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I figured i would document the progress of a build that i am working on for my buddy. It started out as a fully functioning (for the most part) 1982 first gen truck. It had the usual 22re/G52/Duals on tons and 39in reds. Its getting some big time changes now.

Some specs:
1982 Truck frame on 3rd gen rears up front and deaver LT rears
Built D60 up front with a HO72 rear.

New build parts:
3rd gen extra cab swap with cut down bed sides
Cammed 6.0L/4l80e/ORD Magnum box to a 205
4xInnovations Cage
43 SX stickies
Rear Radiator
Streetable-ish

Some pics from the build so far. Started 3 weeks ago. Plan is to be done in 5-6 months as parts come in.

Before pics (Ill add more)



Current Build pics:
Start of the tear down.






Powerwashed, rust treated and painted the frame . Had my neighbor help me with lifting the new cab on.




Notched the cab around the horsecollar to drop the cab down. I though about deleting it, but it is used for the trac bar and is well made.


For those who havent swapped on a 3rd gen cab to a 1st frame, know that the front body mounts are damn near perfect for the front. I had to drill a couple new holes, but they were about 1/2" near the original holes in the cab. The rears obviously needed to move back and be narrowed some to make it all work.

Last night i started the mock up of the drivetrain. I used a BFH to get a couple more inches of trans to tunnel clearance. Im still undecided if i want to cut out the floor to raise it up a couple more. Id shove it way back in there like on the Squirrel, but the HVAC stuff is limiting how much i can raise it. He wants heat and maybe AC down the road, so i want to keep everything under the dash in their oem positions.





Thats up to date for the most part. Ill add to this thread as the build continues.

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Tims not fucking around. The new shoes came in yesterday from Goforth. I love that new tire smell.

 

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Looking good. Im curious to see how the LS fits with AC stuff. That's one that that's stopped me from swapping from the 4.3 to a LS.
Its going to be tight if it does fit between the frame rails. A custom or relocation bracket may have to be used to raise it up. Current plan is add it on later down the road.
 

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Had a good weekend working on tims truck. He came over on Saturday and swapped over the new meats. I spent the weekend making custom mounts to mount up the LS and the 4l80e. I think they came out well. Everything is centered and leveled to the chassis.

Some pics. Couldnt resist throwing on the tires to check the stance and for clearance. With the new deaver rear springs, the center pin spacing moved the axle forward too far causing the rear tire to hit the slider. I am going to cut them off and weld in some new ones to correct the track bar shackle angle and move the axle back 3-4 inches. WB will stay ~115" or so.





The first gen grille may or may not stay. But i like it.




A shot of the crossmember. Some floor pan will have to be removed for the magum box to 205 t-cases.


Thats all i have for now. Work will continue this week. I hope to get the cases in and see how much floor needs to come out. Then i can build another similar crossmember for that using the TMR rear 205 mount.
 

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Back to work on Tims truck. Since we swapped in some deaver LT springs in the rear, we had to move the front spring hangers back a few inches to get the wheelbase back to what it was before. This kept the rear tires out of the cab and straightened the track bar shackle. Sliders are still going to have to be trimmed back. I will mounjt the rear spring hangers once i get all the weight on the bed.







Next up: Installing the T-case and crawl box. This is an ORD Magnum box in front of a 205. All setup by them.


A little choppy chop here and there and they are on the tranny output. Need to set the drop then install the studs into the ring on the crawl box.


 
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