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This truck was passed down from me from my father when he passed last year. This was a project he started with his dad back in the 70's. Now I have the truck and I'm in the process of finishing it for the memorial car show this July. Right now I have worked on the truck by myself. I am new to restorations so I am learning along the way. Right now I have problems with space seeing as how it is in a two car garage along with the mower and lots of boxes from when we moved. I also don't have a lot of the resources and tools I need right now.
This truck has the chassis from a 1980's 4x4 S10 w/ 4.3 V6 and auto trans. The engine is a 4.3 V6 with a "boat" cam, vortec heads, edelbrock 4 barrel manifold, edlebrock 1406 carb, and complete msd igniton w/ an hei distributor. The cab has been extended and I am currently working on the interior.
First objective is to get the engine running
Needs fuel tank, fuel lines, brake lines, and cooling system
Install new wiring harness, sound system, etc.
Install wood in bed
Hookup trans and t-case
Might lower it a little bit
Buy and install glass
Get parts powdercoated
Well, made alot of progress. Got the wiring fairly complete despite some issues. Also found a rear seat out of a blazer, rear seat belts, and some other misc. parts. To do list: lengthen rear driveshaft, finish wiring, hookup trans and t-case, run fuel and brake lines, finish interior, install glass, and get bed finished. Hopefully i can get this done by july.
BTW, if anybody knows where to find a windshield frame, please let me know.
Got a little more done this week. Made plug wires from an MSD Street Fire universal set, installed a Lokar column shift linkage, got the windshield frame fixed, started making the e-fan shroud, and some other little stuff. To do list:
Did the brakes today. Had to go to the parts store six times cause i kept finding more things that i needed. All thats left for the brakes is one more brake line union. Tomorrow i plan on starting the fuel system. That should be fun...
Electrical system is getting finished. Just playing a waiting game with a few shipments. Oil pressure switch and some connectors. From there, assuming i did things right, the engine should be ready to run. It's going to be close getting this done. 4 weeks left to go.
It would seem that the oil dipstick tube is too long because i cant get a reading. Also, it sticks outside of the engine compartment. Ill add that to my list of things to have done at my friend's machine shop.
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