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wildcat09
08-21-2010, 01:14 PM
My parents just offered me back my old truck from high school. I absolutely love this truck. It was bought brand new by my Great Grandfather. When I was in high school I had it painted and put rims and tires on it. When I went to college I got a new car and left it with my parents. Needless to say, they didn't care for it like it did. I really want to restore it. It will need some new fenders (due to rust) and other minor body work along with fresh paint. I also want to put a 350 crate motor with an automatic transmission. It will also need a disc brake upgrade to accommodate larger rims and tires. I know there are a lot of car guys on here so I wanted your guy's opinions on what kind of money this may cost. I know its hard without really seeing the truck and knowing the extent of work. Is 10-15K reasonable or am I way off? I am not looking for a show quality transformation but I want a nice truck.

Brock
08-21-2010, 01:34 PM
The fenders are pretty cheap, couple of hundred a piece. You've probably got rust at the rear corners of the hood, all of those trucks have got it. If you just want to make a nice driver out of it, you could get that done for under 5k assuming you're willing to do a lot of it yourself.

lmctruck.com is a good place to start dreaming.

wildcat09
08-21-2010, 01:40 PM
The fenders are pretty cheap, couple of hundred a piece. You've probably got rust at the rear corners of the hood, all of those trucks have got it. If you just want to make a nice driver out of it, you could get that done for under 5k assuming you're willing to do a lot of it yourself.

lmctruck.com is a good place to start dreaming.

I already went to their website. Fenders were pretty cheap. I can do most of the stuff myself. I want the body work and paint done by a pro. I really just want a nice daily driver that I can use to bring home stuff from Home Depot and cruise. That being said, I do want some modern comforts such as automatic transmission, AC, disc brakes, and cd stereo.

Brock
08-21-2010, 01:45 PM
IIRC, you can convert to disc brakes simply by installing ball joints and spindles from a 73-87 chevy truck.

Radar Chief
08-21-2010, 01:45 PM
http://www.lmctruck.com/

Edit: Never mind, you're already on it.

wildcat09
08-21-2010, 01:52 PM
I am more concerned about the cost of the body work and paint

Brock
08-21-2010, 01:57 PM
You can get a decent paint job for a couple grand. If you're going to replace fenders and the like, the only thing a body man should have to do is shift the new body parts around a bit to get even gaps everywhere and it's ready to shoot.

Soupnazi
08-21-2010, 02:16 PM
Why bother with the cost of the crate motor? You can find a rebuildable 350 block for nothing. Even with a little machining costs, you can stuff some middle of the road top-end parts and be below what a crate motor will cost. Plus, it's going to put out more power than a cheap crate motor.

stevieray
08-21-2010, 02:27 PM
what does it have in it now?

inline six and PG transmission? 3/Tree or 4 speed with granny gear?

good guys swap meet coming up next month out @ kansas speedway...

I just got done swapping the 194 for a 250 in the wifes 63 nova, and built my 250 for my 65 van..classic auto parts by Argosy is decent, but sometimes pricey..they specialize in the cheby truck parts.

..as mentioned you can prolly do it for 5k... if you're patient..they do sell disc kits, but as brock said..you can swap parts and acheive what you're looking for.

Brock
08-21-2010, 02:28 PM
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/forumdisplay.php?f=6

I spend a lot of time on various parts of this board. It has separate boards for every era of chevy truck.

WilliamTheIrish
08-21-2010, 02:31 PM
Pictures of said truck. Whatsyerproblem?

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 02:52 PM
what does it have in it now?

inline six and PG transmission? 3/Tree or 4 speed with granny gear?

good guys swap meet coming up next month out @ kansas speedway...

I just got done swapping the 194 for a 250 in the wifes 63 nova, and built my 250 for my 65 van..classic auto parts by Argosy is decent, but sometimes pricey..they specialize in the cheby truck parts.

..as mentioned you can prolly do it for 5k... if you're patient..they do sell disc kits, but as brock said..you can swap parts and acheive what you're looking for.

Love me some Chevy II. I have a 65" Sedan that I have replaced almost every single piece except the unibody and front subframe. Damn near a new car. Need to finish the interior and get it to paint.

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w205/troycupp/CAR3034.jpg

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 02:57 PM
My parents just offered me back my old truck from high school. I absolutely love this truck. It was bought brand new by my Great Grandfather. When I was in high school I had it painted and put rims and tires on it. When I went to college I got a new car and left it with my parents. Needless to say, they didn't care for it like it did. I really want to restore it. It will need some new fenders (due to rust) and other minor body work along with fresh paint. I also want to put a 350 crate motor with an automatic transmission. It will also need a disc brake upgrade to accommodate larger rims and tires. I know there are a lot of car guys on here so I wanted your guy's opinions on what kind of money this may cost. I know its hard without really seeing the truck and knowing the extent of work. Is 10-15K reasonable or am I way off? I am not looking for a show quality transformation but I want a nice truck.

It all depends on $. You can restore it for $10 -$15K depending on ow far you want to go.

I have almost that in my drive train but I went all out with it. Every single piece of the drive train including the block and tranny is brand new.

stevieray
08-21-2010, 02:58 PM
Love me some Chevy II. I have a 65" Sedan that I have replaced almost every single piece except the unibody and front subframe. Damn near a new car. Need to finish the interior and get it to paint.

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w205/troycupp/CAR3034.jpg

:clap:

love that little car..the difference between the 194 & 250 is like night and day...it boogies..cause it's so light...I need to replace drivers side floorpan from sitting rust...:( ...what size tires on the back?

people comment on it everywhere we go.

