1985 Truck Build

April 14, 2020

After selling my JEEP and being idle for a couple of years I realized I am missing dirt and sweat, busted knuckles, empty beer cans and spent gun shells rolling on the cab floor...missing the adventure. So I decided to build another adventure vehicle to run around the mountains, deserts, canyons and the local mud pits.

I always wanted to have an American truck... and a Square Body Chevy represents that truck to me. So this time as good as ever to get one. I patiently searched for almost a year and finally picked up just a right truck for me.


February 1, 2019

So many plans and ideas... I just need some money, time and a lot patience...


The guy who sold me this truck, told me it has a bad 305 motor...and bad steering pump. Other than that still in pretty good shape.


December 22, 2019


Started by removing old worn out motor. When I finally got to the block casting number (what a pain the ass that was) I find out its' actually 350.


Here comes out the old smoky beast...Stood there with a cold beer in my hand and scratched my head for many hours...all the random parts, wiring and hoses...I hope I will be able to put all the things back together. Well, we will worry about it later...right now everything is coming off and going straight to the box...


The random things I had no idea that exist:

     * Truck has a TV Cable

     * VGR Valve and Solenoid

     * Mechanical Fuel Pump

     *Air Pump and bunch of other Emissions Crap...that is still a mystery to me

     * Rochester Quadrajet Carburetor


January 31, 2020


I spend so many days cleaning random parts...spraying them with Easy- Off, soaking, scrubbing, washing...repeat again and again, day after day...


It seems there are no end to all those dirty parts... I keep pulling them out of the box...and they do not end...parts, hoses, brackets, bolts...


Instead rebuilding the old 350 I found myself another, already rebuild 350 small block...so after parting with some cash...I was home with a new block. 


Back to cleaning again...day after day, can after can of Easy-Off and lots of cleaning, drying, painting...


 ...day after day...


One part at the time...it was all coming together... 


Her is a slide-show of several pictures to illustrate how well Easy-Off Oven Cleaners really works...This thing is fantastic ! (Use rubber gloves...or it will eat the skin off the hands).


February 22, 2020


Borrowed friends Dad's shop and set out to install motor today... After laying on the wet tarp for a month, flat and dry surface was a pleasure to work on.


Surprisingly it was pretty straight forward and with a help from a friend to lift the transfer case in place I was done in couple of hours. Ok....that was way too easy...am I missing something?


Next couple of days I spend installing the wiring harness, radiator for the engine and transmission...adding water and oil...


It takes Dodge...and apparently SAE and Metric wrenches and sockets to build a Chevy...


March 7, 2020


Well, the motor is running... oil pressure is stable at 35-40 psi, water temp is steady...

I did had couple of snags along the way... first was my timing was 180 Out...so it took me a day of talking to friends to figure this out.... Then oil pressure was maxed out on the gauge... changed sanding unit, gauge...same problem +100 psi. Ordered mechanical gauge...installed...no problems....pressure at 40-45 cold 30-35 hot.


March 11, 2020


In the next couple of weeks I Installed Oil pressure gauge, tachometer...replaced break master cylinder, flushed breaks lines, replaced transfer case oil, installed drive shaft...fenders, hood and bed back... 


March 23, 2020


Ended up removing power steering gear box and replacing input shaft seal...it was a gusher. Found couple of loose bolts on the top of the gear box making another leakage... all working and no more leaks. 


April 11, 2020


Washed the truck today and took it for a first drive... Drove around the town, got some gas, visited some friends... Motor and transmission works good...have couple of minor oil leaks nothing serious. 



To Be Continued....

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