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Old 10-14-2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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1972 Chevy 4wd Longhorn Project: Never Ending Changes

I finally got the truck in the shop yesterday. This morning before work I got all the old front suspension off the Longhorn. Tomorrow I will start removing the hangers from my parts donor and maybe begin the swap over tomorrow pending weather. LOL This truck will end up getting a few upgrades. It is going to get the 432 BBC sitting next to it. It is getting a 4x4 SM465 and a NP208 tcase. I am putting a Dana 44HD in the front and a Dana 70 with a posi in the rear. It is going to get 2 1/2" aluminized exhaust with flowmaster mufflers. It will have a 6" lift and 36" tires. I am going to have to replace the wood in the bed and for now that might end up being marine grade plywood. Later on I will have to put the correct floor in it but I will worry about that when I get around to doing the body work. For now I want to put my snow blade on it and use the truck for a while. It has been a while since I have driven one of these and I can't wait!



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Old 10-14-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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I love mine... wish I could drive it.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion

wow nice work , realy like the space you have too .
my workspace is so chuckfull of stuff i first need to move things around to be able to work on mine.
keep us updated
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:03 PM   #4
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This will be nice.Way to go.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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wow nice work , realy like the space you have too .
my workspace is so chuckfull of stuff i first need to move things around to be able to work on mine.
keep us updated
Man good thing you can't see behind the trucks or along the sides of them. LOL I only rent two spots and they are over flowing. I need to get the truck next to it done too. LOL
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:45 PM   #6
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come on, let's see the 53s on that beast
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:50 PM   #7
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come on, let's see the 53s on that beast
Nah, having one to put them on is bad enough. LOL
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:37 AM   #8
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Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion

How I would love to do that to my big block Longhorn...since it is getting ALL the upgrades and will be my primary camping rig. I need a bigger shop with a jumbotron so I don't miss any football...LOL! I will be following this closely...take good notes and lots of pictures.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:11 PM   #9
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Today I started removing parts from the donor. Although I didn't get far due to rain and I am not up for laying in the mud today. So I started messing with the D60 I just put in the other truck in the pics and I found out it has been in a fire and is basically junk. Sucks for me. So now to get that truck out of the shop because I am moving in a few weeks, I am going to have to use the D44HD for the Longhorn. but atleast it won't be a permanent thing. LOL
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:21 PM   #10
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Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion

The big block Longhorns came with a Dana 3.54 rear as standard equipment. I thought that was a Dana 60. Is that correct? I am guessing you would, ideally, match it up with a Dana 60 front in the same ratio. I seem to recall that those are very expensive...$1000+ in the used market, if you can find them. Time to start looking.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:30 PM   #11
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Yeah this truck has a Dana 60 rear axle. I am not sure of the gears. I decided to use the Dana 70 because I have it and I know it is good plus it has new rear brakes and a nice tight posi. I would love to have a D60 front for it but like you said. They are around $1k, and that won't be happening soon.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:27 PM   #12
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My local salvage yard has front d60 for 400-500.East coast Md
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:14 PM   #13
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Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion

This will be a good project to watch - how long do you expect the project to take?
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:07 PM   #14
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My local salvage yard has front d60 for 400-500.East coast Md
Great price...shipping would kill that deal! Oh well...parts are always where you don't need them.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:39 PM   #15
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That is going to be a cool project. I am subscribing to this thread!
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:12 PM   #16
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This will be a good project to watch - how long do you expect the project to take?
Well, IDK. So far I haven't touched it for 2 days due to other projects. But hopefully I can have the front axle under it by end of next week. And with any luck I can get the BBC dropped in with the 4 speed and tcase mounted. But we'll see. It seems every time I make any plans, the plans always get screwed up. LOL One road block was the Ford D60 front i just but under my 76 K30 project in the pics, is junk. It went through a fire and the housing got so hot it is sagging down. The RH hub is seized up, and the king pins are froze up. I am trying to get my money back but we will see. So now I had to reinstall the D44 back in the 76 so I can get it out of the shop and back home to sit. Once it is at home I will remove it for the Longhorn again. Man these axle swaps keep getting faster and faster. LOL Oh well, if it wasn't so much fun busting knuckles we would be watching TV. Oh maybe not. LOL
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:18 PM   #17
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Just an update, I removed the rear wheels and put the rear on jack stands. I got the D70 out of my other truck, and yesterday I baught a D60 front for my other chevy project. Maybe some real progress will happen this week. LOL
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:34 AM   #18
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We're waiting...LOL!
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:01 PM   #19
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LOL I swept under it today and sat the 36's under the wheel wells to take a picture when I noticed I had no camera. LOL I have a 24v dodge to finish up and then I will get on this thing. I have to, it has to roll out next week. LOL
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:35 PM   #20
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No big progress here. The truck is sitting on stands outside at home now in the snow. I did pick up a very nice A/C cab for it and a pretty good LH door. I also found a really nice OE 72 grill shell I am going to get next week. Until I get a place to work on it again, I am gathering parts for it. And now I am having second thoughts about converting it to a Cummins truck. Oh no......
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No big progress here. The truck is sitting on stands outside at home now in the snow. I did pick up a very nice A/C cab for it and a pretty good LH door. I also found a really nice OE 72 grill shell I am going to get next week. Until I get a place to work on it again, I am gathering parts for it. And now I am having second thoughts about converting it to a Cummins truck. Oh no......
the cab on the Longhorn was pretty decent except for the rockers/cab corners, wasn't it....
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:41 PM   #22
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the cab on the Longhorn was pretty decent except for the rockers/cab corners, wasn't it....
Above the windshield is worse than I thought and it was a non A/C truck.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:00 PM   #23
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Well I'm sorry to say, I haven't done anything with the truck since I moved out of that shop last fall. I have a lead on a D70 front for it though, and I think I will have an extra cummins to put in it after all. Hopefully this winter I can get to it again.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:56 AM   #24
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I am still waiting for more progress. I picked up a '71 3/4 t. 4x4 donor chassis with everything I need to convert my Longhorn except the short shaft 4x4 tranny...all thanks to BREEH! My Longhorn is still in the paint shop but when it comes out it might be time for a conversion...or NOT! I need some guidance from you!
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:12 PM   #25
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I just actually thought about putting this body on a 89 F-350 chassis. It already has a 5.9 cummins with a ZF 5 speed, a lift with 36's, but IDK yet. The ford frame might be tooo wide to try to get the chevy body on it without it being ugly looking on the body mounts.
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