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What do u do w/a drunken sailor er... $500 truck?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Gavmaster, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. Gavmaster

    Gavmaster Registered Member

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    Picked up a rusty (of course) 79 Jimmy for $550 CAD.
    Strong mechanicals, ok body, swiss cheese floor, rainroof. Has a big tubular steel roof rack and rally wheels. Did the usual fluid/filter/battery.

    So now what?
    I only bought the thing to drive while my work van, a 90 astro, is in the shop, and compared to the 4.3 tbi 6cyl in my astro, I'm just driving from gas station to gas station...

    Sell, restore, modify...?

    Your experiences pls.

    Gavin
     
  2. 4x4Freak

    4x4Freak 1/2 ton status

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    All depends on what YOU want to do with it. Most of the people here will say modify, but there are a few that would say to restore. Depending on what kinda shape its in you may want to modify it if you keep it, especially if it would take a lot of work to restore it. Or you may want to do a little of both. It's all personal preference.

    Once you decide what you want to do with it, then we can help you find out what you can do to make it better.

    And welcome to the site. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    well. you can take a look at the members rides to see what we do to GM trucks 'round these parts.

    I say chop the fenders, add 6" of lift, 1-ton conversion, 42" TSL's, weld the rear and wheel the crap out of it.
     
  4. Gavmaster

    Gavmaster Registered Member

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    Thanks for the replies... the thing that I love 'bout the
    Jimmy
    is that it fits in my underground parking (keeping in mind that I live in the heroin capital of the world), so I
    probably won't lift it... my four-wheeling days are past me, I guess.

    The thing that concerns me is the rainroof: I'm not sure what to do w/it. I like Zakk's thing with the fenders,
    so I'll probably do that 'cause the UAV looks real good with those cut fenders ...

    What sort of investment goes into replacing the S.C. floor? (I have a WOODEN panel in the bed near the 'gate and a holy DSide floor)
    How difficult is it to weld in that thin gauge steel roof?
    How many questions can one man ask?? /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif


    Gavin
     
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    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    I bought a 1978 K5 from a friend for $120 USD. It is complete and is only missing a motor which I will remedy by installing a TBI 350... My plans for the K5 are to turn it into a street legal rock buggy...Rip off the bed, custom front end, 2-4" of lift 38's or bigger meats...Should be fun...

    Chris
     
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    well, you could always use silicone, roofers foam, blue rtv, duct tape? or fiberglass repair, or a new gasket, do what you feel, if you wanna sit in there with an umbrella, then do that. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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  7. Gavmaster

    Gavmaster Registered Member

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    Actually, I heard of a company that makes a 'glass
    convertible top for the GM trucks... this might be an idea.
    the rtv works for now, but I dont know of anyone up here that has a rainroof that doesn't leak, and the roof IS damaged...
    I was real desperate the other night and the umbrella trick actually crossed my mind...

    I was thinking of using it as a second work truck, but the
    $20/day in gas was like a giant "reality hammer" hitting me
    in the head...

    Gavmaster
     
  8. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i would turn it into a "beat the snot out of it, who cares if the body falls off" trail rig! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    my four-wheeling days are past me, I guess.

    [/ QUOTE ] If you really feel that way, I'm sure some member fairly close to you would swap you something like a S-10 for it, or give ya what ya paid for it.
     
  10. Gavmaster

    Gavmaster Registered Member

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    Damn! Never even thought of that! Good idea, Paul!


    Truth be told, I'd rather have a musclecar at this stage of my life...
    an acadian, or chevy II that needs work would be much more along my lines...
    even (gasp!) a non-GM product would be ok as these things go, seeing as it's not a truck.
    A 2 door S10 blazer would be ok too...

    so...

    any interest??

    (y'know, I might just post this baby in the parts forum if it's appropriate...)

    Gavin
     
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    ok, heres what you do. keep it the way it is till the daily driver is back on the road. then go through every part on the truck. if it makes it go, stop, protect the driver, or flex, keep it. if it does somthing else, throw it in the trash can. after that, WHEEL IT. your wheeling days are never over dude!!!!! like, its not how old you are, its how old you ACT!! no get out there and start mis-behaiving!! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    get out there and start mis-behaiving!!

    [/ QUOTE ]Don't we all every chance we get ???? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif I know I do !!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    my moms out doing that right now!! lol.. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Pound on it and have fun! The floor alone is going to set you back a few hundered. If the floor is that far gone then so is the tail pan. as bad as the truck sounds from your description then the body is not worth the effort. Sounds like a good drivetrain so I would go for a cheap and relatively quick swap.
    I would recomed that you scrap the body is you plan to keep it.
    You could probably pick up a fairly solid pickup truck cab for a couple hundred. Doesn't take much to mount it to the Blazer frame. Make yourself a flat bed for it and throw some 33's or 35's on it and have fun.
     
  15. Gavmaster

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    Thanks, for the suggestions guys. I've got a plan now.

    The truck goes into the local trader today for $1500.
    (It was selling for that, but the damn thing wouldn't start
    when I went to see it and I was grudgingly told, after it
    ate a car battery "uh... any reasonable offer won't be refused".
    Of course if the battery isn't grounded properly... /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif).

    If it doesn't sell, as Reaper says, the body is history.
    If it does... the money goes into something '62-'67
    with a post roofline...


    Gavin
     

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