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I thought I'd start a thread on my truck build. It's been about six months and haven't gotten as far as I would like but I'm sure having fun.
I've had an awful lot of help, advise and inspiration from the great folks here and I look forward to hearing from you.

So anyway, this is what I started with and it was mostly torn down when I got it. The PO lost interest and it sat for a few years in his garage. And before you ask, no I could NOT have found a rustier one!



Got the rest apart and started in on the frame, found a few spots where rust had gone through and had to make a patch or two.


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Have the suspension mostly done now (C4) , just need to finsh up sway bar links and placement.
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Sure wish I hadn't waited so long to take on a project like this, I am absolutely loving it! Finally got it back on wheels, man I like seeing the progress.


UPDATE: Here it is almost done five years later.


 

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I know what you mean about grinding skills !!! I go through way more grinding disc than I do any other supply's...:sign0020: Keep at it and enjoy what you are doing...
 

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Glad you are having fun with it......Looks great so far!:tu:tu

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What brand IFS is that? Send more pics more pics more pics...
 

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nice work, looking good. :tu
 

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Thanks for all the encouraging words. Yes, that is the flat-out engineering front and rear with the earlier 84-87 suspension. Some guy by the name of BAM recommended them very highly! Don at Flat-out is a real nice guy and doesn't mind giving your tips and help.

I only get to work on the truck about every other weekend because it's at my cabin. No room at home! When I get up here I'm on a mission though.

Mostly working on the cab this weekend but will post plenty of pics.

Erwin:
I'm still thinking of a cool tag line... NOW THAT'S FUNNY!

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I spent about 2 hours today filling the the 1 inch gap between the a pillar and the cowl, grind, fill, hammer, grind, oops burned through, fill, grind, curse. The second one took me ten minutes...nice fresh flap disc. lol.
 

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Turning wrenches,having fun,feeling satisfied,and pressing on.It doesn't get any better than that.Your next break is on Super Bowl Sunday :sign0020:
Its looking good.:tu :tu :shakehands: :anim_25:
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Turning wrenches,having fun,feeling satisfied,and pressing on.It doesn't get any better than that.Your next break is on Super Bowl Sunday
You got that right Bob! God bless America! I did sneak out of the barn for a little bit today to watch my favorite QB throw it away. I won't name names. Ouch, man that one hurt.
 

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Made some progress this weekend, nothing really exciting but I got pictures! Everybody loves pictures!

Filled in the holes in the floor. I'm doing a 90 deg swing pedal, so don't need brake and clutch holes. I'm going to close up the column hole once I get it set.


Cleaned up the firewall a little more and shaved those felt gasket housings for the pedals down below.
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Patched up a big hole where the PO had clearanced his shifter. Actually I did that a while ago. Come to think of it, that took way too long. Lots O bends! Really stiffened the floor back up though. Still have to patch the bottom side when I get the cab flipped.
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Fixed another clearance job for another shifter I guess. I have a three inch offset on my shifter so it should put me in the clear for putting it the hole in the trans cover. My trans cover looks like swiss cheese, I think might be better off timewise just finding a replacement.
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All in all the cab and doors are not in too bad of shape. Next is finishing steps and another cab corner and hanging doors.
 

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Sweet project, it is so much fun..
I've got a 50 50 chance but if you're talking about Manning I was so bummed..
Thanks man, it sure is fun. Yep, Peyton...
 

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Nothing like enjoying time on your build especially when things do not go according to plan, looks like your have a great time :tu
 

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The more I see these Tri-Five trucks, the more I want one. If I can muster another build, I'm thinking either a truck or a station wagon. Nice going!
 

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Thats funny, I have the same patch on my floor from a previous shifter location except mine was about 3-4 inches to the left, right into to floor reinforcement too. I also had a butchered trans cover, had like 3 to 4 different holes in it and it was the kind where someone took to the time to drill a thousand 3/8 holes to make the cutout, very jagged.. I bought a used one and welded up one quarter inch hole.

Looking at your pics doing all the metal work was the most fun I had, kinda miss that part now, looking sweet though!
 

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The more I see these Tri-Five trucks, the more I want one. If I can muster another build, I'm thinking either a truck or a station wagon. Nice going!
Thanks a lot. It's a start, got a loooong way to go. Just looked up your 57 pictures and what a sweet looking ride! Great job. I love that tan and red.
 
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