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 Post subject: My first Luv
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:31 pm 
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Hey guys i have Luv'd this forum for years now im part of it :D Here is my first Luv i bought it 1 week ago.Its a 1980 4x4 mikado. Ill just give you a quick background im a mechanic with 15 years experience in restoring and hot roding the reason Ive always wanted a luv was growing up my father had a yellow one with a 427 BB chevy now i can build one with my own spin on it.

i tore the truck down today by my self i got to say i am so pleased at how easy and fun it is to work on one of these, it made me so happy :)

The plan so far is to take out the 1.8 ( so if anybody needs a 1.8 or 4 speed with 3,900 miles on it let me know), Install a 96 lt1 i have laying around, I plan to twin turbo the lt1, manual trans bucket seats from a 78 Nissan Z, Console, remove the 4 wheel drive, lower the front raise the rear 2 inches, flowmaster exhaust, black carpet and exterior possibly hugger orange with stripes white or black and a hood scoop.

The truck looked way worse then it really was not to much sheet metal to replace.

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This bumper might be up for grabs too if anyone needs it. And if anyone has an 80 grille by it self or a 70's grille with the headlights and bezels to change it over let me know thank you

I cheated i own a tow truck lol
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 Post subject: Re: My first Luv
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:05 pm 
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I added more photos


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Any one need the seat you can recover it

Washing the crud
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Also have a nice clutch cable i dont need
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 Post subject: Re: My first Luv
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:29 pm 
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Looks like a fun project. Will be interesting to see how she turns out keep us posted. would love to have the motor but too far away . Good luck.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:38 pm 
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Nice find!
Looks like you are going to do a thorough going over on the entire truck. Take your time and enjoy it. And make sure that you take close-up detailed pictures of cables, brake lines, wiring, etc. - you will be glad that you did.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:41 pm 
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Nice looking dash, is that a dashcap?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:47 pm 
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I went back and looked, yep a dashcap. Jumped the gun a wee bit. good looking truck, your cab floor looks like mine does. I didn't have a towtruck, I had a 105 lb wife help lift the cab off. Ozark hillbilly women can lift twice their wieght. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:14 pm 
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Thanks everyone i plan a very in depth rebuild :) and monkeyboy good eye it is a dash cap and i know what you mean about the wife i also have a wife that can bench her own weight there the best wives i just got lazy this year and finally broke down and bought a tow truck :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:42 pm 
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I noticed there's a bunch of started projects not finished on here and attempts at the lt1 non complete so i wanted to show i know what im doing with frame off and lt1 engines and wiring :) heres a couple pics of the other Chevy i love

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Heres the illusive 96 LT1
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:22 am 
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now that is a way to show you know what your doing 8)
how is your luv coming along?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:37 am 
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Lol thanks I got to get new pics up got the frame stripped sandblasted and painted so far. I should have new pic tomorrow
I'm gonna start sand blasting the cab soon. I ordered the 4 headlight setup and grille. And I helped another luv see the road I sent my engine to Michigan :D

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 Post subject: Re: My first Luv
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:06 am 
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man i want to get a 4 light front end done soon as well my front end is pretty much trashed.
whichever i find first
ahh sand blasting good stuff :lol: gotta be convenient to have access to one!
i sold my spare to a guy with a gen 2 luv that threw a rod in his 1.9

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:48 pm 
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OK first off happy holidays here's an update, I finished stripping and painting the frame with por 15 I layed the body back on the frame for mok up of the engine, new seats from a 76 Nissan z and my new 4 headlight setup looks nice with 4 headlights motor mounts were just custom made by wicked mayhem he did an awesome job pics of them coming soon there gonna be shipped out soon then I can mok up the lt1
Can't wait :-) pic will come soon

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:28 am 
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if anyone could fab you some mounts he would be the guy :lol:
i cant wait to see this thing when it is finished 8) what do you plan to use it for you gonna race it or just have a fun truck to cruise around in

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:16 am 
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Well the mounts are in the mail gonna be here Monday :D for now I'm building a fast cruiser down the line I want to get a secound one to build a race truck out of. The past few days its been raining and snowing out here so once I get a minute worth of decent weather I'll get pics I promise

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:44 pm 
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Heres a few pics of the luv with her new headlights and new seats sorry about the pics it was the beginning of the snow storm there's also pics of my other current project a 1948 Chevy Grumman step van ex snap on truck :) and the new motor mounts which just arrived today there awesome

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I know I have a weird taste in vehicles but i have an obsession with step vans this is my 3rd one :)
new updates coming soon

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i see a ton of potential in that step van. i saw one a few weeks ago bagged really clean wheels and paint and it looked awesome. would be a great rig for dirtbiking in 8)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:24 am 
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A thought occurred to me while reading this thread.
Why is it that some of us can see the potential and the fun of putting a 350/350 into a Luv and others can't?
Taking an old truck that nobody wants and making it into a cool ride is something not many people can do.
You have to be a car guy car guy to understand.
Keep up the good work.
By the way I watched Aaron on Fast and Loud slam an old Ford truck just by putting the leaf springs on the bottom of the axle instead of their normal resting place on the top. The truck did have straight axles in front and back.

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I know he hasn't been on since 11/2013, but does anyone know what that console is from?

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Looks just like the one in my 94 S10.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:32 pm 
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You have the much sought after Mikado steering wheel!!!! Keep us up to date.

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