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Old 03-20-2004, 11:16 PM
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'73-87 Chevy Trucks?

My rodding interests tend to lean towards big pre- 1960's cars, but I'm itching to start a new project and I know a guy that has a '78 or '79 (I don't remember which) Chevy shortbed thats in great shape that he's willing to let me have for a great price.
I like these trucks, but I've never really seen anything interesting done with one, so I was hoping you guys could give me some examples of what can be done with these trucks to help me make up my mind.

I'm thinking a retro rod-truck thing with it, dropped with a slight rake, stepside bed, slightly chopped top, louvered hood and a keg tank on the front. 3X2 setup on a big block tied to a 4 speed.

What do you guys think?
Let me see whats out there.

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Old 03-21-2004, 12:21 AM
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Go for it! those are the best trucks Chevy ever made.

Try this site out.73-87Chevytrucks

And this one.73-87

By the way I have a 77 LB, big10.
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Hardly the "best" Chevy trucks ever made, although good trucks......they probably made the most. They were notorious "rust buckets", so finding a decent one is good.

Body parts, however are readilly available.

If the body is good, go for it.

If you want something quick, get an S10, and V8 it.........although, they are rust buckets too.

Seems that all makes in the 70s and 80s tended to rust bad.........................
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Rust buckets YES! hardly any of the early ones left around here. The 73-74's were the worst. Mother nature started reclaiming them as soon as the rolled out of the plant! My ex father in law was a general manager at the sheet metal plant (Flint metal fab). He always said GM was using sheet metal that was rejected by the other builders.

Good trucks tho. I've had several, now have 81 shorty stepside waiting to be done.
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Heres my 75 C-15
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All people had to do was wash them but noooooo. This guy I work with has a '76 with a 480 in it, he got offered $20 000 for it and turned it down. For the last couple of years 73-87 chevs/gm's have been modified all over the place, you drive down the street and see 50.


P.S they are the best truck ever built
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Thats one of the reason I'm apprehensive about getting this one, you already see so many of them, and they're all pretty much done the same way.
I'm thinking that if i do get it, I'm gonna try to slap a Caddy 500 in it. That ought to be an interesting combo.

BTW, how hard is a fairly rust free stepside bed to come across for these trucks? Whats the going rate on 'em?

Thanks for the help guys.
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Stepside beds rust the worst. In Michigan it's hard to find a good one. I went to Ohio and bought an entire truck for $500.00 to get a good bed and fuel tank.
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Stepside beds rust the worst. In Michigan it's hard to find a good one. I went to Ohio and bought an entire truck for $500.00 to get a good bed and fuel tank.
Really? the fleet sides down here seem to rust a little faster.

The rusting is the worst problem for the 73-80 Chevy trucks.
The 81-87 (81-91 for Suburban/crew cab) have rust protection built in.

IMO, I think the all time best truck is the 73-79 Ford.

Gotta love those Cummins powered Dodges tho.
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P.S they are the best truck ever built

You mean, the only vehicle that you have ever owned, don't you.......I loved my 1st too.....

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IMO, I think the all time best truck is the 73-79 Ford.

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I had a 77, great truck, I put a Chevy motor in mine

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I had a '79 Ford with a '74 front end on it, long bed with a 300 I6 and a granny geared 4 speed as a beater truck for a while. Rusty as a bucket of rainwater and nails and as pretty as an ape's *** but by god it was tough.

Stepside beds seem to hard to come by here, all the junkyards have been pretty much stripped clean of 'em.
But I do think they look a heck of a lot better.
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I like long beds myself, and there is alot around here that are being restored.

Have any of you guys seen one of those rare 87 ext cabs?
I've only seen one.
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The only extended Chevys that I have seen before 88, was crewcabs.....didn't know that any were made in 87.
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Its true the sheet metal does rust pretty quick but on the bright side its easy to replace as everything just unbolts. They are very easy to work on and almost any part you can imagine on them is available.
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Yeah, I've been thinking about it and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go ahead and get it.
Now I'm just surfing around checking out pictures and making notes of stuff I want to do to it.
I really want to put a 500 Caddy in it, but I think cost is gonna be real prohibitive.

Anybody have any experience with these motors?
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