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16 Feb 2015 21:31 - 23 Feb 2015 12:41 #418 by V8_Speed_and_Bistro
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I'm Trevor, lead wrench at the V8 Speed & Resto shop. Kevin and I have a lot of "pie in the sky" project ideas that we would love to do. I decided to take the plunge on one of them in my spare time: what if GM had made and SS pickup back in the 60s? Hopefully we will find that answer. The candidate for some major cosmetic surgery is a 1968 GMC C1500 long bed. I'll get a few before pictures up to get the ball rolling...


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16 Feb 2015 21:46 #419 by V8_Speed_and_Bistro
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The first order of business is to make it a short bed, but I thought it needed something a little different. I decided to rake the tailgate 10 degrees to match the front fenders. I also thought it would make the most sense to keep the top of the bed the correct length of a short bed. The result is that the bottom of the bed is 4" longer which makes the truck seem more proportionate and I think will make it look a little faster


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16 Feb 2015 21:55 #420 by V8_Speed_and_Bistro
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After the bed was shortened, I needed to shorten the frame too. I used a method called a step notch. This method is a strong way to weld a frame back together after 12" has been take out of the middle. By cutting the notch 12" long and rounding the corners keeps the stress to a minimum. By reinforcing the back of the weld, with another piece of 3/16" plate, the area is stronger than it was before I cut it.


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16 Feb 2015 22:02 #421 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:After hours '68 C10 SS
Awesome! For those who don't know, "V8 Speed & Bistro" is the handle of Trevor, the mechanic often found on V8TV videos. He's been working on this truck for a while as a personal project. I've been leaning on him to start a thread to show how far this truck has come. It is looking great, it's hard to believe the humble beginnings.

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16 Feb 2015 22:07 - 16 Feb 2015 22:10 #422 by V8_Speed_and_Bistro
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I started on the body work on the bed, but before I go too far, I needed some more fun. The first SS element: a spoiler! I am drawing most of my inspiration from a Camaro. I placed a 69 Camaro spoiler on the tailgate to get an idea of what direction to go. Obviously a glass spoiler wouldn't just land on the tailgate properly, so I set out making a steel spoiler that had the same basic profile as the the Camaro piece. I used a piece of 1/4" round bar to make the frame and formed sheetmetal to cover it.


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16 Feb 2015 22:14 - 16 Feb 2015 22:33 #423 by V8_Speed_and_Bistro
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I also took some time to mini notch the frame in the back to allow a substantial drop. I'm planning on it coming down 6-7" to make the wheels fill out the arches. I mocked the suspension up with some blocks to make sure everything was happy at my planned ride height.


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