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    Love the plans you got for this truck, I'll be following! I never built a 1:1, other than slightly modding my daily car. But I always wanted to (dreamed of it I should say!) and will probably do at some point :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederik View Post
    Love the plans you got for this truck, I'll be following! I never built a 1:1, other than slightly modding my daily car. But I always wanted to (dreamed of it I should say!) and will probably do at some point :)
    Just think of it as a big Model car or tiny truck...ahahahaa

    Parts seriously about cost the same for both hobbies..Least ways if you know a few car junkies like me.
    Helps a lot with the tight budget.

    And here are some progress pics my friends.
    First up....The mess...ahahaa and tore down stepside donor truck.
    It's chassis I was going to use...but it's completely needing everything.ugh
    I forgot to snap a pic of engine and stuff completely installed...
    Going to be a ton of fine tuning and a bunch of littles to adjust before body gets mated back up.
    Oh ..trans is 3-speed with overdrive...hehehehe
    Where making headway now though...
    Enjoy and thanks for looking.
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    Nice looking chassis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagabba View Post
    Nice looking chassis!
    Thank you.
    It's not perfect...But it's clean and should last a few more years.

    I've been plugging away at all the littles of drive train.
    Exhaust, HEI Distributor, Brackets, alternator location and fine tuning the shifter for the trans.
    Supper time consuming littles ….
    Were getting closer to setting the body back on though.
    More soon.
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    Haven't really been on in a bit, glad to see you're still building the best gen GM trucks.

    Hell, i'll have to go on more often and keep up to date on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duellym View Post
    Haven't really been on in a bit, glad to see you're still building the best gen GM trucks.

    Hell, i'll have to go on more often and keep up to date on this one.
    Thanks duelly..
    I've been hard at it no doubts.
    Glad to see you check in.
    I managed to start motor and check for leaks and oil pressure.
    Glad to report no dropped nuts or knocks coming from engine.
    A cousin came out and took away the 66 cab and some miscalanious pieces after stripping the remaining parts I needed.
    Mess is cleaned up....
    I then decided to put the body back on less exhaust and a few other little things to have a looksy at fitment and stuff.

    Looking good and stock now.
    I need to remove radiator core rubber body mounts and change them to half the thickness.....lower nose down.
    Then once radiator and a few small are done, I can crank on the torsion bars and give it a small rake to front for stance. I'm wanting it to ride a bit lower for stance no doubts.
    Any ways...on to a few pics.
    Enjoy and thanks for looking.
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    A bit of front rake and it will look pretty good already! What do you mean with lower radiator body mounts? Sorry for the noob question, but trying to figure out the nose lowering thing. Is it because you'll be installing the rad lower and trim the hood lower or what? sorry if the question sounds stupid lol!

    And thanks for the feedback on full scale parts cost vs smaller scale :) that is encouraging haha! It really is a dream of mine to do what you are doing with these 1:1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederik View Post
    A bit of front rake and it will look pretty good already! What do you mean with lower radiator body mounts? Sorry for the noob question, but trying to figure out the nose lowering thing. Is it because you'll be installing the rad lower and trim the hood lower or what? sorry if the question sounds stupid lol!

    And thanks for the feedback on full scale parts cost vs smaller scale :) that is encouraging haha! It really is a dream of mine to do what you are doing with these 1:1
    Hello
    sorry for such a long absence my friend.
    On your questions …
    I changed out radiator core support rubber body mounts, The first ones I placed between chassis and core support where to tall.
    Hope this helps.


    Slow goings my friends.
    I have done a little body work here and their , and shot some antique white primer on driver side. I also worked over and saved the spare 1962 smoothie hood/bonnet instead of the double hump original. That was a lot of work in itself ahahahaa.

    Quick picture of slow progress.
    Hope to have passenger side and nose in primer this weekend.
    Debating on running the weathered patina look or finish shooting gloss white ...ugh.
    Flash from the camera makes it more white then it actually is.
    Long ways to go still and I'm still debating the looks I want from it.
    Anywhoo … enjoy and thanks for looking.
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    Lookin good man !!!!! Love them old trucks


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    Quote Originally Posted by RATBOY RC View Post
    Lookin good man !!!!! Love them old trucks


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    Huge thanks..
    I need to do exhaust, Radiator ,and a fuel tank before dropping it 2 more inches at least for stance and ride height.
    Looking forward to that indeed.
    Thinking weathered and patina looks with a cool logo on panel or some simple scallops.
    Not sure on interior colors yet....

    See what transpires
    Thanks again.
    Here is the vision of scallops I'm looking at doing with some simple pin stripes.
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    I really dig on this one and the colors.
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