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 Post subject: Fishing truck
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:41 pm 
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I picked this up the other day. Nice rust free 76, just one dent on the passenger side by the taillight. Going to start the build and see what hits me.
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 Post subject: Re: Fishing truck
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:31 pm 
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Nice find. Just needs a lityle luv and it should make you a good little fishing rig

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:43 pm 
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Welcome, It looks like it used to have a V8 in it?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:50 pm 
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The guy I bought it from was trying to put a buick 350 in it, but never got it past the sitting the engine phase. I have a old school 327 that I think will fit right in there.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:25 pm 
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A smallblock 327 should go in fairly easily since the core support was already chopped out.
Bolt in set of powerbyace mounts and a few busted knuckles lol

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:16 am 
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I have seen those mounts. How do they fit, as in firewall clearance height etc?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:17 pm 
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Drummerforhire used them and said they fit well. Be advised that he did have clearance issues with the hydraulic slave cylinder for his clutch as far as the headers. Power by ace did modify the headers for him and if running a automatic then there is no issue. Also be advised that if you run power by ace mounts that hooker headers won't work, and the same the other way around.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:40 pm 
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I used their 4.3 v6 mounts and ended up modifying them to get the engine where i liked it but out of the box they did fine. Headers are going to be the deal breaker whichever way you go like luvrv8 said. With mine i used a set of pacesetter headers and cut and modified one tube to go inside the steering shaft. If your not cutting and welding it aint custom :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:07 am 
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I might just make my own. The guy I bought it from had welded in a plate to put the buick engine in. I had to cut that out to expose the original mounts.When I got down to the factory mounts they dont look to beefy.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:26 pm 
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Nice day out and I had some time so I did a little on the truck.
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Its in really good shape not much rust at all.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:40 pm 
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Very nice gettin straight to it
Have a pic of the engine compartment?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:40 pm 
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Picked new bearings, seals, caliper repair kits and pads from rock auto. Auto parts wanted $34 each for the bearings. Good lord are they charging me rent for the shelf space? Got everything for $115 shipped at the Rock.

Now on to the coil overs....


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:39 pm 
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Here is the engine compartment. About ready to start grinding off the tabs.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:42 pm 
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Did a little horse trading and look what I came up with.
4 link frame and 9 inch housing. ;)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:25 pm 
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I like it. But I might be biased.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:46 pm 
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Started messing around with the frame trying to figure it out.
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I pulled the 4 link bars and brackets off the old rusty frame for reuse.
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Ice machine cleaner works great.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:48 pm 
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Did I mention ice machine cleaner works great?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:29 pm 
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I got a little done. Welded the back brace on the rear end. Be nice dont laugh at my welding. ;)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:02 am 
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Worked on the front end a little. Got the shock mounts made.
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Rebuilt the the calipers, and got the rotors back from Nelson.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:00 pm 
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Finally got back to work on the Luv. I had to have carotid endarterectomy surgery, also a couple of races and rebuilt a 98 mustang in the mean time. I know excuses, excuses Lol.
I ordered new 4 link bars and brackets. The old ones did not line up right. The frame is done now to wheel the truck in and get to cutting the frame. I think I will pull the cab off first.
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