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Old 07-26-2014, 09:18 PM
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Home Brewed 70 Short Bed Build

After a few people ask if I had a build thread I decided to do one. I'm not the best at writing so bear with me.
To give you a little history I drove my first bump, a 67 back in the late 60's and 70's. That was the truck I always wished I had kelp. About 15 years ago I bought a 70 and used it as a farm truck for awhile, and started gathering parts thinking one day I would restore the truck. Anyway probably a year are so ago I started building my bump. Enough for now I know all you guys like to see pictures, so I will try to give you a quick run though on my build up to now.

The first thing I worked on was the bed. The best I had was a long bed, so I shortened it welded all the seams, and smoothed the inside.





I'm thinking about filling the side marker light before paint.





Next was the tailgate I smoothed outside and reversed the handle then built the roll pan.



I think I will probably smooth the inside of the tailgate before I paint it.

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Very impressive! Please keep the pics coming.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:02 PM
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The next thing I worked on was the cab.
I striped it, smoothed the dash, welded and smoothed the seams, filled all the unneeded holes in the firewall.

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Sorry for the date on the pictures, looks like it needs setting, lol.

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I don't see any holes for the heater hoses or heater core mounting. Are you going without a heater?
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Next up was the motor. After having a couple trucks that set in the garage I wanted this truck to be one I could drive and enjoy. I just sold a 76 with a 460 and I didn't like that 8-9 MPG, and I have always liked the 300 so out came the 390 and and I built a 300. It's a 90 model with 75 manifolds, carb and duraspark. It will be backed up with a AOD transmission and 325 Gears.

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6t6merc Thanks for the comments
flyboy I'm planning on using Classic Auto Air's “Perfect Fit" system and all their lines go in behind the inter fender.
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Very nice.
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I hope you don't put it back together using any LMC rubber products as they are made with the cheapest rubber and crack from the ozone after a few yrs.

My 2cents as they got my money a few times. But now having to replace all cab rubber mounting cushions, window & door rubber seals, cab gas tank filler donut seal.

And lastly the metal thin crappy cab mounts as pictured below.
I had to remove these cheap ones & install the better ones DC sells for much more but they our more like the oem cab mounts..
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THE MOUNTS

THE RUBBER CUSHIONS ABOUT 6 YRS. ON THEM
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You definitely need to smooth out the inside of the tail gate. It takes away all your nice work up to this point.
Good job other than that, keep the pictures coming.
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Thanks for the thread. Good looking truck. Nice details and clean shop.
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6t6merc Thanks for the comments
flyboy I'm planning on using Classic Auto Air's “Perfect Fit" system and all their lines go in behind the inter fender.
Understood. I'm familiar with that system. I though about it as well. AC isn't on the priority/money list right now though. Definitely do a write up about it when you install it, though!
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Thanks for all the good works, it does mean a lot.
I will be glad to write up the air as I put it in. Looking at their instructions it looks like it is pretty straight forward to install.
Anyway here is a few more pictures of my progress. I striped the frame and put a coat of epoxy primer on then painted it black.

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I didn't get pictures of some of the steps.

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I will try to post a little more tomorrow night.
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looking good !
I think shaving the drip rails on the cab would add to your build nicely .
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looking good!!
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Thanks for the comments.
I will try to catch up to were I am on the build. I now have the cab setting on the frame. These pictures was taken when I loaded the truck on the trailer to bring it home to store it in the garage while I help paint a friends Bronco. I have sense finished the sound deadening, but it's on hold till the Bronco is finished, hopefully not to much longer.









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