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Old 03-24-2009, 02:44 PM
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79 454 pickup not sure where to start

hey everyone, so this is what I have going on I have a 1979 Chevy big 10 with a 454cid 4bbl a/t. its not my only car but I love driving it so much its basically my daily driver.

but anyway I want to completely redo the truck just a little at a time the interior is in great shape and it runs good im just not sure where to start.

I would like to replace the wiring and rebuild the engine ~upgrading it while I do.~
it dose need the bottom and front of the bed replaced it has rust right there in the edge at the front but thatís it as far as the body damage goes everything else is very strait I would also like to swap the front end with a 87 front I just like the 87 front end more... and I was also wanting to upgrade the rear brakes to disc brakes and change the doors to suicide doors

I know everyone has there own way and order to do things in but im just not sure what would be a good order to do things in and still be able to drive it as often as I can if I had the money to do it all at once I would lol but who has money to throw around like that these days
anyway any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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I would do the bodywork first so the truck would still be drivable. I would then rebuild the engine
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I would do the bodywork first so the truck would still be drivable. I would then rebuild the engine
This is good advice.
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Always thought I'm bassackwards. I do the mechanical/engine suspension etc. first so I don't ruin the paint/bodywork working on, installing engine etc.
A friend of mine did his body work & paint then his hoist took a crap while installing the engine.
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i was thinking alot about it last night and im kinda wanting to buy all the parts i need to swap out the front end and then do that at the same time i do the engine rebuild that way i would be able to get the motor in and out with ease.

the only problem i see with doing that is i would need to paint the engine bay at the same time or else i would have to pull the motor again....

would it be a stupid thing to paint the firewall months before the rest of the truck?...
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i was thinking alot about it last night and im kinda wanting to buy all the parts i need to swap out the front end and then do that at the same time i do the engine rebuild that way i would be able to get the motor in and out with ease.

the only problem i see with doing that is i would need to paint the engine bay at the same time or else i would have to pull the motor again....

would it be a stupid thing to paint the firewall months before the rest of the truck?...
No, painting the engine bay/firewall etc.. ahead of time wont hurt anything.
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Mechs first body and paint last.
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I've got a few comments/suggestions on what you want to do.

Replace wiring - I wouldn't bother replacing stock wiring unless its really bad. Its a lot of work and most people don't find it very enjoyable. You can leave the stock wiring in place for the current items and add an auxiliary fuse box for new items.

Replace front clip - there are a few articles on the net that explain what has to be done. Its not real hard if you have a good donor truck, but make sure you get everything you need.

Rear disc upgrades - there are several articles on the net, and you can even buy off the shelf kits for the upgrade. The kits are usually quite a bit more expensive.

Suicide doors - I've never seen this done, but everything is possible. It will probably not be cheap.

Rust repair - you can buy original GM parts (expensive), or there several alternate sources. Even JC Whitney sells a full range of replacement body panels and parts.

Engine rebuild - lots of stuff out there on building up a 454. Just make sure you take into account the truck's weight, axle ratio, and other chassis factors. A great 454 build for a '68 Camaro will probably not be the best choice for your truck. You need more low end and mid range torque.

Bruce
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Always thought I'm bassackwards. I do the mechanical/engine suspension etc. first so I don't ruin the paint/bodywork working on, installing engine etc.
A friend of mine did his body work & paint then his hoist took a crap while installing the engine.
Yeah, you're right of course. In my mind's eye, I was seeing the rig with bodywork done, but in primer. Most of my stuff has never left primer, so that's why I saw it that way I guess.
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