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Title: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 07, 2007, 07:42:47 PM
Well, I bought another one. A friend of mine had it for like 10 years. I just sold the bed off of it because I am going to put my GMC bed on it. The cab is stripped and unbolted and I am doing a frame up resto on it. So I can't decide what I want to build for a powerplant yet but I'll surely make it cool. I've already rebuilt a 700R4 and NP241 Tcase for it. The only thing I don't like about it is no AC but it will be a slick looking ride. I'm thinking Deep Lime green and all blacked out chrome.  ;D Will post pix soon...

**This thread has been edited to restore my pics due to photobucket removing 3rd party links**
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 75 C20 on October 07, 2007, 09:25:23 PM
definately cya commin :D
 it'll be cool lookin
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: FlatBlack77 on October 07, 2007, 09:51:50 PM
looks good man.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 123 pugsy on October 08, 2007, 09:36:43 AM
I'm definitely diggin green. SO I have decided I am building a green machine now.. lol

Green should look good.  ;D  Bring on the PICS!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 08, 2007, 10:06:34 PM
Tonight I sanded the frame and coated it with POR-15. Tomorrow I will touch everything up and take some pix if I can remember to get batteries for my camera.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Dragon on October 08, 2007, 11:25:29 PM
The Prestone Green looks like it's going to be a good looking truck in the long run 8)  Could I put my vote in for not going with the pink side markers too ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 28, 2007, 12:41:48 PM
OK well here's a few grainy pix of my progress...

Frame is all stripped and coated

The cab corners and rockers are in and the bottom of the cab under coated. I do have to patch one spot in the floor as you can see.....

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXb2FadzRaMzRubDA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXd2pKNExuOXUyMms)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbzk4bS1NUjRmTFk)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on November 28, 2007, 02:39:29 PM
Looking good.  Are you painting the axles also?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 28, 2007, 06:54:09 PM
Thanks yes I'm going to paint everything underneath once the cab is back sitting on it's mounts. This way I can put it up on the lift. I'd have more time to spend on this if I didn't have my 74 in a zillion pieces along with the engine out now too... ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Fordeatinz71 on November 28, 2007, 07:25:43 PM
nice progress.  so was it originally a 1/2 ton? 
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: DnStClr on November 29, 2007, 09:51:42 PM
There's so many projects going on it's hard to know which one to follow! You staying with tbi on this one?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 30, 2007, 03:50:35 PM
Tell me about it! I am not sure what I am going to use for a power plant. I just built a 700R4 specifically for it and am using an NP241. I have a set of vortec heads I rebuilt sitting there that would sit nicely on a 383 I'm thinking but we'll have to wait and see. I have the cab sitting on it's mounts now so I can finish sanding and priming it. The bed from my 74 which is mint is going on this truck so I only have to worry about the cab. The rest is bolt together once I edge and paint everything. This truck should go together fairly nicely! The only thing that kinda sux is it's a no AC cab.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: mudtoy on December 20, 2007, 10:23:19 PM
If your going to use the axle in the pic it appears to be a dana 44 not a dana 60

 The dana 60 has king pins instead of ball joints. Also on right side  passenger side where the leafs mount they mount with bolts on the inside and the out side mounts with a u bolt
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bowtieguy on December 20, 2007, 10:34:47 PM
The only thing that kinda sux is it's a no AC cab.

Could always do Vintage Air.  They make one for both Non AC and AC 73-87's. 
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: mudtoy on December 20, 2007, 11:22:07 PM
The only thing that kinda sux is it's a no AC cab.

I have an after market A/C that mounts under the dash and the compressor. I bought for another project that I don't need.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Fordeatinz71 on December 20, 2007, 11:58:09 PM
yea but it looks so much cleaner when you swap in a factory A/C unit.  it's hard but the cleanliness/factory look pays off in the end...
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: nova801428 on December 21, 2007, 12:27:05 AM
I prefer no A/C.  Very nice color.  I will probably repaint mine one day.  I was thinking about a yellow, black, or orange.  Maybe a combo?  I really like it though.  I can't believe you have another one.  So, how many do you have now?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: the dan on December 21, 2007, 12:57:26 AM
If your going to use the axle in the pic it appears to be a dana 44 not a dana 60

 The dana 60 has king pins instead of ball joints. Also on right side  passenger side where the leafs mount they mount with bolts on the inside and the out side mounts with a u bolt

i was about to say the same thing
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 21, 2007, 04:53:15 AM
Swapped in the 3/4 front b/c the other axle was in rough shape inside. My buddy had a matching 4.10 for free so we popped it in it's place.

I put this whole project on pause for a bit while my interest lies in my 74 but after the Holidays I should have some progress.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Hank Hill on January 30, 2008, 11:31:39 AM
Can you get the dana 60 back? You know those sell for $2500 used in my area and thats if you can find one. Seriousely man I would build it with the 60 if I was you. Way better axle.
About air, I actually took the A/C off my truck. I dont like the clutter uder the hood. Course im in Alberta so A/C isnt something I really have much use for.
About the color.
Lime green seems to radical to me.
How is your build coming along?
So did the 208s come factory in 3/4 ton trucks? My truck was originally half on and im still running the original 208 in it. That 208 is the only thing that was still good on my truck!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 30, 2008, 09:01:11 PM
It was trashed and not worth fixing. This trucks gonna be driven on the street so I really don't give a crap about 1 ton axles. I bought the paint and didn't like it so I decided to shade it darker. Before you know it this thing will be lookin like a truck again. I'll post pix soon
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 30, 2008, 06:27:42 PM
Update:

I did a little bartering with 86 chevy silverado on here and I got a 350 4 bolt block from him since the one I had all the mains were cracked and the other one snapped the crankshaft. I sent it out to the machine shop for hot tank and bore and started building the engine. The heads are Vortec heads all ready to go and I should have the bottom end complete by Friday. I'll be posting some pix real soon.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: DnStClr on October 03, 2008, 12:35:25 PM
It's Friday! Pics!? :D Just curious- why are you calling this truck the mutt project?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 03, 2008, 01:03:16 PM
Got some pix but have to upload them. I'm calling it a mutt because the frame is an 86, the cab is an 86, the radiator support/grille is a 91, the doors are 91, the fenders are 89, the bed is a 74 so it's a mutt made up of mostly left over resources from other project builds. I'll see if I can post a few pix.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 03, 2008, 01:14:55 PM
Excuse the crappy pix. My good camera is busted

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXV194Slp4S3puRnc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXclc3WGNtVEFoQlk)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXemdPTGR2TUFWREE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbHJxMGo2RmNnM1k)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXZHV2RlhwUzgxUlE)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: hotrod24 on October 03, 2008, 01:36:30 PM
looking good vile that is good that you are working on it
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 79diesel on October 03, 2008, 01:47:11 PM
is that your shop?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 03, 2008, 02:56:43 PM
That's my shop at work. I just taught engines and automatic transmissions this semester so I built the trans and am almost done with the engine.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: blue beast on October 03, 2008, 03:00:01 PM
im diggin the osha blue and yellow safety stripes .reminds me of a lube shop i worked at.nice shop and nice toys.you do really good work.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 03, 2008, 03:01:36 PM
Thanks. I painted the shop that way. It was dark blue and maroon before. I went osha blue and yellow
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on October 03, 2008, 04:56:52 PM
Around here we call a mix breed dog "Heinz 57". Just kidding. That'll be a nice truck when your finished. Do you plan on keeping it also?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 79diesel on October 03, 2008, 08:03:14 PM
That's my shop at work. I just taught engines and automatic transmissions this semester so I built the trans and am almost done with the engine.

right on..truck is looking good so far!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Dragon on October 04, 2008, 02:52:09 AM
Around here we call a mix breed dog "Heinz 57"
Funny, that's what my Great Grandmother called my Family for years, before she passed away.... :-X   "WOOF!" :P

Man I miss playing in a Nice Shop with the proper tools! :-\   

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 18, 2008, 09:07:29 PM
Well I got the engine all together and painted. I'll be putting all the impliments on and taking some pix next week. I decided to paint the engine hammered black. It looks really cool. I'm not sure if I'm gonna still go green though....
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 24, 2008, 12:02:31 PM
.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQ3Ziak5YcWxBcHM)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on October 24, 2008, 12:41:47 PM
Yummy!  Are those the 88-up headers?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Dragon on October 24, 2008, 02:20:58 PM
 :o Oooooo Shiney!!! :o 
Are those the 88-up headers?
+1 If they are, how much do you got modify an Aftermarket 73-87 True-Dual Setup to work with them???  Would love to add a Pair to my '77, but I was wondering the mods needed to be done, and how they would clear the 4WD Frame???
 
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: GoatBeard on October 24, 2008, 03:00:45 PM
Will that hammered black hold up to heat?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 24, 2008, 09:26:52 PM
The paint came out teriffic! I took more pix but had no time to post them today. That paint I used a little but of medium reducer and sprayed 3 coats within 24 hours. It'll hold up just fine and those are 88 up headers with vortec heads. I'm going to put a TBI adapter on that manifold.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 25, 2008, 07:38:40 AM
:o Oooooo Shiney!!! :o 
Are those the 88-up headers?
+1 If they are, how much do you got modify an Aftermarket 73-87 True-Dual Setup to work with them???  Would love to add a Pair to my '77, but I was wondering the mods needed to be done, and how they would clear the 4WD Frame???
 

The only thing I've ever had to do to make these headers work is make a small clearance on the frame where the O2 bung is. They work awesome, look good, and never leak. I took pix of them installed on a few trucks in different posts. This'll be the 6th set I've used. Just be aware they make 2 different types. Get the ones with the rounded flanges like these:
(http://www.streetperformance.com/ART/PRODUCTS/101478/1830js.jpg)

Not these:

(http://www.tdamotorsports.com/pictures/HDS-GMC_02.jpg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: DnStClr on October 25, 2008, 05:22:17 PM
That gorgeous engine won't look right in a lime green truck. Well it probably would but I'm  glad you're thinking of another color for the truck. It looks like a lot of rod builders are now going with flatter colors. (No shine)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Dragon on November 02, 2008, 11:46:39 PM
:o Oooooo Shiney!!! :o 
Are those the 88-up headers?
+1 If they are, how much do you got modify an Aftermarket 73-87 True-Dual Setup to work with them???  Would love to add a Pair to my '77, but I was wondering the mods needed to be done, and how they would clear the 4WD Frame???
 

The only thing I've ever had to do to make these headers work is make a small clearance on the frame where the O2 bung is. They work awesome, look good, and never leak. I took pix of them installed on a few trucks in different posts. This'll be the 6th set I've used. Just be aware they make 2 different types. Get the ones with the rounded flanges like these:
Hey Thanks for the Info Vile! 8) My '77 doesn't need an O2 sensor,  so I won't need to notch for one.....
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 22, 2008, 09:54:06 AM
OK I've got the cab in place on it's new body mounts. All the rot cut out and welded up. The cab corners and rockers and floors are done. I still have to drill out the snapped off seat belt bolts. I plan on finishing getting the cab prepped then primed and painting the firewall black. Then I can get the engine sitting in place. I think the color is the big dilemma here still. I may need to make a poll on some of my color ideas. more pix soon
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 22, 2008, 09:12:16 PM
What colors do you have in mind?

I could do you up some pics like I did for 78 Chevyrado if you like. I have all next week off, so I would have time to do a few.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 23, 2008, 08:36:23 AM
Well I was thinking originally lime green with all chrome blacked out. But now I'm considering Orange, Red, Charcoal, and am open to suggestions. No black, white or blue though.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 23, 2008, 09:34:04 AM
Do you have a pic of it or maybe an original of your blue truck that I can work with?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 23, 2008, 10:17:18 AM
There's pix here of the 85

http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/smforum/index.php?topic=7339.0
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: choptop on November 23, 2008, 01:33:11 PM
There is a shade fo red that is called "firebomb red metallic" I think, if I can find it or its name atleast, I will put it up, its is really awesome
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: choptop on November 23, 2008, 02:11:52 PM
Two toned like slammedgringo's truck with dark charcoal metalic on top and this red on bottom
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on November 23, 2008, 08:04:46 PM
I say flip it and put the charcoal on bottom. ;)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: choptop on November 23, 2008, 08:10:05 PM
I say flip it and put the charcoal on bottom. ;)

Yeah, I can see it that way too
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 23, 2008, 08:26:49 PM
I'm not a fan of two tones on these trucks and this truck needs a bold statement hence the original Lime Green and black accent thought. I had the paint shop mix me up the lime green and when I sprayed it I almost puked. It was neon green. One of my students had a green m&m and I asked them to match it and well.... they failed. lol
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on November 23, 2008, 09:33:52 PM
I don't know the true color name but did you ever see the blazer they did on trucks along time ago called "Big Blaze" I always thought that was a cool color.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on November 23, 2008, 09:42:15 PM
I don't know the true color name but did you ever see the blazer they did on trucks along time ago called "Big Blaze" I always thought that was a cool color.

I think that was cinnamin pearl on big blaze. Try using the 70-71 dodge green paint code  i think that may be the color your going for..

