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always regretted selling my '70 so i bought this '72

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just joined the forum so i guess im the new guy with an old truck...

tis the season to be wasting money...

72 c10













plan is to ditch the 18's and go with some 17" torque thrusts with tall tires out back and then maybe re-address the ride height.

currently 5" in the rear and 4.5" up front.

it had slightly sloppy steering so I changed out the steering intermediate shaft for a nice u-joint version.

the doofus before me "changed the rear brakes" but never adjusted the shoes properly so the wheel cylinders started to seep and ruined the shoes on one side so im going to replace both wheel cylinders and shoes.

so once I cracked open the rear end I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the open diff was completely smoked.

I don't even know how it held together on my trip home. kinda scary.

sucks that I had to shell out cash I wasn't expecting to but at least its only the diff and not the entire housing etc etc.

I decided to go with an Eaton limited slip that is currently in route.

im going to do the diff swap, diff seals, axle seals, wheel cylinders and brake shoes all at once.

hope to have it buttoned up by the weekend.


I also decided to pep up the gear ratio from 3.08 to 3.42.

it will hurt fuel mileage slightly but once I ditch the 18" wheels (current tire diameter is 28.5") and go to a 17" setup (which will have a tire diameter of 30") it shouldn't be too bad.

so while im waiting for the rear end parts to arrive im going to continue to pick away at the list of little stuff I want to do.

*continuing with the long winded post*

I took off the old 13" billet steering wheel it came with and bought another 15" comfort grip steering wheel I noticed that the previous owner for some reason ditched the column spring and signal cancel cam/horn conductor.

so I sourced both of these little jerks



in addition to that he wired the horn to a separate switch under the dash...!??!?!?!

so ill wire it back up the column.

I also ordered a few firewall boots that were missing and letting TONS of cold air into the cab

one for the brake rod


and one for the steering column


there is also a hole in the dash where the cigarette lighter went and it bothered me so I ordered one of those too...


ill *hopefully* get around to changing out the passenger window regulator that gets really difficult halfway down.

I already bought the part just need to find the time. I keep putting it off since its not that important...

these CPP sway bars came in from summit over the weekend so ill try and get those on too.



Ill prob be "sick" on Friday and just take the day to button it up.

I may even cruise over to the truck shop and pick up some new cab cushions (the current ones look like they needed replacing in 1993) along with a repop correct style 10" rear view mirror and wiper washer motor.

once I get all this stuff sorted out ill start to plan out the next phase...

the big question...n/a or boost

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i was able to check a bunch of stuff off the list...

ring and pinion
diff bearings
diff seals
Eaton LSD
axle seals
brake shoes
wheel cylinders
front and rear sway bars with poly bushings
bled brakes











still have more stuff to take care of but im happy with the progress so far

she also got her first bath today...









and of course christmas tree duty...



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nice truck! I have a 1966 stepper myself. I currently trying to sell my 355 small block (375 hp) and build a 6.0 Lq4 with Ls3 heads, with carb for it. but i want to sell my motor first before i start the build.


Nice up grades on your rear end; I like 3.42s great all around gear

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didnt do too much this week, just a few simple things

picked up some cheap projector headlights for the HID kit the PO installed


added a new washer bottle


i also fixed the sloppy drivers side door seal which would let some air in the cab at highway speed and then gave the interior a good cleaning before adding a few essential touches



then to my surprise after the gym this morning the gf even wanted to drive it


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