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Old 04-26-2013, 03:17 PM
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Hi, I'm new. '62GMC advice welcome.

Hi, name's Louis. I live outside the STL area. I'm a artisan. A carver who works in horn, bone and antler. I have a '66Skylark and a '62GMC PU which I just inherited.
I'm hoping to find info and advice on upgrading the GMC. The front suspension: disc brakes and power steering. Better gears and if possible posi rear. Might even do air ride, idk.
But I do want to keep an all stock appearance.
Well, sort of, Dad put in a burgundy interior, wild strawberry metallic paint outside and in, along with that funky white that Caddy's been using for a while now on the rims, trim and lettering. Sharp lookin' truck if I do say so.
It's got the original 305V6 w/4speed, but it spun a crank bearing. No good.
I don't want to rebuild this motor as it's not high value and a gas hog. My hope is to turn the truck into a decent driver with some pep to it. No racer, just a fun cruiser.
I've a 250straight6 w/power-glide from a '68Nove 4-door that an uncle says should drop right in. Hence the desire for different gears in the rear.
Not sure how to go with the front end. I found this thread on here via Google:
5 on 5" rear end swap in my '62 GMC - 10 bolt vs 9" vs Dana 44

Good info. Anyone got more? Follow up info?


At any rate, nice to meetcha!
Louis
Oh, btw, I live out in the woods and only get web access once a week or so. So I may not be on that often.

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Post your questions in the engine and or drive train forums and you will get responses not everyone looks at the introduction forum.

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Thanks for the info. I shoulda figgered that.
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WElcome Louis!!
Afraid to say you're in for a rude awakening on your 62 gmc. Hope you got deep pockets!
Power brakes is gonna be 1200 or more and power steering likely another grand. Front end parts are more expensive because of the torsion bar suspension. It can be done but it'll cost you. You can swap a rearend in from a 64-70 chevy truck if you want to keep the six bolt wheels.
Here's a link for LMC so you can shop for parts.
Truck Parts and Truck Accessories
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WElcome Louis!!
Afraid to say you're in for a rude awakening on your 62 gmc. Hope you got deep pockets!
Power brakes is gonna be 1200 or more and power steering likely another grand. Front end parts are more expensive because of the torsion bar suspension. It can be done but it'll cost you. You can swap a rearend in from a 64-70 chevy truck if you want to keep the six bolt wheels.
Here's a link for LMC so you can shop for parts.
Truck Parts and Truck Accessories
Thanks for the info. I looked into rebuilding the front end, and yeah, my pockets aren't that deep. I read an article on here and a guy swapped in the front end from a '79 suburban. It might be the way I go. Idk. I'm good with a wrench, but I'm not knowledged too well on doing things like that kind of work.

And I've had LMC sent me a catalog.
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