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: DnStClr on November 23, 2008, 09:48:36 PM
Jeff had the Big Blaze posted on his website-
73-87.com
http://www.73-87.com/7387_Novelties/TV_movies.htm (http://www.73-87.com/7387_Novelties/TV_movies.htm)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on November 25, 2008, 08:46:05 PM
Bigkountry, thats for better choice of words...ugh. lol.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on November 25, 2008, 09:08:14 PM
Ok tangerine's not bad but not the purple. Tell your wife sorry. But hey he already has pink. Wouldn,t they look cute together? lol.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on November 25, 2008, 09:56:38 PM
How about yellow or silver?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 25, 2008, 11:11:38 PM
I've always been partial to the "mint" colors used on old muscle cars... Anything catch your eye Vile?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 26, 2008, 06:57:51 AM
Cool, can your software black out the mirrors and bumpers etc?

I'm leaning towards either charcoal w black or a darker green
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 26, 2008, 09:25:35 AM
This is just a super quick one to see if this is what you are looking for. I didn't knwo if you wanted them "black chrome" like you see on many wheels or if you wanted them to be painted looking.

Let me know and I can do up a better one for ya.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 26, 2008, 10:11:55 AM
That pic the truck is unfinished it might be easier to tell in this pic but yeah that black is cool.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: lowbucktruck on November 26, 2008, 03:32:29 PM
Cool, can your software black out the mirrors and bumpers etc?

I'm leaning towards either charcoal w black or a darker green

yeah, charcoal would look cool!  Like that dark gray paint on the new Dodge Charger, its called Dark Titanium Metallic.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 26, 2008, 05:38:46 PM
I think this close to what you are looking for. I blacked out the grill as well, if you don't like it, I can put it back to original. I'm working on a dark green, have to run out for a bit for a family get together.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 26, 2008, 05:43:10 PM
I know you don't want blue, but this looks very similar to the blue found on the new Silverado's..I like it :)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on November 26, 2008, 06:52:00 PM
bigkountry what software you using?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on November 26, 2008, 08:56:40 PM
If you want to go LOUD for a color go with 1976 corvette chrome yellow, its the brightest yellow today.

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 26, 2008, 10:29:06 PM
bigkountry what software you using?

I used photoshop 6.0 for all of the pics, I also have paint shop pro but am still learning on that program.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: chevyguy5894 on November 27, 2008, 02:23:50 AM
I used paint code 7918 which was charcoal metallic grey on my 76. Its a factory color.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 27, 2008, 05:25:15 PM
I think this close to what you are looking for. I blacked out the grill as well, if you don't like it, I can put it back to original. I'm working on a dark green, have to run out for a bit for a family get together.


OOH I'm liken that
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on November 27, 2008, 05:35:52 PM
What about flat olive drab (one of the darker variations) or flat black?  With black wheels and a blacked out grille it would look wicked.  I'd like to try a flat color from these guys (http://www.tcpglobal.com/kustomshop/ksflatz.aspx) someday.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 27, 2008, 05:57:12 PM
I hate flat, I am really digging the charcoal and blacked out chrome though.... I think it's a toss up between green and the charcoal. I still haven't seen a shade of green though that I like.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: choptop on November 27, 2008, 07:43:56 PM
Go loud!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 27, 2008, 07:52:56 PM
I hate flat, I am really digging the charcoal and blacked out chrome though.... I think it's a toss up between green and the charcoal. I still haven't seen a shade of green though that I like.

Working on it!

I had a nice one done up, but forgot to save it...DOH
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 27, 2008, 08:26:34 PM
This is kind of a Money green, not one of my picks...but thought I would throw it up here.


This is by far one of my favorite colors so far (besides the charcoal), really fits this truck with the blacked out chrome. Notice I cleared the marker light on the fender...I thought it looked good so I left it..lol


I can do any variation of the colors you want...just let me know.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on November 27, 2008, 08:48:26 PM
British racing green has always been my favorite green.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 28, 2008, 10:33:59 AM
That first green is cool... maybe a little darker
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on November 28, 2008, 10:38:45 AM
I have photo shop 7 and still trying to figure it out.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: frogman68 on November 28, 2008, 01:58:12 PM
I have photo shop 7 and still trying to figure it out.

Easiest way is make the body one layer
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 28, 2008, 06:18:52 PM
ooh I like that! I have the newer 91 radiator support going on there. I wonder how that would look? I was going to black that out too with the exception of the bowtie which will be a lumilogo
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 28, 2008, 07:48:01 PM
So you want to see a burb nose on it in that color then?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 28, 2008, 09:22:21 PM
lol, why can you do it?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 78 Chevyrado on November 29, 2008, 01:35:50 AM
I want photoshop..... ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on November 29, 2008, 11:02:18 AM
A nice charcoal to use is GM Slate Grey. I had the removable top on my 81 Jimmy 2wd painted that color. It would have been the current Slate Grey at the time (1992). Lots of metallic in it.

Another idea is if you like charcoal is to go with a heavily-loaded metallic black. The rest of the body on my Jimmy was metallic black and it looked black at night but charcoal when any kind of sun was on it. I loved it. I don't know what kind of color it was though as I just told the paint shop to make it metallic black with lots of metallic. A modern metallic black I really like is the Chrysler Brilliant Black pearl coat. My color looked even more charcoal in the daylight than that does though.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 29, 2008, 02:34:15 PM
Now we're talkin..... so either green or charcoal..... hmmm
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 29, 2008, 02:38:57 PM
Personally, I'm diggin the green with the phantom grille and blacked out. It's a unique color combo.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on November 29, 2008, 02:58:54 PM
Personally, I'm diggin the green with the phantom grille and blacked out. It's a unique color combo.

I agree the green with the phantom grille looks wicked!!!!!

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on November 29, 2008, 03:08:35 PM
Man thats looks cool. Now you dont even have to paint it just show everybody the picture and tell them you use to have this one but sold or something like that. Ha ha
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 29, 2008, 03:22:44 PM
I dunno I'm kinda phantom grilled out I think lol. But I think now I just need to see it in charcoal like the second pic. The green is pretty awesome though.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 29, 2008, 03:34:10 PM
Hmmmm..like this?

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 29, 2008, 05:41:14 PM
Ok now do it with the last green and I'll decide
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on November 29, 2008, 06:06:07 PM
Here you go!  ;D

*in case you are reading this and wondering where the images went, photobucket prevented 3rd party linking so many of these images are gone.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on November 29, 2008, 06:57:58 PM
Now that's spiffy.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 29, 2008, 09:09:56 PM
ooooh.... Me like! Almost time for a vote.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: blue beast on December 01, 2008, 05:33:25 PM
the dark green is sick ,would look good with black ralley stripes 8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: DnStClr on December 03, 2008, 12:47:22 AM
This charcoal grey might help give you an idea what yers would look like..
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: adamrx7 on December 06, 2008, 12:55:50 AM
Looking good go green
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 15, 2009, 02:22:56 PM
A few lousy pics that I took with a really crappy camera from today.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVEZZODNFX2dZajA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVHdDTHd6ZEVQcWs)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXcHJac2dFN1hib1E)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMWxlZjdPZ0RxbkE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXNDdiV0hTOXhyMTQ)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: hotrod24 on January 15, 2009, 02:35:58 PM
very nice vile
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: murraygmc on January 15, 2009, 02:39:02 PM
thats fliping sweet man i just love 4x4 trucks
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on January 15, 2009, 03:22:50 PM
Lookin' good...the progress, not the pic quality, LOL.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on January 15, 2009, 03:28:11 PM
Dude aren't you on a bum foot?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on January 15, 2009, 03:30:51 PM
Way to go on a bad foot, eyes messed up, and you still get more done than I can.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 15, 2009, 04:24:49 PM
yes, I've been hobbling around with dizzy vision lol.

The floors are all welded in along with the rockers and cab corners. I painted the floor. The engine is sitting in it's mounts and I have the TBI stuff to start routing the wiring harness. I painted the firewall with GM trunk spatter paint and then painted it black. It came out awesome although those crappy pix don't reveal that lol. I already built the trans and built another spare I had so now I have 3 700R4's sitting on my shelf because I built another one prior as a back up for my K20  :D I've got 3 transfercases to choose from the 241 and two 208's. I also have two new doors from that score some of you may remember from a year or two ago. I have the radiator support for the 91 suburban, 2 fenders, 2 inner fenders and a hood. I put brand new door hinges on it also from that same score along with new GM keyed lock cylinders.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: DnStClr on January 15, 2009, 07:00:47 PM
Quote
Way to go on a bad foot, eyes messed up, and you still get more done
Sorta puts you in mind of that story of the dog named Lucky, don't he? :D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 69byrd on January 15, 2009, 11:12:38 PM
Great looking project. Its gonna be sweet.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 78 Chevyrado on January 16, 2009, 12:35:56 AM
Lookin Good!

Here's a good lookin charcoal/black paint job might lookk good on yours..
(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=421329&stc=1&d=1232079335)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on January 16, 2009, 02:30:13 AM
Vile has 2 projects going on.Man i am having a problem doing 1 and you got 2 going on.  :)

thanks
pat

p.s. decide on a color yet?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 16, 2009, 04:51:56 AM
I'm still leaning towards green.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 19, 2009, 07:53:31 PM
Well I got the tranny and the transfer case in. If I remember my camera I'll take more pix
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on January 20, 2009, 11:54:28 AM
Vile, you seem to have no troubles taking motors and trannies in and out of these things. How do you deal with the bolts at the top of the bellhousing? It's been over 15 years since I took a motor out of one of these for high-school auto shop but I recall the top two bolts on the bellhousing bolting to the motor were a real pain to get at.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: joesgarage71 on January 20, 2009, 12:06:58 PM
The top two bolts on the bellhousing bolting to the motor were a real pain to get at.

Socket, swivel, 2 foot extension and ratchet laying on your back underneath the truck, No biggie
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 20, 2009, 12:52:31 PM
Once the tranny mount is out lower your tranny jack down and there's plenty of room to get in there with the long extension. These have more room than most longitudinal trucks.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 25, 2009, 09:08:09 AM
I was showing the progress on my truck yesterday and the color yellow came up. Bigkountry, feel like makin a yellow one? lol

I've been waiting for my foot to heal but I have the TBI system ready to start installing and the headers are on. The driveshafts are in and I have to finish painting the differentials and some other spots on the frame. Once that's done I'll pop the fuel tanks and pumps in and start hooking everything up. I have to make a final decision on the color soon so I can start hanging the sheet metal.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on January 26, 2009, 06:06:08 PM
Does this suit your tastes or do you want it blacked out like the green? We are in the middle of this big winter storm coming through so I have no clue how we will make out. If I am not back on here in a bit..I am without POWA...lol

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 26, 2009, 06:08:05 PM
I was thinking of like a bright canary yellow with all the chrome blacked out. Hope you don't lose power. I still have to wire in my generator although I've been lucky about losing power this winter... knock on wood
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on January 26, 2009, 06:24:45 PM
Another quick one, I will re-do it once we are clear of the storm. It's freezing rain outside right now so it might get rough here.

Just wanted to give you an example, if you want it changed let me know and I will get it done.

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: yellowk20 on January 26, 2009, 06:35:29 PM
neat truck, what program are you guys using??
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on January 26, 2009, 06:41:18 PM
I use photoshop 6.0
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: werewolfx13 on January 28, 2009, 03:40:02 AM
That dark green and charcoal both look good...I won't comment on the yellow..I actually like that purple...I've been contemplating painting my truck a really dark royal purple w/ black racing stripes, black w/ purple stripes, or purple/black or black/purple two tone.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 28, 2009, 09:23:01 AM
I'm flip floppin like a politician here. I can't decide!!!!!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on January 28, 2009, 10:16:43 PM
Ain't nuttin' wrong with a bright yellow! Although I'm partial :D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Blazin on February 01, 2009, 11:22:08 PM
My vote is for yellow as well, but I am also partial!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 84chevysilverado on February 02, 2009, 04:50:13 PM
best put on ur sunglasses cause that is bright  8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on February 03, 2009, 10:24:08 PM
I am back online after no power for a week. If you want anything changed Vile, let me know.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 07, 2009, 02:47:36 PM
Couple a pix. I need a new camera

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVkZPU0tRNjZmNW8)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMW9tZkNYUzJBVXM)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQWloazBROTliS00)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMVFPTlBWUzJIRTg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on February 07, 2009, 03:17:05 PM
At least you got it in and making progress on it.Looks real good, question hows your foot doing on all of this?

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 86 chevy silverado on February 07, 2009, 03:55:54 PM
My old motor lives again! Glad to see it getting reused.
Looks like you've been busy since the last time we talked (on both your trucks).
My 2500 is almost new again after replacing EVERYTHING the last 6 months! Taking a break for financial reasons (and the cold is getting to me).
Keep up the good work, power through the injury. I'd be out in the garage too, hurt or otherwise.
-Kevin
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 07, 2009, 08:29:03 PM
Yep the motor, tranny, transfercase, and driveshafts are in. I'll post more pics later and yes special thanks to Kevin for the block! Even though it's cold out keep pluggin away and let me know if you ever need any help!

My foot still hurts but I haven't let off it which is prolonging the healing. Tonight I went to Frank Marrattas auto show which was a disappointment. Not one chevy truck there!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 86 chevy silverado on February 08, 2009, 09:57:40 AM
I stopped going to that show a while ago. The same vehicles every year and I think they were charging more to get in and it seemed smaller every year also, you can be in and out in a couple hours. When I was young and it was at the Hartford civic center it was a day thing.

