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Old 06-19-2018, 11:08 PM
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Default Wamego: 1949 GMC 150

hannah is fun to drive but I am bored again. originally I planned on a COE as the next project but I already have all the parts for this one. well donor parts anyway. wamego is a small town in northern kansas, I always liked the way the name sounded.

got this 49 GMC from Wayne, 93 years young. same guy the last 1 1/2 projects came from (Hannah and half of Fenix). I caught an ad for a 41 and bought 5 cabs and 6 beds haha.

IMG_0176 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

it was shredder fodder for certain, but I liked it anyway. wayne thought I was crazy, he had nicer cabs (and I bought those too), but waste not want not.

I got an 03 longbed s10 donor this january, it languished on craigslist till I called, turns out it had a bad case of RLS (runs like sh...) and he tried to convince me it was the cat. which he had already removed, to no effect. I took the drive anyway.

IMG_8266 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

we put a booster pack on it and it started right up and idled perfectly. I thought I was lucky till he revved it and it broke into a coughing cacophony. I took a chance on a cap and rotor and only needed the rotor.

IMG_8264 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

he was happy it was simple, and I drove it home. all my S10 donors have to make the trip home without a trailer, its a good way to shake out any problem areas. this one drove and shifted fine, no overheats or problems.

today I started teardown on the S10, I had already pulled the cab and clip from the 49 when I cleaned off my trailer last year. did the first bit outside, but it was hot so I moved inside after that.

IMG_0154 by Joe Doh, on Flickr
IMG_0155 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

here is a tip for the s10 swappers, if you disconnect the alternator connector and are careful you can unbolt the firewall air box and the compressor and pull the ac in one big chunk, fully charged.

IMG_0157 by Joe Doh, on Flickr
IMG_0158 by Joe Doh, on Flickr
IMG_0160 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

I tried once before to use the s10 AC setup, but its too wide under the hood. I have a method to fix that maybe, so stay tuned!

the 98+ S10s use T47 torx bolts to hold the inner seat bolts on the 60/40 and they were installed on the line by some guy named Moose who used a cheater bar to install them. they are really tight, but sometimes with some oil and some heat and a little luck, it only takes 4 or 5 minutes to break your T47 bit.

IMG_0166 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

so I cut them out, without my usual swearing and angry boogie wrench throwing fanfare. my reward for such patience was this, tucked under the console side of the seat bracket, previously inaccessible even by the very determined.

IMG_0167 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

I got a great deal on the truck and the owner was a real sweetheart even though I replaced the rotor right in his driveway and turned his inert "drag it home" truck into something that made a 40 minute drive without a hiccup, so I called him and he was elated. he thought he had lost it forever.

after that I got everything off the firewall and marked some cuts, I want a bunch of this sheetmetal.

IMG_0168 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

I bought a little yard wagon at a yard sale and it worked great when I needed to rescue my cherry picker that was stuck in the mud under a cab

IMG_0174 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

with my wifes help I had the easiest cab/front clip move ever from the back yard to the front. I bought a forklift recently but its a smooth tire and gets stuck if you even hint that you might drive near the grass. but this little yard wagon sheesh! made it so easy, I would do this again in a heartbeat, which is good!

IMG_0171 by Joe Doh, on Flickr
IMG_0172 by Joe Doh, on Flickr
IMG_0173 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

yes thats daylight, the kicks are GONE but the floor is solid. nice for me, just flat work and a good solid floor. I like the spiderweb crack in the passenger windshield too. I am thinking of keeping it. I have lots of spare GMC front clip parts too, a whole spare clip actually, but lets see if I can bang this metal around a little before I give up. I have a nice bed, I have some nice running boards I got at the same sale I got the yard cart. you can see I already scored the missing door in a matching color, I even got the mounts cut already and maybe tomorrow I will weld them up and mock up the cab. everything is coming up joedoh!

so anyway, once more into the breach! :lol:
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:38 AM
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Dang Joe! Terrific start. Appreciate the ac removal tip. Been wonder'n how to deal with the ac on my 2001 donor

Look'n forward to following along on your new build. More photos of the purchased Wayne treasures would be fun.
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:07 AM
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:25 AM
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I`m in... have a great build!
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:28 AM
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:22 AM
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It's about show time
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:46 AM
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No time for Re-Runs around here.
My 29 Essex Build http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34026

Don't give up, it's far too much fun once you can drive it.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:50 PM
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Hey Joe how 'bout slowing down so I can catch my breath....
I'm not ready to let the last one go yet.....

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Old 06-21-2018, 06:03 PM
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sure it is exciting getting one done, but remember that the done truck is exactly what I saw in my mind when I started, except whitewalls instead of blackwalls. besides, my friend scott used to say "dont worry about the swaybacks from wayback" he was talking about ex girlfriends but I think its the same principle.

I got hung up already, my mother in law dropped a balljoint in her CRV yesterday and I lost time waiting for the tow with her and figuring out the fix, which I have to do now because its blocking my garage door, nothing in or out!

55121813997__993428FE-ACDE-4D8A-A3A5-8AFA2D56F0C8-1 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

she wants a new car, which is nice because so do I, but we both dont have the money and thats only important to me I guess. poor thing, she is definitely her duaghters mom.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:20 PM
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turns out, she hit a drainage ditch cut across the road at like 40mph the day before. sheared the cotter pin and just the nut fell off the balljoint. I got another and got it back tight but she is scared of it now and wants something else. sigh.

I farted with that the rest of the week and had to clean up the driveway yesterday for big birthday party today. today I got a little more forklift time, using the forklift with all these heavy parts is a game changer, it takes literally longer to find the forklift keys than it does to woop woop up to whatever you want to move and move it. I moved the sold cab to the front, organized the rest, and pulled the cab off the s10 all in about 3 minutes. love it.
IMG_0197 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

got my firewall chunks.
IMG_0196 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

pressure washed the frame, cut off the original mounts. my garage is a real wreck again haha.
IMG_0195 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

tomorrow is a project day so I will get the bed floor cut and the new mounts welded up and maybe even the cab on.
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