GearZ Community
Register Calendar Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 1 of 2      1   2   Next
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #1 
Just got signed on and wanted to share with you guys my 11yr project military tribute truck.  IMG_3784 copy.JPG 
0
moderator

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 66
Reply with quote  #2 

1964K10,

Welcome to the forum. 

MAN I LOVE YOUR RIDE.  Brings a smile to my face.

You're gonna like it here. 

Sit a spell, read a few threads and get to know the folks here.

again, love your ride!  Welcome.

jim

0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #3 
Thanks! Response has been real positive! It was a lot of fun building it!
0
Kurganhunter

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 106
Reply with quote  #4 
That is Cool. An absolute work of art and fitting that your military tribute vehicle debut is on Memorial Day weekend. Thank you for sharing and thank you to all of our soldiers who sacrifice so much for our freedom and the ability to build such cool rides. Can you walk us through your build with the story behind it and the specs? Thanks, Mike
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #5 
Thanks I appreciate the compliment! We really like it too! A lil background on the build as you asked. I bought it 11yrs ago on a impulse purchase! I saw it and I had to have it! It was so ugly it was cool! I really like odd cars and trucks you know the ones nobody else has but everybody else wishes they had! LOL When I found it it was blue and white and had some black patch panels already attempted to be put on. The floorboards were rusted and so were the cab corners, mounts and hood. The doors were showing signs of rust on the typical bottoms because the window seals are so horrible! I think they actually act more like funnels than seals! The wood in the bed was original and rotted but still there for the most part. It had a 250 inline 6 and a three on the tree. The 4x4 worked and the tires held air. The engine was tired and smoked alot! But I was still all in at $3500! Unfortunately I don't have any picks from when I bought it I took them with a 35mm disposable cammera and it never got developed and now I can't find the camera. This truck has the divorced transfer case, eaton rearend, and closed knuckle front axle with cardone joints. It also has the ez grip lockout hubs. Shortly after purchase I decided with Stacey Davids encouragement "to get out there and work on something!"So I went out and bought a factory reconditioned Hobart easy 125 mig welder  and purchased a gas kit for it from Northern tool. Now I was i business! I had never cut and welded sheetmetal on a car or truck before! So to say the least it was a learning process! Over the past 11yrs I have gotten a lot better and a whole lot more efficient at it! As life would have it I really didn't work on the truck for 11yrs! The wife at the time did NOT like the truck she thought it was redneck! I said well thanks but its staying so you can go! Best move yet! So as she left and I got custody of my son who was 8yrs old my funds and time dissapeared! It wasn't until I found my soul mate that I was able to start working on the truck again! And she loves! the Truck! I think mostly becaure I built it in her's and all who have served honors! So that is the short version of how I got it here now what is in it. I had a chevy II 194 laying around our shop for 37yrs PO said it had been rebuilt when we took it on trade. I installed the engine because it was cheaper than converting to v8 and I relall just wanted to get it done so that I could focus on my 72 K20 Suburban I am building. [Never try to do two projects at the same time! Bad Idea!] The engine runs like a top no burning oil and just smooth running, only down size is it is really missing the Cubic Inches! Not much power! But thats ok its just a cruiser for now. I kept the 3spd rebuilt the clutch and resurfaced the pressure plate. Replaced the axle seals and all of the brake drums, pads, cylinders and hoses. I had the original starter rebuilt and added a brake booster and new master cylinder.
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #6 
DSCN1715.JPG 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #7 
I had the original radiator rebuilt and they added another row to help keep it cool. 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #8 
DSCN1712.jpg 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #9 
I had a local appohlstery shop redo the seat and they used a basket weave material that turned out awesome! They only charged me $400! I rewired parts of the wiring harness that had been cut up and spliced and or over heated over the years. I replaced all of the dash lamps and indicator bulbs. I installed a new headlight harness with relays at the lights so that they get there full 12volts. 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #10 
I had to cut up two hoods to make one good hood! It turned out pretty good now show winner but solid and functional for a backyard hack like me. IMG_3300.JPG 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #11 
Then to go with my theme I wanted gun barrels some where on the truck so I thought about the old P-51 airplanes and how would they have their guns positioned?! I thought it to only be fitting to come out of the nostrels of the hood. Its amazing how many people and cops don't ever see or recognize them. DSCN1724.JPG 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #12 
I rebuilt the bed and coated the bed and metal strips to bedliner paint. From POL it turned out great. I also installed an under bed fuel tank from LMC truck that is pretty slick, too!  DSCN1708.jpg 
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #13 
Then it came time to buy tires and wheels! It had 32"x11.5"x15" all terrain tires on it originally and I couldn't hardly turn the wheel in the driveway! I had a major injury 5yrs back to both of my shoulders from a head on collision at work. I really didnt think I wold be able to drive the truck. I looked for years to find Power steering for the truck but everyone said I would have to change the front axle so I gave up and kept it stock. So I went with a 8.5"x 29" x15 supper swamper tire on smooth steel stock wheels from summit. I painted them underhood black and installed them with chrome bullet lug nuts. It took me a while to accept them it was a huge difference in what used to be there! But once I drove it, I knew they would be fine! I can steer it with no problem! And any thing any taller and I don't think It would have enough power to get moving! LOL DSCN1722.JPG 
0
Kurganhunter

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 106
Reply with quote  #14 
From the 1st picture I thought the truck was cool. The story behind it really up's the cool factor. Can't wait to see the next one
0
1964K10

Junior Member
Registered:
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #15 
Hey guys made some changes to the K10 I was getting some not so great looks for the F-Bomb I guess it was more offensive than I oringinaly thought it would be. So We took off the F and added the The! Now my 10yr old grandson can't say I want to go for a ride in the F-Bomb any more IMG_3880.JPG
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.