New Old Truck Project


Any of you guys remember driving around in one of these? This is my new project and I hope to document the progress here or lose all interest in 6 months and forget about it totally. This was a Christmas gift from my father-in-law. Its a 1972 GMC 1500 stepside pickup. 2wd, straight six, manual 3 on the tree, no A/C, no radio and has been sitting all alone for the last 35 years or so. Never wrecked, but has some major rust issues due to being stored outside on dirt under some oak trees. Everything is original minus the steering wheel. The original was broken somehow and a junkyard blue steering wheel was installed.

I've never tackled anything like this before. I'm certainly someone handy and can figure most things out, but I haven't restored a car/truck before.....at least not to this level. There's lots of elbow grease in my near future I'm sure and I plan to keep the truck as original as I can within reason. My agenda is to make it safe and functional first, then maybe make it pretty down the road. So far, I plan to:

Replace tires
Salvage original rims/dogdishes if possible
Gut interior saving whatever I can
Replace Front Grill/headlights
Replace hood
Replace/repair Driver's door
Replace/repair Passenger's door
New coils/shocks/suspension components
New brakes (drum rear/disc front)
New fuel tank/fuel lines
Carbeurator rebuild
I'm sure this will need motor work of some kind
New interior dash (cracked and rotten)
Refurbish if possible door panels
Driver's side window mechanism work
Passenger side door lock install
Possible aftermarket A/C--it is Charleston afterall!

These are the things I know about so far. I'm sure this list will grow dramatically. I've already purchased some tires to get this thing mobile. Step 1 of 1,986 complete! I will gladly take advice or work volunteers. bigsmile








"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
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Have you ignored your tiny train world during the truck rebuild?
Have you ignored your tiny train world during the truck rebuild?
Originally posted by PeaPod

Have you ignored your tiny train world during the truck rebuild?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxSgdVHWJoE

The ENTER-NET Fisherman
For those of you wondering why I had to purchase a parts truck to help out this build....this is why. I've talked to several people about this project and they all said the same thing. Its not worth the time and effort and sweat to fix this. Its easier and cheaper to purchase another cab, so that's what I did. The more I dive into this one and see all the issues, the happier I am that I followed their advice.








"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
And yes, that's a rubby ducky overseeing the build.






"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
You made a good call. I wouldn't want a part of fixing that much cancer. I wouldn't have thought it was that bad from the first pics. You gonna pull the six out for the donor v8?
Wow, awesome thread, living vicariously through you, cant believe the progress you have made so quickly.

cheers

I'm not a Dr, those are my initials and I cant edit my user name. Please do not contact me regarding medical issues :)
Wow, awesome thread, living vicariously through you, cant believe the progress you have made so quickly.

cheers

I'm not a Dr, those are my initials and I cant edit my user name. Please do not contact me regarding medical issues :)
Originally posted by Fred67

You made a good call. I wouldn't want a part of fixing that much cancer. I wouldn't have thought it was that bad from the first pics. You gonna pull the six out for the donor v8?


Yes, the 6cyl is pretty rough. Once I pull the 350 out of the Chevy truck, I'm going to refresh slightly, clean, paint, and install in the GMC.




"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
Originally posted by drterry

Wow, awesome thread, living vicariously through you, cant believe the progress you have made so quickly.

cheers

I'm not a Dr, those are my initials and I cant edit my user name. Please do not contact me regarding medical issues :)


i'm living vicariously thru you