1989 Single Cab Chevy Prerunner

Discussion in 'Shop - Show & Tell' started by pkonopasky, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. pkonopasky

    pkonopasky Member

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    Hello everyone, I have read the forums here for quite some time and finally decided to make a profile and post my build. My name is PJ and as soon as I got my license at 16 I bought a 1989 Chevy C1500 for $500 of my hard earned money. Ever since then I have been messing around with it here and there trying to turn it into an "offroad truck" with my limited income and knowledge. When I first bought it, it had a flaky black paint job and was stock with a stepside bed. I got a normal bed off of my cousins friend, and rattle canned the rest of the truck white. I threw on the fabtech "long travel" kit in the front, and some deaver springs in the back and thought it was an offroad machine. After getting a new daily I decided to tear it down and do a complete build, with the help of my cousin, as this is my first project. We have been working on it for about a year now so we are pretty far along.

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    I have lots of pictures and will post more shortly!
  2. glamiskid395

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    another CHEVY, awesome! will watch this build, looking good so far. do you plan to move the motor back? and cage it?
  3. pkonopasky

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    Thank you! I have thoroughly gone through your build, I like your truck... kind of inspired me to post mine! haha .. yeah, already moved it back a bit, just organizing the pictures now!
  4. pkonopasky

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    Alright, heres some more pictures, still have many more though, just have to organize them all!

    Moved it into the garage
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    My buddy I got the arms from had a tie-rod issue so changed a little on the spindle
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    Boxed in frame where cut out
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    Upper arm mount
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    Moved motor back and down a little bit, new motor mounts
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    Fixed the lower arms to fit coilover and bypass shock
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  5. glamiskid395

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    thanks, i think, some of the older stuff embarrasses me but hey its all part of learning.

    say goodbye to the firewall...lol i still have all of mine for now...
    Who built the a-arms?
  6. pkonopasky

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    It sure is part of learning, after looking through some of these older pictures, I realized how crappy some of my welds were, they still arent great, but much improved!
    Yeah... we just finished most of the new firewall yesterday, man I hate sheet metal work!
    And I believe Mc Neil built them
  7. pkonopasky

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    Finished welded and cleaned up
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    Some weld washers
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    Upper shock mounts
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  8. Andrew

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    Dangit, you should have just bought mine...
  9. Zac Reish

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    2 blond chicks working on the ride. Nice work. Take a little more time and clean the edges on all your tabs and clean the tubes before you tack them your welds will be much cleaner and stronger. Good project. Have fun this stuff becomes addicting.
  10. pkonopasky

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    Yeah but I really wanted my own build so I can really learn, for me its a big learning experience. I built the motor myself at my local community college and now its time for the rest of the truck! haha
  11. pkonopasky

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    haha yeah the girlfriend and other cousin happened to be there that day and decided to pick up some brooms! Sounds good, yeah those tabs are from when I first learned to use the plasma cutter and do look pretty awful! haha But im slowly improving as the project goes on
  12. Andrew

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    lol, I said the same thing when I started. Now I'm just over it. haha. I don't mean to discourage you at all... I work at a fab shop, and there really is NO way to buy the parts I need to finish the truck. I hope you have better luck!
  13. pkonopasky

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    Naw I can't be discouraged, I love every minute of the build! I try and work on it once a week, as its parked at my cousins house in temecula and is about an hour from where i live, and its all i look foreward to during the week! Haha And your build is super sick! What's holdin it up?
  14. Andrew

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    It would take roughly 20 grand to finish the way I want
  15. pkonopasky

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    Yeah it's tough, I don't make a lot of money, I'm a college student working at Costco! But it's slowly inching along! I still have lots of stuff to buy in the near future!
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    Here some more pictures.. more are soon to come!

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    Steering
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    Upper link bar mount
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    That is basically where the truck is at now... going to go work on it for the day tomorrow!

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