New Again -- Bought Another Square Body!

KCKKen

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Hi Everyone!

While the progress on my 85 GMC 1/2-ton is moving slowly, I needed a truck NOW. So I found one: 1978 Chevy 3/4-ton for a whopping $3,000.00 -- so far it's money well spent.

It has issues, but nothing like the turd of a 1970 C/10 it's replacing. Decent list of options: dual tanks (that need the selector valve replaced and lines re-routed), TH-400 behind a 350, cruise control, trailer brake controller, new inner fenders and battery mount, previously had a fifth-wheel mount in the bed. It starts and runs decently (working on improvements), and once you get to where you're going and shut it off it will re-start upon command (the old C/10 fails that test).

With needing to move parts around for the GMC as well as a house renovation in progress, I needed something that I could rely on. Once I do the routine maintenance and have things looked over with the suspension (alignment, rear brakes checked/replaced, new front tires) this guy will fit the bill. Once the GMC is ready to run and take over truck duties here I will pass this on as a good candidate to continue the upgrades or restoration -- already have had two people ask about buying it once I'm done with it.

I'll have questions about this one as I tackle the small issues that I've discovered so far. This forum has been an excellent resource, so I'm sure I'll be visiting more often.

Take Care,
KS
 

KCKKen

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KCKKen

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1500/C20
Engine Size
350/350
I did the official first oil change on it today, yesterday I did the first major repair work on it by replacing the rear bumper with the one pictured above.

I couldn't believe how difficult just changing the bumper was. The old bumper had the brackets I needed for the new (to the truck) bumper, and just four bolts -- super easy, right? WRONG. They ran a weld bead on the bracket after attaching it to the frame and the bumper. It took a lot of grinding on those welds before it finally came loose. Wrangling the bumper on my own was no fun, but I got it back in place and bolted it back in -- was well worth the effort.

As I was looking around I realized that this truck has been worked hard in the past -- the (now cut-off) bolts for a fifth-wheel hitch mount are still in the frame, and the driver's side rear spring has broken leafs. Still, for the price I paid I'm not going to complain. This buys me time to make sure Project Calvin (1985 GMC) is exactly the way I want it before I put it back on the road. Then "Blackie" (named after Eric Clapton's favorite Stratocaster) will get to move on to someone else -- better than I found him.

Take Care,
KS
 

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Remember, there is no cure for the Square Body Disease.:bleh:
 

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