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Grit dog

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Posted: 05/23/20 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

@Marty. Have had plenty of squarebodys and GMT 400s. 400s might be the most reliable overall truck ever made IMO.
None are powerful in stock form compared to anything in recent years or earlier years.
Was really shooting for a TBI / 700r4 truck for drive ability but not going to mess with this one I think. So so simple and reliable setup.
Will pull engine and give it a rustoleum rebuild before painting the truck.
Good times!

@ben. No cracks in frame! Idk if it has the adapter/brace you were talking about. Will look.


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Grit dog wrote:

More good news the more I look into the truck.
Carb is a 750 Edelbrock. Good size for that motor happy w that. And mates up nice with the Performer 2 intake.
Better news is it’s a Vortec Gen VI motor not a gen v TBI. Same benefits as the TBI with 1 piece main seals but has roller cam and a bit better ports. Provided it’s stock of course. Looks like it and idles almost too smooth for a carb big block.
Still not a monster power engine but not gutless by any means.


That's great! The Vortec is a huge upgrade from TBI.


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Yes it’s a nice perk for sure. Rather have a rat motor but it’ll doo.
Finally took it for a good pull yesterday. No trailer, rolled I too the bottom of a 12% grade at about 30mph. Matted the skinny pedal and it reached terminal velocity in pretty good order. Pleased so far.

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A better title might be Old Heavy Chevy.
I am glad you like it.
Best of luck.

* This post was edited 05/27/20 09:37pm by ppine *

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ppine wrote:

A better title might be Old Heavy Chevy.


But it’s new to me....Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder!

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I am guessing unloaded that rig will be good for about 8-9 mpg.
Pulling a trailer maybe 4-5.

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ppine wrote:

I am guessing unloaded that rig will be good for about 8-9 mpg.
Pulling a trailer maybe 4-5.


I'm guessing you're about right. It's smiles per gallon with this one. Does good burnouts and donuts though! When the secondaries open up, it's like tipping up a 5 gal gas can, but sounds much cooler!

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Daily dose of squarebody!

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Whadaya think the chances are of twisting that old heavy metal rear bumper straight? I know it'll take a pull pot and some serious force. Truck had the camper tie down buttons in the rear bumper and musta got a little western once with a camper. That left side in the pic is twisted up about 1/2".

My OCD wants to fix it. Same with front bumper, just a tad bent up. Looks like it took on a concrete bollard or boulder and won the fight, but it's just a bit twisted. Bumpers are waaaay too nice to even consider replacing!

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Notice the vintage "Keep Oregon Green" mudflaps. I'll have to keep 'em on there unless I find a set of the vintage Washington "Evergreen state" flaps.

Any of you PNW'ers have a set of them WA mudflaps you want to part with?
Maybe your from Oregon and want a real "vintage" set or Oregon flaps, not them new ones they sell online, and have a pair of WA flaps collecting dust.
Let's make a deal!

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