Project 'Flying White Brick'

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Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » June 30th, 2011, 9:28 pm

I don't have any photos of the truck yet, but here's some back story while it's dark out and I'm feeling unproductive...

So this truck is a gift from a buddy of mine that I ride/4x4 with... He was planning on stripping it to the frame and building a Class 8 race truck for the desert. He got a little indecisive and decided to change projects... after the truck was in pieces. So rather than watching it roll off to the junkyard I opted to take it for free. Current truck has a nice stock of upgrades, so I plan on putting it all back to 'stock' and having another resto-mod box Chevy, 3/4 ton remix.

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1979 Scottsdale 3/4 ton Long bed 4x4

-Turbo 400 and NP205 were dumped for an overdrive-friendly rebuilt 700r4 and NP241 by previous owner
-Previous owner also dumped the multi-belt setup for a serpentine belt... so that's staying as well
-Goodwrench 350 going to be pulled and rebuilt by a local machine shop
-Factory body/paint work will be roughly fixed at home and rattle-canned gloss white
-All chrome and trim will be powdercoated or rattle-canned gloss black (It's gonna be a huge storm trooper)
-Interior needs some new carpet, found a junkyard seat and belts that will be recovered and dyed
-Doors are off an 87 suburban with power locks and windows, needs new panels or vinyl paint
-Dashboard is an electrical nightmare with the upgrades the truck has... going to try to sort the nest as best I can


This is going to be a slow going build... since I'm doing it on a ~$0 budget. All the money I had went to a VW owner I backed into in a parking lot, sneaky freaking Jettas. :(
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » June 30th, 2011, 9:35 pm

Here's the reason he lost all interest in the truck... '69 Chevelle with a built 350 and Muncie 4 speed, fun car to drive. He wants to turn it into an autocross'er one step at a time. First week he had it we replaced some seals and put a modified steering box in it to tighten up the ratio and sloppiness.
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I found an old photo of the truck when it was running... I've dumped the fender flares and I'm going with 37 inch Toyo Open Country tires once I get it painted.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » July 1st, 2011, 10:41 pm

Got some photos snapped of the old turd... hopefully I'll have the rest of the front clip off this weekend and get started on priming and paint the cab and frame.

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I still don't know what I was thinking taking this on, but I couldn't stand to see another good truck hit the junkyard. I figured if I take it one step at a time I won't get overwhelmed and I'll get it done. Hell, I've done it all once before, but my dad helped out a lot with the wiring so that's my biggest task to accomplish on my own this time.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » July 11th, 2011, 12:46 pm

Got a seat cover from the GoodGuys car show, gotta snap some photos of it, should look sweet, it's all black and grey tweed, same materials as the seat in the brown truck but different colors. Truck should be in the garage by this weekend for paint work, we'll see if I can roll a multi-ton truck up a driveway by myself.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » August 9th, 2011, 1:22 am

God dammit... Truck has been on hold since I rolled it into the garage. Been working full time during the day and shooting photos on-call for a satellite company in Palo Alto. Hopefully I'll get some updates and photos this weekend since I have a motor chilling and ready.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby krammitthefrog » August 9th, 2011, 9:09 pm

i better not finish my body work before you john.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » August 10th, 2011, 10:47 pm

haha, I just need to find some serious motivation and time... I forgot how intimidating it is to have a truck completely in pieces
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » August 22nd, 2011, 11:28 pm

Eff pulling motors... Rocked it tonight. Photos to come, still too greasy to touch a camera.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Mrwassman » August 23rd, 2011, 9:27 pm

Johnpop wrote:Eff pulling motors... Rocked it tonight. Photos to come, still too greasy to touch a camera.


fuck yes
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » August 25th, 2011, 12:07 am

Here's some photos... I gotta remember to keep the momentum going before I have a panic attack, haha, feels like I'll never finish this thing. The further I get into the more I want to tear apart and fix.

"New" motor
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Old motor... smells awesome, I wish computers had smell-o-vision. It's on it's way out for sure by the look of the valves.
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The void that needs to get painted... need to get acquainted with some spray cans.
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The reason I haven't gotten shit done in weeks... We've been riding Northstar as much as possible, and I work Saturdays as well.
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Right front fender... will need some minor sanding and bondo work, but most of the body work will revolve around the doors and cab.
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The shambles that are my garage til this truck is done...
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Next big plans are to get the engine bay/frame painted and the motor accessories swapped over and dropped back in. Thinking about doing all the paint and prep inside, then masking the body to have a pro shoot it... what do you guys think? There's a shop nearby that I could get it towed to that would do it for $200-300 depending on how much masking and prep I do and I've heard some good reviews. I'm scared to do the big panels myself because I don't want to end up with an uneven paint job on such a big ass truck.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby PornstarSR » August 26th, 2011, 3:51 pm

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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » November 29th, 2011, 11:52 pm

God damn I've been busy... The truck is now in the shop for paint. Hopefully they finish that shit and I can get this hoopty sold soon! I want to move onto the next project... 'Flying White Brick' part 2, Crew cab version.
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Re: Project 'Flying White Brick'

Postby Johnpop » November 29th, 2011, 11:58 pm

P.s.- Paint work is now costing $2,400 but it'll be super cherry when it's done. Hoping to sell it for around $5,000 when it's complete
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