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The history of my Stepside/Build Thread *Updated 1 Oct*

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pvfjr, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. pvfjr

    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    Well I bought her for $600 right after high school in 2002, with all my graduation gifts of "cash". Had to throw in a few extra c-notes for the crap in the bed, which included a good set of mud terrains on ford rims (which I later traded for a rifle), a "good" 350, an extra 203, some 52's, a used rancho lift kit, a chrome front bumper, a rear sliding window with a piece of glass missing, exhaust pieces, and many random body and interior parts.

    She was primer gray, and in stock form when I got her. It took four days, three fuel pumps, a 12 gallon drum of gas in the bed, 10 feet of fuel line, and some zip ties to secure it to the passenger door handle...that was an interesting trip home. Vapor locked, fuel starved, retarded, and missing. The old 305 wasn't happy, and she pissed out 1/2 gallon of water every time I shut her off. I later found some JB weld smeared all over the outside of the block. On occasion, that poor old motor did decide to respond to the laying down of the hammer, and those cherry bombs made enough noise to make a couple of dumb teenagers happy.

    The most unfortunate thing about this story, is that 2002 was before my days of a digital camera. I have no "before" pics to speak of. I would really like to better show how I've made this would be classic project of the PO so much uglier over the years. The PO put a lot of work into the body, piecing together panels from a myriad of different trucks, doing his bondo, sanding, and primering. I knew I had to make it ugly fast, and that the primer wouldn't do me any favors come the rainy season. So after I installed the 4" lift with little more than a hammer and a c-clamp, I went into town and got about 7-8 different colors of spray paint, and multiple cans of every color. I grabbed every kind of foliage I could get my hands on, held them up to the truck, and went at it. Pine, Douglas Fir, Cedar, Salal, Oregon Grape, Brachen Fern, Sword Fern, Oak, Big Leaf Maple, Vine Maple, Alder, and a few others. Went something like this.

    Here's the first ever pic of my truck; it just doesn't do it justice.:(
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  2. pvfjr

    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    I did a little wheeling and banging around, installed the 350 that came with it in place of the 305, got stuck a few times, learned some wrenching skills, towed my sister's broke down escort, and so on. It was a good summer, and was able to finish it off with some elk hunting before I left home for the AF.

    October 2002

    Got a little mud on her on the backroads.
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    4" lift and 31's. Notice there's a little elk antler creeping up from under the tarp. Started snowing as we packed up, I got to enjoy the wheelability of the full time 4wd on snowy dirt roads.
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    More to follow...
     
  3. Chevy305

    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Nice! Keep em coming!! :D
     
  4. 78Suburban

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    nice buildup thread.. I wanna see the 40's :deal: :D
     
  5. chevy wrangler

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    i like steppysides!!!there awsome!!!
     
  6. pvfjr

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    The 40's are coming, good to know I'll have at least a few readers. :D
     
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    Well shortly after elk camp, I was off to the AF, for 10 months of basic and advanced training. While I was away, I worked out a deal with a friend of a friend for a set of 36" TSL radials on aluminum rims. They even installed them on my truck for me so they'd be waiting on me when I got home (and he needed my 31's for rollers). So I returned home after tech school, took a little leave, went wheeling, and drove my stepside to my new base up in WA. It was the only vehicle I originally took to McChord, and I planned on daily driving it. :rolleyes: Well that was good for a while...

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    Man, look at those straight bodylines. :eek1: :haha:
     
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    Well I daily drove her at McChord from Sep 03 until just before Christmas, when the old TH350 decided it'd had enough. Well a bad tranny wasn't something I enjoyed, so I decided I'd swap in a stick instead. While I was under there, I discovered that I had trashed my front shackles, and the stock brake lines had been stretched to the limit. Some procomp lines, ORD shackles and bushings straightened that all out. All in all, with no donor vehicles, no place to work on my stuff, and $300, I was able to complete that project just in time for Memorial Day 04. I realized that there was no place to keep any crap in the cab of a pickup, and with constant rain in WA, I purchased a toolbox for the bed. My box has never really enjoyed wheeling though, and likes to pop open when the truck is flexed out. I had always just been the tag along for this Memorial Day trip, so it was nice to finally take my own vehicle and do some wheeling with the friends back home in OR. Armed with a new digital camera, I figured it was time to get some good pics of my rig.

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    Looks sweet!

    I love the front grill :bow:

    I wish my truck had that grill and 70s style front clip
     
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    Yeah, she used to be a chrome queen, but it wasn't really overdone. I thought it looked pretty decent back then. I hate to ruin the surprise, but I have an 8274 now which is set back into the core support a bit, which isn't real compatible with fancy chrome tube grills. I still haven't figured out what to run for a grill, but for now, I put that one on one of my 1-tons (the 78). This ones for sale by the way, and has 65K original miles. :deal:

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    build threads are the best!

    Looks good!:waytogo:
     
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    kinda looks like my grill!!!LOL :D

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    where is this truck located and what are the specs????? also more pics please
     
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    400sb/th400/np203 with part time kit. 4.10's Great tires.
    Camper Special, Silverado package
    Exhaust leak on passenger side, probably needs a donut. AC compressor has no belt, don't know why. Maybe it doesn't work, or maybe the PO just was trying to save MPG's? I never cared enough to find out.
    Runs and drives great, tows good. Located in Tacoma WA. The catch? It's a 1-ton with a 10-bolt. Yeah, I swapped it out. Still makes a good tow rig, work truck, or a driver.
    More pics here, PM me with if you want more specifics.
    http://krazyk5.com/gallery/78K30
     

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