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25 yr old stepside back home

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well my mom sure laid a good one on me for christmas. she gave me a chev s.side i built back in '87-'88, that she had been holding onto all these years. i had totally forgotten about this truck, & was just blown away when i seen it again. she had just put it back in the orig. box (Revell Hot Rod Chevy street pick-up) & left it stored.

i was amazed how good of shape it was for being so old. i was also amazed at how '80's, redneck it looked!

my wife thinks i should just leave it as is, but nope! old or whatever, i'm a diehard 4x4 man, it's going up on some 42" swampers. ordered tires, 14b & D60 axles, & a 205 t-case for it. has a 350/t350 combo already, so it will stay, but the blower is coming off. luckily i already have a un-cut resin '75 hood. them hokey stacks, cab lights,sunroof & weird front bumper are all going.

'till some parts start getting here, this is how it looks

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Sharp build for an older build...

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I built the same kit about 15 yrs ago but it didn't fare well over time

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Things like this make a persons day to see an old childhood or old build they did...it does for me anyway. cool .

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Things like this make a persons day to see an old childhood or old build they did...it does for me anyway. cool .

it's actually not the first time. 5-6 yrs ago i was helping her move some stuff, & we found some hot wheels that i had painted as a 8 or 9 yr old kid. grew up with HW's right from the beginning, had hundreds as a kid, but lost most everything in a house fire, so it was really cool having SOMETHING from my younger days.

there all metal 1st gen. cars, people say i should strip them down & restore them, nah, it's something i painted as a kid almost 40 yrs ago

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That is cool... I am lucky enough to still have the first kits my dad got me even though thanks to the break in we had here just before Christmas it needs quite a bit...the old Johan Hearse kits both the Heavenly Hearse and the Haulin Hearse...hopefully once I find the parts ill be able to restore them I did not do so good with them then...LOL...but its a great feeling to have them.

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Sounds like a great project! I'll keep an eye on this one!

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Great story, good to still have some older builds also. as far as re-builds go...

‚ÄčLeave the stacks, pull the SB and go Diesel!

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Great story, good to still have some older builds also. as far as re-builds go...

‚ÄčLeave the stacks, pull the SB and go Diesel!

actually this one is going to be more of a stock build (yeah with 44's, not 42's).i ordered steel rims for it, truck will prob go black again, but all stock..ish, with painted stock bumpers & steelies & some big old swampers!

just want it to look like a normal, plain jane truck with big tires

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Cool lookin lil 2 wheel drive, but 4x4 is where its at. Id leave the cab lights though.

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a few updates

this been sitting on the back burner waiting for parts & finishing up some other projects.

was going to use these swamps. ditched all the redneck stuff, filled in the sunroof. my resin grille was a little to wide, but it's in there. my resin hood was also to wide, would have looked weird sanding too much off to fit, so filling the hole on the stock hood instead. also got my resin stock bumpers fitted

decided to make the small block more 4by friendly. ditching the blower, intake, & heads.

whoever says models are fragile has'nt taken apart a 25 yr old model.

as seen by the damage, i'm right handed

so i tried the knife in the left hand...

after enough carnage, went outside, took the heads & intake off in 3 seconds with my 3/4 horse bench grinder...

not as glamorous as a 6-71, but it will get the job done. also spent a boring afternoon opening up the grille

thought the rear bumper looked too wide, sectioned it down to a better width

and the tires are actually satin, dont know why they look shiny, lighting i guess

happy days, this showed up in the mail today

i'm going to use these bigger swampers instead, with 8 lug steelies

other swamps i think i will throw on a '68 elco i have

underhood detail is pretty much non-existent, added a heater box, wiper motor, & a 4 core rad. that stupid master cyclinder molded to the inner fender(?) will be ground off & replaced with a better one

just to get an idea with the bigger swampers

thanks for looking

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too many things on the go, decided to get some work on the stepper done.

usually revell's are pretty decent, this one was lacking ALL detail everywhere. the int. tub had smooth door panels, not even a window crank, & a gumby molded in seat. found this amt 1/24 tub in the parts box, did i mention the revell was 1/25. usually not a big deal....

little wider, little lower. clearanced out the cab & sides of the tub

seat is a resin one leftover from my crew, minor difference in the dash's, had to work the new dash & cowl to get the window to fit back in. also had to move motor mounts & trim the floor a bit

another problem was the frame flared waaay out wider than my axle from the cab back

you can see how wide they get, i already cut off the rear frame.

made some new rails

made some front springs, (2nd set, rottie killed the first ones), checked out the stance, things were looking up....for about 12 seconds. after i put the box on & int tub in, my homemade frame sagged a mil or so , the box & cab were'nt quite lining up.

round two with some heavier c channel!

sunroof repair was looking pretty bad, made a headliner, added a edge bead & masking tape for texture

made some mirrors & brake lines, started making reservoir shocks

seeing what i got

primer time!

oh yeah, going with these rims

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Can't believe the turnaround this project has taken. Staying till the end on this one

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weather has just been killing the hrs at work...so..

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