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 03:02 PM
:clap:

the difference between the 194 & 250 is like night and day...it boogies..cause it's so light...I need to replace drivers side floorpan from sitting rust...:(

people comment on it everywhere we go.

Yea my car was a Txas car it's whole life until i got it but it had set and I had to replace drivers and passenger floor pans as well as the trunk pan.

It was originally a 6 popper but I went a little different route. It has a 427CI Small block and a 5 speed Tremec TKO in it now.:)

They are awesome little cars and a blast to work on. So simple.
If you ever need advice or info on ANYTHING Nova related try this sight if you haven't already.

http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/

Edit: Back tires are 275/50's. It has a minitub.

stevieray
08-21-2010, 03:06 PM
Yea my car was a Txas car it's whole life until i got it but it had set and I had to replace drivers and passenger floor pans as well as the trunk pan.

It was originally a 6 popper but I went a little different route. It has a 427CI Small block and a 5 speed Tremec TKO in it now.:)

They are awesome little cars and a blast to work on. So simple.
If you ever need advice or info on ANYTHING Nova related try this sight if you haven't already.

http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/

Edit: Back tires are 275/50's. It has a minitub.

427? :eek:

250 is plenty for the wifey...

that site is awesome...

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 03:09 PM
427? :eek:

250 is plenty for the wifey...

that site is awesome...

Yea, it's a handful, still working out some bugs here and there but I have put about 1,000 miles on it since spring.

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w205/troycupp/1374.png

stevieray
08-21-2010, 03:10 PM
Yea, it's a handful, still working out some bugs here and there but I have put about 1,000 miles on it since spring.

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w205/troycupp/1374.png

damn...sweeeet!

i've been seeing a few 283's on craigslist..it's VERY tempting.

my van motor is my first build..when they say some assembly required..it's true..i'm still working out the kinks myself.

WilliamTheIrish
08-21-2010, 03:16 PM
Holy mother... a 427 in that Chevy II? That's great. Like it's right outta American Graffiti.

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 03:27 PM
Holy mother... a 427 in that Chevy II? That's great. Like it's right outta American Graffiti.

Thanks William. It was easier because it is a small block. A Dart block with big rods and bore. Same external size as a 283.

Stevie, you have any pics of your wife's Nova on stevesnovasight?

Here is a link to a sweet 62' 6 banger on there.

http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158151

WilliamTheIrish
08-21-2010, 03:34 PM
I'm hoping to find a 68 Barracuda one of these days to restore. I love those graceful Cudas.

Reerun_KC
08-21-2010, 03:36 PM
Very Nice Marcellus....

I have a 69 Camaro... Its still in a billion pieces, but my son and I are going to start putting it back together soon.

I do have the 490 HP 350 Small block for it still, along with the race ready TH350, 3500 stall and the 4.10 Posi rearend.... Just need to do the body, paint and interior... Then put the goodies back in it...

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 03:37 PM
I'm hoping to find a 68 Barracuda one of these days to restore. I love those graceful Cudas.

You will love this. It's a 69' but they are pretty much identical if I recall.

http://www.summitracing.com/newsandevents/slideshow.aspx?StoryId=77918c0b-b78c-4875-95ef-92ee08202c84

wildcat09
08-21-2010, 04:51 PM
what does it have in it now?

inline six and PG transmission? 3/Tree or 4 speed with granny gear?

good guys swap meet coming up next month out @ kansas speedway...

I just got done swapping the 194 for a 250 in the wifes 63 nova, and built my 250 for my 65 van..classic auto parts by Argosy is decent, but sometimes pricey..they specialize in the cheby truck parts.

..as mentioned you can prolly do it for 5k... if you're patient..they do sell disc kits, but as brock said..you can swap parts and acheive what you're looking for.

It has the inline 6 (250 I think) with a 3 on the tree......

I will be very patient. I am not one to over spend when a more cost effective option is availible.

wildcat09
08-21-2010, 04:56 PM
Pictures of said truck. Whatsyerproblem?

I don't really have any pics of it. Mainly, the paint has really faded and it does have some rust spots. The motor runs very well but I want a little more hp under the hood. I also want to lower it a little and put some 20" rims and tires. The interior needs a little love, too. I can't do body work or paint and I am not an engine builder. The rest of the stuff I will do myself.

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 04:57 PM
It has the inline 6 (250 I think) with a 3 on the tree......

I will be very patient. I am not one to over spend when a more cost effective option is availible.

The good thing is there are tons of parts available. New and used. If you want to do a simple solid restore you can do it for reasonable money.

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 04:59 PM
I don't really have any pics of it. Mainly, the paint has really faded and it does have some rust spots. The motor runs very well but I want a little more hp under the hood. I also want to lower it a little and put some 20" rims and tires. The interior needs a little love, too. I can't do body work or paint and I am not an engine builder. The rest of the stuff I will do myself.

http://www.classicperform.com/

This sight has tons of brake and suspension stuff for your truck. Depend on what you want to do.

Marcellus
08-21-2010, 05:00 PM
Very Nice Marcellus....

I have a 69 Camaro... Its still in a billion pieces, but my son and I are going to start putting it back together soon.

I do have the 490 HP 350 Small block for it still, along with the race ready TH350, 3500 stall and the 4.10 Posi rearend.... Just need to do the body, paint and interior... Then put the goodies back in it...

As the old saying goes, I only have 2 things holding me back from finishing my project.

Time & Money.

wildcat09
08-21-2010, 05:00 PM
http://www.classicperform.com/

This sight has tons of brake and suspension stuff for your truck. Depend on what you want to do.

Thanks......I appreciate it.