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    K20 Wheel/Tire Confirmation

    @Shorty81, Thanks! I love the look too. I agree, looks as it should! @AuroraGirl, yes, the wheels are powder coated. They come only in black. I agree some OEM caps would look great. We are still sorting through my Dad's estate. I am hoping I stumble across the original caps when we sort through...
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    K20 Wheel/Tire Confirmation

    Here is the truck with the 16x8 Wheel Vintiques, Toyo Open Country III A/T - 285/75, and Tuff Country 2” lift.
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    Aquí desde Argentina

    Bienvenido y bonito camion!
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    Hello from Southern Utah. 1983 C10 Stepside

    Great truck, Cliff! Welcome aboard. I'm in southern Utah as well.
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    new from central idaho

    Welcome John! Your to do list looks a lot like mine!
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    Hey Yall

    Welcome Addison! Very cool truck!
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    New tires and painted rims!

    Looks good Kalvin! My 73 K20 had the 16.5" wheels. My plan was do what you did until I realized how hard it is to find tires for that wheel size. I ended up getting some 16x8 Wheel Vintiques and powder coating them white. I love that old school look!
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Thanks Rick. At this point, I have the engine all buttoned back up and running. I had pulled the oil pan when I removed the timing chain cover. I did not remove any of the rod caps. Perhaps I should have. I guess that will have to wait until a future oil change. The oil pump I put in was a...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Circling back to close the loop on this thread. Even though I haven't updated for over a month, I have been working on the engine. The heads had one intake and one exhaust valve that were leaking. The machine shop replaced all guides, 9 seats, and ground and seated all valves. I got the heads...
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    Hello from Michigan

    Welcome! We have a place in Pinckney we head to for the summer. Love Michigan summers!
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    @DoubleDingo, Yep, she's my truck! Warts and all! @RanchWelder, I'm not sure on a budget and simple are words my wife would agree with! And I haven't even started replacing or fixing rusted panels or worn interior! This restoration will go well beyond getting it running. But it isn't going to be...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Gents, I appreciate the concern about my old 350 being behind from a technology perspective. But, I'll probably only put a couple thousand miles a year on it once I get it restored. Perhaps if it were going to be my daily driver and see a lot of miles, I'd go with the roller cams. Others have...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Well…that doesn’t help much at this point.
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Thanks for all the input gents. This thread is a good reference for me and likely others going through a similar project. Appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I talked to my machinist this morning and he recommended a cam. This afternoon, I ordered the cam and lifters (COMP cam kit), timing...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    OMG @Welder, you just opened up the firehose! Thanks for taking all the time to jot this down and share the video links. I was 'hoping' not to crack open the bottom end other than to loosen the oil pan so I could take off the timing chain cover. I need to read through this a few times to...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    @Welder, you were up late or very early :). Not necessarily trying to get the ol truck running on the cheap. This is simply my first rodeo. I've done a fair amount of wrenching on motorcyles, but never the big boys. I figured this non-emission and non-computer controlled truck had the perfect...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    May call the machinist next week. He is an engine builder and can likely give me a recommendation.
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    @squaredeal91, I never replaced a cam, but based on a bit of research, it doesn't look too bad, and looks like I can do it with the rest of the block still in the truck. I can also take care of the timing chain then. I jumped onto Summit Racing to look for camshafts and over 600 results popped...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Well...I feel a bit like I'm playing Whack-a-Mole. I pulled the lifters individually to inspect them. All looked good with the exception of the No 3 exhaust. Looks like this lifter has not been rotating for some time. Arghh! I'm guessing this means a new cam. I can't seem to get ahead in this...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    @RanchWelder, thanks for the tips. I'll take in the manifolds when I pick up the heads and have the machinist check them for flatness. The engine hasn't overheated since I got the truck a couple of months ago, but I don't know prior to that. My Dad generally kept the truck well maintained and...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Thanks @Snoots and @PrairieDrifter. Set of new bolts for the heads is $28 and on sale at 20% off, so may just replace those given the nominal cost. I felt lucky to remove the exhaust manifold bolts without snapping one. I definitely want to replace those, but I can't find any online at Napa. Are...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Providing an update as a couple of weeks have passed since my last post. I put some oil in the cylinders to check whether the leak was rings or valves. The compression numbers did not change. I ran a can of CRC valve cleaner through the intake. No change. I pulled the valve covers and removed...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    Thanks @WFO, I’ll do that. I had just assumed as the other cylinders were good, it was valves. Another reminder of how little I know. Your comment does have me wondering though if the compression loss is due to rings, could the rings in those two cylinders be stuck? I would have thought that...
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    Light white smoke and backfire at high RPM or under load

    I am losing my head(s)!! I finally got to checking the compression this morning. I took the truck out for a short run to warm it up then pulled the plugs. This is the first time I had pulled the plugs since putting a bit of time on the engine. I pulled 1, 3, and 5 and each of the plugs had a...

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