98exaccordwv's 52 Chevy Pickup....(56K does this exist?)

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Here is mine and my father-in-law's most recent project.

Its a 52 Chevy Pickup Long-bed

Plans:
Shorten frame and bed to make it a short-bed
Lowered with complete independent front suspension and c-notched rear
5.3 Vortec (Basically an iron block LS-1)
4L60E w/overdrive

A lot of little details to be worked out, I'll keep this post updated as we go.

How it looked on the day we picked it up:
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Disassembly:
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Pics of the rust damage we have to repair:
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Parts after sandblasting:
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New toy:
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Update 6/23/2012:
Made some progress today. Mounted the cab back on the frame and started planning out the bracing so that we can start cutting the floor out.
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Went ahead and cut part of the passenger side floor out.
Also, we picked up one of the motors we bought. Ended up being a 5.3L vortec, which is basically an iron block LS1.
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Update 8/26/2012:
We've replaced all the cab corners as well as the front half of the floor. We've got to do a little bit more work to finish up the rear corners then we'll move onto the floor.
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We've also decided to buy an new independent front suspension set up that welds in. The C10 front end left us sitting higher than we wanted and was just a bit too wide.

Update 9/7/2012:
Well we worked pretty much the whole Labor Day weekend except for Saturday, and got the floor welded in.
Support bracing we've added since we removed the way it was braced previously:
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Cutting the rest of the old floor out:
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New floor pan we cut mounted in place with a few screws:
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Welding it all up (disclaimer: I was wearing a welding helmet when I took this photo :lawl:):
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Ready to be flipped over so we can weld the bottom:
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Bottom of the floor mostly welded up, you can see we added another brace to the middle of the floor just to sturdy it up:
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Our current objective is to finish the cab and then move onto replacing the bottom half of the doors, as they're pretty well rotted out.

Update 2/2/2013:
It's been quite a while since I updated this. My son was born 10/10/12, so he's received the majority of my attention.

With the major work on the cab completed (besides the doors), we've moved back to the front suspension.
We decided to go with a Mustang II weld in system.
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We had to use a small c-notch to allow room for the steering rack
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Slotted/Cross Drilled rotors
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And we have a rolling Chassis! (rear is temporary though. still trying to figure out what we want to do.)
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We've also completed the doors and hung them. We were able to get the latches functioning as well.
Unfortunately I do not have any photos of them at this moment.

We did pick this up in November I think. Always nice to have future toys laying around.
69 Chevelle
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Oh. My. God. This is amazing. My first vehicle was a 67 C10. It was a small block 350 V8. That thing had so much power! Haha. This thread makes me miss that truck. Whats the plans? Show?
 

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We really want it to be a daily, since we have the Chevelle for shows, but it will be showable as well.

Whats funny is it currently has a 72 c10 independent front end and the rear end as well, but it won't be staying because it sits too high.
 

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Oh Damn, NICE! I love these old trucks.

That is one helluva project but it will be amazing when finished. What's that transmission out of?

What year is the Chevelle?
 

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Oh Damn, NICE! I love these old trucks.

That is one helluva project but it will be amazing when finished. What's that transmission out of?

What year is the Chevelle?

The transmission was used in a wide range of things starting around 1998 from the c6 vette to 2wd and 4wd trucks. Its the successor to the 700r4.

The Chevelle is a 72 SS. I'll eventually get around to a thread on it.
 

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I don't know which one I like more, your truck or your garage!
 

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I don't know which one I like more, your truck or your garage!

Haha, thanks. I wish it was my garage, it's my father-in-laws. We actually knocked the walls out you see behind the frame in the picture, to make some more space (it was just a storage room).
 
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Very cool, and always liked seeing these types of projects.

That is ALOT of rust to deal with, but looking forward to seeing the transformation.
 

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