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Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1400834 Wed Mar 10 2021 06:31 AM
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Fox Offline OP
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
After asking around (family, friends, kids at school, colleagues, stovebolt) I think I’ve settled on #2. Not basic green, not as involved as the other 2, still killer! Numbers 2 & 3 were heavily favoured. I like them both, but I think I’ll go with simpler over #3.

Thanks all!

In the meantime, I have been finalizing the exhaust system. I removed the manifolds and primed them and reinstalled. It is fully tacked in place the entire length to the last bends behind the tires. I’ll do those last when the bed is on. The hangers are in and oh boy do I like those. Good quality methinks and well priced, too. Walker style. I also installed a few v clamps along the length so I could remove the exhaust in chunks if needed. I did test this to be sure it worked! I am very happy with the outcome so far.

I have also bent a few lines running up to the MC on the brake system. I mocked up the steering shaft for clearance and slapped on the inners and core for reference. Not a whole lot of differences, but some stuff is getting done. Once the brakes are roughly plumbed in (I’m not sure where the e brake cables will run yet... puzzle truck video here I think! 😉😎), I will try to get the fuel lines plumbed and then turn attention to the radiator, shroud, and transmission lines to the rad.

Then wiring?

Tonight I prepped and primed the intake, as I had washed, sanded, and filled it a week ago. Looking good so far. I have a little sanding and touch up filling of microscopic filler pinholes, but it’s going well.

PS- In addition, I also pulled the plugs out of the Rambler and dumped some oil and diesel down her holes to try to loosen her up. I let it sit for a couple weeks and then I tried to turn the crank bolt with a breaker bar. I could feel too much resistance so I stopped so I didn’t twist off the crank bolt. Next, I ripped out the radiator so I can later build a good strong bar to grab the dampener and try to turn it. If no luck, I’ll pull the head and see what’s happening in there.

I also took its keys to the locksmith. I had a working glovebox key, an ignition partly removed but no key and 2 door locks with no keys. The glovebox key wouldn’t open the trunk. So I figured if I got some keys made and one of them would open the trunk...right?

Nope. $80 down and still not in the trunk.

So I told my wife one day, "I’m gonna pick that lock.”

“That’s nice, dear. Good luck.”

Everett was playing in the snow bank, my wife and daughter were taking a nap, so I grabbed all the paper clips in the drawer, a long Swiss Army knife flat blade attachment and went to town. After about 35 minutes of fiddling I began to get a feel of what tumblers were where. I grabbed another clip and began to bend and match it to previous clips I had made. I slid it in and could feel 3 very satisfying click, click, clicks...

Hold breath...

Turn...


POP!!!

Whoop whoop!

I stopped for the night and told Everett, “Let’s go in for supper.”

My wife asked, “Giving up already?”

“Nope. I got it.”

“What?! That probably saved us a couple hundred bucks in labour and travel time!”

I’m happy to report that Jimmy Hoffa is not in the trunk and that there were some actually good things in the trunk: spare tire, jacks, spare MC, hub cap, a pile of old 77 Ferd truck parts (again!), and get this....

THE BLOODY KEYS FOR THE CAR!!


Did you see that coming?!

I didn’t even hesitate to close the trunk lid and try the keys I found as I knew I already had a working, home made paper clip/knife combo thing a ma jig! 😉

What an adventure that was!😎🦊

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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1400886 Wed Mar 10 2021 08:09 PM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 5,313
Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
A little late weighing in on the color options, but have you considered #3 but reversed? with the color on the main part and a central darker stripe? I had a truck painted like that and it was pretty nice (for a Ferd wink ). #2 would look nice also.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1400917 Thu Mar 11 2021 01:09 AM
Joined: Dec 2020
Posts: 113
2
'Bolter
I have to say I love the Rambler! I have always had a soft spot for AMC's. Of course living and growing up in Kenosha may have something to do with it.

Steve

Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1400928 Thu Mar 11 2021 03:57 AM
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Posts: 180
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Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Glad to have you back and posting, I was prepping the SAR team for action.


