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Old 03-21-2005, 02:50 AM   #1
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79' Chevy Silverado, Where Should I Start?

Hey, ok i was hoping i could get some more experienced opinions on what i should do. Well we have a 1979 Chevy Silverado (fenders, box, doors, hood not original) but it still has the original 350sb 4 bolt main (rebuilt) and an automatic 400 trans. Most of the body will need to be patched or replaced but it has a solid frame and perfect engine (not run in 1 1/2 years). I like that year of truck but i dont know if it would be worth fixing up, i wouldn't really be going for a showroom condition but something that is good on the eyes and you'd be proud to drive around. I was thinking of talking to my dad to see if we could find an old chevy and maybe use the engine in it if we choose not to fix the truck. Almost every panel has atleast 1 rust hole (some bigger then others). I dont really know what else to say about it but i would love to hear some of your opinions. Thanx.

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Old 03-21-2005, 03:15 AM   #2
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Hey car_crazy89 beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. When I was in highschool in the early 70's and bought the 58 Edsel all my friends wondered why. If you see something there you like then get started.
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Old 03-21-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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if youy like it, and it has a rebuilt engine, why not restore/mod the truck? They are easy to get parts for, which makes it a great project.











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Old 03-21-2005, 09:19 PM   #4
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Hey, thanx for your ideas, i was kinda thinking about the truck since its one of my more favourite years but it needs almost all new body panels. Where would you be able to find fairly cheap parts though? (new or used)
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:24 PM   #5
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Hey, thanx for your ideas, i was kinda thinking about the truck since its one of my more favourite years but it needs almost all new body panels. Where would you be able to find fairly cheap parts though? (new or used)

Pick up a copy of Hemmings Motor News, or Classic Trucks magazine. Even JC Whitney has body parts for those trucks. Other than that, look into salvage yards. I'm sure there's one with '73-87 Chevy trucks you could get parts off of near you.
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Old 05-18-2005, 10:25 PM   #6
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Ok, i started this a couple months ago and have tried talking to my dad about the truck. He said he would rather try to find another frame and body and then change all the good stuff from the truck we have now to the other (frame/body) cause he said the cab is too bad and isnt worth fixing it. As i've said, as far as i know its only body work that needs to be fixed (majority anyways). I was wondering, would it be cheaper and worth it to just find a 1977-80 or so cab and just switch it with our truck or to find a frame and body and then switch everything over? He said he'd rather get the frame/body cause it would be too much work changing a cab cause you gotta do the wiring and need people to help lift it in place. I can try to take pics of the truck (as it sits)and you can give me your opinions on what i/we should do. I dont need a show truck, just an everyday driver (maybe have it raised to go trail riding sometimes though). Any and all opinions are welcome and encouraged. Thanxs.

PS. Sorry for the length of this post kinda long and probably repetitive.
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