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Old 07-31-2005, 08:00 AM   #1
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Thoughts/Opinions Please

I know i've started a few threads on this and have done nothing since but i am seriously trying to make some sort of plans on what i want to do. The vehicle in question is a 1979 Chevrolet Silverado and i have been thinking of many different things to do with it.

I will start out by describing it, it is a '79 Silverado (as mentioned above) with a 350 sbc, rebuilt and a .30 over bore. It has a quadra-jet carb (not sure what make/brand). It has an automatic th400 transmission and not sure but think it has posi-trac rear (i'll have to find out)

Well so far i was thinking of finding a wrecked or rotted Chevy truck (4x4) and strip it of the 4x4 parts and put them on my truck (making it a 4x4 of course). I was also thinking since the cab is pretty bad i'll just replace it with a new used one and the box/bed will have to come off to work on/fix it so while i'm at it i thought about sanding and painting the frame (dad painted cars for years and would do it) to see what shape its in and help prevent it from getting worse.

I also want to pull out the engine, clean it up and paint/chrome it and add some minor performance parts (parts would come later). I want a custom type interior (only had plastic panels), like replacing the bench seat with 2 bucket/racing seats, adding custom center console, and some kinda door panels/dash and new steering column.

I would also like to add push style front and rear bumpers along with roll bar on the back. Shave it of any/all trim and paint it gloss black. Add bigger (maybe 35" or 37") tires with chrome American racing style rims. I also want a body/suspension lift (kinda why i want 4wd but will do it even if it stays 2wd). My dad will paint anything that needs to be painted.

I know i'm probably missing something but thats it for now. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts/opinions on any of this stuff or to add what you think might be good or what might be a bad idea to do. Any input would be greatly appreciated, Thanx


http://www.car-forums.com/talk/showthread.php?t=12848

Go to post number 5 to see pics of the truck, can and will take more of anywhere needed.

Sorry for the long thread/post.
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Old 07-31-2005, 08:11 AM   #2
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i cant think of anything ur missing,but the truck looks kinda like the truck my dad is putting together now
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Old 07-31-2005, 08:17 AM   #3
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Well they are kinda popular, this was the last good looking year IMO (with round headlights). I just need to start saving up some money and collecting parts.
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Old 07-31-2005, 05:40 PM   #4
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Don't forget the flowmasters dude!
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Old 07-31-2005, 07:14 PM   #5
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Well, it sounds like you have a plan laid out for this truck.

One thing though, and I thought of this as I was looking at the pictures...This won't really be much of a resto, its looking more like replacing almost every damn part on that truck! The body is practically completely shot, which means the frame is probably pretty toasted too. Almost all of the suspension/engine are going to be shot, if the truck has been weathered enough for the bed to be eaten away...

Do you have the time, devotion, money, and knowledge to pull this all off? If you think you can, then go for it, because I'm sure after it's done, it will be sweet. But IMHO, you could probably find a better wrecker to start this kind of project with for cheap...
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Old 07-31-2005, 08:36 PM   #6
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Well, it sounds like you have a plan laid out for this truck.

One thing though, and I thought of this as I was looking at the pictures...This won't really be much of a resto, its looking more like replacing almost every damn part on that truck! The body is practically completely shot, which means the frame is probably pretty toasted too. Almost all of the suspension/engine are going to be shot, if the truck has been weathered enough for the bed to be eaten away...

Do you have the time, devotion, money, and knowledge to pull this all off? If you think you can, then go for it, because I'm sure after it's done, it will be sweet. But IMHO, you could probably find a better wrecker to start this kind of project with for cheap...
Ya i know what you mean, it does look pretty bad, the main reason the bed is so bad is it had a piece of plywood on the bottom for almost 2 years so water was trapped underneath. The frame is actually pretty good from what i've seen anyways.

I would quickly change my mind if i see its too bad. I dont have the money yet and i dont plan on it being a couple month project or for it being easy. I will be learning as i go and have my dad to help me at times.

The engine should be fine, it turns over but wont start. We think its the starter so thats what i'd start with (running project gives more encouragement). I would rather an older car but this is what i have and i like it (truck was free so any money going in is all it costs).
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Old 07-31-2005, 11:00 PM   #7
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Ya i know what you mean, it does look pretty bad, the main reason the bed is so bad is it had a piece of plywood on the bottom for almost 2 years so water was trapped underneath. The frame is actually pretty good from what i've seen anyways.

I would quickly change my mind if i see its too bad. I dont have the money yet and i dont plan on it being a couple month project or for it being easy. I will be learning as i go and have my dad to help me at times.

