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Woogeroo #952385 Mon Jun 24 2013 07:28 PM
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For some reason it says " private messaging disabled". I will keep trying.

Joined: May 2013
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I'm not sure I'll be ready to venture too far from home by September, maybe another year though! I have a LOT of issues to work through before I'll feel confident in it, and I don't have a ton of time/money to devote to it, so it will be a slow but steady pace.

DMGfifty #952390 Mon Jun 24 2013 07:38 PM
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I fell off the planet while I've been hunting around for elusive parts (was hoping more "drop-in" parts would be available but I guess I don't have the right sort of car for that).

I also drown in forums, trying to answer "what 12v battery should I buy to convert to 12v system?" or "what is a good replacement wiring harness for a beginner?". There is so much information and so much conflicting opinions it's been a bit overwhelming to wade through.

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Cruising in the Passing Lane
Rae, your links don't work because you left the default 'http' and added another: 'http:http:' isn't functional - your private messaging should be working now that you've enough posts to be past moderation .... and asking questions in the various specific forums works when searching/reading gets too confusing


Moved over to the Passing Lane

"When we tug a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world" ~ John Muir
"When we tug a single thing on an old truck, we find it falls off" ~ me
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Socket Breaker
Originally Posted by RaeOSunshine
For some reason it says " private messaging disabled". I will keep trying.

Yer a newbie, you need so many posts or something before PMs kick in.

We had some issues with a lot of computer created spammers last year and this year, so our forum admin put that in place.

You should be good to go now.


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Wrench Fetcher
Remember the old saying "If it works don't fix it." It will save you THOUSANDS of dollars in parts you don't need. If you were building a hot rod that would be one thing, but if you just want to drive it fix what needs to be fixed and leave the rest alone. I'm not saying ignore problems, but you don't need to upgrade every last part to 2013. When you have more money you can always upgrade it later but trust me it's a lot of fun driving an original wink

That being said there are some upgrades that are well worth your effort. You mentioned converting to 12 volt, that I would definitey go ahead and do. Converting the front to disc brakes really isn't necessary as it won't go fast enough to need racecar-like stopping power. But if it makes you feel safer by all means do it. I would add seat belts too and worry about the interior last. One more upgrade that is definitely worth your time is adding in reverse lights, my 63 doesn't have them and I sure wish it did.

All in all it seems like you have everything prioritized very well and have a good vision for your project. Most importantly no matter how discouraged you don't give up! Keeps us posted and good luck!

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Hi Rae,

In your post, you mention "I intend on leaving the outside as-is (it's ratty in a way I am attracted to), maybe put a matte clear coat on or something." The pictures you posted did not work for me, I am curious what the finish on your truck looks like as I have been contemplating doing something similar for my 48 Chevy 1 ton. I am interested in what your finish looks like (is it similar to mine) and what you come up with instead of a complete repaint..


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welcome to the bolt Rae. that is one cool truck looks like its in pretty good shape too.


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Here is a secondary attempt at posting pictures.

Let me know if they work this time, properly! Truck

Last edited by RaeOSunshine; Fri Oct 11 2013 01:13 AM.
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The pictures worked. Cool old truck! Welcome to the Bolt!

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