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    Default '52 Rot-box turned tire roaster.

    From build thread started 1-24-2013

    Hi guys, going to get around to putting up a build thread of my truck.

    I've wanted a 47-53 pickup for as long as I can remember. It was the first vehicle I "fell in love with", and have been after one ever since. My grandpa owned a '52 GMC long before I was born. I eventually found that out many years after he passed away and set out to find one. I've looked at a handful of them and they were always missing fenders, hoods, the box, etc. I wanted one that was mostly complete, condition was not a big factor for me. A friend called me one night after work and said he had spotted a truck in a field, had pulled in and talked to the owner, an older fella. I stopped in the next day, we made a deal and I picked it up a few days later. He wrote out a bill of sale, describing what I had bought, also including "has no warranty", I wish I knew where I put that, it would be great in a frame.

    The truck is not actually a '52, from my research I have come up with it being a '50, (if someone knows for sure let me know), there are no VIN tags on the truck nor does it have an ownership. I will be building it into a '52 and licensing it as that when the time comes.

    I paid $600 for my truck a little over a year ago, and haven't touched it since. I'm currently in the middling of finishing my car and will hopefully get to ordering some major suspension parts for the '52 over the summer.

    Here is a picture the day I first laid eyes on it.



    Here is how it sits now:

















    It is definitely nothing to look at, but it will be in years to come.

    My plans include:

    -LSx engine
    -Twin Garrett GTxx's
    -T-56
    -C4 IFS and IRS
    -Get it as low as possible, static, and then lower it some more.
    -Destroy tires
    -Piss off the neighbours.
    -Destroy tires while pissing off the neighbours.

    Sounds like a lot, but for this truck I am definitely in for the long haul.

    Sorry for the long-winded starter post, I've been wanting to get that out of the way for a while now.

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    After a very long 18 months, I finally dug it out dragged the truck into the shop. Over-whelmingly excited.

    Pulled the front end off, the AIDS-infested bench seat out, and the rear fenders off.





    I will be bringing home the C4 rear suspension/differential/axles this weekend.

    Hopefully have it down to a bare frame by early next week and send the frame out to get blasted.

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    you better finish the cavi, but i'm excited for this too


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    Giggitygiggitygiggitygiggitygiggityguuuuuuuuu!!!!! !!!

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    That is awesome, your plans are exactly what I want but i want a stalled auto so it's a drag truck.

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    Can't wait to see more progress! Are you keeping the body like that or are you painting it?

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    Looks about the same shape my 48 is in. I just haven't started on mine... Motivate me young lady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 244Brick View Post
    you better finish the cavi, but i'm excited for this too
    Maybe some day

    Quote Originally Posted by calibornn1979 View Post
    Giggitygiggitygiggitygiggitygiggityguuuuuuuuu!!!!! !!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Skraight. View Post
    That is awesome, your plans are exactly what I want but i want a stalled auto so it's a drag truck.
    It's a good plan, right!

    Quote Originally Posted by AndreasW View Post
    Can't wait to see more progress! Are you keeping the body like that or are you painting it?
    It will stay like this for the first few years I would imagine. I want to have this project out every summer and save a major upgrade saved for winter. Drag the build out over many years and always get to drive it and appreciate it through the summer.

    Quote Originally Posted by aLaFleur View Post
    Looks about the same shape my 48 is in. I just haven't started on mine... Motivate me young lady.
    Honestly, dude. The pictures do the truck a favour. It is definitely in worse shape than it appears. However, I am not scared in the least to make this mother fucker awesome.

    Been working hard at stripping the truck down, made a date to have the frame blasted, being next week sometime. Pulled both solid axles out of the front and rear, both were FAR easier than I had ever expected them to be.









    I also picked up my first piece of awesome. C4 corvette rear end, FREEBIE.





    That's all for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kielan View Post
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    Love these trucks, I will own one some day, probably after I get over my 2002 phase I'm in lol

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    Saw this on IG, little did I know you had a build on here!

    I will continue to follow this for years to come...


