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1974 GMC C1500 Storm Chasing/PowerTour Truck

Discussion in 'Under Construction' started by jjester6000, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. jjester6000

    jjester6000 Full Access Member

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    I am taking Ol' Yeller to the next level by fixing it up to the point in which I can use it to storm chase this season, and/or go on Hot Rod Power Tour. I have driven it long distances before-

    Heres Proof:


    -but If I am going to basically live out of it for weeks at a time, I need to get it prepared.

    I have made a list of everything I plan to do to it:

    - Install saginaw 3 speed overdrive transmission (Direct replacement for my current).

    - Install my new cylinder head (194 i6 head swap onto a 250 i6).

    - Front end alignment.

    - Install new clutch (While I'm there).

    - Install weather stripping/carpeting.

    - Repair factory radio (Simple old tube radio).

    - Overhaul electrical system (Totally Screwed!).

    - Install muffler (Glass Pack)

    - Install camera mount.

    - Install 2 Meter Ham Transceiver.

    - Install laptop stand (For radar updates).

    - Build some sort of sleeping quarters in the bed of the truck (I am not paying for hotels).

    I can't think of any other things right now, but I got a lot of work ahead of me in the coming months.
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    I did the last leg of Power Tour this year in my old Chevy truck. It was a BLAST!! Do it !!
     
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    This`ll be a fun build to watch. LOL
     
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    Does anyone have any tips on winter oil for Ol' Yeller? I am currently running 20w50 in order to keep oil pressure, but the shit is too thick.

    It idles around 25-30 right now, but takes a while to build up.

    Also it really fights me when trying to cold start it at all. It takes 2 or three tries before I eventually get it to stay running.
     
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    This is sort of what I was thinking of doing:

    A mix between this '77K10 in Twister:
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    (Hint: I am planning on getting a camper)

    And Joe's '82 Jeep Gladiator that many have compared my truck to.
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    (Looks Bad-ass)

    I plan to install a Saginaw 3 speed overdrive transmission, and do a bunch of other modifications.

    Also, I have to make up some sort of brush guard, it will look sort of weak without them.

    I also want to put some cab lights on since they look bad-ass as well.

    I have this thing mostly sorted out mechanically, so do any of you have any suggestions on how to make this thing more comfortable for this long trip?

    I am not installing A/C because I don't think I really need it since the vent windows are great.

    I am going to put a muffler and a kick ass stereo on it as well.
     
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    Nice it’s got an 88-98 frame under it?
     
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    No? Its bone stock with a very solid original frame.

    Are you talking about the truck in the picture or something?
     
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    Haha I’m being a smart ass the truck should be a C10.
    C1500 was much later. But if it had a 1500 frame under it I would call it a 74 c1500 to indicate the frame swap
     
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    No, its a GMC C1500, that what the side badge says.

    Chevys were c10's while GMC's were C1500s.
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    (This is '73/'74 specific)
     
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    Well shit....
    I’ll show myself out
     
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    Always remember, C is 2wd, K is 4wd.
     

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