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84 C20 Silverado Project #1

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by HotRodPC, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. HotRodPC

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    Cool, someone had it worse than me. I think.. Maybe !!!
     
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    DoubleDingo Drain The Swamp, Completely

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    He was so mad. I just kept laughing and saying I bet he doesn't do it again. He picked up the poop from that point forward.
     
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    Well, I wasted my time and went out to my dad's and got the spindle off the 85 C20 frame I have out there. Sure is nice to have parts trucks laying around but it sucks they're so far away. Sooo, hopefully I have everything I need now to but my C20 back together. Sucks that I had to put it back together since it's eventually just donor parts for my other 2 projects. I'm wanting my K5 running, I really wanted to pull the 454 and put it in the K5 for now, but I'd still have to have this truck rolling anyway to get it out to my dads since I'd tow bar tow it out there.

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    This motherfukr is going to fight me all the damn way. So to get the spindle off I've used my pickleforks to start breaking loose the tie rod end and upper and lower ball joints. The lower ball ball joint stud is pulling out of the ball joint instead of breaking loose from the spindle knuckle. So I beat on the damn thing and now the ball joint isn't pressed in either. Talk about a damn cluster phuk. Makes me think there might be a problem with the hole size on the lower control arm. It's not going to come out anyway and I have the parts out at my dad's anyway and I'm not spending the funds on a lower ball joint for this pig just to drive it as a parts truck when hopefully it's going to be a parts truck and tore down this summer to get the K5 and the K10/20 going. But dammit, another trip to my dad's to get the lower control arm and ball joint off that other 84 C20 frame.
     
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    A blessing disguise? Maybe that ball joint would have let loose while you were driving it?
     
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    I don't think that would have happened. I stressed it with the pickle fork. Instead of it separating, it just pulled the stud through the plastic cup. I think I'm more pissed at myself. Cuz when I was out at my dad's, I thought I wonder if I should grab this lower A arm too for just in case. Then as easy as that truck came apart, I thought nawww, I won't need it. Then This bullshit.
     
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    It's crazy how some come apart easy and others fight you. When you head back to your dad's I bet you get everything and then some if you think you might need it.
     
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    That pickle fork ain't nuthin compared to what bumps in the road do to it. That ball joint was about to leave you stranded on the side of the road.
     
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    There's nothing elese to get now. It started out with a rotor and pads, 2nd trip for the spindle. Final trip will be the lower control arm. I ain't going back to get the whold fuggin frame. :lol:

    I almost called up a tow buddy and said hey, just pull the driveshaft and sling this bitch (can't wheel lift it without an A frame or wheel) to my dads and park in the pile of trucks. But nawww, not yet. I want to pull the 454 and parts off of it for the K5 before it goes out there, then the rest of the part are for the K10/20 project. I've got pulling the engine for the K5 on hold pending picking up that Wee O Five from @1987 GMC Jimmy. If I get that deal, then I'll install it and run it. If not, then I'll pull the 454. I've already brought the Th400 and NP208 to go behind the 454 in the K5. Remember that combo is for the K10/20 project, but I was going to let the K5 borrow it til I got the 350 on engine stand built.
     
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    Maybe so. What got me more than the stud pulling through is that the ball joint houseing is falling out the bottom of the control arm. Maybe the whole ball joint is collapsing but I'm not about to spend $50 on another ball joint and have it pressed in that may not hold it, and for a truck I only need to run for maybe another 300 miles if that. This truck is on it's way out to live in my other 2 projects.
     
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    Fuckn Finally !!! Made some progress today in about 2 hours before my back took a shit and it got to hot. Got the lower control arm off and then started going back together. Gotta put 2 cotter keys in the ball joint castle nuts. Pack the bearings in the rotor, install the roter, then pads and caliper, wheel and done !!! I may try to finish it tonight after it cools down a bit.

    And there's the hunk of shit that never did come apart. Bad Rotor, Bad Spindle, Ball Joint just spins in the A Arm so I figured no use in having another pressed in since the hole is probably stretched. Oh, and those lower control arms bushings were shot to shit. The donor bushing and ball joint were in much better shape. So was the shock so I used it too.

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    Get after it HR :)
     
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    Sunuva mutherfukn bitch !!! So the caliper is seized, AND the rubber line is collapsed. Luckily I did have another caliper off the 80 GMC I had many many years ago and had put all brand new brakes on it then had to scrap it. So I kept the brakes and the one brake line I had to replace. It's for the fukn right side not the left. Fuk it !!! I've had it with this shit for a temporary truck and fighting me all the way. I'm using the right side and I'll use some plumbers tape and a bolt to sorta mount and it and keep it from getting pinched in the spring.


    It's all done now except hooking up the frame end of the hose. It got dark and skeeters eating me so I cleaned up the mess and locked it all down and came in. I'm just dreading this shit because as much as this thing has been fighting me, I'm already anticipating the steel line to either strip the nut or be seized and twist up the steel line til it breaks.
     
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    Welp, I got out there early to beat the heat and start on the nightmare hose hook-up at the frame end and dealing with the steel line that connects inside the frame rail where there isn't much room to get access or spin a wrench. I think I had a little help from above. I got the 3/8 line wrench in there and to my surprise it broke loose with extreme firm effort but it did come loose without spinning the tubing. Soooo, Success !!! I got the line installed without much problem. Of course the mounting bracket is wrong since it's a right side brake line on the left side. As said, I'll have to get some plumbers tape and make my own bracket. I did take it for a ride but the caliper was seized at first and the truck wouldn't move. Remember that's a new caliper but it sat out in the weather for about 8 years. Now I just need someone to come over Pump It/Hold It and bleed the brakes to get a bit more pedal and get the spongy outta the brakes. But it did move on it's own power finally and drove it around the city block.
     
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    nice job, man :)
     
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