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78 C20 Silverado Camper Special build thread

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by thecantaloupeman, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. thecantaloupeman

    thecantaloupeman Full Access Member

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    This is my build thread for my 78 C20. This is my first car ever that I bought for 2700 bucks. I went to see the car after seeing a Craigslist ad and the seller explained he had started an eBay auction because he had people claim they were coming to see the car and never show up. The auction already had bids meaning I'd have to win the auction (which ended the day of my senior band banquet). So come Friday, it's the last 10 minutes of my band banquet and I had to turn down a dance to bid on a truck! I had a few buddies watching over my shoulder as I bid on this thing, and ultimately won it! I was hyped. And then began my journey with my new 78 C20. So here's my build log of my first truck![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    First step was the new meats. We took it to tires plus because they were the only ones who stocked 16.5 inch tires. Got the Firestone Transforce HTs 8.75x16.5. The old tires were awful and couldn't have been driven any further at all.

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    DoubleDingo When In Doubt, Throttle Out

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    Good start. Cool story. The ladies will understand the missed dance(s) later when you pick them up in this truck. Don't be shy on the pics of the progress you've done thus far.
     
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  5. thecantaloupeman

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    After the tires I got it home and started cleaning everything. I sanded down the door panels because they were so badly sun damaged they looked like a sponge. I also cut the edges straight because the passenger side panel had been flaking off and looked bad.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Crap sorry I looked around to find where to put it and this was the only place I thought would work. Yes please move it. I'd appreciate it.

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    They'll get it straightened out for you in no time.
     
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    I also had to tackle the emissions. The tailpipe was so rusted that the hose wouldn't fit over it, so I went to the auto parts store and got this little thing. I hacked off the end of my tailpipe and slapped this on. Went and did the emissions and passed with flying colors. Then I went and filled the tank up to discover this leak in the filler hose. (I think the clamp is the culprit).[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Moved to the c/r 20 under construction sub forum :waytogo:
     
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    Even though I plan to do most of the work myself, I needed to know what to do, so I took it to a trusted shop and paid them for an inspection. My fluids are all pretty bad. I need to flush power steering, bleed brakes, and have to change the differential fluid. The main things though were that fuel leak and the control arms needed replacement. They also said the shocks could use replacement and the driveshaft has some play. The control arms though were the only thing stopping me from driving it. I planned to buy the parts myself and learn to replace them, but I went away for a week and came back to a new set of control arms. My parents surprised me and had the shop do it. So even though I didn't get to learn something new, now I can just drive! Except for that gas leak issue. I'm below a quarter of a tank and dont wanna fill it again till I fix that filler hose.

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    So now my current issue is this filler hose. I bought new clamps and I'm gonna try replacing them as a temporary fix until the new hose comes. But I can't get the friggin old clamps off. I got them both loose and spinning freely, but I cant get them all the way off. How does this one come off? Any ideas? I wish I could just cut it, but I don't know how to do that without making Sparks and lighting the gas fumes on fire.[​IMG]

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    The door panels look to be from an '80. Did they have speaker pods or map pockets installed when you got it? It looks like it's had both mounted, at different times obviously.

    Those factory bed shocks are cool. Haven't seen those in a while.
     
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    For the clamp, just bop it square on the head with a hammer. That will help it expand back out.
     
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    I'm curious too how to remove that clamp without causing the crusted hose to crumble? Or do you loosen things up at the gas cap side too and wiggle the whole thing out of there to get a new clamp on the tank side?
     
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    Mine is a camper special too, and it doesn't have the bed shocks. I need to look now and see if someone maybe removed them.
     

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