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HYPR 
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HYPR
Age: 67
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02-05-19 02:28 AM - Post#2759057    

I'm about to pick up a '72 C20 Camper Special Longbed (400/400).
Here are a few things I want to do with it and would love to hear some options and referrals for parts etc.
1) Lowering it. 1-1.5" in the front and 3-3.5" in the rear. I know there is ton available for 1/2 tons but haven't found anything on the 3/4 tons.
2) Fuel tank. I have two of the dealer installed fuel doors on the bed (one on either side) but because it has been raining I haven't seen if the fuel tanks are still there (I have seen some cool aftermarket aluminum doors to cure the ugly). If they are I will want to have my son fabricate up some safety framing around the tanks (he is owns a metal fab shop) then remove the tank inside the cab. I will convert the tanks to in the tank fuel electric pumps (future 5.3L-6.0L conversion). Don't really want to loose the spare tire (or move it to the bed) so a rear mounted tank is not an option.
3) I would love to convert from the 8 lugs to 5 lugs (without swapping out the entire front suspension and rear end) if possible so how much work is that going to be and any source for parts would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Bob

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HYPR 
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HYPR
Age: 67
Loc: Shaking and Burning!
Reg: 07-19-01
02-05-19 09:44 PM - Post#2759176    
    In response to HYPR

  • HYPR Said:
I'm about to pick up a '72 C20 Camper Special Longbed (400/400).
Here are a few things I want to do with it and would love to hear some options and referrals for parts etc.
1) Lowering it. 1-1.5" in the front and 3-3.5" in the rear. I know there is ton available for 1/2 tons but haven't found anything on the 3/4 tons.
2) Fuel tank. I have two of the dealer installed fuel doors on the bed (one on either side) but because it has been raining I haven't seen if the fuel tanks are still there (I have seen some cool aftermarket aluminum doors to cure the ugly). If they are I will want to have my son fabricate up some safety framing around the tanks (he is owns a metal fab shop) then remove the tank inside the cab. I will convert the tanks to in the tank fuel electric pumps (future 5.3L-6.0L conversion). Don't really want to loose the spare tire (or move it to the bed) so a rear mounted tank is not an option.
3) I would love to convert from the 8 lugs to 5 lugs (without swapping out the entire front suspension and rear end) if possible so how much work is that going to be and any source for parts would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Bob


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Doing some research and going to look at the truck again without rain, here is what I found:
Ok here is what I found:
1) I found 2.5 drop spindles and I can install lowering blocks for the rear leaf springs.
2) Both fuel tanks are there and look solid. Due to there physical size there is no room to build a safety cage. (My son looked at it). So down the road I will have two aluminum tanks with bladders built to replace the existing steel tanks for safety. I will install a electric in the tank fuel pump. I will remove the inside fuel tank and use the existing fuel filler hole to House a cut off switch and fabricate a locking cap that looks like a stock fuel cap. I will replace those ugly steel fuel doors with nice ones previously mentioned.
3) Although doing the front 8 lug to 5 lug conversion seems easy and not too expensive the rear will be extremely costly so I will stay with the 8 lug 16” set up.


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JimKshortstep4x4 
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02-07-19 05:16 PM - Post#2759337    
    In response to HYPR

Good luck with your project!

Pictures are always nice!

Here is a picture of my son's , 70 3/4 ton GMC that we are converting to disc brakes in front. We thought about changing to 5 lug so as to get away from the differential but as you looked at the cost, we stayed with the 8 lug setup.

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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
HYPR 
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HYPR
Age: 67
Loc: Shaking and Burning!
Reg: 07-19-01
02-07-19 06:07 PM - Post#2759342    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Hey Jim,
It's not that I am lazy. I just haven't picked it up yet so it ain't a deal until it is at my garage! LOL!
Thinking of converting the grill to a GMC because I like the look of the '72 GMC front end better. Although I would prefer doing a '68 grill however as I understand it that really can't be done without major fender mods right?
I also love the 69-70 grill which is a direct install.
Bob

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JimKshortstep4x4 
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Loc: Muskegon, MI, USA
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02-09-19 09:35 AM - Post#2759468    
    In response to HYPR

GMC fenders are definitely different but the Chevy hood will work. Just need the GMC emblem attached. Front bumper is different, also.

I like the GMC look.

Jim

65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
HYPR 
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HYPR
Age: 67
Loc: Shaking and Burning!
Reg: 07-19-01
02-09-19 10:30 AM - Post#2759471    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Hi Jim,
Yep I spoke with Brothers and the rep told me the same thing. We had a conversation and he asked what I was looking to do and recommended the 69-70 since in will mount right in. He went on to say the core support and the fenders are two other issues one would encounter trying to use the 67-68. The 69-70 is really close to that clean look I am going for and my son is going to fab up a nice grill behind it in a Gloss Black powdercoat finish so it will look clean and fresh. I will also look at mounting some LED driving lights behind the middle grill bar section (instead of the turn signals, leaving the turn signals in the bumper). Should look really nice.
I am going to have about 2 days of buffing and polishing because the Orange paint is dry. We have already tried a small section and it looks like it will come back.

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HYPR 
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HYPR
Age: 67
Loc: Shaking and Burning!
Reg: 07-19-01
02-14-19 07:40 PM - Post#2759951    
    In response to HYPR

Well, I went and paid for the truck. We put a new battery in it and a small amount of gas in the carb and turned the key and without hesitation it fired right up with no scary noises. We also found the previous owner had installed a Painless wiring harness although they did a sloppy job tying it up so I have some clean up work to do but it is all new. There is also a brand new Master Cylinder and Power Booster. I still need to replace at very least the rear flex hose.
The shop is going to take care of the small surface rust area and then flat bed it over to my home. I am so jazzed. Here are a few photos.

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http://www.cardomain.com/ride/222599
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HYPR 
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02-14-19 07:43 PM - Post#2759952    
    In response to HYPR

Here are more photos

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/222599
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HYPR 
"16th Year" Platinum Supporting Member
Posts: 10754
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Age: 67
Loc: Shaking and Burning!
Reg: 07-19-01
02-14-19 07:58 PM - Post#2759953    
    In response to HYPR

Here are a few more photos.
Rhino liner in bed already.
Chrome bumpers are in great shape.
Needs a new steering wheel.
Newer Factory Alloy wheels and tires.
All the rust is minor surface only.
My buddy who owns the body shop is going to sand down the rusted areas to bare, surface them prime and sealer then repaint the roof after installing new seam sealer in the drip rails.
I need the roof trim under the rear window and one piece of side trim on the passenger door.
All in all for $6000 I am stoked!
Bob

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