1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1400939 Thu Mar 11 2021 04:59 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
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Fox Offline OP
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Report cards are coming due...🤪


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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1402758 Wed Mar 24 2021 04:52 AM
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Posts: 2,057
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Fox Offline OP
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I finally got a night without homework, my wife was working an evening, and the guppies went down to bed easily...wrenching time!

Tonight I finish prepping the intake and shot it in VHT gloss black. I also removed the exhaust manifolds off the heads so I could shoot them in VHT aluminum to match the heads.i also discovered that the RH pipe off the manifold is a real bear to remove.i assumed (insert assume joke here...) that since the LH side came off so easily, the right should be the same. Nope.I am debating modifying it at this point. I don’t think I will. To remove it easiest would be to block the transmission and pull that crossmember and drop the whole piece of exhaust. Hmmm....I don’t think I’m changing anything.

Anyways. Another issue I discovered is that my radiator shroud sits too low in relation to the LS fan. I’m chewing on these options:

Hacking up the original/ creating new mounts to make it mount. Pro- easy-ish. Con- ugly.

Build a new shroud out of 18 gauge steel. Pro- fit like a glove when done. Con- time, effort, will it clear the hood when closed properly?

Shaving the fan blades to fit inside the shroud. I think I’d need about 3/4” on all blades. Pro- easy, stock fit. Con- would shaving the blades cause cooling problems?

I’m going to run the original lm7 mechanical clutch fan. In Alberta we don’t get super hot summers or stupid crazy humidity and I think the mechanical fan will cool a warmed over LS of about 385 hp/torque.

Input here would be appreciated.

Here are a few pictures:

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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1402773 Wed Mar 24 2021 12:17 PM
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Have you thought about running electric fans. It would solve your problem and you would gain additional HP.


Phil

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Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1402779 Wed Mar 24 2021 12:33 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,606
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Crusty Old Sarge
I don't know about trimming the fan blades to fit, there would probably be an issue with the balance. If you don't decide to run electric fans you may want it radius the bottom of the shroud the clear the blades. It wouldn't be visible from the top and would give you the clearance needed. After seeing your fabrication skills I'm sure you could come up with a bracket for the top that looks correct and fit properly.

Last edited by TUTS 59; Wed Mar 24 2021 12:34 PM.

Craig

Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8 (0.030 over), Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1403586 Mon Mar 29 2021 02:50 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,057
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Fox Offline OP
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Still debating fan shroud options. But in the meantime I installed the exhaust manifolds with new gaskets and torqued to spec. Next, I tackled the valley cover, knock sensors, and wiring harness for that. Then I cleaned the injectors (just blew them off as they worked fine beforehand), installed new injector o-rings, and installed the fuel rails. I had to create a new fuel pressure regulator vacuum line as the old GM one wouldn’t snake that way and had a couple issues. I used some 3/16” brake line, flared it, slipped over the vac tubing tips, shrink wrapped them, and Bob’s your uncle. It turned out very well. Finally, I bolted on the intake, torqued it, and I’m very pleased with how it’s looking so far.

I also had a buddy come over and we had a brew and chat in the shop. We were discussing the truck and he asked, “What are you going to do with that steering wheel?”

I have the original green wheel mocked in place on the original column right now to help me visualize the brake lines to the MC, just so I don’t have any interference issues.

“I was thinking of getting a 67/68 wheel, honestly,” I replied. “I like the look of those. Original era. Stylish. Not ugly.” I was wondering if he wanted to buy it or something.
“Oh man, I wouldn’t do that.”
“What? Why?” I asked.
“You’re not going to use it?”
“No. I’ve always hated those style wheels. They’re ugly as sin.”
“I think that’s terrible idea,” he said. “Just think of all the hands in your family that have touched this wheel.”

My jaw literally dropped. Ugh. What an unreal insight. I raised my brew to him. Needless to say that old, ugly, cracked wheel will be on this truck when it is completed. What a night.

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In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pictures here [photos.app.goo.gl]

1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: Grandpa’s 1970 C10 Rebuild.
Fox #1403616 Mon Mar 29 2021 12:07 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,606
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Crusty Old Sarge
Yep that steering wheel would stay in the Truck...


Craig

Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8 (0.030 over), Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
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