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78 K10 Custom Deluxe

Discussion in '4wd Pick-Ups K10 K1500 V10 V1500' started by bigcountry78, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. bigcountry78

    bigcountry78 Full Access Member

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    Since my 04 is going up for sale, my 78 will be my only truck for a while so hopefully I'll be able to spend some money on it. Its a 78 K10, Custom Deluxe. My dad bought it new. He ordered it with the 350, manual transmission, dual exhaust, and what I think was 31's. No air, no radio, headliner, carpet, nothing. Very bare bones truck. He did add a warn winch and bumper, and a camper shell to keep his chainsaws and tools dry.

    When the 31's wore out, he added a log truck leaf spring in the front, and a set of 14/36.5/15 grand Prix mud tires on a set of 10" wagon wheels. He also added air conditioning and an 8 track player. He broke the winch, took it and the bumper off and put the stock bumper back on. Lost the shell sometime in the late 80's, and that pretty much how it was when he gave it to me.

    So we got the winch bumper out and repainted it, put a new warn winch and some KC's on it, and put new:
    Rancho shocks
    Water pump
    Carberator
    Radiator
    Heater core
    Clutch
    U joints
    Front drive shaft
    Starter
    Fuel pump
    Sending unit
    Brakes
    Rear wheel bearings
    Body and swaybar mount bushings
    Door hinge pins
    Fan shroud
    Floor mat
    Recovered seat
    Radio
    Flow master mufflers
    New door weather stripping
    New window weather stripping (big mistake)
    And a few years ago I put some rally wheels and some old 33's on it to make it a little bit more usable. So that's pretty much how it sits now. Sorry for the long post but I thought y'all might like some history. I love the fact that I know every thing that's ever been done to it.

    Edit: added more new parts
     
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    Just dropped it off for new front wheel bearings this morning, and noticed that the passenger side floorboard was damp, so I guess the next project is finding out where that's coming from.
     
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    Nice story on the truck. That is my favorite model year for these trucks. We need to see some pics in this thread. Why was the window weather stripping a mistake?

    BTW- I remember those Grand Prix mud tires from back in the day.

    I see you were posting pics while I was typing. That is a good looking truck. That is a really good winch also.
     
  6. Mr Clean

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    Just out of curiosity, why didn't you replace the wheel bearings? That way you could see if anything else needs to be replaced, ie seals, u-joints, brakes, calipers. Just asking.

    Take a little advice? Get some hood braces, your hood seems to be straight, with no kinks, keep it that way. LMC has a set I think they are like 20 bucks, real cheap insurance.
     
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    If you are doing wheel bearings you might as well go the whole nine yards and do seals and ujoints. Money spent now will save you headaches later.

    Also interior is in pretty good shape but the dampness could be caused from the windshield or vents on that side.
     
  8. DoubleDingo

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    I agree on the wheel bearings, etc. I love my dad, bless his deceased soul, but when I got his truck after his passing I learned that he went the cheap route and only did one side or one thing if he did anything at all. I learned the hard way when working on the front axle one day. One side was in decent shape and the other was a total mess. So go ahead and do it like others have mentioned and be done with it.
     
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    Biggest obstacle for me doing the wheel bearings is time constraints. Plus I don't have the necessary tools for the job. Front axle joints were done several years ago, but only have around 1k miles on them. My mechanic is doing inner and outer bearings, races, and seals, both sides, for a little over $200.
     
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    The window weather stripping was a mistake because before we did that, rolling either window up was a quick one handed affair. Now its a two handed struggle. Its really annoying to fix something and make it worse at the same time lol. I thought maybe it would get easier with time but that hasn't been the case.

    Dad put a homemade brace on the passenger side of the hood, and it has def helped keep the hood straight. I also make it a point to keep the hinges oiled.
     
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    Does your truck have any lift or is that factory? Trying to decide the height of the lift for my 76. Need all new suspension so I figure that I would buy the lift leaf springs instead of everything else.
     
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    That is a GOOD deal. Most bearings/seal kits are around the $150-160 mark so either he is putting super crappy stuff in or giving you a massive break on labor.
     
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    I just bought in inners/outers/seals/races for my passenger front and it was like $60.


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    Factory rear, and a homemade add a leaf in the front. It pretty much sits level, I'll take a pic when I get it back home.
     
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    @ firebane I'd like to think he's giving me a break on labor. Between my wife's car and my last 2 trucks I've spent over $2500 with him in the last year or so. I'd say I'm a loyal customer lol.
     

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