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1985 C20 Silverado build.

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by 1low4x4, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. 1low4x4

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    Hey guys, Some of you may have seen my intro thread the other day. Anyways heres the truck.

    1985 C20 Silverado camper special, all original, everything works, bought the truck for $800 with a spun bearing in the engine. Pulled the engine, completely rebuilt it, had all the necessary machine work done (just a boil, hone and new cam bearings installed). Got a new crank, new pistons, rings, oil pump, water pump, all new bearings, fuel pump, dist cap and rotor, plugs and wires, swapped the iron intake for an aluminum one....swapped out the sliding back glass for a solid. A/C blew cold and hard but I went ahead and replaced lines, drier...etc. Has a 400 trans with 4.11's. dual tanks. 14 bolt rear.

    We added a huge 4 core radiator, which I just had to get soldered yesterday at the radiator shop. The guys there told me I had a very good radiator, thats its old school and in great shape. They said its big enough to cool a 454. So anyways yesterday I put it back in and installed new upper and lower hoses, new heater hoses, even new overflow tank hose. Coolant and water.

    The truck was rear-ended shortly before I got it. I cut the bumper off of it, took the bed off, straightened the frame rail (right at the end of the frame) and put another bumper on it.

    I love driving this truck. I buffed it and she shines so good, and I get thumbs up everywhere I go. Its on the fast track to getting halfway restored (I'm keeping the original paint). Heres some pics.

    WHen I got it out of the kids yard.
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    Got it home, pulled engine and bumper
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    sat up nice and high up front without engine
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    engine back together
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    started to buff
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  2. 1low4x4

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    after buff
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    glove box
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    AT the lake the other day
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    swapped it to amsoil synthetic last week after about 2500 mile break in on the new engine
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    ordered new park lenses for it-will be in today (wednesday)
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    Also ordered new wipers with hoses
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    big ass radiator, old hoses
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    all new
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    just ordered (bout 30 minutes ago) new headlight bezels
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    and enough chrome trim to do the entire truck.
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    There...now you're all caught up! lol

    Comments, suggestions? Future plans include having the wheels repainted professionally by my painter, no rattle can. New tires. headers and a better exhaust system then stock. MAYBE 700r and 3:42's to get RPM down. new front bumper, grille....this will be happening quick so stay tuned.
     
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    :waytogo: I'm still amazed at how beautiful your 3/4 ton is. I LOVE that truck!!
     
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    Looks good man, i wish i could find a doner truck that is good looking to help with my restoration of my 81 Chevy!
     
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    Great post and pics, keep'm coming bro!!!! :High 5:
     
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    That's why the kid sold it to me, because I wasn't going to use it for parts. He wanted $500, I gave him $800 just to make sure I got it.

    Most people see longbed and they think piece of junk, but I don't. I've had my share of short wides but you just can't beat the originality of this truck, and you have to appreciate it for what it is.

    Yeah I thought about finding a short bed frame and swapping the cab over, and then finding a short bed, and I thought about doing a solid axle swap and transfer case to make it 4wd, but man this is an untouched, original c20. I'd hate to alter it in any way, other than cosmetically.

    That's the reason I'm having a hard time deciding on the drivetrain. Its got the original 400 and 4.10's and I'm turning 3000 rpm at 65. I was looking in summit, they sell ring and pinion 3.42's and everything else you need to install for $300. That would drop my rpm about 500, and still keep towing capabilities. And I thought about a 700r. To get that overdrive. According to my calculations, a 700r and 3.42's would drop me all the way to under 2 grand at 65. Hello gas mileage.

    But that's the problem. I hate to alter the thing from it's current state, but I just don't go around towing stuff everyday.
     
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    Got the lenses in and the wipers, just not up to installing them right now. Maybe when I get the headlight bezels and the chrome trim I'll do it all at once.



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    Good stuff, and I see the baby walker too!!! I miss my little kiddies, they are growing so fast. :sad72:
     
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    Wooo Hooo, Look at those shiney turn signals. You'll be blinding the oncoming traffic with those things. :roflbow:
     
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    Truck looks great, man. Glad you're not going too radical on things, it's the little things that make the most difference, like buffing the paint. Keep up the good work! :cheers:
     
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    Got my new headlight bezels in today, as well as my chrome trim for the side of the truck

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    Awesome, more toys to install.
     
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    It's really cool to see someone just restore one of these. Ya' don't see that very often, usually people completely tear them apart and little of the factory is left. Nice truck, especially for $800.
     
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    :popcorn: stuff like this makes me miss the project part of my truck!
     
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    Thanks guys! I love this truck! It runs so good, I have been driving the wheels off of it. I picked up a 16' lowboy today and couldnt even tell it was back there. Tomorrow the bed will be FULL of stuff including 2 engines and a trans....and the trailer will have a 88 suburban on it. We will see how she pulls, though I have no doubt of her capabilities.

    This truck is too nice to hack up. Too original. It's such a pleasure to drive, with the original patina'd red paint, the rusty white wheels, some tire shine on the tires and the yellow of the chevy hubcap emblems, it's really a beautiful sight.

    But I just put an offer on a new home, and it was accepted today. So that means march 31st we will close on it and until then I won't have ANY time probably to out my newest parts on. Lol.

    Here's the house
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