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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 79Stomper, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. 79Stomper

    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Too often I sit here in front of the second magic box in my life and think. I mean really think about alot of things. More too often it is about my truck. I have hundreds of thoughts of what I want to do with this vehicle but often I am over taken by something else.

    I want you to take a look at the pic below and tell me what you think I should do with my truck. keep in mind my family loves to accompany me on off roading ventures.

    What would you do tro it if you owned it is what I am asking.

    Here is what has been done thus far.Keep in mind it is a 79 and spent its whole life in CA up until a few months ago. No Rust is to be found on it.

    4" Lift kit, 35 TRXUX MT's on 15x10 Rock Crawlers, Crate 350 engine with less than 5k on it, headers, dual exhaust, steering box brace and weld in kit.

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for looking nad giving me your thoughts.
     
  2. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    1) Remove side steps
    2) Cut fenders
    3) Throw on 37's
    4) Cut rear fender behind rear tire off flat about 6-8" above where it ends now
    5) Add rocker and corner protection
    6) Higher clearance bumpers
    7) Wheel it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    What do you use your truck for?
     
  4. GMCLegacy

    GMCLegacy 1/2 ton status

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    i wouldnt touch it. too nice of shape.

    what about building up another K5 to bash around and not care about, and keep the 79 as the DD
     
  5. bryguy00b

    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    ok DONT cut it lol..that truck is to nice to cut in my book, thats just me however. i personally would want ot lift it more yet and a 3/4 axle swap would be nice..eventually 1 ton when u find a 60.. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  6. zcarczar

    zcarczar 1/2 ton status

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    Thats a nice truck, mine was that clean once. I wish I hadnt started wheelin the hell out of mine like I have been lately, I would say add some good body armor to keep the body nice and maybe, and maybe trim the fenders just a enough to give you good tire clearance while keeping it nice looking.
     
  7. sled_dog

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    what kind of traction devices you have? I'd do high clearance bumpers(cut the fangs) better approach and departure that way, locker out back maybe just maybe one in the front and wheel it. Oh yeah and lose the steps.
     
  8. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    That is what I was thinking. I wouldn't go to the 37's unless you 3/4 or 1 ton it though. Lockers and gears would probably be in order too.
     
  9. 79Stomper

    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Going to stick with the 35's for now. If I g0 3/4 ton I will go bigger. I haven't had the courage to cut fenders yet, but still debating it. I think it is a sharp looking Jimmy to be so old. When I bought it it was just resurrected from a wrecking yard. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif Apparently it was abandoned by owner and sat on yard for some 10 years until I come along. I did throw the original paint colors back on, someone had got at it with a rattle can and it was a "multi color truck". By the way, steps are for my wife and are black now.
     
  10. desertrat67

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    Front locker(wow what an improvement)
    cross over steering(turn while twisted up)
    Rear shackle flip(if you used blocks)
    Rocker protection(had to use a hammer just to get my doors to shut the other day)
    Protection for the lower rear portion of the body(the rockers are pretty sturdy compared to those and rockers don't last long themselves)
    Chromoly axle shafts(so the front locker won't kill them)
    CTM front joints(same reason as chromos)

    Your truck looks pretty straight. If you don't need to cut, don't. Maybe even find a 14SF six lug rear. just my thoughts. Hope you like what you do get.

    ryan
     
  11. mr_fujisawa

    mr_fujisawa 1/2 ton status

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    [ QUOTE ]
    1) Remove side steps
    2) Cut fenders
    3) Throw on 37's
    4) Cut rear fender behind rear tire off flat about 6-8" above where it ends now
    5) Add rocker and corner protection
    6) Higher clearance bumpers
    7) Wheel it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]

    my sentiments exactly.
    looks nice, but would look even better being wheeled.

    i would add family roll cage to the list since they accompany you.
     
  12. JIM88K5

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    Run it like it is. I think it looks nice as is. Wheel it and up grade the parts you break as you go...
     
  13. 79Stomper

    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    That is what I have been doing so far but have been careful as to the types of trails I try to run it on. I keep telling myself the first good hit it takes she is going camoflaged due to the money I have in the paint. Well that was 3 years ago and still looks good. Thanks for your input.
     
  14. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Keep it as the family camping rig/ tow rig..
    Pick up another K5 for $500-$1000. Hack, tube, bash, rock and roll it.

    I wish i got a beater a year ago, before i flopped my k5.. but now its bashed so i guess i'll just continue to wheel it hard. /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     
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    Do you get any rubbing on the fenders from the 35" tires?
     
  16. 79Stomper

    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Very Very little. I think it has rubbed once and pulled my wheel well ring out of the hole, but bent it back and hasn't done it since. The tires fit a whole lot better with the 4"lift than i thought they would when I bought them
     

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