Yea, the motor looks good...shiny! Everything I do is blacked out and/ or powdercoated.
Two totally different styes, I'm anti chrome and focus mostly on function. I'll be lucky to get paint on any of the three vehicle I'm working on this year (again).

I read a couple of your posts that you hurt your foot but I dont think you told us what you did.
Slip on some of the ice that wont go away? Break, sprain?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 13, 2009, 07:16:34 PM
I just happen to have a new set of chrome valve covers, timing cover and oil pan kicking around so I went with them. The idea behind this truck was everything was going to be blacked out but that went in the toilet quick. Nevertheless a little bling never hurt anyone.

The foot, lol well I could tell you but it wouldn't make much sense. It was a multiple injury.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on February 13, 2009, 08:55:46 PM
 The truck is comming along great as usual. I still have that TBI set up in the 91 Burb we talked about if you need it. I'll be parting the truck out in April. It's all yours if you want it. I see this truck is set up for TBI but I figure you will be starting another project by then.
                                                                       Fitz
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: hotrod24 on February 13, 2009, 10:02:23 PM
yea nice valve covers i got some from auto zone just like that for $60 bucks and they made my 350 just shane ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 28, 2009, 02:43:41 PM
I got the TBI adapter for the Vortec manifold and ripped apart the TBI. Glad I did, aside from being all gooked up the regulator spring was in about 5 pieces and full of rust. I just dumped it in the acid bath to soak for the weekend and ordered a rebuild kit.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXZ0lqcUVxbjNIRG8)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXM3U3RlBXdTVIclk)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on February 28, 2009, 02:48:00 PM
Very nice.

You gonna e-fan this one too?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 28, 2009, 02:56:08 PM
When I have time I will. For now I will probably just throw a flex fan at it just to get it going. I feel spring coming and want to spend as little time working on trucks and crap as possible and get out on my bike. I also need to build a new front walkway to my garage. It's an icy hill now turned to muddy pit! The nice thing is a lot of my 74's parts are going right in it. The rear slider, the Windshield, the door glass and weatherstripping which I just replaced even on the vent windows. I have new doors and the radiator support ready to rock. I also have the dual gas tank set up from my 74 but I'll have to get new sending units and pumps because it's going to be TBI which will probably cost about $400 bucks.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on March 01, 2009, 06:36:16 PM
That is what the spring on my Burb looked like when we were diagnosing it.  I couldn't find the spring in any kit other that the whole upper section.  I found a larger spring for it from a Camaro guy and bought 2 of them.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 08, 2009, 08:55:02 PM
Well I rebuilt the TBI unit. I got the spring from a guy who sells them on eBay for $12 bucks. I ordered both sending units and pumps. So the next thing is to start hooking up the ignition system, ECM, sensors, and fuel system. More pix soon.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 12, 2009, 01:00:09 PM
More pix

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQ2ZfYjUzbk00d0k)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXZG5tM0dhemU4T00)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXRUh0OTg2dzB3MlE)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on March 12, 2009, 03:19:53 PM
NICE!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on March 12, 2009, 03:50:33 PM
Man, thats nice.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: ccz145a on March 12, 2009, 04:12:10 PM
Oooo my, that's purty.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: the dan on March 15, 2009, 12:02:51 AM
why tbi? personally i think its one of the most sluggish fi used
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 15, 2009, 12:38:16 PM
Better driveability and fuel economy. I had a TBI 355 in my 88 V10 Blazer and there was nothing sluggish about it. It would roast 35"s and got good mileage and it was cheap!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: baddogg79 on March 15, 2009, 03:44:42 PM
That looks great! When I had my 94 Z71, it was far from sluggish. I regret selling that thing :'(
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on March 15, 2009, 04:03:39 PM
Just because I'm nosy, what are the specs on the engine?  Did you end up reusing the crank or stroking it like you are considering a while back?

Also is that throttle body painted or has it been media blasted?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 15, 2009, 07:15:43 PM
I went against going with the stroker just bc I really don't need it and this truck is just being built for haha's. I certainly don't need this truck but it's graciously accepting all of the organs from my 74. The block is a one piece 4 bolt 350 that I got from 86chevysilverado. I bored it .030" over, hypereutectic flat tops, .465 -.488 lift on the cam, double roller chain, vortec heads that I rebuilt (stole em off of a Chevy Tahoe) 3 angle seat, 30 back cut on the valves. Air gap vortec intake with tbi adapter. 88 up Headers I'll skip all the other boring details.

As far as the tbi goes, after I ripped it apart I soaked it in the acid bath over the weekend and once I cleaned it up I painted it.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 69byrd on March 15, 2009, 07:49:45 PM
Its looking great! Man I wish I could build a truck just for haha's. ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on March 16, 2009, 01:56:45 PM
So I take it we're talking this cam (http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?part=SUM%2DK1105&autoview=sku).  I didn't realize TBI would get along with that large a cam.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 16, 2009, 05:44:10 PM
Sorry Event, I missed your post. Yeah it'll work fine and dandy. I took a long break from this project as I've been so busy and enjoyed as much riding weather as possible. I have to finish hooking everything up and I'll be getting ready to fire it up hopefully very soon!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on November 16, 2009, 09:17:45 PM
No problem.  Can't wait to see it finished.  I've been kinda researching just how cheaply I could swap my truck over to TBI.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Grover 1 on November 16, 2009, 10:30:54 PM
Gunna go with Vintage Air or just leave it non air?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 17, 2009, 06:36:21 AM
For now I'll leave it non AC. If I decide to keep the truck and love it I will add AC later but for now I just wanna git r done!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on November 17, 2009, 10:12:59 AM
Is that an Edelbrock intake or a Professional Products? If it's a PP, how do you find the quality?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 17, 2009, 10:17:35 AM
PP, it's fine. It's not mint but it's a lot cheaper and does the job. Edelbrock lost my respect when they openly admitted to me they are re-badging most of their products.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: murraygmc on November 17, 2009, 11:10:43 AM
hay vill im still learning but what is that littel hose sticking out of the front of your intake ?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 17, 2009, 05:34:44 PM
It's the bypass hose. The Vortec intake retrofit

This intake manifold is primarily intended for use with Vortec heads on pre-Vortec blocks. Standard
engine blocks route thermostat bypass water from the block directly to the water pump through the passenger side water pump mounting flange.  You must route a thermostat bypass hose from the water bypass port on the front of the manifold to the 5/8 hose nipple on the passenger side of the Vortec water pump. Use a 3/8 pipe to 5/8 hose nipple fitting, and a 7 length of 5/8 hose to accomplish this. If your engine block has the thermostat bypass passage, use the 3/8 NPT plug supplied in the kit to plug the bypass port in the front of the intake manifold.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on November 17, 2009, 07:06:30 PM
Yeah the prices of the PP air gap are sure tempting vs. the E-brock. Since it's a non-moving item, as long as their isn't visible core shift on the runners lining up with the heads, should be fine. The Chinese are some of the finest reverse-engineers and design copiers out there!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: murraygmc on November 18, 2009, 11:31:52 AM
o cool . why do you want to bypass your thermostat ? why not just take it out ?  no offense just asking
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Jasper on November 24, 2009, 03:23:34 PM
any idea where that grille came from? i like...
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 24, 2009, 03:54:37 PM
What grille are you referring to?

Murray, you do not want to bypass the thermostat, it's for the bypass side of the thermostat. The thermostat is still in there doing it's job but you still need coolant to circulate through the engine and heater core.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Grover 1 on November 24, 2009, 07:42:09 PM
So, if I buy an Edelbrock and it says Made in USA it might not really be made here?  Nice truck by the way.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 24, 2009, 07:56:53 PM
I'm fairly certain their intake manifolds are still produced in the USA.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on December 30, 2009, 09:24:08 PM
Vile,
Ok whats going on with the projects??? We havent seen anything since the paint on the 454 for your green blazer. You gotta give us some updates on these toys as well as pics....

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 30, 2009, 09:32:21 PM
Well as you may have noticed by me selling crap in my garage I cleaned up and got everything situated to start back on my 74 which is may main focal point now. The MUTT is 90% wired up for the EFI and I'm hoping to have that running and driving in the next few weeks. I just ordered an extension housing and ouputshaft along with the rest of the parts for the 4L80E for the 75 Blazer(gotta convert it to 4wd) and I just scored a new engine to start building for possibly the pink truck. I'm planning a twin turbo V8 for that  ;). So as if I don't have enough of all that going on I'm dealing with daily life...blah! I just put satellite radio in my jeep. Goin to test it out now. How's your rig coming along? Did you get that other truck?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on December 30, 2009, 09:46:56 PM
Well right now its a money issue.I got the fuel cell mounted an done and gonna run braided lines down the side of the frame..Still waiting on the panels to be done from the body shop.Hoping next week i`ll go get them.Plus the magnum needed some work as well this past week so money went out there for repairs.I been slowly putting it together and still need alot to do and loot as well.But i havent gone to look at that truck.I`m selling all my big block parts right now as i need to put some cash away so i can get more parts to finish this thing..But once its done i know for sure i`ll be looking for another toy.. Right now i gotta get this 1 done, repaint my black truck in the spring and then redo the body on my 70 cougar next fall.. Hoping to get ahead of the game by the end of next year..

thanks
pat


Vile,
well for like the 4th or 5th time i decided to say the heck with it man and build 1 of them big blocks for a project.I am tired of the TIRE KICKERS i had like 3 people say oh well i was really looking for 454 parts for this or for that.The heck with them time tio build 1 of these motors for a toy.!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 30, 2009, 09:49:22 PM
Maybe we should all move close to each other so we can help get all these projects done lol  :D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: beastie_3 on December 30, 2009, 09:55:37 PM
Yes, everyone move to California! (Northern California)



(awaiting the flaming Cali comments...)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 31, 2009, 09:06:14 AM
Yeah, let's pass on the smog state...
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigfosty on December 31, 2009, 07:26:27 PM
I live in Cali and I have no fear of smog. Of course my vehicle is pre smog, so.......... ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: beastie_3 on January 04, 2010, 12:56:11 AM
...................
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: NevadaNeal on January 12, 2010, 08:41:46 PM
No Cali.....i prefer the east side of the sierra's myself.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: autorepr on January 13, 2010, 09:20:26 AM
Maybe we could start our own commune in the desert
somewhere? Worship the PU Gods?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 13, 2010, 07:34:32 PM
I'm in.  ;D

Might as well update while I'm here.... got the fuel system all set up and all of the wiring done. I welded the O2 bung in and will start fabricating the exhaust tomorrow. I should be ready to test fire it next week. I still haven't decided on a color!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 15, 2010, 01:15:05 PM
Crappy pix sorry. Need to grab my good camera

Most of the wiring is done

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXb2ZfY2R3ZGFISGc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXaVp3WGFDOGw5N0E)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigwillie82 on January 19, 2010, 07:51:28 PM
hey do you still have the paint code of the inside blue?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 20, 2010, 09:02:59 PM
I can check in the glove box tomorrow
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 22, 2010, 12:35:03 PM
ZY1 21U 21 LIGHT BLUE METALLIC

Well I fired it up today but had to shut it down bc one of the braided fuel lines that go to the TBI has a pin hole in it. Otherwise it's coming together nicely!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on January 22, 2010, 04:29:39 PM
Looks good vile, cant wait to see what you decide on the color.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 22, 2010, 05:57:54 PM
That'll be a decision I have to make soon! GM no longer has the fuel lines so I'm going to have to make a set apparently. I need to replace the front axle u-joints and adjust the transfer case linkage. Aside from stupid little odds and ends I'll be soon onto the body work.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on January 22, 2010, 09:47:50 PM
Classic Tube and Inline Tube does.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigwillie82 on January 23, 2010, 09:46:00 AM
thanks for the code zombie.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 23, 2010, 11:44:42 AM
Jeesh, they're like $200 bucks. I can make a set for about $20 so I think I'll go that route  ;)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: choptop on January 23, 2010, 02:56:43 PM
Maybe we could start our own commune in the desert
somewhere? Worship the PU Gods?
TEXAS!!! lots of good parts, great prices, and NO salty roads to destroy your ride.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on January 23, 2010, 05:05:04 PM

TEXAS!!! lots of good parts, great prices, and NO salty roads to destroy your ride.
[/quote]

And extended cabs, I've never seen one in person, apparently the all ended up in Texas.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: eventhorizon66 on January 23, 2010, 06:57:12 PM
And extended cabs, I've never seen one in person, apparently the all ended up in Texas.

Yep, choptop's got 'em all.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: choptop on January 23, 2010, 07:00:29 PM
And extended cabs, I've never seen one in person, apparently the all ended up in Texas.

Yep, choptop's got 'em all.
Not yet, but workin on it
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 31, 2010, 09:04:15 AM
Update: I made a dual exhaust system for it. Got the engine running and broke in the cam, set the timing and did a little tweaking. I'm going to pick up a set of fenders and inner fenders today for it. I think I've decided on a color but I'm not tellin  :P until I actually buy the paint since I'm still open to other idea's. I should have some pics soon after I'm done wrapping everything up.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: thirsty on January 31, 2010, 09:29:13 AM
Vile... where do you get your body panels? From Chris or local?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 01, 2010, 05:23:54 PM
I would get them from Chris because he carries Goodmark and you basically have an OEM fit however I get my body panels from Keystone because I have a commercial account with them. I don't pay shipping and get everything cheap next day so it's easier for me. Everything I've bought from Chris has been top notch though and I'm not just sayin that if you haven't bought from here yet.

