Pickup build created by Wicked Wolf Auto, Oct 2, 2017
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A sentimental Build
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good to see you back
Awesome! I wish I would have "inherited" a vehicle from one of my family members but none ever made it to me. I have had similar farm trucks from back in Wisconsin that were pretty rusty but upon pulling the engine and cleaning the gunk off they had some mint condition places still hiding on the frame rails.
Cool back story... other than the divorce and having to sell the blazer part.
Nice plan for it!
Cool build. Always in for an 8.1 swap.
Finally got the Engine and trans out. 1 bolt kicked our asses for a few hours. Now its time to start cleaning, rebuilding, and painting chassis and components. Theres so much gunk that my son actually pulled a baseball sized rock off the transmission. This was a true farm truck, pretty sure it was never washed but was frequently maintained, the grease and dirt mixture has turned to a concrete like substance thats a PITA to remove but the surfaces underneath are in great shape
I hope you threw it away out of spite
First part is cleaned and painted! There's something oddly therapeutic about cleaning all the gunk off and making it nice and clean again
There is nothing odd about that.
Who said big block?
a wise man
Got the tcase torn down and the housing painted this weekend. Came apart pretty easy just took HOURS cleaning all the crud off. Still have to clean up all the bearing retainers and hardware then I can start putting it all back together. All the hard parts looked great and with only 70K on it the bearings were probably fine but with rebuild kits so cheap they're all getting replaced while I have it apart. Chevy Orange is BRIGHT!
Exhaust and engine cross member are out. ORD cross member should be here tomorrow. Steering Gearbox still needs to come out so we can weld in a steering box plates. It's not cracked but I figured that it is a lot easier to weld it in while the truck is torn down this far.
I'm really enjoying this time with my son, he's learning a lot, and quickly, plus he's a lot smaller than me so he fits in places easier.
Painting mine orange was good and bad. You can see everything, including leaks
If you are going this far, do yourself a favor, paint everything you can. Frame, axles brackets, ect. It will make future cleanup so much easier. You will spot leaks quicker too so you won't. Have the cocoon of dried grease/oil/dirt on everything.
Spend a little more and get the oil based tractor paint. The stuff is like the poor man's powder coating.
That's the plan, rebuild and paint everything before it goes back on. It's gonna add a lot of time to the build but will be well worth it, makes working on it later much more pleasurable then getting filthy and having crap fall in your face everyttime you touch something.
It totally is. I can get back from wheeling, hose it down and the next time I'm under it doing something I don't look like I got blasted with crap from all the garbage raining down on me while I'm working on it.
The big brown truck just dropped off some goodies from ORD
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