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Old 06-26-2003, 04:25 AM
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Ideas anyone? 78 GMC P/U good for a hotrod?

I am having a hard time getting rid of my old GMC Sierra 16. Was my dad's in '78 and became mine in '98, it is a great truck, but I figure it is time to enter a new era. It is a 6 cyl with three on the tree. I was just curious how much work would go into changing things around to go and play on the track. Also- I am searching for ideas for how to hook it up and what y'all would do. I have not been into hotroding for that long and I kind of want to learn right.

Thanks for any ideas (and please, don't hold back--but try not to pick on the new guy too much.

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Old 06-26-2003, 03:12 PM
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well, i don't know that i would go racing but if it were my truck i would lower it, slam it on the ground. lose the bumpers and get some nice rolled pans for clean lines. maybe plane the handles, chop the top a few inches, nice paint, tonneau cover and some wicked 17s with some nice rubber. and it's cool it's a 3spd.

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http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/f...php3?forumid=4

No reason you can't go to the track & play right now, is there? Between this board, the one above, & some time at the track, you can learn a whole lot & get lots of ideas.
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The only drag is that being in Hawaii, genuine hotrods are a limmited commodity. There is a small track I check out from time to time, but it sucks that the predominent brand of car is that of the new era of hot rod (if that is whaat you want to call it) that happens to be the "fast and the furious" BS that I see out there everytime I go. There have baan a few instances where there were some cool rides, but I have to tap into the knowledge of those on the mainland. I am moving to Japan as well and will be back in a few years, and I a gonna scoop up as much info from sites like this for when I get back to CA where my truck is stashed. Besides, then there will be a lot more capital saved up to play with.

Thanks for the replies Jim and John (so far), and keep them coming.
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if you like it rod it. nothing on that truck is hard to switch around. but i would defenintly take the "three on the tree" to the floor. too much of a pain in the ***** to shift; or possibly go with an auto.
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same body style for ten years? gotta be something mo'betta. they are like 3rd gen camaro's. you'ld think machine tooling was a dead art. course 2nd gen camaros run from 70-81 so...why listen to me? i have a 72
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well, i don't know that i would go racing but if it were my truck i would lower it, slam it on the ground. lose the bumpers and get some nice rolled pans for clean lines. maybe plane the handles, chop the top a few inches, nice paint, tonneau cover and some wicked 17s with some nice rubber. and it's cool it's a 3spd.

JB
Any or all of the above AND upgrade the drivetrain as you can afford to. Having a 3 on the tree in this day and age is kind of cool though. Not great for racing but cool for a cruiser. Swing by ChevyTalk.com and check out the truck and performance forums. There are several guys racing full size pickups there that would be glad to share notes.

Same styling for 10 years means parts are easier to find and cheaper when you do. Try owning something that has one year only styling and try to find inexpensive used parts because what you need hasn't been made since 1962 and nobody reproduces it. That bites.
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'78 GMC

If I understand correctly, you're going to Japan for an extended length of time, then coming back to California to pick up your pickup (sorry!); then heading back to Hawaii?

My friend, if it were up to me (and of course it isn't!), I'd simply sell the '78 GMC, go to the Land of the Rising Sun and then go straight home to Hawaii, where I'd *diligently* search the used car ads for another ride. Since the Jimmy will not be used for another couple of years, there's all sorts of things that it'll probably need once you get back, like tires, battery, rodent fumigation, thorough brake check, fuel decontamination, etceteras. Why bother rodding this thing yourownself, since I'd guess you're apparently not able to financially or mechanically re-do the truck on your own?

It's only an opinon, of course, and as they say opinions are like belly buttons (everybody's got one), but .. hey! You did ask, right?
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Hey what about this, forget using the truck as your dragster but using it as your tow vehicel for your dragster. Make it a cool ride that can tow the fast ride.

Just a thought, I was at a parade on the 4th, one of the trucks in the parade was a Chevy panel truck from 1964 that was completly stock and in pristene condition. The guy paid 3,275 dollars for it in 64. The coolest thing was it's owned by it's orginal owner (very cool).

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i know a guy with a 77 that had a three on the tree he put a wicked 427 in it and got rid of the tree shift (just not cool at the track) it looks and runs wild. good truck to tinker with.
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Fairly simple swap and cheap.
Cadillac 500, TH-400, and rear locker.
The engine will likely need a thing or two....
But don't they all.
Mine was supercheap- I traded a headlight for a complete car with the above engine/tranny combo, and the swap was simple and lower cost than a 350 into an S-10.
Just my two bucks worth.
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Hey what about this, forget using the truck as your dragster but using it as your tow vehicel for your dragster. Make it a cool ride that can tow the fast ride.
I have seen and owned some trucks that would chew up alot of cars at the dragstrip.
If you want to build it, If you can afford to build it, If you have the skills to build it, Then by all means:BUILD IT!
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