On another note FUEL TANK SELECTOR SWITCH is different for TBI and carbureted engine's if any of you are running dual tanks and plan to do the TBI conversion. Autozone sells both with the bezel. I got mine today as they sent me a carbureted one for an 87 but when I looked up a 91 I found the correct one. I scored a set of brand new doors, wheel wells and mint OEM fenders today for $200 bucks (craigslist score) Funny thing is the guy I got these parts from is buddies with the guy I just bought the other K10 from. Anyway I should have some major progress by the weekend.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: thirsty on February 04, 2010, 08:32:39 AM
Only reason I asked is that I do alot of barter work for someone in your area and I need some stepside fenders in the future. Thought he might be able to pick them up for me as payment when I get to that point.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: frito-bandito on February 04, 2010, 09:49:07 AM

TEXAS!!! lots of good parts, great prices, and NO salty roads to destroy your ride.

And extended cabs, I've never seen one in person, apparently the all ended up in Texas.
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You ain't lying, its amazing how cheap 73-87 trucks are around here! BTW I've seen 3 extended cabs in the Houston area in the past 20 years or so, 2 driving, one in someones yard rotting.   :(
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on February 04, 2010, 11:47:32 AM
Vile

I just noticed that half the pics I did for you no longer show, guess the wife has been moving stuff around in photobucket. Want me to post them back up for ya?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 06, 2010, 10:08:12 AM
If you want to. I forgot what they were? You don't have to though because I've decided on a color ;)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 20, 2010, 08:46:51 AM
Went through the fenders and made em nice n straight. Sealer primed them Wednesday so today I'll hopefully have them ready for paint. Maybe I'll even get them and the doors done by Sunday

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: frito-bandito on February 22, 2010, 08:23:49 AM
Lookin good!!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 22, 2010, 07:36:13 PM
Thanks, well here's a cell phone pic but I may as well reveal my decision now. This is only the base coat, no clear yet. Hemi-Orange Pearl Coat

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXR3IteEFubUVWMms)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: frito-bandito on February 22, 2010, 08:48:14 PM
I like it!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Grover 1 on February 23, 2010, 11:34:29 PM
A little more red than Hugger Orange???  I like it, need more pics ASAP
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 24, 2010, 10:09:55 AM
This color is sweet! Pix don't do it justice. Here's a quick cell phone pic after I cleared the fenders. They came out good

The pix I took last night made them look bright orange when it really looks more like that challenger

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbjFfbkhfcmIzWUU)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 78 Chevyrado on February 24, 2010, 11:00:12 AM
I like it!  can't wait for an out in the sun pic!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on February 24, 2010, 01:03:48 PM
That is going to be sweet, much better than the green, BUT I actually drew up something for a friend that was orange with a green stripe.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on February 24, 2010, 01:31:56 PM
Vile,
not to threadjack this but why are you painting the panels all at once?? You may end up with mismatched panels in colors you know.Now this is just me though i wouldve painted the inside of the doors, the cab, the fenders, masked them all off and then shot the entire outside 1 time.That way you wont have a different shade.Beleive it or not i know blazin will agree to this, but even with the same gallon of paint and and same air pressure you can get different results in shade if not shot all at the same time.Even if not a metallic color, just a thought to the theory..
thanks'pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 24, 2010, 06:45:37 PM
Whadya think this is my first time? lol Basically I needed to get them edged out and wanted to see how the color would look. It'll be a while before I paint the truck so when I do paint the whole truck I'm going to re-shoot everything exterior wise. I wasn't about to do the whole cab and edge everything out if I wasn't completely happy with the color. On another note this thing is at my work and has been an eye sore for so long it'll show a lot nicer with some fenders that reveal what it's going to look like.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on February 25, 2010, 02:39:49 AM
Good point there vile, Just curious why you was doing that to the fenders thats all. That color should look pretty nice once done i`ll say..

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 06, 2010, 01:57:49 PM
I hope so! I'm almost done with all the stupid little things so I'll be more focused on the body work aspect fairly soon. Once I get the doors and fenders fitted I will finish off the mud work around the cab corners and rockers and get the cab interior painted. The tailgate I was originally going to use on my 74 is going on this bed I think so it should come together quickly and hopefully be road worthy by summer!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: oldyeller on March 06, 2010, 04:58:36 PM
Your truck is gonna look good that color.  Can't wait to see it. 
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 06, 2010, 06:41:12 PM
Me too!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: slammed79 on March 06, 2010, 08:21:38 PM
Vile, how many square bodies do you own? I'm curious is all.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on March 06, 2010, 10:18:49 PM
Vile, how many square bodies do you own? I'm curious is all.


Last i counted 6..

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 07, 2010, 01:09:24 AM
10
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Lucky73 on March 07, 2010, 03:25:41 PM
That paint will be a head turner.I think you need more trucks lol jk.What are the chances of seeing some pixs of of all ur trucks so we can see what your total collection consist of.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 07, 2010, 03:31:44 PM
Soon enough I will hopefully line em all up and take a group pic! Right now I have:

74 GMC (black)
84 stepside (pinky)
Mutt (Hemi orange)
75 Blazer (Green)
85 K20 (Blue)
83 K10 (two tone)
91 Suburban (grey/black)
89 Suburban (blue)
87 K10 (red)
84 K10 (rust bucket)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Layne on March 07, 2010, 04:37:58 PM
Vile, you're insane in the membrane! Awesome though, I wish I could have that many ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 07, 2010, 06:19:59 PM
I know. I want more too....
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: slammed79 on March 08, 2010, 12:05:55 AM
Imma jealous Vile, I had three at one point, all shortbeds, now I have just the one. Always keeping my eyes open for another though.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigwillie82 on March 10, 2010, 07:34:40 AM
is it kinda like rabbits? one is ok but once you get two they just start multiplying.   lol
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 26, 2010, 02:40:46 PM
Well I've got the interior cab and the like ready for paint. Hopefully I'll at least get the base coat on tonight

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXZjNXdHFQQlJLTEU)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXYW5wUHpHM1BNbUE)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 26, 2010, 03:45:19 PM
...

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXTFV3SWpLclkwOEU)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: ccz145a on March 26, 2010, 06:30:41 PM
oooh. I like.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 26, 2010, 09:17:24 PM
Ughhh I worked on the black truck all night last night and this one all night tonight. Hot tub time!

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbUJDMkVodV8yLTg)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXX251VXB0ZVdPak0)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdG5KYjduYms4RmM)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSHA3d3pRMEkxeUU)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: hotrod24 on March 26, 2010, 10:33:16 PM
wow great progress vile
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on March 26, 2010, 11:57:54 PM
Vile,
you got parts laying all over the place lol.. Looks good man ..I been doing some work on mine finally.Hope to have pics tomorrow or sunday...

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 27, 2010, 11:04:00 AM
I'm literally crippled today. I've been working so much and working on so many projects at once I'm hurtin. I'm hoping to get the interior guts back together, doors hung and aligned, fenders and inner fenders on within the next week. Essentially once I do that I can finish the body work relatively quickly and have this sucker done by June (I hope)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Grover 1 on March 27, 2010, 03:16:26 PM
Great work, as usual, Vile.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 27, 2010, 10:32:37 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: treestandjunkie on March 28, 2010, 12:41:48 PM
Man I cant find the time to get started on the one I got much less all the projects you have!! I wish I had just a fraction of the talent you have!! Great looking trucks.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 02, 2010, 04:24:05 PM
Update:

Thanks to the help of two of my very dedicated students I managed to get all of the wiring done, and 98% of all of the stuff in the cab done. Next week I'll have the doors and fenders on it and am hoping within the next 2 months to have all of the body work done and in paint.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 15, 2010, 12:14:05 PM
Got the doors on

The pass door was a cheap aftermarket one I had laying around. I would literally have to use a gallon of cheese to try and make it look right so I'm canning it. Minor set back but hopefully I'll get the pass door hung and get the fenders on next week.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMGUtcTNYT1ExczQ)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 16, 2010, 12:08:50 PM
More quick pix - Progress despite being broken over here. I literally can barely move because I overdid it at the gym. I feel like someone whacked me in the ribs with a 2x4!

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXc1gtdFlQT2ZtWDA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVjZNa0oxZmNlOHM)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdDVvdERxN2xYMU0)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: hotrod24 on April 16, 2010, 12:17:28 PM
very nice your truck is coming along good vile
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 16, 2010, 02:21:42 PM
This truck is going to be very cool! Thank you
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on April 16, 2010, 04:07:37 PM
Tell us vile
which 1 of your rigs ISNT going to be cool????
You keep this up man im gonna have to find me a 76-80 blazer.I always wanted to do a blazer and paint it subaru wrx blue...

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Grover 1 on April 16, 2010, 05:22:44 PM
We should probably work on a trade!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 17, 2010, 08:01:21 AM
Hey now that's a possibility!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: howlinwolf on April 17, 2010, 09:18:33 AM
vile, where do you teach?  (I LOVED AUTO TECH)  now to get a shop going.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 17, 2010, 12:04:55 PM
I teach at a post secondary school. It's a great job
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: howlinwolf on April 17, 2010, 02:09:27 PM
I bet. i just loved being in the class. Our body shop teacher was an amazing custom graphics (hand air brush design) guy
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 26, 2010, 09:15:39 PM
Got the other fender on and aligned

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXd1pJTUtPdXlYUTQ)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on April 27, 2010, 10:29:54 AM
Without diggin back through, what color did you decide to go with? I am assuming an orange hue with the inside fo the fenders and door jambs being that color.

Coming along nicely though.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 27, 2010, 12:49:43 PM
Hemi Orange Pearl Coat

(http://images.dealer.com/autodata/ca/320/color/2009/CAB90DOC191B0/PLC.jpg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 2502 on April 28, 2010, 06:24:00 PM
Hemi Orange Pearl Coat

(http://images.dealer.com/autodata/ca/320/color/2009/CAB90DOC191B0/PLC.jpg)
siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bigkountry on May 04, 2010, 09:36:19 AM
Very nice, i'm diggin that color.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 2502 on May 04, 2010, 12:23:39 PM
Well I've got the interior cab and the like ready for paint. Hopefully I'll at least get the base coat on tonight


vile, when u get a chance or the next one u start, can u snap some pics on what exactly your'e removing, etc to prep the inside of the cab? i'm removing the glass when i paint mine, so i want to be pretty meticulous.

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on May 04, 2010, 05:54:38 PM
I remove pretty much everything. Striker bolts, hinges, glove box, ash tray, all glass basically anything you want painted. Was there anything in particular you had in question?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 2502 on May 05, 2010, 02:05:31 AM
that's what i was figuring on. since you've done so many, in your opinion, since my truck is in pieces, is it better to paint everything while it's apart?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on May 06, 2010, 03:27:27 PM
Well yeah when you get to that stage prep it ande paint it. Then once you put everything together all you have to do is your exterior prep and paint.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 2502 on May 06, 2010, 05:24:37 PM
my whole exterior is apart right now. i was thinking on disassembling the bed and doing that piece by piece too.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: frito-bandito on July 18, 2010, 09:40:29 PM
Hemi Orange Pearl Coat

(http://images.dealer.com/autodata/ca/320/color/2009/CAB90DOC191B0/PLC.jpg)


Sorry I might be white trash, but you got to paint the Dukes of Hazzard 01 on the doors!!!!

Anyways, the truck is looking good keep us updated!!!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on July 18, 2010, 09:47:50 PM
I don`t think vile is that type of person to do that crap to any of his rigs....

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: frito-bandito on July 18, 2010, 09:54:31 PM
I don`t think vile is that type of person to do that crap to any of his rigs....

thanks
pat

Thanks for informing me of that
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Grover 1 on July 18, 2010, 10:59:10 PM
Vile, I'm thinking of buying a lift for my shop.  Do you like your Bendpak's?  Which model would you suggest for home use?  Awaiting the completion of the Mutt!!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 21, 2010, 08:17:59 PM
Rotary is a very nice lift. Bend Pak is pretty good but they're loud and noisy. They have good features for the $.

These guys are pretty decent to deal with also and I've beat them up on shipping and prices before

http://www.asedeals.com/
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 21, 2010, 08:19:52 PM
http://www.asedeals.com/lifts2.html

The mutt is on hold while I take on my new roll at work but it'll get done sooner than later.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: ITSAGAS on July 21, 2010, 10:51:46 PM
Thats going to be a nice truck.  I love the color. 8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 80stepsideguy on July 30, 2010, 12:18:49 PM
Vile,
so you work for this place that sells lifts? Nice, now how bout getting your pals here a discount lol.... I been wanting 1 of these lifts for quite some time..

thanks
pat
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 30, 2010, 05:06:20 PM
No I don't work for them, I work for a technical school. I've personally bought equipment from them was all I was saying. I do not endorse them, just saying they have good deals and have been good.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: gilbert011 on January 10, 2012, 10:07:08 AM
Hello,
Dont know if you said this, but what type of headers did you use?  shorty, mid lenth ?  I am doing a similar build and getting ready to choose some headers.  I cannot go with long tube, for two reasone, one, clearance, and two, I think they look awfull going past the frame.  any help is appreciated.

