Well I recenlty inherited a 73 stepside from a familly friend who passed away and I guess Im gonna restore it this winter so I thought I would find a forum in case I have any questions or need to find a part that I cant find locally ... I am a member of another forum that is dedicated to old Suzuki Quadracers since I restored one of them last winter and it was alot of help to me ... this is the only forum I found that seemed to be like the other one I am on so I joined ... its also the only one that I could find the answer to my first question on ... I needed to know if I could still use the front clip off my 73 on the 82 cab I bought for it and it seems I can so thta makes me very happy since Im trying to keep the truck looking as origional as I can ...
Now for the truck :
Its a 73 as I mentioned 4x4 came w a factory 350 stepside and we are the second owners ... I think the guy who we inherited it form added A/c somehwere along the lines because when I was stripping the old cab the RH kick panel vent/vacum can cover was red and had been painted blue to match the rest of the truck but either way I have the A/C to put in the new cab it also had a tilt/cruise colum that Im going to put into the new cab ... the box was in pretty good shape suprisingly so thats just getting cleaned up and painted and new wood ... motor was rebuilt a few years ago w all new edlbrock inatke, carb, cam , and a set of double hump heads, so we are just going to freshen it up and get a set of ceramic coated headers since the old headers are junk and see how it works once the truck is done ... should be fine since the truck had low miles since the last rebuild , the previous owner had also installed a lift kit but Im going to change the rear springs out if I can find a set of +4" rear springs I really dont like the block lift kits myself and Im getting all new inner and outer front fenders and a cowl inducted hood
He also had an aftermarket seat w a nice fold down console and a nice grant steering wheel and all kinds of cool chrome parts under the hood
anyway this is getting pretty long so Ill end it here and Ill get some pics I took up on here at a later time ... right now its down to the bare frame and Ive gotten it about 50% sandblasted so in another day or 2 Ill be doing the frame paint and getting the cab mounted (the cab I bought is about 90% rust free all it needs is cab corners and the rest is mint and origional floor boards and all the supports look like new !!)
Now its time to spend some money @