't really known where to start. This is the biggest project I've undertaken. It came with a bunch of extra parts, like an exhaust for example, that won't work at the height I want. I'm digging through parts trying to see. I thought I'd strip it down and start from the ground up so I'm not doing double work or spending double money. But I don't really know what I'm doing so I appreciate any advice I can get. Thank you. It would be fun to get it running.
That`s all up to you if you want to start ground up, just some times projects that way never seem to get done and owners loose interest...! if its up and running owners tend to keep plugging along while driving it..
 

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Well put. I think I'm going to follow your advice. I've already waited longer than I need to looking for just the right moment. I have parts to get me going I can always change out later. Thank you.
 

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So this weekend I move the truck in my garage. Thanks to 406Rich for changing my direction. People on the internet can change your mind. LOL But now my whole concept of what I want to build has changed too. I'm excited.
Once I get her in the garage my plan is to strip the sheet metal. Most of it is barely bolted down anyway. Then go after the brakes and bearings and stuff and get her rolling proper. Then go from there.
 

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So this weekend I move the truck in my garage. Thanks to 406Rich for changing my direction. People on the internet can change your mind. LOL But now my whole concept of what I want to build has changed too. I'm excited.
Once I get her in the garage my plan is to strip the sheet metal. Most of it is barely bolted down anyway. Then go after the brakes and bearings and stuff and get her rolling proper. Then go from there.
Get yourself a plastic spray bottle, mix auto tranny fluid and mineral spirits 50/50 to soak bolts to make it easier, this works very well to loosen up rust.
 

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Called my tow truck buddy to help me get her in the garage today. It's been a bit if working clearing the space. It can get in the 120's here and I have air conditioning in the garage so it had to be done.

 

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I was at my local hardware store today. Real cool old style small downtown store. There's not many like that anymore. I decided to check if they had any of that Kroil. He didn't and started to show me what he did have. I asked if he had mineral spirits and tranny fluid and his face lit up. He says, "You're gonna make the stuff." haha! Says he saw it on some show where they tested every brand and "the stuff" out performed them all. He was pretty excited. I'm getting ready to mix a batch up.
 

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I was at my local hardware store today. Real cool old style small downtown store. There's not many like that anymore. I decided to check if they had any of that Kroil. He didn't and started to show me what he did have. I asked if he had mineral spirits and tranny fluid and his face lit up. He says, "You're gonna make the stuff." haha! Says he saw it on some show where they tested every brand and "the stuff" out performed them all. He was pretty excited. I'm getting ready to mix a batch up.
It does work...just give it time....
 

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I put this post together for somewhere else as the start of a new build thread. But I thought I'd ad it here to help explain a little of my plans.

I've had this 63 C20 for two years. This is what she looked like when I brought her home. Needless to say the wife was not impressed. hahaha!

She came with bed full of spare wheels and parts. Like, packed full. The 350 was just rebuilt and not even broke in plus there's a tranny in it. This is how she sits now. Needs wiring, hoses, lines, brakes and stuff but most everything is there.

I had ideas of putting it on bags and laying frame. That's why it sat for two years. I was never ready to do it. Well, I came to my senses and realized I just need to get the damn running and change things as so go. That made me change my concept from a low rider to a stink bug.

I own a tattoo shop in a small Arizona town. Because of the weather the car scene is huge here. Hot rods and rat rods galore. I'm an artist as well as an enthusiast so I want a truck to represent me and my shop. I have a rustic style of art I'm known for. The bed of nails below was a piece I made for a local charity auction. I've had thoughts of building another one on a trailer that I could haul around to events. But now I'm going to install it right on the truck. The painted door with my logo hangs outside my shop and the other pictures are interiors of the shop and a cabinet I made.

So I want to build a thin long flatbed, four by eight feet, that will ride between the tires and turning it into a bed of nails. I'll build a steel headboard to mount the cow skull and weld some big steel horns on it. I'm thinking of putting dually's with tall tires and painting my logo on the doors. This is the closest thing I've found to my idea. Longer bed of nails. Similar to the sculpture I made. I like the stink bug stance. Tall in the back in the weeds in front.


Of course I've got plenty of work to do to get her together and running first. She's in the garage now. First thing is sheet metal and wheels off. Then brakes and bearings. I'll go from there. I hope to keep some good momentum. There's a local show in February I hope to bring her to. Thanks for looking.
 

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We got the bed off today. It's going to my buddy that I got this truck from. He's got a 65 C30 dually flatbed he wants to make a fleetside, with step side fenders, and I have a fleetside I want to make a flatbed. So it's a win win for us both. He gave me a hand and got the bed. The front clip was only attached with four of the bolts anyway so we took it off. It will easier for to work on and gives me more room in my garage.

 

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So the fun begins....cool...! beer
 

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Trying to do something everyday no matter how small. I got the front seat out and vacuumed her out. I found the ashtray and original stereo behind the seat. So I'm happy about that. Not that I'll use the radio but it's nice to not have to look for an ashtray. Not that I smoke. Hahaha!

She's pretty clean inside. No rot anywhere.

 

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Surprisingly good shape on the inside....I was shocked..!
 

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Surprisingly good shape on the inside....I was shocked..!
Since it's in such good I'm not planning on doing much to the interior. Reupholster the seat and maybe change that steering wheel. Saves me a lot of time and money. haha
 
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