Thank you
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 22, 2012, 09:41:36 AM
I used shorty headers made to fit 88-95 C/K 5.7L applications. You need to make a small clearance groove on the top drivers side frame rail which takes about 60 seconds to do otherwise they good. 

It's been a while since I updated anything on this. -Fixed up the front end - ball joints, bearings, brakes etc - gotta do an alignment and put the other J-Hook on then it's strictly body, paint, glass and shocks and she'll be road worthy. If I didn't dig so deep into my 74 again I would have been done with this but I guess no need to rush or pressure myself or I'll end up doing what I did with the 83.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LowestIntentions on July 13, 2012, 11:56:09 PM
Hey any more updates? I am new here and was looking around for tips on doing dual intank pumps for my saddle tank setup in the 80. Since I need pumps for the LT1. Could you possibly give more tips on how these "drop in"? Loving the build! You are in Texas? I'm in DFW myself. Glad to see more texans! Thanks for any help you can give.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bake74 on July 15, 2012, 06:06:34 PM
Hey any more updates? I am new here and was looking around for tips on doing dual intank pumps for my saddle tank setup in the 80. Since I need pumps for the LT1. Could you possibly give more tips on how these "drop in"? Loving the build! You are in Texas? I'm in DFW myself. Glad to see more texans! Thanks for any help you can give.

     Welcome to the site, the owner of this thread is taking a break from the forum for a while, so don't know how long it will be before or if he see's this.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on June 13, 2013, 07:00:54 PM
Wow,

It's certainly been a while since I updated this. Good news is I finally brought the truck to my house so I could get back to working on it. I got the front end all done and aligned it. Mechanically all it needs now is a set of shocks and the rest is completing the body work and paint. I have some time off coming up and if it ever stops raining I can get cranking on this again.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: travisr1988 on February 08, 2014, 11:32:59 PM
If you don't mind me asking Vile, what brand are those headers, they look great and very well constructed. Would you recommend them?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 09, 2014, 07:29:42 AM
They're the 88-95 shorty's. They fit fine but you do need to clearance a very small spot on the upper frame rail where the O2 bung is.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sport-Manifold-Exhaust-Header-for-Chevy-GMC-88-95-K1500-K2500-Pickup-5-0L-5-7L-/271116567732?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f1fce84b4&vxp=mtr
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on June 09, 2015, 07:15:51 PM
Well I pulled it out from under the tarp after a very long time of sitting and nothing happening other than regression. Long story short, after I changed positions at work I had to sacrifice a lot of things including the time devoted to my projects. While I have no regrets I do miss all of the truck building I was doing. With new higher level position and my daughter with another one on the way it seems like I'll never get anything done. So with a lot of work on the house completed, I've gotten to a point where I can do a little work on this sucker again. Power washed it and decided I'm going to yank the engine out. I have another engine better suited for this project (pinky's engine) whereas the engine in there will be a better fit for pinky. So, I will be giving this a heart transplant and then back on the body/paint. Sick of looking at it and plus I really want to get on the 75 Blazer and I can't get to that til my 74 is done. lol

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXY2I5YW9URVo3NHc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXXzJMVXFzWFpCOVU)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on June 09, 2015, 08:00:37 PM
  Congratulations on the news of your second child.  Family comes first.
  Sounds like its a full time job that you have working on your projects.  I'm sure the Mutt will turn out great, just like the others.
  How is the rest of the fleet? I've been following the progress on your 74. How's pinky and your blue long bed with the aluminum slots? (Scotty?).  I goota say, that blue one is my idea of the perfect & practical truck.
  Looking forward to seeing work start on the Blazer too.  Like all of us, there's not enough time in the day.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on June 09, 2015, 08:38:08 PM
Congrats on the new career, babies and all going on with ya. I do know how toys and projects can be put to the side but there is no better therapy that's for sure. Can't wait to see some progress on some of your projects.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on June 10, 2015, 05:43:19 PM
Thanks guys. They're coming along, the 74 I am building a radiator support and some covers to help with the finish the engine bay's smooth look. I started it up the other day and had an audience filling their lungs with pollution lol I always have fun with that thing even when it's not all put together. I'm dropping a bunch of trees so I can put in a pool so my buddy is babysitting Scotty. He drove it home and now he wants one of these trucks again. He had to 77 K10's back in the day. I'll try to get some good pix of the progress as I go along and update the posts. If all goes well I'll be doing some engine removal this weekend. :)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on June 21, 2015, 09:35:59 AM
Pulled the engine out of pinky, pulled the engine out of the mutt and dropping it back in there today. 1980 350 block with TBI setup. It's a better fit for the 4x4 whereas the engine I originally put in there will be much better for the stepside

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXcVFSNVk0bXFiQ2s)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWnNNWXVLMEE4aG8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bd on June 21, 2015, 03:52:32 PM
You should bottle some of that energy and sell it!  You'd make a fortune!!  LOL

I'm glad that you've been able to muster some time for your truck projects, Vile.  Lately, mine just seem to stare back at me....

That motor is quite a looker.  It's funny, staring at an engine on a stand and watching as it morphs and comes alive is like watching a campfire.  It's captivating!  I can almost hear it running already....   ;)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on June 22, 2015, 09:22:04 PM
Trust me I know, I just hope I never run out of steam. Had to fix some things like brake line brackets etc and then I sprayed the engine compartment and frame with truck bed liner since this thing will see New England weather and I hate undercoating. I got it sitting in place and most items connected. Tonight I went to the hospital to see my nephew who was born at 3:40AM Say Uncle!

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXajFLaGRnOEh2VzA)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 14, 2015, 08:05:41 PM
Got a few more things done like getting stung by hornets. Moved the Suburban out of the hole, Bed liner the cab floor and inner fenders. Some other odds and ends. If the weather cooperates, I'll get some painting done this week.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWHlQODQ1T19hckk)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWVVGcVlpWS1aT0E)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXS0JXSzRhOVc4OFU)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVUR4TTFUY0l3OW8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on July 15, 2015, 12:23:43 PM
  Everybody needs a Suburban as a mobile storage container.
  As always, your projects are moving along quickly & looking great.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 15, 2015, 02:46:36 PM
Ha! That's right, I'm going to be sad when I'm done with my shed. I bleached it and power washed it today to kill off all of the ....everything! The doors, the hood, the dash, door panels and gauges are going in the mutt. I'm sure I will find other things that will migrate over too as I move along. Got side tracked today by needy people but hopefully I will get things done tomorrow on it.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 01, 2015, 07:14:54 PM
So I trashed the doors I had for it since they were aftermarket and crap. I took the hood and doors off of the 91 Suburban and reworked them. They needed a lot of work but I figured I'd rather put old GM metal on this beast then screw around with cheap tin. Made some progress...

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVEJ4ZkZUYjlBV2M)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQ3oyWHBrbVQ5bzg)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQ3oyWHBrbVQ5bzg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 01, 2015, 07:20:07 PM
Tomorrow I paint the jams and the cowl and hang the doors. Then I can put the fenders back on and start working on the fine tuning for the cab.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on August 01, 2015, 08:13:50 PM
The paint looks great.
Did you spray it under the tent?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bd on August 01, 2015, 09:43:02 PM
Wow that's sharp!  Pearl?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on August 02, 2015, 05:47:32 PM
Looks good!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 02, 2015, 07:12:21 PM
Yes, sprayed the insides of the doors and the top of the hood under the tent. Too many thing inside my garage right now. It makes too much of a mess. BD - yes pearlcoat

Today I did the jambs, windshield frame and cowl. Then I popped the doors on. Still have to align them but I'm done working. It's back to work tomorrow

PS don't make fun of my tape job. I ran out of paper.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXNmV6UFdocW0zTXc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXeUhiTmdnU2U3bms)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXak9YaXI5WVc1ekk)

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 17, 2015, 06:23:08 PM
Fixed drivers side cab corner and rocker so they are straight. Got my hood in and it was damaged on the corner. They knocked another $100 bucks off so I took it.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXeldIell5NTR6MEE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXRUc3a3JIR3NpT0k)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSWg3SWJta1dSbGM)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 18, 2015, 05:31:22 PM
Got back from the swap meet today and scored some good items including this nice 73-74 GMC gate rock solid. Also found a correct AM radio for 10 bucks and some cab corner moldings. Once I thawed out I shot the bottom side of the hood.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWEpGSG1lZGc5bDA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXc0FFMVIyVEl4YXc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXaG5NcXhDT3Z1LVE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXeXVjT1A2dEhRZEE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVXl4dTJRb0lZbVU)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 23, 2015, 09:02:24 PM
Top side

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbUdGbkZjVXU4d00)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: BBM3 on October 23, 2015, 10:51:26 PM
A+
Outstanding workmanship.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on October 24, 2015, 12:43:40 AM
That color looks sooooooooo good.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 15, 2015, 04:34:46 PM
Painted cowl panel and front lower valance panel

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVzNWaGdndm9fYjQ)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSE04RGp1R2o3bkE)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on November 15, 2015, 10:02:18 PM
Hey Vile, wheres the shop, can i come and have a look see? Im 10 minutes up the road, buff cap rd in tolland, remember?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 16, 2015, 06:37:13 PM
Yeah you are close. Sure set up a time to stop by sometime.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on November 16, 2015, 08:45:28 PM
You must have seen the truck by now, 36 buff cap, right at the end on the corner of tolland stage rd.  Forest green c-10.  Its there mon-thurs.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Funkatation on November 16, 2015, 09:33:33 PM
How much did you buy that tailgate for? I want one!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 17, 2015, 06:32:29 PM
You must have seen the truck by now, 36 buff cap, right at the end on the corner of tolland stage rd.  Forest green c-10.  Its there mon-thurs.

Don't think I have but I usually don't go that way
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 17, 2015, 06:33:20 PM
How much did you buy that tailgate for? I want one!

The GMC gate? The guy was asking $175, I gave him $100. Got it at the swap meet
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on November 17, 2015, 09:53:06 PM
Yeah, the swap meet i missed!! Twice!!  Good ole stafford speedway, when is the spring one?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 18, 2015, 07:26:51 PM
April. The next closest one is at the Big E in January. That one is pretty lame but if you have nothing to do sometimes it's worthwhile

http://www.thebige.com/ese/events/auto-parts-swap-n-sell/
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on November 18, 2015, 09:17:26 PM
Right, if nothing else going on i may check it out. Let me know if you end up going. I was just there at the fair with the family.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 19, 2015, 06:46:55 PM
I might go. I seem to have misplaced all of the fasteners I picked up at the Stafford Swap meet. May need to go to pick up some more junk
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on November 19, 2015, 08:58:32 PM
Yup, always need more junk.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 17, 2016, 11:53:41 AM
I guess it's been a while since I posted any pics. I spent a lot of time getting the cab just right, nice body lines, dialing in the cab corners, rockers, attention to detail etc. Pulled it out of the garage yesterday and washed it, cleaned up the disaster area (garage) Planning on putting the door latches in today. I had them soaking in chem dip which I discovered makes them like brand new.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXNXowV0JHR0l6X1E)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdDBXZ3J6dktKcGM)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWmhwSnVYRXBVRk0)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXRlpwMHZ6cFQ1ak0)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVW1QeDZtZzJyc0U)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXUWhDUzVxVElIMTQ)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVmcyWlQ0UDZvOUk)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVEJ6a1ZXeE00VjA)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bd on January 17, 2016, 12:06:55 PM
As always, very impressive!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on January 17, 2016, 12:23:38 PM
Looks great as usual.
What are you running for tires & rims now that we can't get 16.5" tires for the slotted rims?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 17, 2016, 06:19:37 PM
Thanks! I've got a brand new set of 35" BFG and a set of hurricanes. Hopefully by the time I wear these out there will either be retro wheels or they'll start making 16.5"s again. Everyone should be emailing BFG to make them again. If they get enough requests I'm sure they'd probably produce some again.

I got the latches in and door seals on today, replaced the RH tank fuel pump because it was noisy. About to spend some money now :)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVS1KQllEYkRDS3c)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXa21JN2kzX0QxeWc)
Title: Mutt Project
Post by: roundhouse on January 17, 2016, 07:13:12 PM
I think there's a company now making slot mags with blank centers and they will machine any bolt pattern you want

Edited to add:   "Ronsrims1" On a very well known  auction site
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: BBM3 on January 17, 2016, 07:30:19 PM
How did I miss this build thread?

