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 Post subject: my 78 luv build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:39 pm 
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figured I should start a build thread since I'm starting to gather parts for my little truck. progress might be a little slow since im a 16 yo kid with no job at the moment and 4 other cars that seem like they always need something. this build, and all my other ones are funded by me and me only, I do all the work on everything and don't let anyone else touch them. the story goes I had been looking for a luv for a while, then in December of last year my mothers boyfriend came home and said there was a luv at a customers house that he might sell. the next day we went out to the little town of PeEll and I came home with a complete luv with 82,xxx miles on it that had sat or 6 years for $100.all it needed was a coil and carb rebuild to run, and around $500 later and 1 month of work I had the truck running, driving and street legal with all new brake system and fuel system.

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 Post subject: Re: my 78 luv build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:42 pm 
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where it had been sitting for 6 years


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Th350 w/ shift kit, 2200 stall converter, b&m pro ratchet shifter, one piece 5.0 305, hei, remaned Holley q-jet, noisy gear drive, hiflow oil pump, chrome bits n pieces and lots of rust! On the road again!
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 Post subject: Re: my 78 luv build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:43 pm 
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1 month after I got it


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 Post subject: Re: my 78 luv build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:45 pm 
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a little bit of paint and some work, the motor ran pretty good


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 Post subject: Re: my 78 luv build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:49 pm 
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the luv pretty much just sat until summer came around, having a couple other projects I had money going into them for a while


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Th350 w/ shift kit, 2200 stall converter, b&m pro ratchet shifter, one piece 5.0 305, hei, remaned Holley q-jet, noisy gear drive, hiflow oil pump, chrome bits n pieces and lots of rust! On the road again!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:52 pm 
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once it was summer, I got a new set of tires (free) from a buddy, painted the rear wheels and started driving it. next couple pics are from cruising around at the billetproof car show


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:53 pm 
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I also added a new kenwood head unit and some 6'' speakers


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:54 pm 
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ran and shifted great, not a single problem for a couple months


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:00 pm 
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drove it to a buddies house at the beginning of august, went to leave and the truck wouldn't fire, points died. so I had another buddy tow it home and there is sat for the weekend till I came back from wheeling at elbe hills. the truck sat for a month when I thought about what I was going to do to it. after some thought, I pulled the motor and tranny and they went on craigslist


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:06 pm 
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also around February , I found out I had a broken main leaf on the passenger side, so I bought a 79 4x4 from a buddy for $100, took what I needed and wanted and put up some ads for parts from it. after little to no interest I decided to have some fun with it. ran it over a few times and tested articulation of my jeep and the couple yotas we have


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:14 pm 
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beginning of this month I finally got the 4 banger sold, but still had the tranny, yesterday I traded the tranny for the tranny I need for the 350 swap. a short shaft 2wd th350 with a shift kit. I also traded a box of parts for the b&m shifter and that's about where im at today. I still need a few more parts to do the swap, like a motor and radiator mainly, and ill update the thread as I acquire parts. I only have around $950 into the truck so far, including the 2 trucks


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 Post subject: Re: my 78 luv build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:36 pm 
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The gutter rail moulding and windsheild stainless are rare piecec . Hope it didnt have the rare rear window stainless also .


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:20 pm 
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it did have the rear stainless, I put it on my truck when I swapped the windows over. I then later swapped it out for the old one cause I didn't like the look. no idea where it went. gave first dibs to you guys but after no interest, I took off the useable parts and had some fun :)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:24 pm 
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Those look like the factory bucket seats too from what I can see, and not in bad shape. Those really are rare, along with the latch portion of the seat belt that matches up with them.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:48 pm 
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Pretty sure they are factory buckets. I had an ad up here and cl for a months before I decided to have some fun. Picked up some radiator hoses for the truck today, plan on ordering the radiator here soon. On a side note, I got a new to me car today. Traded my 98 Nissan frontier 4x4 for a 92 dodge stealth r/t. A lot more comfortable than the fronty and better mpg

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:38 pm 
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So does that mean that those buckets are no longer available? I sent you a PM on 7/23 but never heard back.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:56 pm 
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I thought I replied, guess not. yes they are up for grabs if you want them

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:20 pm 
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I have shipped several aircraft seats easily. I get 2 big packing boxes from Home Depot, put both seats in the box, one upside down and use the second box as a cap over the first, UPS will ship this way.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:33 pm 
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Definately interested. Would like to see if we could work something out to ship them to Colorado.

Thanks Chad

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:41 pm 
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Pm sent. Put my 350 in the luv today just as mock up. The mounts are going to have to be altered cause they are a little off. I'll see if I can get a pic or 2 up. It's a 4 bolt main, bored .30 over, gear drive, a nice hot cam and Corvette stingray 327 202 heads.

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