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Old 07-13-2020, 08:14 AM   #101
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Re: Project 1966 K20 adventure rig

Your doing great work, thanks for the updates.
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Old 07-14-2020, 11:34 AM   #102
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Great build!!!! Digging the progress. You're going to end up with a reliable rig you can wheel and work with! Very interested to hear how you like that Range Splitter OD setup. I have a '60 K20 that I'm planning to run overdrive in combo with the SM420. Glad to see someone keeping the 4 speed and getting creative with it!

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Old 07-14-2020, 03:53 PM   #103
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Is that an OEM flannel TBI cover......Great build, cool truck.
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Old 07-14-2020, 04:14 PM   #104
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Good looking build. I am doing my A/C system now too, so I bookmarked your pictures...exactly what I needed to see!
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Old 07-15-2020, 11:19 PM   #105
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Thank you everyone for the all the positive comments and input.

I decided to finally have my driveshafts built this week and got them back today. They turned out nice. Front one is 35 inches and rear is 53.

Still working on the front fenders. The fender to cab gaskets are getting replaced. But first the attaching brackets need the standard scrubbing, priming and painting. Working the upper ones presently.
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Old 07-17-2020, 09:13 AM   #106
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Nice work.
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Old 07-19-2020, 07:49 PM   #107
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Things keep rolling here. Always a lot of little time consuming things that need to get done, as well as some big items.

I refurbished the upper and lower rear seal brackets for the front fenders. Got the seals installed on the upper ones and then back on the fenders. The seals for the lower rear are on back order. I was hoping to have the front end together (except the hood) by now.
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Old 07-19-2020, 09:14 PM   #108
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Also worked completing the brakes and clutch. Got the pedals installed and fabbed up my brake booster push rod. Then with help from my GF, we bled both systems. Had a few drippy fittings and after re-snugging the brake pedal feels good. The clutch bled quickly and seems to release the pressure plate adequately, but will more than likely need fine adjustment after the engine is running.

And this week my new wheels were delivered. American Racing 17x8 machined aluminum with 4.5 inch backspacing. 3500 lb. load rating. Had to do a test fit. These pics really show the bumps and bruises in that fender.
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Old 07-23-2020, 12:24 AM   #109
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Don't take this the wrong way but I love seeing your truck go back together with the dings and dents here and there. I feel not every truck is meant to be a show truck or a 100% perfect restoration. If your projected use is more than driving it to shows and storing it in a climate controlled garage after a hand wash then dents,dings & scratches are going to happen, so why fuss with every dent you see during the rebuild or build.

I'm going to try and straighten my truck a bit and deal with 100% of the rust to try and stop the spread but the little dings and dents will be there when new paint goes on.
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Old 07-23-2020, 08:39 AM   #110
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Don't take this the wrong way but I love seeing your truck go back together with the dings and dents here and there. I feel not every truck is meant to be a show truck or a 100% perfect restoration. If your projected use is more than driving it to shows and storing it in a climate controlled garage after a hand wash then dents,dings & scratches are going to happen, so why fuss with every dent you see during the rebuild or build.

I'm going to try and straighten my truck a bit and deal with 100% of the rust to try and stop the spread but the little dings and dents will be there when new paint goes on.
I agree. I love seeing awesome perfect restorations, but I also like to see honest 55+ year old trucks with all the dents and dings. Maybe I like them because that is how I am doing my build also and I will use my truck as a DD and a truck. I love this build!
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Old 07-23-2020, 10:49 PM   #111
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Don't take this the wrong way but I love seeing your truck go back together with the dings and dents here and there. I feel not every truck is meant to be a show truck or a 100% perfect restoration. If your projected use is more than driving it to shows and storing it in a climate controlled garage after a hand wash then dents,dings & scratches are going to happen, so why fuss with every dent you see during the rebuild or build.

I'm going to try and straighten my truck a bit and deal with 100% of the rust to try and stop the spread but the little dings and dents will be there when new paint goes on.
You're spot on.

Body and paint work are not in the scope of this project. It is in pretty good shape overall.

Thanks for chiming in everyone!
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Old 07-25-2020, 10:06 PM   #112
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Today we took the new wheels and got the tires mounted. The tires are Michelin LTX's size 245/75-17E with about 5k miles on them. These tires are the ones that came off of my F-250 when I put new rims and tires on that truck a couple of years ago. They are 31.5 inches tall and about the tallest tire that looks decent and don't make the truck look out of proportion (to me anyway).

Also worked on fitting up the fan shroud using my original one for now. And installing the fan and upper radiator hard pipe. Still need to paint the pipe.
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Old 07-26-2020, 03:40 AM   #113
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Nice job on the fan shroud.
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Old 07-26-2020, 03:39 PM   #114
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Nice job on the fan shroud.
Thanks.

It is kind of a final mockup. Everything seems to fit correctly. I had to trim about an inch from the fan opening so the shroud would clear the ac compressor and be able to R&R the fan if needed. I'll replace that old cracked shroud with the new one when it finally arrives.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:42 PM   #115
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Its the journey, not the destination...Nice work!!1
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