The engine should be fine, it turns over but wont start. We think its the starter so thats what i'd start with (running project gives more encouragement). I would rather an older car but this is what i have and i like it (truck was free so any money going in is all it costs).

well, based on that - git er done!


I really need to lay out a plan for the 47 dodge I have....
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well, based on that - git er done!


I really need to lay out a plan for the 47 dodge I have....
Haha thanx

I dont think you'll have too much trouble making a plan for your truck.
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Haha thanx

I dont think you'll have too much trouble making a plan for your truck.


youre right, i wont - ground up, frame off, new engine/drivetrain/electrical/interior.

Only problem is finding space for it....the quonset is full of tractors and farm trucks...and the garage is full.....and the shop is full...

jeez.
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youre right, i wont - ground up, frame off, new engine/drivetrain/electrical/interior.

Only problem is finding space for it....the quonset is full of tractors and farm trucks...and the garage is full.....and the shop is full...

jeez.
Wow, you might actually have more work to do then i do with my plans lol. Sucks about having no space. I have a big driveway and a single car garage (sad part: truck is too high to fit). Your gonna have to keep us updated once you start, sounds interesting.
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Wow, you might actually have more work to do then i do with my plans lol. Sucks about having no space. I have a big driveway and a single car garage (sad part: truck is too high to fit). Your gonna have to keep us updated once you start, sounds interesting.


eh, it won't really be THAT much work - the bodys in great shape, but if I'm going to do something like this, I'm going to do it right...

the reason why i'm redoing the engine is because its currently a flat-head six..wanna drop a v8 into it...which in turn means a different transmission and drivetrain. Plus the brakes on it are a bugger - cylinders - update it to disc brakes . The electrical system is currently 6volt, so I'd be putting it up to 12 . Really not that much work...


As for room, I do live on a farm, so theres lots of open areas, but I don't want to mess with that - I could always kick the truck out of the shop and do the project in there...
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eh, it won't really be THAT much work - the bodys in great shape, but if I'm going to do something like this, I'm going to do it right...

the reason why i'm redoing the engine is because its currently a flat-head six..wanna drop a v8 into it...which in turn means a different transmission and drivetrain. Plus the brakes on it are a bugger - cylinders - update it to disc brakes . The electrical system is currently 6volt, so I'd be putting it up to 12 . Really not that much work...


As for room, I do live on a farm, so theres lots of open areas, but I don't want to mess with that - I could always kick the truck out of the shop and do the project in there...
That project sounds pretty sweet. Dont really blame you for the V8 swap, what would you be putting in, 318 or 383? Atleast you have a good platform to start on
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I'm curious and it wont hurt to ask. The other day my friend told me this guy he knows wants to race me whenever i get the truck finished or finished enough to drive lol.

This guy has a Chevrolet Lumina (90-93 dont know specific year) with a 3.1L engine (so around 135-140 hp) and its all stock. My truck, right now has around 300-350 hp (not sure exactly) and maybe a little more to come. It also weighs over 4,000Lbs, the car only weighs about 2600Lbs lol.

I'm wondering who you guys (and girls) would think would win. They are both automatics and lets say its a 1/4 mile race. I know he'd get alot better start but would i be able to catch up? Let me know what you think, thanx.
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I'm curious and it wont hurt to ask. The other day my friend told me this guy he knows wants to race me whenever i get the truck finished or finished enough to drive lol.

This guy has a Chevrolet Lumina (90-93 dont know specific year) with a 3.1L engine (so around 135-140 hp) and its all stock. My truck, right now has around 300-350 hp (not sure exactly) and maybe a little more to come. It also weighs over 4,000Lbs, the car only weighs about 2600Lbs lol.

I'm wondering who you guys (and girls) would think would win. They are both automatics and lets say its a 1/4 mile race. I know he'd get alot better start but would i be able to catch up? Let me know what you think, thanx.

I'm thinking about a Low Block 400....the bay certainly has the room for it...

Well, you can shave a lot of weight out of a truck....

plus tires/traction affect the start.

Trucks = brake torque - as soon as the tires catch, you'll be at 20+

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I'm thinking about a Low Block 400....the bay certainly has the room for it...

Well, you can shave a lot of weight out of a truck....

plus tires/traction affect the start.

Trucks = brake torque - as soon as the tires catch, you'll be at 20+
Oh, i thought you'd maybe be sticking to the Dodge engines, sounds like a plan.

And i've mentioned what i wanna do with the truck so if anything i'll be adding weight lol. I had no idea what a race would be like until she catches (gains traction) lol.
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