1979 Big Ten, an Industrial Forest Find

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  1. legopnuematic

    legopnuematic Full Access Member

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    No doubt about it having a hard life! In reality the stuff it needs is not really any different than that of most other trucks. Inner & outer rockers, floor pans, cab corners, kick panels, all suspension bushings and cab bushings. The big thing to me is that it wasn't ever hacked up for extra lights, radios, or other accessories. So all of the wiring is present and in good condition. The only things it was missing was the carb, distributor, and the front parking lights, everything else was still intact and mostly in some workable condition. Thanks for the support.

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    Craig 85 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Don't come to California. You'd be amazed what goes to Pick N Pull because the don't pass smog and registration is out a year or 2. Shameful.
     
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    Thats some BS!! they should ship them to rust states out here on the east!! We will CERTAINLY make good use of them parts!!
     
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    Yeah, it's a bunch of crap, indeed! My wife's car that I towed out here is a 2001 Nissan Sentra that spent it's entire life in Texas. The body is straight, no rust to be seen, the engine doesn't burn oil, it has ample power and pep for a car with 211,000 miles on it, it shifts fine, etc. When she still lived in Texas she had a little trouble with the last inspection, something to do with the catalytic converter is what the shop told her. Anyhow, she was waiting to get a new car, now she has one, but we have this old one that would be a great first car for someone, but we don't post it up for sale because we know the CA emissions crap would kill the deal. I've thought about parting it out but there's not a huge demand for those parts from what I've seen. But yeah, CA scrap yards see some decent vehicles sent to the crushers.
     
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    Its sad you cant sell it back to an eastern state. Lottsa people would buy that up here.
     
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    DoubleDingo Unconventional Thinker

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    Maybe I should post it up on here and see if someone wants it.
     
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    I know where i live this county doesnt need emissions so a decent car would sell good.
     
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    Sandblasted the heater box, passenger vent window frames, etch primed, and shot semi gloss black. My 21 gallon HF air compressor handled sandblasting pretty well. I was surprised.
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    My father had purchased this a while ago for a couple of bucks. Never Had been installed and it can be wired for 4 speakers. I like the styling.
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    The rubber seals on the vent doors were deteriorated and I have not seen any 'kit' to rebuild them. So what I did was I took 2 sheets of craft foam 1/8 inch thick, laminated them together with rubber cement. Blasted, primed, and painted the metal parts. I used a 1/2 inch dowel to get the outline to cut.
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    Holes were punched with a piece of brake line that I hit the inside with a counter sink, like a hollow punch, or leather punch.
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    Cut it out to shape.
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    I used 1/8 x 5/16 aluminum rivets.
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    Test Fit.
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    Seems to seal it.
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    Well done :cheers:
     
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    Did some math and came to a rough total of money invested in parts so far.
    About $700 in so far not including purchase price of truck ($200)
    That has gotten me-
    2 side marker lights
    2 wheel cylinders
    drum hardware kit
    2 park light socket
    rear rubber brake hose
    door lock cylinder
    engine gasket set
    vent window seal kit
    8 pushrods
    egr gasket
    oil filler cap
    water pump
    upper radiator hose
    lower radiator hose
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    valve cover load spreaders
    cam+lifters
    timing chain
    cam lock plate
    break in oil
    2 doors from junkyard
    harmonic balancer
    distributor clamp
    inner rocker D&P
    floor pan D&P
    2 cab supports
    cab corners D&P
    blower resistor
    front rubber brake hoses D&P
    paint reseal kit
    outer rocker D&P
    distributor & plug wires
    distributor pigtail
    headers -traded for beer
    hood -also traded for beer
     
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    What a cool radio!
     
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    My plan was to tilt the cab back on the frame and rebuild the cab braces that way, but then I had a think about it and I am now thinking about making a dolly to put the cab on, take it back to my house, do all the work at home (braces, cab corners, rockers, floor) then take it back to where I am storing it now. I came up with a quick sketch of what I was thinking of, basic square frame out of 2x10s, that would have braces to bolt the cab mounts so It doesn't fall off and have a back frame to set the cab on its back to work on the bottom. The Base and back would be bolted together to take either off so it is not in the way when working on it.
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