Before I tacked the front and rear portion of the chassis together, I installed a fish plate to the front portion, that way I had something to clamp the rear half to while I made my finite adjustments. A lot of time and money went into this C10. Next, both sides of the framerails were clamped together with a small gap in between the mating surfaces. New gauges, lpine Stereo system with custom kick-plate mounted speakers and rear sub woofer. To solve this, a plumb bob can be used to mark the floor of the shop, where the measurements can be taken instead. I don't want to trade for anything.
And there you have it, the point of no return! Found this out the hard way. Couldn't build this truck for anywhere near this price. The Vintage Air system was professionally installed in 2011 so it probably just needs a recharge. It blows ice cold, but mostly out of bottom vent, but it will blow small amount out of dash vents. The location of the rear pair of holes on the template are then transferred to the chassis. The speedo is off about 10 mph. Once everything is level and square, the hacking can commence.
Before the bed is set in place, we slid the new, shorter brake line between the rails and snugged up the fittings. Out back, we need to trim 8 inches from the back of the frame and drill a handful of holes. The templates remain attached to the rear portion of the frame so that the second cut can be made. Exactly what I was looking for. Moving your weld around prevents overheating the area, decreasing the likelihood of any warping taking place. Note that the crossmember has been welded into place and that the boxing plates will mate to it as well as spanning the entire length of the seam, providing a super strong structure.
The medium output 350-cubic-inch engine had 155 horsepower at 3,600 rpm with 225 foot-pounds at 2,400 rpm. Here, the cab mount and C-channel inner brace are both attached to the rear half of the frame. I love it when a plan works out! This is how the cab mounts should be assembled. Another set of pre-cut, etched lines mark the portion to be removed. Considered by many to be the first modern heavy-duty pickup, the 1973 Chevy C30 One-Ton Dually was the first dual rear wheel truck in the industry to have an available Crew Cab, with seating for up to six people. You can just make out the 18-inch hole I made where the top and side cuts will meet.
Shifting gears, we decided to take the section out from between the cab mount and what will become the front bed mount, right in front of the rear kick. The 1983 C10 continued offering two cargo bed options: a 6-foot short bed and an 8-foot long bed. Height of the wheel wells? Another optional engine included was a 305-cid engine with 155 horsepower and a torque of 240 foot-pounds. We wound up running a small pneumatic reciprocating saw between the two surfaces to square up the cut from the front and rear bed segments. A watchful eye and a steady hand and the chassis conversion is complete.
Paintwork really stands out, specially out in the sun. As it turns out, the existing front bed mount gets cast aside and the second bed mount scoots forward exactly 12 inches to take its place. Having access to a welder and a skilled operator is helpful, but Brothers designed their kit so that it could be fully assembled in a one-car garage and then trailered to a local welder if need be to complete the assembly. This simple division has slowly changed over the years with the addition of newer , such as the extended cab and crew cab, and now manufacturers typically offer several bed lengths. Using the front two cab mount holes that remained untouched on the front half of the chassis to locate the rear cab mount, it was a simple matter of welding them in place before installing the bushings and lowering the cab back in place. This truck is owned by my father who is a 72 Year Old Car Guy.
After, check for the wiring connections. Because the bedsides are double walled, this makes cutting and splicing the bed back together a lot of work. I cut the entire length using a Sawzall as it yields a nice, straight cut. The 1977 Chevy C-10 pickup truck was available with a choice of engines. Truck has headers and Magnaflow dual exhaust. Then, a 90-degree grinder was used to get the panel surface even again.
Condition is a major factor in putting a value on an older vehicle. A full 20 inches shorter with a foot taken out of the wheelbase should result in a totally different driving experience, not to mention a more sporty aesthetic. Using a reciprocating saw, the first, forward cut is made using the etched line in the template. The truck had an overall length of 191. To do so, the head of each rivet is chiseled off and then punched free.
With that in mind, we opted to cut the 12-inch section from right behind the cab, which eliminated one of the three bed mounts between the rear tires and the back of the cab. Simply hack out the 12-inch section, along with the cab mount and slide everything forward. The body and bed of this truck are straight and solid. A similar treatment was performed on the front section, except that a 12-inch section was removed from the front of the bed to bring the truck into a C10 wheelbase. If you are local I would be happy to show the truck in person. The high-output 454 cubic inch 7.