Another c-10 build

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It’s an 82 Chevy c-10 build that I’ve been working on for quite some time. These trucks have gotten very popular to build lately. There’s a few feet of stock framerail under the cab, everything else has been cut off. Originally the front part of the frame was going to stay, but on the next one I will just start with a full tube chassis and make life a lot easier. Unfortunately I don’t really have pictures of while I was building. Just finished and sprayed the whole chassis in black steel-it and all the suspension and little trinkets got silver steel-it. Now it’s time to start putting it back together. Pictures are kind of in order of putting things back on as it gets built back up, so I can finish the plumbing and wiring after the motor and trans come back; and can go in one final time. I’ll continue to post new pictures as it progresses.
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Here’s a quick parts list:

• camburg 3.5” housing a w/40 spline axles
• king 3” c/o’s And 3” bypass at each corner
• Mild built Chevy 400” attached to a 400 trans
• Howe 2.75” truggy rack
• camburg hubs front and back
• cbr radiator and coolers
• BFG 39’s on methods
• wilwood 6 piston fronts, 4 piston in back
• auto fab glass front rear and hood
 

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nice, whats the minimum length for frame with serial number,18"? sooo much easier to add to a tube chassis
 

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Looks great! Have personally had work done by BTF. Excellent work but more importantly, good people.
 

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Started on the light rack. 7 KC hids should go well with the kinda old school look of the truck.
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Looking good. Didnt notice your build thread until today. Going with 2WD I see. 2nd gen of the square bodies. Not much difference from my first gen. Just the front clip. Everything else is the same.
Maybe one day I'll swap from leaves to links. Got a buddy working on a IFS front drive for them with some travel. Another buddy has designed a new frame for them as well. Full reinforced frame rails that will take leaves or links.
 

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Yep just a regular 2wd desert truck. I’d really like to build another one like this but with 4wd, that would make for a real fun truck I think. And it’s crazy how long GM basically kept the same frame and front suspension. Pretty much the same from 67-87 or something like that. I’ve been checking out your blazer. Looks like a fun rig.
 

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I saw a really sweet 1st gen k5 in Ensanada one year during the 500 I believe. Linked front and rear. Had AZ tags on it. Only thing I didnt like was the rear shocks were tilted to the rear with a rear shock cage taking up the rear storage area behind the seat.
 

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I saw a really sweet 1st gen k5 in Ensanada one year during the 500 I believe. Linked front and rear. Had AZ tags on it. Only thing I didnt like was the rear shocks were tilted to the rear with a rear shock cage taking up the rear storage area behind the seat.

Was it bright orange?
 

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Yep. had graphics down the side. I don't have the pic I took of it any more.
 

BTFfabrication

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Yep. had graphics down the side. I don't have the pic I took of it any more.
Sounds like the one I’m thinking of if it is, My buddy redid the rear link setup on that truck when we worked at solo Motorsports. It was a pretty cool truck.

Also pretty much finished up the rack just gotta tap one more heim for the adjuster up on the roof and burn it. Getting closer!
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Hmm, interesting.
The guy I bought my Blazer from had Solo do the suspension. After seeing what all they did and having to fix/redo it, I'd never let them work on any of my vehicles. The suspension was set up with only 2 inches of droop, even though it had 12"F/18"R shocks. I had to build a new lower shock mount that moved the mounting point up 6" just so I could get a good 9" of drop in the rear. Also relocated the front shocks for more travel and better articulation. Had to remove their steering stabilizer so I could get full turns on the front end. Lots of other little things I had to redo as well.
At least the rear cage they built looked good and had good welds.

Anyways, so you are making the light bar adjustable, like from inside the truck? Nice.
 

BTFfabrication

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Hmm, interesting.
The guy I bought my Blazer from had Solo do the suspension. After seeing what all they did and having to fix/redo it, I'd never let them work on any of my vehicles. The suspension was set up with only 2 inches of droop, even though it had 12"F/18"R shocks. I had to build a new lower shock mount that moved the mounting point up 6" just so I could get a good 9" of drop in the rear. Also relocated the front shocks for more travel and better articulation. Had to remove their steering stabilizer so I could get full turns on the front end. Lots of other little things I had to redo as well.
At least the rear cage they built looked good and had good welds.

Anyways, so you are making the light bar adjustable, like from inside the truck? Nice.

Haha. I probably know exactly who did that work! No names given. No, I wish we could have done an electric actuator, but not for this one, Just an aluminum tie rod for outside adjustability.
 

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Here’s the center console, figuring out where to put the race radio, intercom and a few other components.
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Crusty Shellback

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Looks clean.
Do you have an adjustable knob you turn to adjust the light bar on the fly? Or is it a turnbuckle?
 

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Thanks, it’s just an aluminum turnbuckle/bar I spun on the lathe. Ive done a few that are adjustable from the inside which is nice, but not altogether necessary.
 

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Getting things a little closer, got news that the motor and trans will be back on Monday or so. Good things coming!!
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