What a great looking truck!
Perfect in every regard.
I can imagine if the Designers and Engineers at GM had had their way with the Bean Counters this is what might have been.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: FearNoMan78k10 on January 17, 2016, 09:18:25 PM
Man this is such a nice truck and build.... Seriously ... Great build.... Beautiful truck and engine
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 18, 2016, 08:53:33 AM
I think there's a company now making slot mags with blank centers and they will machine any bolt pattern you want

Edited to add:   "Ronsrims1" On a very well known  auction site

I'm fairly certain they won't do them in 8 lug. I looked into it and they said "Unfortunately they cant be build into 8 lugs.  The max is 6 lugs due to the load rating the wheel does not have enough load rating to support more vehicles with 8 lugs." So I assume this guy would probably say the same. It would be nice to get some 17" slots

Thanks for the compliments.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 23, 2016, 03:33:32 PM
Got the mirrors, cab trim and door handles painted yesterday

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVUYyTm5ObDkxYVk)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXLU1Wd2FlT1lyY0U)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXNjktbVI1aDFta3M)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXcUlueVdWbXl4WDg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on January 23, 2016, 03:51:47 PM
  Looking good as always.
  Glad to see that you thought ahead and bought some 35's while they were still available.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 23, 2016, 07:01:42 PM
I've been hounding BFG to put them back into production even as a special order item.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: RAD77C10 on January 23, 2016, 11:46:36 PM
What color is that? In the picture, it looks like black chrome!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 24, 2016, 07:17:39 PM
It's a satin/semi gloss base with high solid clear
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 26, 2016, 04:15:54 PM
How cool is this? 3D printed a Teepee :)


Blacking out all of the chrome/aluminum

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXakdHQXE0ckYwcFU)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXaTFzazlHcDV0NG8)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXc3Zjb2Rld01vSWM)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on January 26, 2016, 06:01:57 PM
That is awesome! I know a few people here have played with 3D printing stuff like that. I had the Teepee emblems also on mine.

The black on orange looks excellent!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 26, 2016, 06:06:54 PM
Thanks! Once I wet sand and buff this thing will look so sweet! My woman said tonight it's Harley colors and I guess she's right. I was thinking more Garfield, but I do have a Harley not a cat lol

I met up with a dude ten minutes up the road tonight who had a bunch of parts and grabbed a set of drip rails off of him.

Got the pass side door handle and mirror test fitted.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSGlaTTg1Y0ZURFk)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdW1rNnNYY1Q4Vkk)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on January 26, 2016, 06:51:40 PM
Liking the mirrors and handles, not sure on rear trim yet, have to see the drip rails done up. Loving the work your doing here


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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 26, 2016, 09:24:24 PM
No chrome/stainless trim going on this one. Orange and black theme. I've got plenty of shiny on the other trucks.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on January 26, 2016, 10:06:24 PM
I just saw that you have a Rotary lift in your garage! That's a bunch of crap! Lol. The pump motor looks exactly like a bunch we have at the shop. Let me guess, yellow swing out extendable arms. Are your towers parallel to the lifted vehicle or do you have one of those ones that have the towers angled out towards the opposite side rear corners of the vehicle when it's on the lift? We have a few of those angled tower ones and I don't like them, I like the parallel tower lifts better.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 26, 2016, 10:53:33 PM
10,000lb asymmetric, curious why you wouldn't favor this design?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on January 27, 2016, 12:31:49 AM
The ones we have its a pain in the neck to get the car in the right spot to pick it up, and not everything fits on it. Trucks with long beds fit if they are regular cab but long crews almost don't fit. But the steel plate that's bolted to the ground to indicate the proper position when pulling in is missing, bolts are sheared off from years of use. All the parallel racks can pick up any length car or truck and we have 1 in the back shop that's rated for like 60,000 lbs I think or something. Maybe it's 50K. Anyway, everything is like 3 times thicker on that rack than the others. Plus with the asymmetric lift, the arms don't always swing their full arc depending on how short or long that car is. Either the fronts won't reach their lift points because the you have to pull in to far so that backs will reach their lift points or vise versa. I've had cars that just plain won't fit on it, that's not to common tho.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on January 27, 2016, 03:58:27 AM
I had a Challenger 10k asymmetrical lift. It was great, it did everything that I needed it to do.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on January 27, 2016, 09:36:41 AM
We use all rotary lifts here with the exception of one or two that are "GM Dealer Service Equipment".
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 27, 2016, 06:59:44 PM
When I installed my lift I set it in accordance with my buddies crew cab long bed so it is positioned where I can lift pretty much any truck, car, ATV, lawn mower, you name it. I wouldn't want any other kind. Last year I turned it into a bar when I had a party with about 100 people here. It was easy to raise the bar that day ;) Very versatile lift
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on January 27, 2016, 09:10:27 PM
Well maybe that's the issue we have then. It was just installed and on to the next one, when it should have been setup for larger vehicles to be more centered on the vehicles. It's not a problem we constantly have, it just seems like every time I have a slight hiccup. But granted I rarely use it.

We have about 30 racks, 7 are drive on, 2 are asymmetric and the rest on parallel.

Does yours have the flip up steel mounts to pick up a vehicle or does yours have the collars with feet that have rubber mounts and that you screw down or up to adjust for the proper height to pick?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 28, 2016, 08:50:03 AM
Stack on collars. I don't like the flip up or screw jack designs
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: LTZ C20 on January 28, 2016, 09:11:59 AM
Yea, most of ours are the flip up design, and few of them are the screw type, the big 50-60K lift uses massive screw type. The stack on collars are good.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 30, 2016, 05:56:32 PM
Didn't get as much as I planned to done today but still made some progress. I was like should I shouldn't I should I shouldn't I with this grille. It's a GM original that was basically mint and since I am not having any chrome or stainless on this unit I said the heck with it. Cleaned, sanded & primed the bezels, grille, grille emblem (not sure if I will use this emblem or the lumi-logo but I'm going to do it anyway), wiper arms, drip rails and gas caps. Tomorrow I'll get the base black base coat on everything and then I need to mask and paint the orange areas to see how I like it.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSkt6TVBsMTFVYWc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSjJIanJUNmswT00)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWmEyRkY0bGxHbFE)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 03, 2016, 10:23:08 AM
Making some progress....these pics look red

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbW1ydFc1NHRkNzQ)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbHdoRlhoLXBwUFk)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Militiaman55 on July 04, 2016, 01:12:30 AM
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet........
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: RossCravens on July 05, 2016, 09:04:07 AM
Awesome build!  The truck looks awesome!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: winky on July 13, 2016, 08:26:21 PM
looks awesome, what paint are you using?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: RAD77C10 on August 07, 2016, 01:11:10 AM
Is your orange paint, a two stage paint?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 07, 2016, 09:28:54 AM
Guess i haven't updated my own posts in a while. Been so busy doing construction around the house I've back burnered everything else. PPG base coat clear coat.
Title: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on August 08, 2016, 12:33:21 PM
Let me know when your not so busy (which is never, lol) so i can swing by and see the mutt up close. 

...of course thats just an excuse to get you to tinker with my truck. Lol
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on October 02, 2016, 08:44:59 PM
The black 'nose' with the orange paint is slick. Hard to believe you started this project almost 10 years ago and I remember then it came after the 74 re-do was started but before or after Pinky?.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 04, 2016, 12:05:17 PM
Yeah i got this truck from a buddy whose father wanted it out of his yard. It was to be the recipient of donor parts to complete its frankenbuild but many things happened after I started on this one. I changed jobs, crashed my Harley into Bambi and got all busted up, many girlfriends, lost my dog, took on major construction projects at my house, built two new decks, put in a pool, dropped a couple hundred trees, new roof, new gutters new windows, new doors, insulation, boiler, domestic water treatment system, had two kids etc etc and I keep going on these projects slowly but surely some how. One thing I've done is pushed them off for the nicer weather especially since I've had this excavator at my house. I would rather play in that thing all day than do body work that's for sure!I'm not happy with the fitment of the drivers side fender so I am swapping it out with another one. Another setback
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on October 04, 2016, 06:57:09 PM
Wow! some saturdays i stare out the window and cant decide to go hiking or biking, or fiddle around with truck. You've been busy,,,,and still are. My only problem/project or task in life is that friggen vibration. (and it aint the engine, of course).
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SUX2BU99 on October 05, 2016, 12:21:47 AM
Holy crap have I been away from here for THAT long? Wow Vile, you been busy with life.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 05, 2016, 05:09:09 PM
Wow! some saturdays i stare out the window and cant decide to go hiking or biking, or fiddle around with truck. You've been busy,,,,and still are. My only problem/project or task in life is that friggen vibration. (and it aint the engine, of course).

Are you sure you aren't sitting on vibrating pillow?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on October 05, 2016, 08:00:06 PM
LOL!!! Vile thats it, your a genius! All this time....lol
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on October 06, 2016, 05:09:25 PM
PPG base coat clear coat.

Is that your normal go to paint? I like the Nason(Dupont) paints over PPG, but PPG still has good paint for the cost.

I really like the look of the truck, can't wait to see it all finished up.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 06, 2016, 06:49:42 PM
No it's expensive and not very forgiving in my opinion. I've had better luck with Akzo Nobel paints and saved $$ but I don't mix brands once I start with something so it'll be in PPG.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: ajdmello on October 07, 2016, 08:34:07 AM
Nice looking truck! What did you use for the cab floor and firewall some kind of bed liner?

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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 08, 2016, 08:17:21 AM
I used truck bed liner on this one since i had a few extra gallons.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on October 24, 2016, 06:53:43 PM
How much paint did you end up using on the cab, fenders, and hood? I am thinking of something like 1.5 gallons mixed should be plenty enough to do inside and out on my truck, I am leaving the bed for later, as it needs work and is cheap aftermarket(thin and fitment of rear is off). I know an old school VW bug took about 1.5 gallons, the last time I did one, and I think the bug has a little more area. Just don't want to find myself in bind needing paint, first time I'm doing a full size truck.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 24, 2016, 07:02:17 PM
It really depends on how many coats. I used 3x what a body shop would use plus I decided to change out the doors and the hood after painting them because I wasn't happy with the fitment. Now with my level of analism I am going to replace the LF fender because I want this to be perfect. So more paint. lol

Prefit all of your body panels, do all of your body work and I suggest waiting at least 2 weeks before painting due to shrinkage. Be 100% happy before you decide to shoot and 2 gallons should cover you inside and out. If you are only doing the outside just get a gallon. Always better to have extra from the same batch.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on October 24, 2016, 07:26:07 PM
Two gallons it is, I just finished the body work, just need to find the right time to to start spraying. I'm not going all out on this truck as it will be a work/daily truck, but I do want it to look good...the first scratch is still going to hurt though, i keep thinking of different ways it will happen...


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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 03, 2017, 01:26:40 PM
So I finally completed the redo on the drivers door and fender. I changed the doors out and then didn't like the fender to door match although most would live with it, it annoys me when the body lines don't flow. So I welded and built up the top edge of the fender and reshaped it. Nice transition from fender to door and door to fender so I am happy. I plan to wet sand and buff the cab this weekend then onto the bed.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdE9NbE10WG41Rmc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXd29CcG1LbmtmeVE)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on March 03, 2017, 09:29:21 PM
Its still orange? Pics look red.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 04, 2017, 08:31:00 AM
It's just the lighting although this color looks redish in the shade and orange in the light.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on April 02, 2017, 08:54:54 AM
Waiting on the auxiliary shocks to show up but got the other 4 on yesterday. Hoping for nice weather to go outside to finish wet sanding and buffing since I'll be taking a few days off from work soon. It makes such a mess in the garage plus it's easier to see outside. I have to properly run the rear brake line(s) and replace the brake cables then I'm moving onto the bed. I'm about where I would have been last year at this point if I hadn't spent the whole Summer playing in that excavator.  8)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVnZvTTd1RzdWWTg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on April 03, 2017, 09:40:06 PM
Yeah, but i saw the work you did, back yard looks great. Years of happy family fun time.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: smpoulin1 on June 25, 2017, 04:58:49 PM
Vile, any updates?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on June 25, 2017, 07:09:43 PM
Yes, I have been bad at updating this. I did everything in my last post and some more. I've been consumed with outdoor projects and finally got most of those done. I just moved the bed on a roller and it's in my 3rd bay ready for body work. I took Friday off specifically to start working on the bed. We have our annual 4th of July party Saturday so I won't get too far but she'll be getting some needed attention soon enough. I'll post pics soon thanks for the reminder and the interest.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 14, 2017, 07:24:10 PM
Looks like I will need to revise this whole thread because photobucket needs to die.

Made some progress on the bed. The bed although solid needs a lot of work. I had to recreate the body lines because it was such a mess. Onto the tailgate tomorrow.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXd2xSSWxRZTlHUU0)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXNVFtcVo1NHhISFE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdDFVN3h5UVROUHM)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWTlpOExoWFhibHc)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on July 16, 2017, 09:29:06 PM
Is that a special "bed stand"?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 17, 2017, 11:57:18 AM
I don't know about special but it is a bed dolly and a bed lift.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 17, 2017, 03:22:58 PM
I just went through this whole thread and removed the photobucket links so essentially even the thread needed to be restored! I will update the pics so they don't have to be clicked eventually
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on July 24, 2017, 03:04:05 PM
Got the tailgate roughed in. Hopefully I'll finish fine tuning the bed next weekend

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXemZncVVlam1lUGc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSHhlUUJlVGVOdWs)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 14, 2017, 01:28:05 PM
Many moons have passed but I am pleased to say that my patience and continued dedication to this baby is paying off. Pix below, came out beautiful and pics don't do it justice. After everything is wet sanded and polished it will look like glass although it looks good as is... very pleased with the results.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXb19NMENCeGQyN3c)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXOWFYTmdiYUVBU2M)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXZmN2ZGZTWFJ4dEE)

Base coat

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXUERRZXpEbEUtZ0k)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXOWlhVDM5SlhSSHc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXZWdKUll2c2t4MUE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMmlHdExjcC16Xzg)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXOC1ld1ZXLTJYQms)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 14, 2017, 01:28:21 PM
Clear coat

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXY3VXcUMwOWFHS2c)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXWXdKWHlGV0R2U1U)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXeVliTUl3aEt4RU0)
Title: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on August 21, 2017, 03:35:55 PM
Totally sickening! I love it!! What is the color called? Orange Crush?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on August 21, 2017, 06:56:40 PM
Got the tailgate roughed in. Hopefully I'll finish fine tuning the bed next weekend

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXemZncVVlam1lUGc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSHhlUUJlVGVOdWs)

Your "roughed in" work is better than my finish work.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 24, 2017, 06:09:32 AM
It's hemi-orange pearlcoat. It's coming along nicely, I put the bed up on the lift and bedlined the underside of the bed. Nice thick coating, not one rust repair, a perfectly in tact bed. Very happy with the way it came out. thanks for the compliments.

