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Offline Scaryfastatx

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81 Scottsdale build thread
« on: October 10, 2021, 01:38:37 PM »
I picked up my pretty solid survivor C10 yesterday

Pretty happy with it, relatively rust free, worst spots are where the floor meets the rocker on one side and on the rocker door edge seam

Plan for now is to fix the oil leaks, tune it up, then move on to the interior

I snagged a 2015 Tahoe 2nd row bench for next to nothing that I'm gonna use

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2021, 09:32:47 AM »
PICS! PICS! PICS! We like pics!  ;D
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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2021, 04:33:06 PM »
Here goes nothing

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2021, 04:34:07 PM »
heres some of the inside and under the hood

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2021, 09:27:58 AM »
Great starting point!  8)
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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2021, 10:41:06 AM »

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2021, 04:20:38 PM »
Nice score! Just needs some TLC  8)
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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2021, 11:47:25 AM »
Nice find.  Zooming in on the pics, looks like it's pretty good shape.
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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2021, 12:03:56 PM »
Nice score! Just needs some TLC  8)

TLC = Total   Catalog haha


Nice find.  Zooming in on the pics, looks like it's pretty good shape.

thanks, yeah its a rough survivor, and mostly rust free which is the main thing I was worried about

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2021, 12:11:53 PM »
so this weekend, I pulled out the seat and started taking measurements and mocked up my new seats

the seat is a 2nd row bench out of a 2015 Tahoe, but you can use one from a 2007 to 2019 short full size GM SUV, from Yukon, Escalade etc

Im going to start working on the design of the adapter brackets, I pulled off all the old flip hardware and latches, was easier than I expected

Dont know if I will adapt to the original adjustable brackets, cannibalize the original seat frame, or build something new, we will see

I put the seat in with some 2x4s to get an idea of how it would sit, its about 1" shorter than the OE seat, which is great for me, and great since I dont have a tilt wheel

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2021, 01:03:56 PM »
I like it!  I'll be watching your progress on those seats.... ;)
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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2021, 03:03:27 PM »
Great find, look forward to seeing how it work out. May do the same to my '80.

Kind of torn between staying 'period correct' or going custom... I will have a correct motor / trans.
1957 Apache 3100 235 Inline 6, 3 on the tree
1973 C-20, 3+3 454 4BBL TH400  Water Injection
1978 K-10, 350 4BBL TH350 NP203 M.M. Part time Kit/Hubs
1980 C-10 under construction

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2021, 07:37:10 AM »
thanks guys, it all started with my trying to see how I could mount some head rests in the cab lol

you would think that the after market would make more than just low backs or buckets for these trucks

anyways, these seats are everywhere, since the cops are switching to Tahoes, they dump the 2nd row bench and switch to a different LEO specific bench, so you can even get them from the companies doing the conversions or even DPS (which is where this one came from)

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2021, 11:44:03 PM »
Fairly solid truck, not bad condition to restore. The color reminds me of my truck when I bought it. My trucks OEM paint was the light blue, got it when it was 5 years old. Wonder if that was a popular color in 1981?

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Re: 81 Scottsdale build thread
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2021, 03:33:44 PM »
Looks good! It should turn out looking very sharp!