Joker's 1984 GMC

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This truck is part of a CBP Tow Rig/Trailer entry.

Engine swap for a 409 (thanks Bill_R).

Cab corners fixed,bed fixed and tailgate modified.

Panels scribed,rear window weather strip redone.

Yada Yada Yada...

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doing a diamond plate for the rear bumper ala Jairus Watson (thanks Jairus)

MCM article.

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Spoiler Alert !

Five lugs are being used not six !

Tires are from the 50 Olds stuffed with foam for a balloney look.

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Joker

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Weather in the Ol' Dominion is not cooperating for paint.

So here is a small update.

Added side trim and made a hood scoop.

The trim is stacked Evergreen #104 for the bottom and #8104 for the top.

Scoop was cut on 3 sides lifted and made a smooth bend to it.

Planning on adding screen mesh to the scoop opening.

Still have to add a gas door since I filled it up during the bodywork stage.

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This view shows the new rear window weatherstripping and the scoop opening.

Can't stand the plain look of the bed interior,so I made a bed cover for it.

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Joker...gone fly fishin'

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Two more ..

(note to self)..paint a used dryer sheet flat black to use as heat insulation

and cover up the bottom of the hood.Make a tape patterns first and tape to

dryer sheet then paint.

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409 needs some washes but it's on it's way.

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Joker

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Lookin' good James ! I love the old 409 instead of a standard big block .

Nice mods too , especially like how you did the side molding . I missed the article on diamond plate , can you show what you're doing ?

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James , this build is certainly not something I would have expected from you . Looks fine ! I hope to see it up close provided I can ever make a RAMS meeting too.

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Where'd ya get those 5 lug rims at? I love the truck. Reminds me of my grandpa's 86 Silverado, Sitting over in the building. Its a shame too because it has less then 5,000 Miles.

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Thanks Y'all ...

Bob..I'll do a how to as soon as I get some spare time.

In the mean time the article was done by Jairus Watson,

MCM June/July 2004 pp.30-31.

It's done by burnishing aluminum foil on some diamond thread plate with an eraser.

He used 3M Super 77 spray glue to install.

@ Ed..It's for a community build here on MCM..Tow Rigs/Trailers.

I picked up a 3 dollar Bass Boat and Trailer (built up) at the Norfolk show during Sandy.

Gave me the incentive to work on it..hahaha

Austin..sorry I don't have any info on the truck rims.

Got them from a vendor a while back for about a buck fifty.

Detailed with a Citadel black wash and some clear red on the hubs.

Joker

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Same rims/wheels with pinner white walls.

Mocked up on an old project.

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James aka Joker

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The wheels I believe are from the MPC 1988 Silverado kit.

James, what did you use for the rear window weatherstripping? I have a bunch of these trucks to build and I'd like to try that trick.

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@ Chris ...thanks for the wheel/rim info and your "series" of truck kit history.

As far as the rear window trim..Evergreen #240 half round in .040"/1.0mm.

I picked out the thinnest one in the bag.The kits rear cab weather strip was

not to my liking..it had thick and thin areas so I blocked sanded the entire

area as well as repair the hokey cab corners.Glued the piece on the top

of the cab then used a paint brush handle to round out the corners.

The last piece added was the bottom trim with the ends cut at a slight angle.

Last thing I did was give it a light sanding to flatten it out a bit.

Hopes this helps..

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James, Looks Awesome. We need to see it up close. You ever coming back to

a RAMs Meeting? We are thinking about hitting Hardee's in Chester on Friday

night. You in? You're off nights now, Right??

Hope to hear from you .

Rick

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one hundred and fifty eight posts..why so chatty? hahahhahaha

Still doing the graveyard shift..12:30am to 11am

hope to get back on first shift tho.

This was supposed to be a 3 month project..going on 5 maybe 6

parts coming into Ashland from Australia .

anyhoo..bed time is 4:30ish..

I wish I could make the Maryland NNL this weekend, but I gotta work,

wanted to enter my 56 Ford and 50 Olds for the 50's cruizers theme.

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Looking good James!

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Small update..or what I've been up to..

Did a little bit of work/fun on the GMC interior today.

Replaced the buckets with a stash box bench of unknown origin.

Bench looked kinda plain so I added a styrene border,bench sat kinda

high and got the chop...back side of bench was opened so I scratched

built a back cover for it..thinking of adding headrest in the near future.

The chassis shocks looked plain Jane to me , so I coiled some wire

around them for a coil over shock look.Added straight pins for mounting

pegs..On a side note..both axles got reenforced with straightened paper clips

and super glue ..they looked weak and Fra-Gil-Le..hahahaha

The grill needed a lot of sanding to get is to sit right on the front.

Looking at the side profile ...looks like the front axle needs to be moved

forward a sconch ( technical term...look it up) to center the wheel.

Made a grenade shifter for giggles..not going to use it tho..installing

the B&M shifter instead..well after a lil' modification that is.

That is all..

on with the copy/paste work...

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Chassis pics...

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Bed cover...

Indian Larrys question mark cut out of styrene and glued to top of

bed for an embossed look.

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Tail gate release added to inside of bed...and gas door rescribed a bit higher than

stock. Angled styrene added to the underside of bedcover to lock it in place.

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hood scoop opening extended..

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Joker

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opps..left these two out..

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thats lookin good james! the added weatherstrip around the rear window made a huge difference!

keep it goin buddy, nice work so far

cheers

bryan

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