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    This should be interesting...
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    Seriously... This is going to make me roll my old shit box into the shop. Stop playing games with me.
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    You're my favorite, Jeff.
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    This looks extremely promising, stoke for more progress. Also looks like your Corvette rear end has a broken mount .

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    Do you ever get tired of building cool stuff?
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    I definitely don't want to have to wait years to see this thing finished. Should be unbelievably cool.
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    This will be a long, winding thread and I want to be all over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99sil-teg View Post
    Love these trucks, I will own one some day, probably after I get over my 2002 phase I'm in lol
    This exact truck has been my "dream" vehicle since I was probably 13.

    Quote Originally Posted by milano_red View Post
    Saw this on IG, little did I know you had a build on here!

    I will continue to follow this for years to come...
    Hahaha, thanks, mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckNDicks View Post
    This should be interesting...


    Quote Originally Posted by aLaFleur View Post
    Seriously... This is going to make me roll my old shit box into the shop. Stop playing games with me.
    It is literally the best automotive related move I've ever made in my life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle_Eagleton View Post
    You're my favorite, Jeff.
    Love you too, baby.

    Quote Originally Posted by OpelWagenGT View Post
    This looks extremely promising, stoke for more progress. Also looks like your Corvette rear end has a broken mount .

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    Thanks, man! Me too.

    The rear end was hit, there are two slightly bent control arms and the diff cover/mount is broken. Viper rear covers are a direct swap and and better anyways, so this affects quite literally nothing. I also got it for free, would you complain? Me neither.

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    Do you ever get tired of building cool stuff?
    This is the first build of mine I consider cool. Hahaha!

    Quote Originally Posted by vdubkid View Post
    I definitely don't want to have to wait years to see this thing finished. Should be unbelievably cool.
    Me neither, and at the same time I am totally cool with it. I'm just happy to be working on it.

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    This will be a long, winding thread and I want to be all over it.
    Like a fat kid on cake. AMIRITE?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kielan View Post
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    I did not know how you got this truck. That's pretty cool.

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    Awww yiisss.
    I will build a late 50's f100 one day.
    But until then, I'll enjoy watching you <3

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    Yup I'm gonna go ahead and subscribe to this, maybe I'll get some motivation to play with my truck.

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    Well guys, here goes nothing. We're finally getting rolling on working on the truck. We've just recently moved into a newer, much bigger shop, I disassembled the truck for the move and recently just recently over the weekend finished stripping the frame to ready it for work.

    I came up with a simple plan, I really just want to drive this truck right now, so rather than stick to my original plan that included a tube frame, LSx and the like, I'm going to do it on a budget, bag it and drive it (hopefully) early this summer.

    Rough plans include:

    305/350
    TH350 w/shift kit
    triangulated 4 link
    G-body front clip
    semi-repaired body (enough that the body is at very least, safe to drive)
    simple 8-valve setup with 7" bags at all 4 corners setup to lay running board
    bench seat
    raised wood bed floor

    Nothing fancy at all, remember, I'm going at this with a budget, while still attempting to keep the quality in the build that I am very attentative toward.

    The truck was purchased as a 3/4 tonne, long-bed, 8-bolt, great big sum-bitch. Not staying like that. We drew up some new rails that will be lasered out by a friend this week and welded in next weekend. They will effectively turn the truck into a short-box and allow it to lay running board on a 30" tall tire.

    Loosely eye-balling up the cardboard template. The factory leaf perches are still attached to the frame, which is why it is not flushed with the frame.





    I hope to have the rails TIG'd fully next weekend, along with having a plan of attack for the bag bridge, front 4-link crossmember, fuel cell mount, fuel pump and trailer hitch.

    This week I'll be hunting down a G-body front clip, and a 4wd S10 rear differential (remember, think budget).

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    Jeff! I'm so happy you got your dream truck.

    It's funny how you have to sweep up after it.... lol.



    This looks so good though. I'm glad you'll be driving it soon and building the rest in steps. That's much more gratifying anyways. Subscribed <3

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    looks awesome but i don't think those frame rails will be strong enough, especially if it rains.. lol

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