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BAD1916 11-04-2012 02:42 PM

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Im new to this forum. I just picked up a 71 gmc suburban from my dad. Its a pretty solid truck with a 402, turbo 400, roof air and the third row seat. The back 2 seats had been removed and stored and are in amazing shape. Needs work all around but all in all its a nice truck to start with.Cant beat it for free either.

flashed 11-04-2012 04:01 PM

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Very nice and sure priced right and Welcome .

BAD1916 11-04-2012 04:29 PM

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Thank you. There is rust in the passenger side rocker and lower door corner. All the rest appears to be surface. The lower tailgate was packed into by some form of ranch equipment but i have a set of rust free cargo doors plus all that came with the truck. Right now im swapping the trans since it quit shifting with a known good one. I hope to have it driving shortly and then get in to all the little stuff.

BAD1916 10-03-2021 03:51 PM

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This has been my daily driver now since 2012-13. In the last 8 years or so the original 402 was swapped for a 454 due to a cracked block and the transmission was rebuilt due to loss of high gear. I recently tore it down to rebuild the suspension. I sent a large pile off to powder coat and the hardware went to plating. I decided on the color that I want to paint it so while the front end was stripped off I got the firewall painted and the inside of the fenders. The truck will still be ugly for a while but at least the business end should look good😎

BAD1916 10-03-2021 03:53 PM

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A before and after shot

BAD1916 10-03-2021 03:57 PM

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Pre powder coat shot. I picked up all the powder coat last week. Hopefully the hardware will be done this week so I can start reassembly. I cleaned up the framerails while it was apart and got them painted black now too. They arenít perfect but way better that before. I always enjoy seeing others projects so I will do my best to keep this updated.

LockDoc 10-03-2021 07:16 PM

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That's gonna' look good when you get it finished out. That is about the same color as I'm painting my '70 short bed.

LockDoc

kev2809 10-03-2021 07:18 PM

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nice progress what's the plan with suspension? or you sticking with stock height?

BAD1916 10-03-2021 07:42 PM

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That's gonna' look good when you get it finished out. That is about the same color as I'm painting my '70 short bed.

LockDoc

Thanks. It will be a long while before the rest gets painted. I got a bit of rust repair to do. I have the wire ran to the garage for the 220 for the welder but donít trust myself doing it. The color is Springtime yellow. Close to butternut but a Ford color

BAD1916 10-03-2021 07:43 PM

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nice progress what's the plan with suspension? or you sticking with stock height?

The initial plan was to lower it but I figured that for now stock height will be easier to deal with rust repair having it taller. It may get lowered later but as we all know projects change direction.

HO455 10-04-2021 03:49 PM

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Nice color are you planning on all yellow or yellow with a white roof?
I see you're in California any plans for adding AC?

BAD1916 10-04-2021 05:48 PM

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Nice color are you planning on all yellow or yellow with a white roof?
I see you're in California any plans for adding AC?

I will be doing a white roof and bottom as well. It has factory roof air so I just need to make it work. Blower is good but when I got it the engine side of the A/C stuff was all off. I think I have all but one bracket to mount the compressor left to find and I will have everything needed.

Blue GMC 10-04-2021 11:16 PM

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Looking good really like that color

Now you keep teasing with the pics of the Mustang. 65? I am one of the few that always liked the green color and details on that one as well? I know it’s a truck site but…

BAD1916 10-05-2021 02:34 AM

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Looking good really like that color

Now you keep teasing with the pics of the Mustang. 65? I am one of the few that always liked the green color and details on that one as well? I know itís a truck site butÖ

Iíll make sure I get better gratuitous shots of it in future pictures👍🏻
Itís a 65. It was my grandpas car that I bought from him a few weeks before he passed while I was home on leave after boot camp. The color is a 65 only called Honey Gold.Itís a factory 289 2V drum brake, automatic but now itís a 289 4V 4 speed disc brakes and radio/heater delete.

Blue GMC 10-05-2021 08:22 AM

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Great that you always have something to remember him by and can share with your family. My GMC was my wife’s grandfathers and for the last few years I’ve been storing it at my father-in-laws shop and he has been occasionally driving it as he likes the truck as well. One of these years I’ll go bring her home again but it’s where it’s meant to be right now.

BAD1916 10-05-2021 01:38 PM

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For sure, it is nice to have a car that my grandma and grandpa drove around in. Thatís awesome that your truck can be enjoyed by your family members as well. It has to bring back lots of memories.

BAD1916 10-05-2021 01:43 PM

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Yesterday I got the brake and fuel lines reinstalled minus a few brackets. I also got the exhaust rehung under the truck. I cleaned up the heater box as well. I had 2 heater boxes both with a broken tab. I ended up using the one with the least obvious break. I believe the truck sat for a long time without a good so the box was extremely dull. I didnít get any pics from before but I washed it with soap and water to clean it good and scuffed it with a red pad. After that I sprayed it with a satin clear and am pretty happy with the result. I also picked up my control arms and trailing arms from getting new bushings pressed in and shafts installed.

LockDoc 10-05-2021 10:25 PM

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Heater box looks good! That would be better than painting it for sure.

LockDoc

BAD1916 10-06-2021 12:44 AM

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Thanks. I would hate to paint it and ruin the look. Certain things like that I really enjoy looking at as they should be.

BAD1916 10-06-2021 10:41 AM

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Looking good really like that color

Now you keep teasing with the pics of the Mustang. 65? I am one of the few that always liked the green color and details on that one as well? I know itís a truck site butÖ

Thereís a Suburban in the pic too👍🏻

BAD1916 10-08-2021 01:43 AM

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Got my plating back today so I turned on the music,grabbed some beer and started sorting. I was confident when my wife asked me how I knew where it all goes when I was taking it apart. Now Iím staring at bolts wondering where they go.🤣 Some look important too. I threw in a bunch of bolts from my dads Suburban that got totaled so I will have lots of extra hardware.

LockDoc 10-08-2021 10:21 AM

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Got my plating back today so I turned on the music,grabbed some beer and started sorting. I was confident when my wife asked me how I knew where it all goes when I was taking it apart. Now Iím staring at bolts wondering where they go.🤣 Some look important too. I threw in a bunch of bolts from my dads Suburban that got totaled so I will have lots of extra hardware.


What is the hardware plated with?

LockDoc

BAD1916 10-08-2021 10:43 AM

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I did a silver cad. I would love to do a phosphate and oil batch but that is way pricey.

BAD1916 10-08-2021 06:28 PM

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I had a little time today to play with the truck. I got the rearend back underneath it. Iím used to Ford 8 and 9Ē rears. Damn this thing was heavier than what Iím used to.

BAD1916 10-09-2021 03:00 PM

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Made a bit more progress today.


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