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Hi Guys
My 70 C10 is a driver, and I am trying keep it that way as we use to back in the 70's when weekends meant another repair or add on to our daily muscle car or truck.
My C10 is 90% on body tin but underneath well less than nice (much less) :mad:
But it's mine and paid for and a great alternative to running my Turbo Cummins every day. I do enjoy both equally ! ! ! I need to replace the floor in the cab and the bed. Now the last owner replaced the rokers and cleaned up the body and put in a sued PPG DP sealer. Before I remove the be I am going to fab a rear roll pan. This will help stable the bedsides for removal.... Loads of other stuff I want to do will be susspension and interior mods and repairs.
I will start posting here as the poject gose on, which will be sparatic because well I am to darn busy for my own good. :) And I have a 49 chevy I want to dig into this winter...............:D
 

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Hi Folks
I had to do some soul searching on my C10, and I guess I am going to do a complete chassis for it this winter. My Son's buddy Mitch wanted to help out in the shop to acclimate him self in the automotive world before he heads off to Wyo-tech in a few months. So I had him start tearing into the bed of my C10.



The bed floor was very rough and we were going to spare nothing other then the bedsides and head board, which are really nice shape. Now don't get me wrong they are in need of repair, but very minor.



I was not going to build a chassis for it but turns out the one under it is less then desirable.
So instead of hacking and patching I may start from scratch. We'll see if I can hold out and hunt another stock frame to Mod ...



 

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Well finally found a frame for my C10. See being busy and not having the time to pull it right in is sometimes a good thing. I was on Craigs list the other evening and happened upon this add for a 71 - 72 rolling chassis a few towns over from us. So the next day I was on the phone and on the road. The great thing is that it comes with disc brakes and a full set of rallies.





So in the next week or two I will haul it to the blasters and get it ready for a winter project...
 

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Well a weekend ago I had a few hours to spend on my C10. I bought a frame this summer that I was going slide under so I didn't have to repair the rust on the rear clip of the original frame.
Well looking at the new (used) frame the front standard transmission cross member was cut out to make room for an automatic cross member. There job was less than nice and left torch holes in the frame rail they blew threw and then proceeded to weld over wich looked even worse than the wholes.
So I decided I would clip my rear half , because from that point on forward on my frame was in great shape.
So I made a cutting jig to mark the area out on both frames which guaranteed I was cutting the same place on both frames and is the quickest way to mate both frames.



I didn't need to do any bracing, there was a cross member about ten inches forward of the cut area.
All I had to do is plumb my frame and cut. I had the other rear half laying on the floor waiting.





Now I plan on boxing my frame, so I am not worried about a staggered cut, plus I used 3/16 plate as a sleeve to marry the two sections together.

 

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Also I plug welded four half inch holes which is twice the thickness of the material being welded and then welded the splice were I left a better then 3/16 bevel to fill.





I put my new trailing arms and lowered springs from CPP and next I have to cut the rivettes of the shock mounts were CPP provided me with new ones :D



More later when I get a chance
 

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Nice truck Prostreet. The 67-72 chevy trucks were always my other weakness . just sold my 72 blazer 2 weeks ago.
That truck looks SUPER straight and solid . THose swb are getting tougher and tougher to find out there.

Ill always regret selling my little mustang killer . Called it the farm truck ha ha ha. She was my daily driver for quite awhile.



 

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Man thats a sweet one to Rich!! just something about an old Chevy swb set down and burnin the weeds..


When my wife catches me browsing old shortbeds again im gonna blame you guys !!
 

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Hi Rich
I am going to go with sheet metal for the bed floor. I do have quite a bit to work with, the cab needs floor pans and supports. I have a small block 355 and a few different automatics to choose from. I am going to keep it as stock looking other then the 4 inch drop kit. It's going to be a parts runner so it will live it's life in suede. :D love the 64 :D
 

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Man thats a sweet one to Rich!! just something about an old Chevy swb set down and burnin the weeds..


When my wife catches me browsing old shortbeds again im gonna blame you guys !!
Thanks Mac and Steve we have to work on Mac to get another parts chaser...
 

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Nice project Steve. I used to be a hardcore 67-72 truck guy. Bought and parted out more of those than I care to remember. Just last year, I sold my 69 swb that I had since HS in 87. I kinda lost my love for them once I got my 55. I have since gotten the old truck itch again, and bought myself a 1 owner 65 and I absolutely LOVE it! Good luck with your project and keep the pix coming.
 

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It was a bit of a struggle whether to do a 63 to 66 or the later 67 to 72. I had a 70 when I was a younger guy so I went with that vintage. I bought about about 8 of them from whole to were I left a trail of bread (rust) crumbs all the way back to the shop. But made a few bucks on some of the smaller parts. Had a CST which I sold to a friends dad and now we will be building that in the next year or so. Mine I have a hard time staying on track whether it should be a big block or just use the 355 as it it will only be a parts and coffee chaser.... :D
 

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It was a bit of a struggle whether to do a 63 to 66 or the later 67 to 72. I had a 70 when I was a younger guy so I went with that vintage. I bought about about 8 of them from whole to were I left a trail of bread (rust) crumbs all the way back to the shop. But made a few bucks on some of the smaller parts. Had a CST which I sold to a friends dad and now we will be building that in the next year or so. Mine I have a hard time staying on track whether it should be a big block or just use the 355 as it it will only be a parts and coffee chaser.... :D
Some times its hard to keep sight on the project`s use, I struggled with BB / Smblk when I built mine, ended up smblk, 350/350/373 posi, its been this way sinse `93 but with those gears the motors about worn out, I `m looking again, this time 7004r,, and still struggling with BB.
 
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