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Old 03-25-2007, 10:41 AM
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ok another question on the post #607 the 5th pic there is a piece of angle iron that comes off the frame and goes near the parking brake cable. It is riveted to the frame. Does anyone know what it is for?

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Old 03-25-2007, 12:44 PM
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Gator that is the mounting bracket for the stock muffler.It is riveted to the frame,just grind off the rivet and punch it out and add it to the scrap pile.As for the spare use the big tire if you have a posi or a locker in the rear end,if you run an open differential it does not matter what size tire you run.As for the gas tank go custom,that stock tank will not work the way you want it too.Skip the under bed spare and put one of those after market tanks in and throw a spare in the bed for those long trips and a tire repair kit (the kind with the black sticky string you push in the hole twist and pull the handle out)and a electric compressor behind the seat for day to day piece of mind.You don't have to go through the bed for the filler neck,just go between the bed and the frame and put the filler neck in the wheel well and make some kind of sheet metal splash shield for it so the tire doesn't throw water and mud on it.

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Old 03-25-2007, 01:03 PM
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Thanks DD for sending me to this site. I have spent the past 2 hours reading from page 1 and have already learned alot this morning. Yesterday I was so fed up trying to pull the axles from my 12 bolt posi that I almost ran my '57 on Craigslist, but today I have new hope. All my books were talking about "C" clips holding the axles in place, seems mine has the "pressed on" type bearings, so all I need to do is rent an axle puller. I will post pics as soon as I figure out how, I'm not all that PC literate and all my kids are grown and gone so I cant get any help from them. I am going with the camaro subframe, 350 c.i. , B/W T-5 trans and the 3:23, 12 bolt posi combo. I have already patch paneled one lower cab corner, inner and outer but by no means am a bodyman, just learning as I go.
To pull the axle when you have pressed on bearings I believe you still have to take off the c-clip in the differential then you use a length of chain and slide it on a stud and put the lug nut on.Then you use the chain like a whip and the snapping motion will pull the axle out.It has been 25 years since I pulled one of those axles.Thanks for posting.how about some pictures.We love those pictures.
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The tank on my 94 GMC is on the side under the truck. If you build a panel to shield it from the drive shaft I don't think it would be a problem. Either location looks like it would work.
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Got some work done on the cab floor this weekend. The pics are pretty self explanatory. Still have to final weld it in. Hope you enjoy them.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:59 AM
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Kim57 Wow that floor looks good.Gotor I think the gas tank will work fine in the position you have in the last picture.The only problem would be if you still want to shorten the frame for a short box.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:28 PM
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Kim57 Wow that floor looks good.Gotor I think the gas tank will work fine in the position you have in the last picture.The only problem would be if you still want to shorten the frame for a short box.
I think the frame shorting is out for now. I'll just build the truck as is. I have my eye on another 55 and it is a short bed. If I get that one I will trick it out and sell it. I am liking the long bed more, cause you don't see many of them any more. As far as the tank I think I will try and make it work in the location you liked...that one seems safer and it tucks under the truck more. I'll make a shield for it like Kim said. I sent willys36 a pm to ask about his gas tank modifying and some pointers so I can do mine.

Kim that is some serious sheetmetal work there!
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:51 PM
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I pulled the motor from my truck. I need to pull the tranny also. Then I can finish painting the frame. I'll then paint the engine and the tranny. (pics are in my journal)

My wife bought a powder coating kit two years I messed around with it the other day...man it works great. I am going to powder coat some stuff on the engine and tranny when I get then clean. I'll post some pics when it happens.
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Old 03-30-2007, 07:47 PM
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The 58 ran great for the Valley of Fire cruise with Classics and Rods of southern Nevada.Here are a few pictures.Gator the Valley of Fire would be a good ride on those bikes when you are in Vegas.The turn off for the scenic loop is about 14 miles north on Interstate 15.IF you stay on the scenic route it will bring you into Henderson along the back side of the lake.It is about a 60 mile round trip.Take 6 bucks each for the entry fee,bring a picknic lunch and a few bottles of water there is so much to see
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Old 03-31-2007, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for the tip DD. I will look into that. I cam't wait to go and get away from work...I leave tomorrow
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:00 PM
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Have a safe trip Gator.Have fun and take pictures so we can share the fun
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Have a safe trip Gator.Have fun and take pictures so we can share the fun
is that a short bed c10 next to your truck? Did you guys take a break at a shooting range?

good times!
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Yes Riot Racing that is a 64 c10 short bed.Those pictures are from last weekends Valley of Fire cruise.I am a member of Classics And Rods of southern Nevada.I drove my 58 down to Vegas(250 miles)to go on the annual cruise.The road through Valley of Fire is a old 2 lane road that twists and turns through the valley.The speed limit is 45 and if it says 25 on a turn its slow down or leave the roadway.There are picking sites all through the national park so a pot luck BBQ is part of the cruise.After the BBQ we cruise back to town the back way along the lake(Lake Mead) and stop here and there to look around the sandstone rock formations.The cruise ends and everyone goes there own way when we get to Henderson.That C10 belongs to Marcos.It has a 350/350 with 410 gears.You can see more pictures of the truck and the cruise in the photos section at www.classicsandrods.com Here are a couple pictures of the 64 C10 taken at the Pilot gas station were we all met before the cruise.
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Did you guys take a break at a shooting range?
Sure looks like that, doesen't it, RiotRacing? Nah! Valley Of Fire State Park is a really picturesque red rock area about forty miles northeast of Las Vegas, and it sports some really nice visitor amenities, like the shade cover over the picnic site in DD's picture. Check out the links for more info.


http://www.desertusa.com/nvval/

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Looks like everyone is busy either driving or working on your truck. I've been at a standstill for almost 3 weeks now. Looks like the next two weeks are filled to the brim and workin on my truck isn't part of the plan. I did get my gauges in the mail. Gonna have to modify the billet dash insert to accomodate the gauges the way I want them to install. Put in an order for a new solid door window kit from Brothers, along with assorted nuts, bolts and gaskets. Plan on getting the brake lines in next, followed by the wire harness. I did get a mock up of the gas tank going in under the bed behind the rear end. Hope to get back to getting things done shortly.

DD.... I'm doing a cross country Harley ride this coming July. From here to Denver, to Northern California... up the cost.. East and back down to Denver. I've never been out West. Enjoyed your Rod run pics.
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