The shop truck - 88 GMC RCLB C1500

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  1. 4Birdman

    4Birdman Newbie

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    Figure might as well post up some piktars of this thing. It was our parts runner and shop truck back before I sold my shop. The thing was bone stock with like 150k miles on it. Nice interior and fading paint. I love it. The back had helper springs and lift shocks for hauling and sat stupid raked. Well, now it is my backup DD, parts runner, and general use truck. I still love it. A few weeks back the head gasket went on it. It was driving coolant for years but finally gave up. We looked into rebuilding it, etc. Finally I realized that it would be more cost efficient to just get a crate motor. Yes, the motor is probably worth more than the truck. I got a Vortec crate motor from Jegs along with an Edelbrock intake and TBI adapter.

    So I set to installing it. Of course, if the motor is out, might as well put new motor mounts in. Well, easier to do that with the suspension out so might as well install this 3/5 drop kit here. Well damn, these new drop spindles need the bigger brakes to work right. So all new front brakes. Crap, the manifolds have shrunk and can't even be spread to work right. New shorty headers. The list goes on and on. I am getting close to the point where I can fire it up. It's been a long process but I'm getting there. Don't mind the messy shop, it is long overdue for a cleaning...

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  2. 94burbk1500

    94burbk1500 I'm Awesome

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    haha, "messy". You don't wanna see the places I've wrenched on cars. Cool truck though!
     
  3. mars2878

    mars2878 I'm Awesome

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    looks good
     
  4. Cheap Heap

    Cheap Heap Newbie

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    Looks like a great project, I love the original paint.

    Did you notch the frame for the drop?
     

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