I'll be making progress over the next few weeks and hopefully plop the bed back on soon. It's nice to free up the space in the garage too. You can almost walk in there again :)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 07, 2017, 09:04:04 AM
So I got the bed up on the lift and coated the underside with bed liner. Came out really nice and then I proceeded to blow out my back putting the bed on my truck by myself. My ambitions got the best of me and I should have called a few buddies but I didn't want to wait around since I took the day off from work and wanted to git-r-done. Nevertheless for the last two weeks I've been dealing with never ending back pain which is only remedied by a stiff drink. So kids, call your buddies to help even if it sets you back a day. I have to get the bumpers mounted and wet sand/buff several areas before I put the glass in. Here are some quick pics

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdnpGYmxhZWVzSDA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQUFDM0I3SURuWVE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMnB5Vm1BYWt0VDg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 07, 2017, 06:27:40 PM
Very nice!!! Its so.....orange!

Send me a text next time, i would have scooted over and helped lift the bed.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 07, 2017, 07:13:38 PM
Thanks. Trust I won't be doing anything stupid like that again anytime soon. Bumper brackets and rear bumper came in today and are the wrong ones of course. I've still got plenty to keep me busy for a while so no big deal I suppose. Gonna take the day off and take the kids fair hopping. I must eat fried dough before I go on a diet  ;D
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 08, 2017, 06:54:06 PM
Yup, also hitting a fair on sat. Book fair (sale) at the willington library. Hours of fun, lol.

Fried dough and donuts,,,the best tasting food in the world, and worst thing for us! Figures! Ever been to the Big E?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 09, 2017, 06:40:41 AM
Many times. I think the only thing that ever fueled me at the Big E was the beer otherwise I never really found anything there all that great. Something to do if you're bored I guess but I'm never bored. I went to the Hebron Harvest Fair yesterday and the Woodstock fair last week. The kids absolutely LOVED the rides. They love when I take them around the property on the tractor or the quad but man, I started thinking about building my own carnival in the backyard  ;D their little smiles just make you realize that all of the stress and bs you endure is all worth it if it allows you to bring joy to their lives.

I had one of those blooming onions for the first time in my life and dos tacos from the taco guy. I also had tid bits of several other things and feel like I need open heart surgery today. I've come to the sad realization that I need to close the pool for winter now too  :'( Where does the time go?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 10, 2017, 09:24:17 PM
Yup, just pulled the plug on the pool today. The days just aren't hot enough-long enough. After finishing the roofing last week (roofing is always blazing hot) i jumped in the 60 degree water, cold crisp and refreshing! The rest of the fam is done...so i'm done cleaning it every day, amen!

The Big E has a "Craz-E burger, i think its a cheeseburger with bacon and the bun is a glazed donut. A friend got one and i tried it, surprisingly it was real good, not sure why, but it was. That'll  harden some arteries for sure. Your brave, dont think i could handle the blooming onion. The fried dough is awesome with the sauce or the sugar!!

At 12 and 16 we are just past the little rides and big smiles. I know just what you mean. Treasure those moments, they do not last.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 11, 2017, 05:46:10 AM
Once I got a fried dough with sauce and accidentally put the powdered sugar on it. Surprisingly it was actually good, but probably clogged some veins too. I would have closed the pool this weekend but I spent the rest of the weekend working on other people's stuff again. Never enough time
Title: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 11, 2017, 09:03:28 PM
You are correct! Never enough time!! There is a bible verse that even states: "what is life but a vapour." So true...
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 15, 2017, 06:58:16 PM
Do you go to the 4 town fair in Somers?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 16, 2017, 07:14:55 AM
I have but not in years. Last time I went I chucked my fried dough in the trash and a woman approached me and asked why I threw it away. I told her it was gross and she thanked me because she didn't want to waste her money too. These carnies throw raw sauce on dough and think that's something you would want to eat? The good ones are all at the Big E so when it competes with the big show you get all the 3rd rate garbage. So I haven't been back since. If you go, let me know if it improved.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 18, 2017, 08:43:32 PM
We went for a couple hrs on thursday night. A friend of ours has a booth there, plus they always have a classic car show there on the first night. This little "townie" fair brings' em out of the woodwork i tell ya. Talk about locals! Classic carnies. We went to get a slice of fresh homemade apple pie and it was from Big Y!!! So we passed on the cheap store bought pie.  So, no, it hasnt improved. Heading to Big E next week.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 19, 2017, 02:47:35 PM
At least you can drink beer and walk around at the BigE
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 23, 2017, 05:27:55 PM
Painted the bumpers today and mocked up the door panels to see how I like em. Door glass is back in and operational.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMmFpdGJnYTFyU1k)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXTWlPX2pwTDVhb28)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXVUhJTUtJNE4xeU0)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXTms5LWJBR3Etc0U)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on September 23, 2017, 09:12:23 PM
Nice, did you buy new bumpers or just repaint? And what are you going to run for flooring?

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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 24, 2017, 08:26:13 AM
New bumpers and brackets, painted base coat clear coat. The floor will be carpeted once the interior is ready for installation.

The glass is all new and the side windows and vents are the green tint glass. The power windows are relay controlled and work great. I have all of the interior parts ready to go and am looking forward to getting to that point as I am sick of doing body work. I will be putting in a drop down navigation bluetooth unit with backup camera in the highliner yet I'll be putting the factory radio in the dash just for looks.

I had to repaint my woman's hood on her Jeep because the town took the cheap way out and chip sealed the roads again. Cracked the paint on the hood, cracked her windshield and got tar all over the body.  >:( So anyway, I painted that while I did the bumpers to kill two birds.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on September 27, 2017, 08:01:12 PM
Should have left our pools open!!! ☀️
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on September 27, 2017, 08:04:41 PM
Mine is still open. 72 in there still
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on October 02, 2017, 10:21:45 PM
Well, at the time of my post it was 90 out. 40 now, typical new england.

Also, i think that big swap meet at stafford speedway is coming up? You going? I remember you complained it stunk last time.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 03, 2017, 04:51:20 AM
I did? lol I've been going to the swamp meet since I was 16, it's always the same but sometimes you get lucky and find a deal or two but it's mostly junk. If the weather is nice I might go. I closed the pool this weekend, so not looking forward to the cold weather.
Title: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on October 18, 2017, 07:44:21 AM
Ha! Speaking of cold weather...FROST! Im sickened. However, nice cozy little garage in the background, in a week or two, ill tuck her in for a long winters nap. A little pack gravel around the front and sides will give a nice natural ramp. Id love to do re-claimed asphalt or millings, but costly.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171018/ab7bbe7548971bedc0db3e68ee425a14.jpg)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 18, 2017, 11:06:43 AM
My buddy does asphalt paving if you need a guy
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on October 18, 2017, 08:43:54 PM
Ok, i may take you up on that later. Regardless, i still need a base, so i can always add the asphalt later. Thanks
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 21, 2017, 07:03:14 PM
It's only money  8)

Got the back glass in tonight, new slider and gasket. My buddy took the excavator to go bury a horse so I had to do other things including work on the truck  ;D

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXcFBseXFHQ3IxX2M)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: mrboyy17 on October 22, 2017, 10:32:51 AM
dang sir that is nice!  I wish I had half the knowledge and talent to do this to my truck.  question for you.  when mounting the bed did you egg out the holes in the frame to move the bed closer to the cab?  your gap looks smaller than mine.  yours looks awesome!
Mark
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 22, 2017, 12:46:30 PM
Thanks. One thing I hate is sloppy body lines, they just irk me. As a general rule, I do drill the frame holes larger for the body & bed mounts to allow for more adjustment. Even through years of service and fatigue you'll be lucky if everything lines up the way you like it. The best way to ensure the body will be straight is to start from the front with the front bumper mounted to align the cab and then work your way back.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JohnCaldy on October 24, 2017, 12:21:27 AM
Man, that definitely looks nice!  8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: roundhouse on October 24, 2017, 09:24:29 PM
Before you do the carpet
I'd recommend dynamat or something like it

We used FatMat and it really cut out the road noise

Kinda pricy   We used $220 worth to do the firewall floor and back of cab but the noise reduction was amazing
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 25, 2017, 06:27:36 AM
I actually used secondskin and I like that it does not have the tin foil backing. It's black backing is useful in areas where you may have small gaps. I used fat mat in my 74 and 85 and you could catch a peep of the shiny stuff in the corners at the right angle.

I got the new windshield gasket installed last night so I'll be putting the windshield in soon...
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 25, 2017, 04:47:06 PM
Windshield gasket in place, I'm debating if I should just put in the windshield I have sitting upstairs since it's basically brand new or if I should just put a new one in.... I'll figure it out this weekend after I examine it closely.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdlo5OWRMTlJVWDA)

Got the couch ready to go in too

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXeGNCUFJWc005S0U)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXV2M2RkhvMWhFZkU)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on October 25, 2017, 07:49:22 PM
Looks great as always.
With this project almost complete I'm looking forward to seeing you take on your 75 Blazer.  Is that next?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 26, 2017, 06:30:08 AM
Once this one is done I am jumping back on the 74 to finish that up. I needed a break from it but am itching to get it done now. The Blazer will be a fun truck and am looking forward to that build which may be my final build.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 28, 2017, 09:08:55 AM
So even though the windshield I had in stock was barely used, it had a scratch so I tossed it. Just put the new one in and the truck has all brand new glass which is nice. The side windows have the green tint, back glass is tinted and windshield is a shaded with antenna glass. All new seals, relay powered power windows and locks, everything works cherry.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXSDdva3JTM3FRZjA)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on October 28, 2017, 03:56:36 PM
Loving it, don't know why, but I love the blacked out trim on these trucks, just looks better then chrome.

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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 28, 2017, 05:48:35 PM
I love orange and black so when I decided to do orange it just clicked that all of the aluminum and chrome needs to be black. I should name it Garfield.  ;D

So today after the windshield, I went on the hunt through all of my stuff to get the headliner trim and kick panels ready. After selecting pieces from white, grey, blue and black interiors scattered throughout my garage upstairs and in my suburban (shed), I was able to make a full set. I had to steal the back piece from my 74's set so I will need to get another one. Anybody got an extra headliner back trim piece? Cleaned them all up and used this vinyl paint that I had never tried before and I am quite pleased with the final product. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow of them. I am putting a highliner in this truck with a drop down bluetooth DVD unit overhead. It also has backup camera so in the dash I am just putting in the stock radio for looks. Once I get the seat in I am going to design the subwoofer enclosures to fit the contour of the back of the cab and into the corner. I can't believe that after all of these years, no one has designed an enclosure that snugly fits back there. That will be a winter beer drinking project.

The wiper switch is toast and the horn contact is missing so I have to fix the column tomorrow as well. I have a complete 86 tilt column upstairs just sitting there so I may just swap the column. We'll see how the day goes I guess.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 19, 2017, 08:03:50 AM
Looks like I've done a lot since this last update. I did replace the column altogether. Ran all of my wiring for the amp, stereo, accessories, speakers, back up camera, overhead lights and for an additional overhead power supply. I'm using a drop down dvd receiver with back up camera in the highliner and putting the factory radio in the dash mostly just for looks.

I finished with the second skin and then put the padding and carpet it. Here's a great tip for everyone when installing your carpet. Watch this video, trust me this is the best technique ever and oddly satisfying lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpufNiXvQgU&feature=youtu.be

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1TcjHceLnMK7U6v1SQSRyu5HS3iCeO4xa)

Fitting the carpet

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=185hERnNRwLByWNTjIIqN6aMWwP_fEm3k)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1Vm1hkMpQkUeDjYAXEj9nAIJUAH0bX_dn)

I washed and re-dyed the seat belts with Rit dye. They were already black but had some fading. They came out good so I installed them and put the couch in. It was nice to actually sit in the truck finally as opposed to sitting on a crate. Really made it feel like a truck again.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1JV9IjonhvxsXoHrz3v9R0noeGkxsxtRh)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1aUi86xTbgZnVWXCZCCtq3wr5_HOnjVDB)

The next thing I did was redesigned the headlight wiring for a major upgrade. I'll make that my next post, after I get a cup of coffee in me here.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on November 19, 2017, 08:33:17 AM
So one thing I did not find on the forum was anything depicting upgrading the 89-91 quad headlight system, so I drew up a schematic for this system that uses relay power to energize the lamps and additionally turns all 4 headlights on for high beams. The factory setup is weak and only turns on the inner bulbs. I'll post better pictures later but they work very nicely now. I left the camera settings exactly the same to try and get good before and after comparisons.

