79' Chevy Silverado, Where to Start

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Okay, i had started a thread asking if it was worth restoring a 79' Chevy Truck. Well now the truck is mine so i can do what i want with it. I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinions or suggestions on where to start, should i try getting it running (starter) first or what? As i said in the other one, pretty much all body panels need attentions or replacement. Also, if anything, i'm gonna raise the truck, not lower it. I have some pics of it and will try to take some better/some this weekend but i dont know how to post them here (already on computer). They are kinda big in size and therefore wont fit in an attachment, should i just post them so there already open regardless of the size? I can send them to someone if they know a better way of doing it. Thanx in advance for your help.

posted by  car_crazy89

The absolute first thing you should do is get it running, then you can worry about the body. Check all the lines, hoses, clean the carb/get a new one, drain the old gas out at the bottom of the tank there should be a drain plug, drain the oil and put new in, take out the air filter to start it and then get a new one. I am getting tired of writing so that is all I have for now :laughing:

posted by  99integra

Get the thing running first, then get the body work done, then get it painted, etc.

posted by  FordFromHell351

Okay i thought that'd be first thing. I know brake lines should be good cause they were recently replaced. I need to get a starter for it cause when we tried to start it a couple months ago is was done, but it did turn over. The truck has 2 gas tanks and theres a bit in both (about 2 years old lol). As for the body i think i'm gonna replace most and try to fix what i can (the right way, no bondo). For the paint (when the time comes) i'll get my dad to do it cause he used to do that for a long time. Thanx for your suggestions, maybe i can get it started this weekend lol.

Also, since i have some pics, do you know how i can put them on (too big for attachments) or should i just put them straight on like this: (Never mind, i'll do it that way).

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posted by  car_crazy89

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posted by  car_crazy89

Now I feel like typing the rest. Flush the radiator and put antifreeze back in, check the serpentine belt/timing belt for cracks and slack, rotate the tires, check spark in plugs, check battery fluid, look for ripped/torn hoses and lines.

posted by  99integra

Really a nice truck BTW :thumbs:

posted by  99integra

Well its got no battery right now so thats not a problem, and would it not have a timing chain and not a belt? And thanx, i liked it and thought it was nice but wouldnt of thought someone else would say anything lol. The white car (85' Fifth Avenue) is the other car i might get lol.

BTW, the reason you see orange paint above the wheel wells is cause someone covered the rust with duct tape then painted over it.

posted by  car_crazy89

"Edit" Timing chain, happy now :laughing:

posted by  99integra

Haha sure, if i can get it running lol. Bugged my dad enough for a project that he said its mine (doesnt want me putting EVERYTHING into it though).

posted by  car_crazy89

Have fun with all that rust there buddy :laughing:

posted by  FordFromHell351

Haha definately, it'll sure keep me occupied for a bit. AND i already have my tetnis so i'm good :mrgreen:

posted by  car_crazy89

imho, get it running and stopping, then start loading up what's left of the bed w/ parts. w/ the availability of '73-'87 chevy/gmc parts, it will be much more cost effective to just get replacement parts. just start collecting from swap meets and stuff. or get the 5th ave and drop a 440 in it... :thumbs:

posted by  dodger65

Haha well it stops, got newer brakes. I wasnt sure what year range of body parts would fit on it. I might also get the 5th Ave, but where would i find a cheap 440 lol. I think i'll stick with the truck for now.

posted by  car_crazy89

i'm sure there's a chevy truck website that lists all the minute differences between the '73-'87 chevy trucks from year to year. you front end design was used from '73-'79, for instance, and there's some weird little difference in the cabs somewhere in the early 80's, but i'm not sure. one of my friends was really good at identifying them. he took one look at one and could tell me what time frame all the parts were from... and this truck was a mutt...

posted by  dodger65

Too small, 454 or 509 :laughing:

posted by  99integra

i was talking about his chrysler 5th ave, though... :screwy:

posted by  dodger65

I thought you were talking about the Silverado, still a 454 in a 5th ave would be kick ass even though it probably would not fit :laughing:

posted by  99integra

that's sacreligious!!!! :laughing: :cussing:

posted by  dodger65

As for the 5th Ave i'd rather have a Hemi :laughing: . And for the truck, would it be better to get a new starter or just get a used one for now? Theres a few of these kinda trucks around here in various shapes/conditions so a used starter should be easy to get.

posted by  car_crazy89

Get a used one just in case the project goes all to hell :laughing:

posted by  99integra

Haha sounds good to me, seeing as how it is only a project. :mrgreen:

posted by  car_crazy89

Hmm, well it's been awhile since I've said anything about this project really (that's because I haven't had the money or time to put into it).

I may be starting some work on his soon (finally). I was calling around the local wreckers get price quotes (on used and new/aftermarket parts), and the last place I called ended up having a whole front clip that will fit mine.

I went and looked at it today and it looks in great shape (except for a few small dents.. no big deal), but I didn't have the cash on me (told me $200). They are closed for the long weekend now, but I hope to go back tuesday or wednesday to pay for it (and talk about delivering).

I ripped up more of the carpet the other day and noticed it also needs a passenger floor pan too (so now: inner/outer cab corners, left/right rockers, left/right floor pan.. as long the mounts are good, otherwise it'll be another cab).

The plan is to clean up and paint the frame when the front clip is off (and also get to the starter easier), we'll also do the rear frame area when the box is off for the work on the cab.

I hope to have before, during and after pics of it (the finished pics won't be for a LONG time... paint, wheels, interior, etc), so hopefully some progress will be made soon and I can have something to show/talk about.

posted by  car_crazy89

Well I went and got the front clip today.. only $200 and they also delivered it. Now I'm broke and have to wait before I have more money to replace the cab now (yeah, cab mounts are junk so can't pass safety.. unless I get a fake, but I'd prefer legal). Was told by one wrecker that a cab would be $300, so that doesn't sound too bad.

I may just wait till I have a lot more parts before I really start the project.. or a new thread on here (if it'd even be interesting lol).

posted by  car_crazy89

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The one pic is of the new front clip I got for $200. We hope to change out the starter and get it running soon (as we got a starter yesterday). The plan is for a wood bed floor (like the old school hotrods), dual straight pipes, metallic blue (changes from purple to blue to black in different lights...already have it here), and that's it for now.

Looking through the previous posts of mine in this thread will show you what the truck looked like before the tear down. If we get it running, my dad plans to burn the tires off the back :hi:

posted by  car_crazy89

You have your work cut out for you, but when that's done, it'll look and sound amazing.

posted by  chris_knows

Shouldn't cost too much either. The whole front clip cost $200, I'm going to get another cab for $300 and the bed work will probably cost about $200-300, and the paint is free (as we already have it and my dad will most likely do it). The other costs will be shocks (rear), interior, sound system and wheels/tires (the last 3 things will come last, as they aren't really needed to get it on the road).

posted by  car_crazy89

Well what are you waiting for? Get to it :laughing:

posted by  chris_knows

Haha, I am lacking the money to do anything else lol.. except more tear down :wink2:

posted by  car_crazy89

Good ol' Canadian rust.

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posted by  Benson

Haha yeah, only had to take out a total of 1 (that's right, only one, and that's including both sides) bolt to get the front wheel wells off (rusted the rest of the way around).

posted by  car_crazy89

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