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Old 01-26-2011, 11:00 AM
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Hello everyone. I am glad to see so many people interested in the same trucks. I will be beginning my first project in a couple of months and was wondering if it is a bad idea continue to drive the truck or should I just take it down to the frame?
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:33 PM
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Good question ...One thing I've learned is the ones you drive while fixin up never get finished...once the moneys saved up, tear it down,drive it till then.You really cant do both...
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:35 AM
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a lot depends on what level restoration/rodification you want on your truck.
if your just updating the motor & brakes or

installing ifs, frame mods & major body/paint. then you'll want to tear it down to the frame. save up a good chunk o change to start, but know that it might take 5 or more yrs to finish your project and that the cost will be spread over the project life.

my wife keeps a eye on $$, she really notices the motor, tranny, ifs purchases on the credit card, but rarely says anything about the $100 here or there. little does she realize how many $100 purchases over the last 7 yrs i've made....
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Not to hi-jack the tread, but I have a quick question. The factory six lug patern on a 55 half ton is 6 on 5.5 correct? Just want to make sure before I buy a set of wheels.
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Not to hi-jack the tread, but I have a quick question. The factory six lug patern on a 55 half ton is 6 on 5.5 correct? Just want to make sure before I buy a set of wheels.

You got it right !
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:48 PM
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you can't hijack this thread
any question on 55-59 is good for us
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:32 PM
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DAMMIT! I DID IT AGAIN!!!
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Hey , Glen
How is your project coming along ? Do you have any new pics to show us ?
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Hey , Glen
How is your project coming along ? Do you have any new pics to show us ?
Welllllllll, The project is moving forward ever so slowly. I changed course on power last year from the idea of using what I had on hand (Chrysler 360/A-500 Trans) to 2005 Chevy Van 5.3/4L60E. So a lot of time passed as I rounded up parts to make it fit.

As you know my truck is a '57 GMC.

Working with a bare frame presents it own challenges (no cab mounted), like just where is the firewall, the steering column, the rad and fan in relation to the engine? Will the factory manifolds fit ? What engine mounts? etc.

The other challenge is I'm using a Chevy frame instead of the GMC frame.

In '55 when the Task Force trucks came out Chevy moved into the future and mounted the Rad support on two mount points on the frame rails. This also moved the Rad support forward about 2". GMC continued using the old spring loaded center mount for the Rad support.

So to keep things simple I got a Chevy rad support and inner fender panels to use for mock up and engine location. Fortunately the Chevy and GMC use the same inner fender panels so the rear of the panels will be the correct location of the firewall regardless of which rad support is used in production.

Last spring and summer I went to a lot of car shows looking for LS powered Task Force trucks to see just what was done for Rad's,exhaust, steering and it paid off.

I now have a 2000 Camero Rad & cooling fans. Now to get the A/C system and start the mock up and locate the engine.

As for Pic's nothing new yet.

Well I better get back at it next week
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Food for thought LS style

These are some pic's I took at a local car show last spring.

They are the inspiration for my cooling system.

And here's a cool set up to relocate the coil packs and air filter
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Dually - 58 1 ton - new rear end

I found a deal I couldn't refuse on Craigslist. While my 58 1 ton has a perfectly good dually rear end in it, I worry about parts if I ever get broke down on the road. Plus it would need to be rebuilt for confidence.

So I acquired I acquired what is supposed to be a Dana 70HD dually rear end out of a motor home.

It's locked up right now but I hope it's just the brakes. I see there are conversion kits to make these disc brakes?
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g&r
all these yrs i assumed that gmc's had the same frames.
and that they only changed a few styling features, motors & trans.
i owned a 57 gmc way back when, but never did any big work on it.

i highly recommend that you mount the cab onto the frame while you rough in the steering and brakes.
i left my cab on thru most of my frame mods.
mustII ifs, boxed frame, motor install, rear suspension mods, ac, steering
and hydro-boost installs were 90% before i pulled my cab off.
when i pulled the cab i only had a little boxing and trans x-member to finish.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:49 PM
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I had assumed the frame of my 57 GMC was just like a Chevy, until I tried to install the Chevy Mustang II kit I had purchased. I couldn't use the boxing plate that came with it. The GMC frame is slightly taller and doesn't taper like the Chevy does.

I agree with Ogre on using the cab to locate components. Especially because you can't measure a Chevy to verify placement. When I originally mounted my small block, the cab was off the frame. The result was it really needed to be shifted 1/2" forward to fit perfectly, which I did several years later when I installed the Mustang II crossmember.

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