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post #1 of 76 Old 10-03-2015, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I am restoring a 1980 Chevy 4X4 short box pickup. No woodworking on this project so far. Lot's of hole drilling, grinding, wire brushing, painting, and creative engineering. Here's some progress as we just finished "dressing up" the small block 350:
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Man, that is a nice machine, I know you are enjoying this build.

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I've had a few of those trucks, always had a soft spot for that body style.

Looks more like a trail rig than a factory resto but nice nonetheless.

Hopefully that's at least a SF 14blt and D44 under there.


Keep the progress pics coming...
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Fabulous restoration - so far! Much left to do B4 drivable, but take your time to do it right the first time. Consider adding a bit of wood into the truck bed (slats) to keep the WW members happy. Thanks for sharing. Be safe.
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I've had a few of those trucks, always had a soft spot for that body style.

Looks more like a trail rig than a factory resto but nice nonetheless.

Hopefully that's at least a SF 14blt and D44 under there.


Keep the progress pics coming...
Whatsa SF14blt? Got the Dana 44 axles OK.

I rebuilt everything I could, Chevy 350 with a Crane Mutha Thumper cam, Edelbrock Performer intake, TH 350 trans, with a mild shift kit, NP 205 gear drive transfer case, 4.56 gears, and 35" tires. Wioldwood dual piston calipers on black zinc plated rotors. Holley 600 carb, Proform electric water pump, Tuff Stuff Chrome Power steering, and Proform Alternator, and March billet brackets and pulleys, none of which will show with the hood down.


I replaced all the body mounts and spring and suspension bushings in red Urethane from Energy. I still have to do the headers and exhaust which will run up the back of the cab, in stainless steel. The stainless gas tank is from Speedway. Also the electric fans and a whole mess of wiring.

I replaced all the bolts I could with stainless steel and will have the bed close out panels made in SS also. The "bed" is a complete "winged it" using 3/8" steel plates front and rear, and a small utility trailer box which just fits between the large round fenders.

No wood will be used in this project, sorry guys.
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SF14blt - semi-floating 14 bolt rear axle. Much stronger than a 10 bolt, not quite as good as a full floater, but plenty strong.

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Wow, that's not a restoration, that's a complete rebuild.
I know what you're going through. Major work.
I restored a '63 model Chevy short bed several years ago. I replaced about 65% before I ran out of time and money. Mine had a wooden bed.
When I sold it, I got enough money to pay for the new parts, but all my labor was apparently free.
Good luck to you on yours. It's got to be a labor of love.
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Like Mort said 'semi floating 14 bolt'. Are you sure your rear axle is a D44? Hard to tell from the pics but it looks bigger than that.

Your build is looking good Bill I was mainly just saying how IMHO it looked more like a very nice trail rig build rather than a factory resto. Annnnd I kinda hinted that GM half ton axles suck.


I look forward to seeing more progress. Again, I've had a few of those trucks and like that body style. I can also appreciate the work you're putting in it.

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Like Mort said 'semi floating 14 bolt'. Are you sure your rear axle is a D44
The Dana 44 would be a front axle. More than adequate for the build here.

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The Dana 44 would be a front axle. More than adequate for the build here.


There is such a thing as a D44 REAR axle, although not very common under a Chevy. Which is why I was asking about his rear axle. He said "I got the D44's.' leadings one to think that both axles are D44's.
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I probably mis-spoke...

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There is such a thing as a D44 REAR axle, although not very common under a Chevy. Which is why I was asking about his rear axle. He said "I got the D44's.' leading one to think that both axles are D44's.

It may be a Dana 44, I don't really know but it's a
GM 12 bolt as it came from the factory. It has an Auburn limited slip differential, if I recall
after having the gears changed to 4.56 from 2.93 or some weird ratio. Before the change, it would not get out of it's own way especially with the 35" tires. Now it spins the tires readily. I don't care about mileage as it won't be driven on the express way, most just locally.

The cab mounts were rusted out , so I sawed away the bad parts and welding some new plates. Others I just bought new ones from LMC Trucks.
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Before and after

My "flame job" on the original truck hood is pretty realistic in my opinion. I don't like "drawn or painted on old school" flames. The new hood probably won't have any flames... but you never know ......
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Looks good.
I'm preparing to build a 30' x 36" shop so I can get back into doing projects like this, but I'm a Ford guy and I'm looking for a F-1 truck.
Keep the progress going.
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How did I miss this thread. This is awesome!!!!!

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I have an all original 1978 c30 crew cab dually silverado, every option you could get.
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BTW, you may not like how the urethane cab mounts ride.
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how do they ride?

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BTW, you may not like how the urethane cab mounts ride.
I think the truck will ride like a "brick" for the most part. The old rubber mounts were shot and needed to be replaced. It's an 1989 1 ton cab on a 1980 1/2 frame. The drive train is one model year and the cab parts are a different year, so it gets confusing when they "meet". I had to make my own mounts from 2 different kits as well as turn some spacers from hockey pucks. I have no clue how it will work..... but they look cool.

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"Ride like a brick" is right. But hey, I've been there and done that.

12 bolt rear makes more sense going off the more recent pics. That's exactly what it looks like. But if that's all factory drive train then I'd bet your front axle is a 10 bolt. How many wheel studs or lug nuts does your front axle have on one side? Generally from the factory a D44 wouldn't be up front without a 14 bolt in the rear.


I'm not downplaying your rig Bill, I'm just one of those guys who's just as interested in the power train/drive train as the body work. I really am an admirer of what you're doing. Keep it up and keep the pics coming.

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as I understand it ...

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"Ride like a brick" is right. But hey, I've been there and done that.

12 bolt rear makes more sense going off the more recent pics. That's exactly what it looks like. But if that's all factory drive train then I'd bet your front axle is a 10 bolt. How many wheel studs or lug nuts does your front axle have on one side? Generally from the factory a D44 wouldn't be up front without a 14 bolt in the rear.


I'm not downplaying your rig Bill, I'm just one of those guys who's just as interested in the power train/drive train as the body work. I really am an admirer of what you're doing. Keep it up and keep the pics coming.

The front axle has 6 lugs, and they used the same one on the 3/4 ton also, as far as I understand..... pause.... I had to go out and count my nuts.... the front diff has 10 bolts. So that means it's a Corporate axle, not a Dana 44? I donno?

Anyhow, I did a little machine work on the lathe and enlisted a machinist friend who was able to finish up what I had started. I wanted a cover on the billet crankshaft pulley since it was a deep, empty opening, not finished like the P/S and alternator in polished aluminum. March used to supply them, but they were discontinued for lack of demand. So, I made my own:
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