Factory low beams
(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1ovyA9KajNwjgyKsABg9kHRgIUkK9cNs3)

Relay powered low beams
(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1PzsxWEzehH_IgskogjeHYxh4sU1q4LbB)

Factory high beams
(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1xarQJZUj7Rn3GnxfmDYTgLlu-4kkCxkT)

Relay powered high beams
(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=145qFqLDbKkfxPdPpxfogjadBkKbnzYN6)

Here is the diagram which can be used for any single filament 4 light system, roll bar lights etc so this should be useful for anyone looking to do this.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1VoUCF32W77drVyiFo1FM2FKZC4MYnKHq)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: AZ4X4SQBDY on November 19, 2017, 09:47:00 AM
Nice build!  8)

Thank you for the headlamp wiring diagram, I recently installed Hella H1's in my truck and want to run them through a relay so not to melt the factory harness.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 02, 2017, 02:13:43 PM
It's definitely a worthwhile upgrade. I've done a lot of work since last update, highliner, receiver, most of the interior pieces fitted and or installed. I am using the 91 bezel but putting a factory radio in the dash so 3d printed a filler panel. The green one is the test print and then the final. The factory radio will be functional to the dash speakers only. The overhead receiver powers the actual system. Everything works as it should, backup camera works when you put it in reverse. Today I am building sub boxes that will fit in the corners behind the seats. The actual grille I am running is installed (I'll post pics of that later)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1fSCEFM1QhY-mZJp078SmxleSfrws6sp1)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1_r_LwxrrantrpQj1WpLP-hypJ7jUf9nx)

and just for fun, a 3d printed Space Armada alien

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1jOaWTE7FTVCo_7nLqo4_U2yaerye3IIp)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on December 04, 2017, 10:43:25 AM
Are/will you put the headlight update in a tech article?


Lots of good progress on this!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 04, 2017, 02:34:11 PM
Thanks, I did put a tech post for it here http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/smforum/index.php?topic=35890.0

I am making really good progress. Should hit some more strides before the weekend.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 11, 2017, 08:06:37 PM
Stereo system is fully functional and loud :) I built my own speaker boxes out of MDF. I wanted them to fit all the way into the corners, behind the seat without obstruction allowing the seat all the way back and not interfering with the seat belt. I tried them fully sealed and ported. ported sound much clearer so I am just waiting on the tubes to drop in to finalize the boxes.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1xeWiJFIF976ejp-lzxnf_iRiaBpW3BZh)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1EJ7d7pkT-9ThUM4QAP4BMTla_BwqLIqd)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1w_I2kDUZBSF5hpzWmIWhkUqHj7sLKF8K)

The true reveal is here of what the mutt really is......

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1v7sVjU3CspK1DdV19GrfO0KCNzbo2rib)

and some additional shots of the interior

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1Smy_jW_JdpI5cqI6JnOq2UbggPu69c7P)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1kctQrODT6-seeZMMPhOK3SdV7Qd2V3Os)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1-wI7KMQFX6UWVYhHUrLn-tXpCx8QBILg)

and the reveal of the actual grille that will be on the truck which is blacked out chrome

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1HRifFuYj9PXc_a9rF26PmfoA13OimLRm)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on December 29, 2017, 05:40:42 PM
Got the brake cables done, new shoes, hardware, wheel cylinders, grease seals. Replaced the front caliper bushings because they dried out. Bled the brakes and adjusted the parking brake. I have been struggling with what I want to do about wheels. I love the hurricanes but the whole 16.5 dilemma... I have like new 35"s but then what? I think I've looked at every aftermarket wheel in the world 20 times and just don't like anything. I think the hurricanes look sick on this thing. Anyway, I hooked up the backup camera and got that out of the way. Cleaned the garage a bit and drank some gin.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1FMtMTvFO9AfD7uniDEZDXHLK47pnHnMs)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1q9VJnRJ1tyXdbVDFroJUwJShc9Vc_N5S)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 14, 2018, 04:22:13 PM
Got all of the parts for the exhaust system to start building it. I intended to start Saturday morning but I ended up having to go to a funeral for my buddy's father :( I'll probably wait until next weekend to do anything with it. Need a week off from doing any extra work. Can't wait for Spring! The wheels are at the powder coater as well so not sure when I'll be getting those back.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1-8dPcHwYSaIxPqLJV5vt2GLuFBli-PnN)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 21, 2018, 08:04:37 AM
Got most of the exhaust done yesterday. Hopefully today I'll finish up, first thing is to clean up the disaster area. The woman convinced me to eat Mexican food and have a margarita last night and after that my motivation ended quickly. I was supposed to get my wheels back on Wednesday but they delayed because of the weather.... hopefully Monday

Here's a few in progress pix

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1FAfA_djJ7h5SDff4bUBdNdkfwVjZKaaS)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1vlCgEX6IryXBcpyjAxuW9yYfZh0dbmum)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1xtyB7sKu4fLZz1KaHgK8YnrOIIYYxquO)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1M3dqtLlRvTONr7qcyVcfOVWey_nZBUsL)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1MwQZ9MBtE6wbwVxxfEtnlzl9TcuYNrdT)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1ZCssmkOz54zE3AK1XxFQW4SqebjwQ6Li)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1rUAVqxdiieoAU-WL9CMBhFnCRqXfJLU9)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 21, 2018, 05:12:58 PM
Cleaned up my disaster area and welded in the H-pipe. It sounds great, nice n deep. I put the H-pipe up high and out of the way and put the mufflers just before the axle. I took a video of it idling and it has a great tone when revving.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 22, 2018, 08:34:45 PM
nothing beats the old school wheels....

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1Uw5IdyQb5WHYx5tge8gecrJ_0N8e8LiJ)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captain Swampy on January 22, 2018, 09:01:30 PM
I love the work you do. It inspires me to learn more and try to do the best I can. Thanks for taking time to share your work with us!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 23, 2018, 10:51:22 AM
Thanks for the positive feedback. Too many hours to count into this project. It started out as a mutt that was just going to be a compounded organ donor recipient until I decided I loved this truck and wanted to make a nice build out of it. It should be on the road this Spring! Then I can get back on my 74
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captain Swampy on January 28, 2018, 07:55:18 AM
I'm looking forward to all of that. Brooke bought a car so she has something to drive when we get back after her truck. Dad is slacking and doesn't have a garage built yet.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 28, 2018, 10:50:10 AM
The garage is key, and of course a sanctuary  ;)

I took it on its maiden voyage despite the wet roads. Made me very happy!!! I have a few tweaks to do but overall it's awesome. I took a few pics and video. I'll upload the video later if anyone is interested.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1cNTvfRg_rRtUmSwE1pCYigDtBHLpzkkF)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=10zSo2OhrerKevUkxlefsdtFFyMd-E5Vw)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1psKjZ4hoR2PAYKxijdi4gYYHL5Nt_ne6)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1NonIO5YhqAik1DJX-W4R8h56-40TN2M5)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1y0MXHXkKcv_fsBPdn3lhUzmPD2rUTWIS)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1EL7d95ib_ppdNG_3YtQNjCx5vWPNhSqa)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 1967KaiserM715 on January 28, 2018, 06:30:33 PM
Yes, video please!!

Looks amazing! They didn't treat the roads down there did they? They did some of the roads up here in southwest NH.

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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on January 29, 2018, 03:59:34 AM
The truck looks great.
Looking forward to the video's.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bd on January 29, 2018, 10:20:37 AM
Remarkable work!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: zieg85 on January 29, 2018, 10:54:31 AM
Awesome... Yes video pleeeeeease.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: SmokeShow on February 02, 2018, 02:32:44 PM
VZ, that is an absolutely beautiful truck! I don't know if I would change anything about it! I can't wait to see the video of it running.

How does The Mutt ride/drive?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 02, 2018, 03:56:35 PM
Thanks guys sorry I tried to post the video the other night but it wouldn't work so I'll upload it to youtube in a few and post a link. I have to put the fender badges on and am still considering the black lower molding. I can't do that until I finish buffing the paint but I'm waiting til I can do it outside to save me from trashing my garage with spatter. Rides great, need to install the new rear driveshaft tonight, check the fluids, adjust tv cable etc. This weekend i'll work on buttoning things up so I can get back on my 74
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 02, 2018, 04:04:34 PM
actually try this link first

Click Here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tHarDd-NxO0D2bgoO0jGkZxXy4xBRmWt/view?usp=sharing/)

Once it warms up again I'll take a video of what it sounds like ripping down the road. It's FREEEZING outside and the roads arfe too salty again.

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: zieg85 on February 02, 2018, 05:12:02 PM
Sounds very good Vile
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 03, 2018, 07:06:43 PM
Thanks Zieg

Today I put the new driveshaft and u-joints in. Replaced the TV cable and Throttle cable. TV cable was too long and throttle cable wouldn't let me achieve WOT. I adjusted the back brakes and she's ready for another road test...now if it ever warms up!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captain Swampy on February 06, 2018, 09:33:48 PM
I was in Arkansas yesterday and it was only 17 degrees in the morning. It's not any better here in Minnesota, LOL. It's supposed to warm up next week I think. Anyway the truck is awesome. I hope it warms up and the roads get clear so you can drive it.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 08, 2018, 06:29:36 AM
Thanks! Not looking good here, everything is a sheet of ice. It snowed all day, then turned to sleet and rain and froze over night. I'm done with winter  >:(
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: jptiger on February 08, 2018, 07:15:15 AM
Looks awesome. My next one will be long wheel base. Hopefully build one like you have.


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Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: philo_beddoe on February 16, 2018, 04:16:32 PM
Well everyone, i'm just up the road from VZ, so i'm heading over to check it out, may even take a little test drive! LOL!!! 
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on February 24, 2018, 08:51:31 PM
What a beautiful truck, Awesome job
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on February 24, 2018, 09:47:53 PM
What a beautiful truck, Awesome job

Where have you been?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JRConnieK10 on February 25, 2018, 08:38:09 PM
I've been around selling new Harley's been keeping me pretty busy I peak in when I get a chance. I've had my truck in storage for a year or better now hard to find the time
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captain Swampy on March 17, 2018, 06:32:10 PM
Is there black trim around the wheel wells?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on March 18, 2018, 10:49:32 AM
Yes all the trim is black
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 14, 2018, 07:38:04 PM
(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1R9eqy3cRboLUCoLLWDzLhamBaI2HVjS7)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1zZ45dFPDDZYz1TEOWt1dgyHM7lxJPIay)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: bd on October 14, 2018, 07:58:49 PM
Looks wicked!   8)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: zieg85 on October 14, 2018, 08:53:49 PM
Gorgeous Vile, well done!
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: Captkaos on October 15, 2018, 09:33:32 AM
Beautiful.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 77 Scottsdale on October 15, 2018, 11:03:30 AM
That is stunning. Where did you get the wheels at? They look brand new
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 15, 2018, 02:35:03 PM
Thanks, it was fun to take it out. I had to adjust the TV cable a bit and adjust the steering box. Much better now. I had to swap the prom back to stock because the one I got is a dud. I still haven't finished buffing it out and I still have to finish the inside of the bed otherwise she's good to go.

The wheels are restored, painted, cut and clear coated. They are one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: 77 Scottsdale on October 15, 2018, 08:16:25 PM
Wow they look like they were made yesterday, beautiful
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on October 16, 2018, 04:50:35 AM
Thanks
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JohnnyPopper on January 02, 2019, 01:51:50 PM
She's a looker! Nice work.
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on January 02, 2019, 03:53:29 PM
Thanks. Took it out for a rip yesterday with the new prom. Way better now
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 24, 2019, 07:32:58 AM
Got some finish work done in between a zillion other projects, including clearing the front lot which is why there are logs everywhere.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1O0OUb_P9qHU9Mj6m-Oa4YjcMfv682Xkk)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=11I_c03g0Yp6yHgKY1JQpMqZettEkzzAe)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=17oDhqpR0bI8S2Z9kFT5sVbGjBg3RgzqX)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1N6V7nrfymmnXe72xEUfxr_ZdPlZQKoAi)
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: fitz on August 24, 2019, 10:22:27 PM
Truck looks great.
Clearing the front lot, hmmnm, is someone building another garage?

Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: JohnnyPopper on August 25, 2019, 05:59:05 AM
VB I have to say you have a great eye for detail.

The contrast of color and black are stunning and really make it pop.

'Nice Job' falls far short of the obvious effort put into your 'mutt project'. Well done!!!

Now, can we see the interior please...?
Title: Re: Mutt Project
Post by: VileZambonie on August 25, 2019, 09:54:36 AM
That's the plan! Make way for more shop space. I anticipate it will take at least 3 years before I can start building though. First step is clearing all these bloody trees.

Thanks, I think the orange/black and black chrome look worked out nicely on this truck. If time permits I'll be bringing it to a car show soon. Interior pics are a few pages back http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/smforum/index.php?topic=6233.390