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Old 03-26-2017, 04:08 PM   #1
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Take a deep breath and count to 10.. New C10

Ok... everyone here knows I am a glutton for punishment, and always have way too many projects going on at once... well here is another.

Picked up this 69 C10 yesterday..

Got some plans for it, but one of the first things is that 88-98 bed that is on it HAS to go... Anyone need one?




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Old 03-26-2017, 04:44 PM   #2
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Cool, what's your plans? Looks pretty good besides that modern bed.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:21 AM   #3
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Plans are replacing the springs.. the home made drop is not cutting it..

The big decision is if I should do a static drop, or bag it for my drop...
New wheels, new tires, paint, redress the engine, and do some interior work.
Cab is in real nice shape, drive train is good..

The guy gave me original bed sides, and front panel. I need a tail gate, and wheel houses, and I think I am going with a wood floor.

I would really like to swap out the nose for a 67 nose. Fenders and stuff are cheap, but the grille and hood are where the money is.. they are proud of them.

Anyway.. If I can get it to look something about like these, I will be happy.



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Old 03-27-2017, 10:40 AM   #4
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Damn man, where you stashing all this at?
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I kinda like that front end, man. It's a little different, and still cool.
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I like the modern bed
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That red and black one is tits af!
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Old 03-28-2017, 02:08 PM   #8
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Excited for this project. Looking forward to you getting rid of that hideous rear asap
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:50 PM   #9
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not feeling any of those pics

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I like the modern bed
Guess I'm weird, because I like the stepside bed too
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:16 AM   #11
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When are you going to build a Roadrunner like in your sig? Well, not exactly like the sig, prefer a '69 model, lol!

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When are you going to build a Roadrunner like in your sig? Well, not exactly like the sig, prefer a '69 model, lol!

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It's already done, that IS my car, lol.

This is the photo I photoshopped into my sig.





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not feeling any of those pics
I like that silver truck. Any specs?
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no just found it online but I like the look love the hood
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I like the Roadrunner! What kind of power does that 383 make? I remember those motors like to rev, especially run good with low gears like 3.91's.

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I like the Roadrunner! What kind of power does that 383 make? I remember those motors like to rev, especially run good with low gears like 3.91's.

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Not sure on power numbers, but this one is a 4 speed with 3.91s in an 8-3/4 rear end. Too much gear for comfortable highway cruising, lol.
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Back to the project.

So when I bought the truck the guy said that there would be a pop in the front end once in a while. Yesterday I jacked up the front end to take a look. I grabbed the front wheel, and had lots of play in the steering. When I looked under it, I thought it was clear what the issue was. Upon closer inspection, what I thought was a worn tie rod end turned out to be the wrong size tie rod!

When converting to 5 lugs on these trucks, you use a 73-87 spindle, and newer matching ball joint, and you are supposed to use a matching tie rod end. Whoever did this one put the smaller tie rod in the larger opening and tightened it real well.
I don't know how you could not feel this in the steering, but the only notice to the driver was a clunk on certain bumps.

So.. Then the issue was that the 73-87 newer tie rods are 11/16 threads, and the older ones are 5/8".. So I can't just thread the new tie rod end into the old adjuster.

Solution? You use a 95 Chevy Astro inner tie rod, (it has the smaller taper with the larger 11/16 shaft), then use the 73-87 C10 tie rod ends, and adjustment sleeve..
I will pop off the old stuff tomorrow and try it, but the measurements work out perfectly.

I am going to have to keep a list in case I ever need replacement parts.

I also don't have a floor or tailgate yet, but might still go ahead and try to get the new old bed on it this weekend.

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I am going to have to keep a list in case I ever need replacement parts.
I feel your pain....On my project, I have a 90 Dakota, with a 94 front end and a 2003 Crate Engine with a Durango Oil Pan to fit the xmember. Every time I go to the parts store I give them a list of three vehicles to search
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Quick update. Astro inners, C10 outers work perfectly!

Also, Started mounting original style bed.. Muuuuch better already.




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Either version of those C10's you posted will look incredible! Definitely gonna be following...
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Looking good! Never had an appreciation for the newer beds on them. Definitely the right direction!
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The new bed you just put on looks really good. Bad ass truck.
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Put my 10yr son to work today (he actually asked to do it)
He knocked down the surface rust starting in this old bed, and covered it all in rust encapsulator to try to seal it up before it gets worse.
He did a good job, I didn't have to touch up that much once he was done putting a few coats on.

He's a good little helper

Don't mind the temporary tail lights. I just ordered new correct tail lights this past week. I hope to order a tailgate this week.





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Hell yea man! Keep him at it, I'm trying to get my daughter out to help as well, she's starting to come around.
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