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Unread 02-12-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default The old K10, round 2!

Hey guys. Some of you may know that I got the K10 back! Traded the ol' Ford for it

Anyways, she needs some work. I'll start with the engine:

- Needs valve seals. Burns 4 quarts a week. Going to toss a set of 305 heads on it, they are still good and since I have to pull the heads, might as well use the higher compression till I can do my Vortec swap.
- Needs a camshaft and lifters. The factory one must of started dry (sat 10 years before it got swapped in), because the exhaust valve on cylinder 7 hardly moves. The valvetrain is also pretty noisy.
- Smaller carb installed. The 750 edelbrock is too big for it, I have a 500 cfm that needs rebuilt and it will be thrown on soon.
- Everything from the flywheel to the clutch needs torqued down again, we just used an impact and the FW and the clutch are a bit rattley, and I can't get the clutch do adjust right for the life of me. Also, it rattles and has nasty vibrations when I shift into third.

Might just say hell with this engine, and find a cheap one on the local classifieds. Who knows.

After I get this beast running again, I have to do work to the suspension and steering.
- New leaf springs in the rear / rebuild them with extra springs laying around. 3 or so were removed before I got it, and sags pretty bad now. It also has a few broken springs, dangerous.
- Lift kit. Got a 4" lift for it, blocks in the rear, springs up front.
- Alignment, it's off really bad.

And then comes bodywork!
- I have a few holes developing around the inner rocker on the drivers side. -The passenger side is the same, and I need to replace the rocker panel
- The driver side cab corner is toast
I have all new tin to replace these items.

-The driver side front fender is shot, it was hit with a big rock, multiple times. Got a used one, going to install when the weather gets better.
- Need patch panels for the bed, it's starting to go around the wheel well.

Then after that, I'll tackle the interior:
- Remove power windows, replace the door guts with a rolly window setup
- Install carpet
- Install trim on A and B pillars
- Replace vinyl seat with a cloth one
- Install matching door panels

I think that's about it. It looks like a lot but little by little I can have it all fixed up and pretty nice again.

Now for the mods!
Engine:
- M/T Aluminum Valve covers
- Weiand Stealth high rise intake
- Edelbrock 1407 750 cfm 4v carb
Interior:
- 80's style dashboard, and gauge bezel.
- Audio system
- JVC headunit, Sony Xplod 1000 watt amp, MTX RoadThunder 8" subs
Exterior:
- 73-74 front grille
- 80s style bed, has a gas door
- 1989 Suburban Doors. Got 'em becuase they were power. I really regret that though. They are in mint shape and have the newer style mirrors on them, and I think they look cool on this old truck.

Here it is, as it sits today:






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LS swap gogogogo
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Meh, I'll just toss a Vortec 350 in it and call it good. Looking for a donor truck right now..

Got the driver side fender replaced today. I have no idea why I took the hood off







That hood was a pain in the ass to get back up. It's so freaking heavy and so awkward to try to line up by yourself...
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A garden variety 350 block with Vortec heads and a 600/650CFM carb seems about as common in chevy's as fast food places are in the U.S.

If it works, is reliable, and makes plenty of power I don't see why you should vary from the formula. Browse through LS1tech.com's classic SBC sub-forum if you have any questions, they have tons of very helpful members.
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I work with what I already have Hence the 305 heads and such.

Going to tear the motor apart tomorrow! I plan on getting the accessories out, removing the intake and heads, and getting everything cleaned up. Should take a majority of my day. Maybe if I'm feeling ambitious enough I'll swap out camshafts.

And this one's only going to be kind of temporary until I get my other one rebuilt. It's a 1986 1 pc rear main seal 2 bolt main block. Going to get some nice aluminum heads, reuse my Weiand stealth intake, and get a 500 cfm carb on it. Also going to put a hot cam in it. Its either that or a Vortec 5.7 swap . It's definitely going to be one of the two.

Just gotta focus on getting this one running good again, then get that other one built up.
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Didn't have enough battery life to wait around to take any later pics but I got the water pump, rocker arms, and pushrods out after I took it. Going to take the heads off tomorrow. Only took me about 3 hours to do all of that, and that's with no power tools.
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Ain't none too hard to get at...anything
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lol yeah, that's what I love about 'em. Hardest part was getting the head bolts free that were closest to the firewall. I love not having power tools... :/

But anyways!
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I see cylinders!
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