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74 NovaMan's 1979 Chevy Truck - LS Swap - 5/6 Drop

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  • Deaf Bob
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    Getting there...

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  • oletrux4evr
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    Agree.

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  • DanStokes
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    Any step forward is a step - well - forward! You're eatin' that elephant.

    Dan

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    It never ceases to amaze me how doing just a few minutes regularly or 'one last thing' (the truly simple stuff, not black holes) can get a project done.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Thanks Guys. Progress is slow due to that life thing. I did get out for a couple of hours last weekend to install the new bushings and bumpstops. The large deadblow mallet was the ticket for installing the shells. Now I just need to "rent" the ball joint install tool to get the lower ball joints in and then I can get the front end back together.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    do a rear sway bar as well

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  • oletrux4evr
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    I'm liking this. Can't wait to see it's new stance.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    The day after I took the front end apart it occurred to me that something was missing. Apparently they built at least some of these trucks without sway bars. So I'm adding this to the list:

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    Unfortunately we also need this to install it:

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  • 74NovaMan
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    With those apart and needing new ball joints and everything in the steering linkage looking sketchy, I quickly went down the new parts rabbit hole and ordered the following from Rock Auto:

    Rotors - old ones looked ok but were close on thickness
    Rear Brake Hose
    Brake Pads
    Wheel Seals
    Wheel Bearings - Inner & Outer - less than $6 each for Timken brand - too cheap not to do

    Ball Joints (4)
    Idler Arm
    Tie Rod Ends (4)
    Tie Rod End Adjusting Sleeves (2) only $7.17 each
    Rubber Bumpers for A-arms (4)

    Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir Cap - $2.22!

    Motor Mounts $2.47 each!
    Heater Core - only $17.31 - cheap insurance while I'm in there
    A/C Evaporator Core
    AC belt

    Front end parts are all Moog. All of that came in under $500.

    I got the heat and AC cores now so that I can swap them out before the motor goes in.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    I had put off ordering new ball joints, tie rods etc.. in the hope that some of it might have been replaced or good. The lower ball joints were smoked and the boots on the uppers were torn so I spent the rest of the afternoon stripping the a-arms.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Parts on the bench:

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  • 74NovaMan
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    The spindles and springs are 2.5" drop each and the flip kit/c-notch should get me a 6" drop in the rear. These are all Western Chassis parts from Summit. The polyurethane bushing kit is from Amazon. I had Monday off work this week so I decided to tear into the front suspension.

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    The one non original looking part in the whole steering and suspension system was the pitman arm. If you look closely, you can make out the nail they used instead of a cotter pin.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    I clearly now have way too much tire clearance. Time to fix that!

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Hoverconversion in progress:

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    Tires on the truck. Rear suspension is loaded front is at full dangle:

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  • 74NovaMan
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    After discussing it with novadriver, I decided that white letters might not be right for this particular application. Here is the old tire and a new rear side by side:

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    Tires coming home:

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