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1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 29 Jul 2013, 19:36
by RewT
I scored this one and saved it from the scraper too. Its a SWB with a 4 inch lift and 32" tires. Truck is pretty straight with just alittle bit of rust on the rear of the cab. Could also use a new hood. It runs and shifts fine, doesn't leak a drop of oil. It does need a drivers front brake caliper and the interior is about 10 different colors and was missing the upper dash pad.

It needs alittle bit of work, but I have already started doing some little things to it. Might keep it for a nice fall project.
Here are some pics.

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 29 Jul 2013, 19:39
by RewT
And a few pics of the motor.

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 29 Jul 2013, 19:40
by RewT
And a couple after its first bath.

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 29 Jul 2013, 19:44
by RewT
Future plans:

Weld up the few remaining body molding holes.

Weld in new cab patch panel.

Redo the interior with some custom touches.

Paint the outside.

New custom taillights, headlight bezels and front turn signals.

Straight front bumper.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 18:18
by RewT
Today at the shop Ed replaced the front drivers brake caliper and the front brake pads. I got most of the interior stripped down and sanded and ready for paint. will post some pics tomorrow.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 31 Jul 2013, 17:31
by RewT
Busy day today. got all the interior stripped out and am now getting ready to strip and sand off the multiple layers of paint.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 30 Aug 2013, 07:13
by RewT
Looking for a set of 36-38's for this truck now, Also want some of the steel black or white spoke rims. Willing to trade rims for rims or have cash.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 12:24
by RewT
Alright I have decided to keep this project for wheeling. I am going to be making some easy mods and keep it simple for this season, manly want to get it out and wheel it. I contacted the last owner and he says that the truck has front and rear limited slip lockers that he installed and the front is a Dana44 off a earlier model. It has a 4"Rancho lift kit with RS5000 shocks and steering stabilizer and a raised steering arm. It also has an ORD 2piece frame repair weld on kit for the steering area.

Next is to rebuild the new front driveshaft I got from Ed and install it. I am also building a winch bumper for it now.

Got the old bumper off and getting ready to cut the plate for the new one.

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Stock bumper was a pain to get off due to the fact it was pushed in and bent.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 15 Sep 2013, 06:51
by Edward
Luck to ya buddy Haller if you need any help

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 15 Sep 2013, 16:10
by RewT
Yesterday I got the 1/4 inch plate cut for the new bumper mounts I am making. I am making it so this will bolt up to the factory bumper mounts and hold a 12k winch up higher that the frame horns and easy to access. I had an old winch channel mount from another project so it is going to be used for this project.

And here a couple pics.

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With the winch channel.

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Now I am going to plate the front and install some KC lights I have left over and add some tubing to it also.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 19:12
by RewT
More progress. Thanks for the loan of the winch fairlead Ed! Now to add some plate and tubing to finish it off.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 06:48
by RewT
Waiting for cash to buy a new winch and also need to pick up some new KC lights, the ones I had don't work and the mounts are stripped out. I started working on the rear the last couple of days, starting with the removal of the bed and rear bumper.

pic of the bed removed.
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Rear bumper.
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This is a pic of the rear bumper. I was testing it and marking it to where I needed to cut it down.
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This is a center section of a Ford ranger that we were going to use for another project, but didn't. It fits perfect.

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 06:54
by RewT
And a few more pics.
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Highlift mounted and storage box mounted. Thanks again for the box Ed.
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And the last pic.
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Next I am going to bedliner the small deck, then finish up the interior.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 14:59
by RewT
Found out today that I have a Np205 transfercase so I will be ordering a twin stick setup for it. Talking with my neighbor and he ask where was the winch for the bumper I made, I told him I still need to purchase it. He said he has a barely used 8K smittybilt he isn't going to use anymore.

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$150 later and she getting mounted on the front and wired.

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 29 Sep 2013, 19:05
by RewT
And it now wired and ready to go..

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And back in the shop waiting for its tires.

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 05 Oct 2013, 18:18
by RewT
Got all my house chores done today, so this afternoon I installed a set of Heavy Duty shackles on the front springs. I originally got these and cut them down to fit my cruiser to replace the Revolvers I had on the rear.

Here is a pic of the new shackle with upgraded grade8 1/2 bolts.

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 05 Oct 2013, 18:24
by RewT
Then my neighbor Jeremy came over and asked to borrow a socket, asked me if I would be interested in a set of tires. I said sure, what do you got? He said mudd tires he thinks they were 35's He said they were on his old truck and wasn't going to use them anymore. He said $100 and they are yours on rims.

Installing them.

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35x12.5x15's BFG mud terains.


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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 05 Oct 2013, 18:26
by RewT
Good tread on all of them except 1. which will be the spare soon..

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Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 17:51
by RewT
Friday Me and Ed had some free time at the shop, so we decided to do the shackle flip. Went pretty smooth and didn't take very long either. Ed used the plasma and made short work out of the mounts to clear the shackle.

This is what we started with. 4" blocks that didn't let the springs flex very much.

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And the block removed.

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And the after.

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Now the rear suspension is done until I install the 63" and longer shackles. Not bad for $30 buck worth of parts..

Re: 1980 GMC 4x4

Posted: 16 Oct 2013, 15:52
by RewT
Got a few request for better pics. so I took some outside to day.

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