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    Flip kit ended up too low. Now what?

    I might as well update this for anyone who runs into a similar problem. After looking into all the options I decided to add a set of helper air bags to the rear end to raise it back up an inch. The set I ordered wasn’t really meant for a lowered truck but with a little modification they worked...
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    Stereo with no head unit?

    I had thought about doing this as well as I didn’t want to cut my dash either. I considered one of the retrosound ones but they’re crazy expensive for what you get. In the end I bought a Kenwood deck that has no CD player so it’s quite small and I mounted it in the glovebox. Everything is run...
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    Flip kit ended up too low. Now what?

    I finally got around to doing the rear flip kit on my 79 yesterday and the end result is way more drop than I anticipated. By my measurement, my Belltech 4/6 kit gave me a little over 7 inches in the rear and almost 3.5 in the front. So now I have a reverse rake that does not look good. I assume...
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    Rear bumper difference 73-80 vs 81–

    Thanks guys. I’ll be honest and say I don’t think I’ll be doing it “properly“. I’ll probably order a bumper and make it work with the existing brackets. Maybe modify things a bit if I have to. I’m going to try to order the proper bumper for a 79 but if it’s out of stock I’ll probably get the...
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    Rear bumper difference 73-80 vs 81–

    You can see in the first pic the bumper i currently have. This is not the original bumper the truck came with, it was put on by one of the previous owners. I like the way it looks but the chrome is pitted very bad and its scratched up pretty bad from use. I'm almost positive its a 81 and newer...
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    Rear bumper difference 73-80 vs 81–

    Rear bumpers. I keep coming across conflicting info on if I’ll need to buy new brackets or not. I’m not even 100% sure what bumper is on my truck now. I know for sure it’s not a 73-80, but it has the impact strips so a few people have told me it’s a blazer or suburban bumper not a truck bumper.
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    Rear bumper difference 73-80 vs 81–

    I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the actual difference is between bumpers on a 73-80 vs 81 forward. My truck is a 79 but the previous owner mounted a 81 and newer bumper on it. The bumper is in rough shape so I was going to order a new one but I’m don’t know if my mounts will line up...
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    interior parts recommendations?

    I’d recommend against a dash pad from Dashes Direct. I bought one for my 79 and I’ve spent the last 2 evenings fighting with it and I still can’t get it to fit in a way that it looks good. Also, the material is way thicker in places so the trim pieces won’t fit right. Those plastic screw/bolt...
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    Upper control arm mounting studs. Source other than LMC?

    If thats all it will cost to have them shipped to Canada that sounds great. Truck is a GMC 1500 so same as a Chev C10. Its the studs that the upper A arm/control arm bolt onto. They actually go through the frame from the engine bay. From what i can find online they're 1/2-20 x 3.125". I tried...
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    Upper control arm mounting studs. Source other than LMC?

    To be fair I do have the option of getting them from LMC and having them shipped to Arizona. My dad is in Yuma right now for winter. I’m having some other parts shipped there as well and he’ll bring them back to Canada in march sometime. He probably could just send me one of the studs out of the...
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    Upper control arm mounting studs. Source other than LMC?

    Just like the title says, has anyone managed to ever find a source for these studs other than LMC or a auto wrecker? They are discontinued by GM and I haven’t found them anywhere else. When I pulled my upper control arms out the other night one of these studs has some bad threads. LMC has...
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    Brake parts questions on a 79 sierra.

    Thanks, that’s pretty helpful. I had no idea all pre-80s had the thicker rotors but that alone answers a few questions I had in my head. I’d assume all calipers from those trucks should be the same then as well? If that’s the case I’ll just order some from Rock Auto.
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    Brake parts questions on a 79 sierra.

    RPO codes are JB5 and J55. So it’s the 1.25” HD brakes. The issue I’m having is when I call for brake parts for a 79 GMC they tell me they don’t list different pads, calipers, etc for different RPO codes or 1.25” rotors vs 1”. The parts guy at NAPA flat out told me that 79 GMC trucks only have...
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    Brake parts questions on a 79 sierra.

    Hopefully a easy question for someone here. Are brake parts like calipers and pads the same for trucks with the HD (1.25) rotors vs the smaller ones? I was ordering some parts this morning and both at Napa and then on Rock Auto they dont differentiate between them. Unless I’m missing something...
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    Cab rust repair help-- Which panels do i need?

    Previous owner on this 82 is my dad so I can’t say too much. The truck was used pretty hard on our farm for a lot of years before it was parked. I just wish we had taken more care with how we stored it away. This one has lots of sentimental value built into it, so while my plans for now are...

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