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Projects *** Update (w/ pics) 48 chevy truck project from hell ***

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flipper, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Here is the way the truck sits now.
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    Here are my crazy assed headers. Building these things was a royal pain in the ass! please note the properly displayed alliance member tag :)
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    The brake booster complicated things.
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    The rear tube couldn't go up and over due to the column and the booster..........so it goes DOWN and makes a full loop before joining up with the other tubes!
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    I am not 100% on running the seats out of the jaguar xjs donor.
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    We recycled the original column and wheel. Not 100% sure what is going to happen with the dash either. S-10 pedal assy has been cleaned up, trans tunnel started, floors started
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    I'm proud of my column drop. Pedal assembly welds will get finished when it comes time to paint. From the driver seat, you cant see the bracket that holds the pedal.
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    Dad's dog checkin' stuff out.
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    Do all AD hoods stand up like this?
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  2. cap's 49
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
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    cap's 49
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    from Colorado

    Flipper,

    Nice looking AD. I've got a '49 3800 that I'd like to do the same thing to. Looks like you've got it sitting on a S-10 frame - what year did you use, is one year better than another? Got any pics of mounting the cab and fenders?

    Thanks,

    Cap
     
  3. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Yep, it is a S-10.

    This truck was originally a 3/4 ton with a flat bed. Since I am keeping the flat bed, I needed a longer wheelbase than most doing the S-10 swap....I used a 91 extended cab truck (122" wheelbase?)
     
  4. It is looking good, but a quick question. Why did you make the headers when there are readily available S-10 with SBC headers? Because you are running larger diam and have the different flange pattern?
     
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  5. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    I didn't care for the small diameter and really unequal tube lengths of the store bought ones. They may work OK, but they didn't do it for me visually.
     
  6. monzadood
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    monzadood
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    our trucks have the same paint. blue rust.

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  7. Terraizer
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    I like, what is the wheel size and brand those are cool.
     
  8. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Centerline 20x8.5 all the way around
     
  9. kustombuilder
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    kustombuilder
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    years ago a friend had a set of Hooker Super Comp headers for his S10 drag truck. they were large diameter and equal length. they worked out pretty damn slick, fit great and looked good too. not that it matters now. yours are already built. just looks like it was alot of work.
     
  10. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    I've been working on it some more. I forgot to take pictures of the headers while they were out, but now the collectors curve toward the back and there is 3.5" exhaust all the way to the mufflers.

    I also filled in the holes in the half assed transmission tunnel. Looks lots better now.

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    Still wishy-washy on the seats. Jag seats don't seem right. Bomber seats don't seem right. I'm leaning back towards a bench seat.
     
  11. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Also a picture of dad's "canned ham" trailer. He started out with the intention of building a teardrop...but shit got out of hand.

    It has a real hardwood floor and everything.

    He is doing the cabinets on the inside now.

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  12. Jag-T
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    Started working on the bench seat. Made new seatback and bottom out of sheetmetal. ....and started covering with foam

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  13. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    This past weekend, I started making my idea for a modified bench seat a reality.

    I used sheetmetal to form the seat back and seat bottom..
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    There is a steel subframe under the seat bottom to help carry my fat ass.
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    The seat back and bottoms are contoured more like a modern seat and will be padded with a couple of inches of foam. (This is just the first layer. Bottom layers are gonna be dense, top layers something more cushy)
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    Doing the seat like this gains a bunch of interior space over the stock set-up. My seat back sheetmetal actually touches the back of the cab. I will sit 3-4 inches lower and about 5-6 inches farther back than stock.

    I haven't decided what the cover material will be.
     
  14. Jag-T
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    Ended up covering the seat in cheap black vinyl. I got impatient and did it the no-sew way.

    Here is the seat. Good thing it is vinyl.....rust dust comes from everywhere.
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    Here's my dad making motor noises
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    Workin' on the flatbed now.
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  15. Saoutlaws_Gotti
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    dude i like and like said before the wheels are awesome


    i wish i would have seen those wheels about a year ago, think they would have lokked cool on my 64 Riv
     
  16. Truck looks killer. How much did you have to move the motor back? I'm gonna do an S-10 swap under a 48 panel, and I have been reading that the motor needs to go back some? Thanks
     
  17. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Most recent pics. The front bumper is just mocked up for the pic.

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  18. Reggie
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    Nothing cooler than working on stuff with your pops!!!
     
  19. lakesmod
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    I like the wheels,who makes them?

    Fred
     
  20. Flipper
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    Flipper
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  21. Kickstarter
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    When can I come feed the fish again?

    Looks like it's getting there.
     
  22. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    I put some more time in on it this weekend. I got the gas tank mounted.

    It is a 2005 S-10 blazer tank (plastic tank...no rust flakes to deal with). It don't look like all that hard of a job, but it sure ate up the time. The filler neck is hidden under the edge of the bed.

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    I also got the boards cut the go under the flatbed. I didn't like being able to see through the truck (under the flatbed)
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    Check out the "hub caps" on dad's camper.
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  23. spudz
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    Are the front fenders lower because of this??? or am I just looking at it wrong??
     
  24. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    I don't have the running boards mounted.
     
  25. spudz
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    ahhh I must still be drunk...lol
     
  26. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    Pulled the headers off to do some other work on the truck. While they were off, I took a couple of pics.

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  27. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    I ran brake lines this weekend.

    That sucked on a mostly assembled truck.

    Lines go back to the firewall and then down.
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    The proportioning valve is tucked under the drivers side fenderwell.
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    Does anybody think it will be a problem rotating the proportioning valves up like that?
     
  28. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Oops, forgot a picture. Here are the adapters we built to go from the sprint car spread port headers to a regular chevy head.

    I tried to blend them going from one shape to the other, but you can only do so much on the thin plates.

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  29. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    I beat my dash mostly into submission. Glovebox is gone and I fabbed a gauge panel.
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    I know the gauges aren't traditional.....but I have owned them for something like 18 years now and am going to use them.
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    My wood for the underbed area is attached
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    Tail lights are attached
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  30. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Bed wood is finally cut and fitted. Still needs to be bolted down. Gonna wire it before bolting it down
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    Made running board brackets
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    Got the radiator mounted. The old oil can is the overflow tank.
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    I'm gonna have to have two very productive weekends if this thing makes it to Louisville.
     

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