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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #375 on: November 04, 2017, 08:35:52 AM »
Vile I didn't use a heat gun but instead I used a combination of blunted metal and wood blocks and a small (think tack) hammer. The piece was worked on bath towels to give it a soft work surface. And then I applied the "less is more" technique. It's easier to tap a little at a time and observe the progress than it is to try to untap a lot. Hehe.

The only evidence of the damage is some slight burnishing of the brushed finish in the area of the damage. The burnishing is more likely a result of the original damage and not the repair. Just the same I can live with the outcome.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #376 on: November 04, 2017, 08:58:24 PM »
Okay so not far off from what I did. I used a fender cover, 1x3, heat gun and a very small ball peen hammer to destress the metal. It came out good but the whole piece needs to be finished before I call it done. Not mint but huge improvement. I can't believe no one reproduces such a simple part.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #377 on: November 04, 2017, 09:12:52 PM »
Yeah I don't know why there isn't a replacement.......considering the square body is so popular.

I don't have the knowledge to do it myself but I have seen guys who restore WWII airplanes make contoured parts similar to the tailgate band. I believe I have seen mahogany or similar hard wood that the metal parts are formed over.

A replacement tailgate band could be made without the emblem holes. Templates could be sent with the replacement part so you could drill for the Chevrolet emblem on the right hand side of the truck or the left hand for GMC.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #378 on: November 04, 2017, 09:20:14 PM »
and no licensing required.... hmmm... lol
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #379 on: November 12, 2017, 05:29:24 PM »
I'm really surprised nobody makes a replacement tailgate band, especially a blank one for the licensing reasons like you said. A certain companies catalogue shows a blue C10 in it with a tailgate band that has no logo on it, yet they do not sell it.

I had to 'refinish' mine recently due to some deep scratches. I basically used coarse scotch brite 2" pads on my electric drill to grind out the scratches and then used 100 grit on my palm jitterbug sander to make a consistent finish. It actually turned out pretty decent (in my opinion). Doesn't have the stock 'sheen' to it but I could probably improve that with finer grits.

Excellent work on that band Engineer, as well as the rest of the truck!!
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #380 on: November 14, 2017, 09:30:34 AM »
Nice work !


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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #382 on: December 04, 2017, 11:06:47 AM »
There was a replacement available for the tailgate bands, but it is now unavailable, based on my vendor it could be permanent.

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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #383 on: December 07, 2017, 07:09:48 PM »
Here is the latest.

Installed the rear hubs with the longer Kenworth aluminum hub lug studs:





A close up of the hub seals. I'm goin to try these in oil bath. It'll either work or it won't. Hopefully it will work. Don't see why not. Had to replace the wear ring on the right hand side because it was too rusty to hold a seal.





Rebuilt the carburetor. I don't expect this to be on long. close to having all of the goods for the 6-71 blower install. :) I'm trying to get the truck running as soon as possible. I'm ready to see it on the tires. We are really close. Like 3~4 hours worth of work away. :)  ........if I hold off on the blower install.



Look how clean it is. I used an internet/youtube trick. Pine-Sol cleaner. It worked, I guess.

The new electric fuel pump. I used hard lines on the pressure side only. No rubber. I almost lost my '77 about a month after I bought it because there was a in-line fuel filter spliced in the pressure side with rubber hose. The rubber hose got up against the alternator fan and rubbed a hole. Gas everywhere. I was really lucky as I was driving 60mph when I smelled the gas.

Fuel filters on the suction side and steel line on the pressure side for me from now on. Period. Can't fathom a fire.



The lines:





Added the final coats of bed liner so that we can officially call the bed finished:





And finally. Sandblasted and painted the back sides of the bumpers. Going to polish the front sides at some point. That is a minor project. Can be done after the truck is running.





And the totally completed rear looking towards the stern. Tailgate, stainless band, bumper, and all:





And now for the bonus:

Had about 5 people text this picture to me. If you haven't seen this truck by now, well, anyway. If I was looking new, the only thing I would change would be to add Scottsdale badges instead of the CheyenneSuper to the front fenders:




And lastly.

I have a HUGE affection for the violin. Or, as we call it around here, the "fiddle".

Since this is the Christmas season I want to share a couple videos with you. Some time ago I found this girl on youtube. Her name is Lindsey Stirling. She is awesome. Her most recent video has 6M views after only 3 days! I chose a couple of my favorite older selections from her to share with you guys.

Please, take a momemt to enjoy this most exquisite mastery. And may your Christmas be Merry!

https://youtu.be/ozVmO5LHJ2k

https://youtu.be/1A3i0GATnRI
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #384 on: January 01, 2018, 11:19:17 AM »
So I spent all this time and money building a monster truck when I could have just bought this:

https://youtu.be/Xu2Iv3tvzD8



Or this:

https://youtu.be/pCSBQuX33vE

‘73 complete with “patina”.

https://youtu.be/Z14gSKBX04k




And oh yeah, started the engine on my 1:1 scale Clodbuster on Christmas Eve. After having set for 7+ years the old reliable 454 started without even a full circle of the crankshaft. Timing was only off by about 5°. All systems are “wet”. Brakes are bled. Steering is bled. Coolest part is that when you turn the steering wheel to the right the axle steers towards the right. (hahaha). Cooling system is full.........and it’s probably all a waste since I am going to order the rest of the parts for the 6-71 blower install. Oh well, this way I can “debug” everything before I tackle tuning the AFBs on top of the blower.

Was going to put the 66s on it this AM and take it for a drive but it’s 4°F here so I’ll wait until next weekend. It’s supposed to touch 40° next weekend so we’ll see.

It’s just too cold here. We heat our house with wood and my cold natured wife is burning the stuff like it grows on trees. It’s so cold our local politicians have their hands in their own pockets. One nice thing my brass monkeys are sure appreciative of the new coveralls Santa brought them for Christmas.

Stay tuned. My next post will probably be very picture heavy.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #385 on: January 01, 2018, 01:01:26 PM »
Can't wait to see em.  On the plus side the brown recluse spiders shouldn't be moving around
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #386 on: January 01, 2018, 03:48:48 PM »
Engineer, can you make your pics bigger? Your build is awesome, just hard to see.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #387 on: January 01, 2018, 05:40:58 PM »
Can't wait to see em.  On the plus side the brown recluse spiders shouldn't be moving around


Haha! Funny you should mention that. The guy is coming tomorrow to spray. I told the wife over breakfast this morning that it seems like a waste of money. Die kleine braun teufel und schweinehunden should be deep under ground at this point.

Engineer, can you make your pics bigger? Your build is awesome, just hard to see.

Vile, I will try to work on that. Google gave me the shaft when they discontinued Picasa. Since they did that all of my pics in this thread have been thumbnails. When I try to use the full size picture on this forum it makes the images massive. Other forums I have posted to in the past have had a mechanism by which you could resize the larger images. I am not sure if this forum has that feature or not. I will check into it.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #388 on: January 06, 2018, 07:20:38 PM »
Epic huge post coming tomorrow or the next day or sometime. Sooner or later. Maybe. If I get time........

Until then, a teaser:







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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #389 on: January 06, 2018, 07:22:30 PM »
Saw your son's post on FB and quickly turned here after I saw it.  Nice!!!
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