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1977 C20 - "Babe the Blue Ox"

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    I paid a very old man $400 for this truck and intend to drive it daily. It is/was a basket case and I wish to return it to glory.
    I have no intention of extensive paint and body, I dig its' original patina quite a bit and wish to maintain its' appearance as rather "period correct" while building it to be tougher than the law allows - a sleeper of sorts!
    Unfortunately the RPO sticker has been removed from the truck and I need/want to decipher the options in an effort to recreate something accurate.
    The VIN plate in the door has a line that reads :
    camper loading C G data
    CWR 2012 DIM A. 77IN DIM B. 22IN

    What does that mean OR -more importantly- what specific RPO codes are represented there?
     
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    The VIN decodes to a 350, 4bbl built in St.Louis. 7100 GVWR. It has correct Silverado trim and a trailer hitch welded to the frame at its' forward two points and bolted at the two points toward the bumper. Looks wrong.
    There is a cargo lamp and solid back glass. I found a 5th wheel hitch from under the truck! (bedliner) 8 springs + overload.

    I JUST removed a 267 V8 from this truck - there is no tellin what's been goin on with it!
    Yep, a real live, bonafide 267. Casting # 14010280. -wth?
    Right now my money rides on the current transmission being a TH-250C.
    I have been unable to manage uploading pictures from my Android, I guess it'l have to wait until I make time to sit at a desktop - I don't own one.
     
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    I just put 255/70 R16 Cooper AT3 on the Progressive 16x8s with the 12 holes and look like rivets wheels. It has stainless (factory?) mirrors with 3 screws on the doors, the mirror is 10 inches tall and there are WAY COOL stainless "eyebrows"? over the glass, in the door. They suit my intention nicely. Are they factory?
    Now to find a "keep on truckin" bumper sticker and maybe a pair of "back off" mud flaps? LoL Yosemite Sam?
     
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    I am installing an L98 from an '86 Corvette with a Holley "street master" intake and Edelbrock 1406. I have installed new exhaust consisting of Flowtech 1.5 inch primary full lengths with aluminized 2.5 inch pipe into one Dynomax "super turbo" 2.25 I/O muffler and a 3x18 inch tip that exits in front of the rear passenger tire.
    New fuel pump, new radiator, new water pump + belts and hoses. Accel coil, module,...plugs, cap/rotor,wires blah blah. The engine is 0.30 over with unknown "rv cam"- gonna be hot! It'll get a new windshield in a week or so. After the engine swap wraps up I plan to work the front brakes and see about repairing the destroyed sway bar bushings where they connect to the frame. Needs new brackets or something...right now I'm searching for a pair of Energy Suspension clamshell motor mounts that I know are in my garage/attic somewhere....they're red.
    It is a LOT of work and done on the CHEAP. Most of the bolt ons I had layin around in my garage...I say cheap, but I've already got two grand in this truck!

    I hope it has a good gear + Detroit.....
     
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    Pics, we need pics...
     
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    I thought all the 267's were long gone.

    Those stainless side window visors are more than likely GM accessories.

    And I've got a pair of the "Back Off" mud flaps (without Yosemite Sam) from back in the day. Not sure I want to get rid of them though... I kinda like them, lol.
     
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    There is an entertaining story to accompany the death of said 267 - as you may can imagine.

    Do most trucks have the "camper loading" info stamped on their VIN plate?

    It is NOT looking good for the differential on jackstands in my garage.... Appears to be open 3.73 but ima pull the cover in a few days. I have suspicion the posi may be malfunctioning. It doesn't matter much to me what is in it now because it has no choice but to do what I want.
     
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    I agree, needs pics!
     
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    pic test

    Did it work?

    LoL! I can see the Babe...
    Long story short:
    I last drove that truck in 2009 before I exploded piston #6.
    Blah blah...I since bought a house and it sat just like this at my buddy Pete's until January 10, 2015. Now she is in my garage while I prep her and the L98 for install having removed the 267.
    This is a "before" pic!

    Also seen are a '68? Short BED ONLY(red), '69 frame and a '72 former blown (yellow) drug racing truck I gave to Pete for parts. His beloved is not seen, a '70.
    There's a '69 cab out there somewhere too -i think.

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    This is what the 267 looked like when it died. Not too shabby for a 400 dollar truck...

    I couldn't figure out why that dumbass "350" wouldn't move any faster than it did so I started throwin parts at it. Not like the Vortec owners do that are just tryin to keep their plastic junk runnin ....I was throwin hotrod parts at mine trying to blow it up.
    -There's a difference-
    When I finally pulled the trigger on the exhaust it died two days later at a very high rpm.

    /shrug.

    If you're gonna throw parts at something, at least do it right.
     

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    Omfg the frustration!!!!
    I bought the L98 to wire in an '85 heavy half I owned for awhile...my plan was NOT to put it in a '77. EFF!
    I certainly would have bought different accessories / front drive. What a nightmare!
    Why so bad? Half of it is standard and half metric. Grr.
    I finally figured out the new motor mounts but now I've lost the alternator. :/

    It's nickel and diming me to death now so I know I'm getting close.
    I need to study on converting alternators because my Corvette setup was SWEET!
    Those awesome brackets / serp belt is a devastating loss. :/

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    Maddd props for GM parts interchangability !
    Babe is Frankentrucking out of six different years of four different body styles.
    Where else can you combine a 3/4 ton truck with minivan, sedan, and sports cars to end up with one thing?

    '77 C20 truck
    '80 Caprice
    '82 Camaro
    '86 Corvette
    '89 Astro van
    '94 truck
    SO FAR!

    Damn it feels good to be a gangster.
    http://youtu.be/6IJCFc_qkHw

    (I have some wicked captain seats in the brown truck + console that came from an Astro Van) - although I also have the conversion / bracket mounted seats plus jump-console in the red truck. 200 + bucks to repair my bench is NOT happening anytime soon. I've been reading the seat threads...gonna swap steering wheels with the '94.

    I have an idea to add some rain gutter leaf shield on the cowl because the plastic grilling is all jacked up.

    I spent twelve hours in my garage today.
     
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    At least the 267 went out with style. Whenever I got another motor ready to go in my Burb, I'd like to feed the current 305 nitrous until it refuses to take any more.
     
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    Progress!

    I support that plan Bucket. In my experience it'll take 125 horse jets OK but you'll end up running lean before that unless you can hold 7psi at the big end and have decent distribution... :p

    My friend finally delivered the tires. 6 ply tread and 3 ply sidewall. Ungh!
    Screwed around and coated the headers...
    Also pictured is my hella broken windshield one day prior to replacement.
    More to come - stay tuned!

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    Also picked up my alternator pigtail (that part # is with diode thingy). -it's what you want-
    So I'll be able to run my 105 amp Corvette alternator and serp belt. The bracket kicks ass!

    The pigtail ran me 18 bucks and I paid $132 each for the tires.
     

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