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Posted 12/3/2007 4:41:11 PM


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Ok, upon request of others i decided to make myself a new build log in the "other build logs" area about my other car projects.    Pictures will be far and few between and consistancy will probably be slow because of lack of funds.    If anyone feels this should not be on the site, let me know and i will stop posting and remove the topic with no hard feelings.

This is my wifes 1963 Chevy Pickup i bought her for $125.00(or what was left of it when i found it)  I have pictures of it as to what it looked like before we gave it a new frame and all, BUT i dont have them developed yet.   I will post them as soon as i can. 

The Silver '89 GMC to the background left i just got running a few weeks ago, my wife (scrunched beside me) built the engine, i installed it and tuned it to running conditions.   We used it to pull the cable up that pulled this '63 cab off its original frame, then i put the cable against a tree, freeing my truck up to pull the "new" (1981) frame underneath the 63 cab. 

This is the motor that i built about 3 years ago.  It was the original motor for the black truck you see just above my head in the previous picture and was locked solid with two rods hanging out of the side when i pulled it out of the truck 5 years ago.  I decided to rebuild it, and when i opened the case, there was no oil, just SOLID mud (i should have guessed considering the previous owner)  Now keeping in mind im poor as all get out, i took the motor completely apart, hand washed EVERYTHING, bought a new crank, new piston rods, new rings, bearings, seals, gaskets, water pump, 292 Comp cam with matching lifters, new push rods, new springs, rocker arms, belts, EVERYTHING was replaced EXCEPT the block and heads themselves.   So after building it and cranking it up, i find that BOTH heads are cracked, and the water jackets are leaking into the oil pan.  So the motor is now scrap except for the useable parts,  Those useable parts are going to build my wife's motor for her '63 truck.

Close-up of the motor after installing it on the New frame for the truck, as you can see the cab was lowered down on the new frame as well, i am going to rework the frame mounts so the cab, front clip, and bed all sit correctly.

The guy i bought the truck from swore that you CANNOT put disk brakes on that model truck, it just cant happen, NOR can you run a radiator of the size in this picture, even tho i could have done both without switching frames, i think this picture serves as truth (so far) that it can be done to that model truck.

This was all done this past weekend, i will update more pictures and info as i am able.   Thanks for viewing

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Post #64841
Posted 12/3/2007 9:22:35 PM


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Hey Monstertruck35, my first truck was a 2 wheel drive 63 Chevy stepside. I remember the rear end had some kind of link system with coil springs. Is your truck a stepside or fleetside? A friend of mine's wife built a truck of that year with 4 wheel drive. Is yours going to be 2 or 4 wheel drive? Yeah even if someone says this build should not be on this site my suggestion to you is to ignore them and put even more pictures of the truck. Go for it...... BWD
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Posted 12/4/2007 8:17:45 AM


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Thanks for the post Big Wave Dave.   You are right, her truck originally had the armatures with the coil spring rear suspension.   My grandfathers 64 was identical as far as that set up (all original), it drove and road like a dream, it just wouldnt carry loads worth a squat, SO, we are upgrading to leaf spring.  Hers will be stepside, once we find the funds and a bed to buy for it , then we can make it stepside/short wheelbase.  The final set up will be 2 wheel drive, 3 speed manual in the floor, and a 350 destroked to a 327 with a 292 cam, carborated intake.   I tried to convince her to let me convert it to throttle body, but it ultimately got to expensive for us right now, only because the computer will have to be flashed to run such a "hard" cam.  She also wants it painted flat black as of now (she likes the "rat rod" look)  I cant argue with her, its her truck, her build.

Here are a few more pictures from sunday.  The last picture with my wife standing by the truck is the original frame before my GMC in the background pulled it away.

Big Wave Dave, you can BARELY see it at the rear of the cab, but there is a leaf spring, that will be the new rear suspension.  

I can see why people think im insane for taking on such vast projects, with more work to do than many wish to, but i can look at an old heap and see potential, especially when i know what interchanges and what doesnt .

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Posted 12/4/2007 8:47:46 AM


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I'm glad to see you pressing forth considering your minimal funds. Its pretty amazing what you can accomplish if you shop around for parts and do the work yourself. 

I'm gonna have to agree with your wife on the rat rod look. The more I see em the more I like em. Three speeds are fun. I wonder how many people now days would know what to do if you put them in a vehicle with three on the tree

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Post #64852
Posted 12/4/2007 8:57:20 AM


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Yeah, well its a mix of low funds and i refuse to buy parts for a project, rather than buy what my family needs first.   I would sell every project vehicle i have before i would starve my wife and soon-to-be child.    Priority first, ya know?    

Thanks for the post Chilebean.    (^_^)

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Posted 12/4/2007 1:34:54 PM


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and the post is now edited with the picture of the original frame as promised.

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Post #64856
Posted 12/4/2007 4:17:50 PM


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Hey Monstertruck35, niiiiccceeee..... My friend is going to e-mail me the picture of her truck. Its a fleetside built on a 76 Chevy 4 wheel drive and it is dark gray in color. Painted by Miracle paint shop. My son also has a friend with a stepside lowered and prostocked. It looks good and with a racing cam it rumbles. BWD
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Posted 12/4/2007 4:25:34 PM


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Thanks Dave, i look forward to seeing them!

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me”
Post #64858
Posted 12/8/2007 1:49:34 PM


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Hey Monstertruck35 Happy birthday to you....... How young are you?  BWD
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Posted 12/8/2007 4:36:56 PM


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Happy Birthday!

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