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34 Hot Rod Pickup

jetfxr

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Jeff and the fellows from ihon have been very very good to me so I thought I would do a build thread here. So here goes, this is a chopped and channeled 34 International c1 pickup. For the motor I will be using a 304 IH block over bored to fit 392 standard bore pistons. The reason for the power plant selection is the shorter stroke of the 304 will spool up faster and besides I wanted something cool for the truck. I will start this off with a few pictures of the truck as I got started, note my plan is to have this ready for the summer IH shows.

In the first set of pictures you see the truck before the chop and channel. You will also see I used a transverse leaf spring and dropped axle to give the truck a real hot rod look.
 

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The frame on my truck is boxed, we also ran conduits thru both sides for wiring. For rear suspension I used coil over shocks and four linked the axle. I also used hairpins on the front axle for the hotrod look.

In these pictures you see what we have done with the bed, it is shortened to four feet. Also changed the wheel wells, to fit the pie pan slicks that I will be using.
 

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Ok here's a look at the cab after the chop and channel. Also the wooden floor was replaced with a steel floor, the channel sets the cab completely over the frame. Also you see the grill shell is chopped down to match the cab.
 

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Here are a few pictures of the headers, I had flanges made up then used a kit for making your own headers for a bb Chevy. I'll let you guys judge the look, they are just plane cool. Also you see the cool motor mounts that will be used on the hot rod. In these pictures you can also see the wheels and tires for the truck. Sorry about the sun blasting through the window.
 

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Sense the truck will not have a hood or sides around the motor bling is very important, the parts list includes dui distributor, gear drive starter, roller rockers, rpt manifold, rpt motor and transmission mounts, of corse lots of steel bradded lines and a wilwood master cylinder.
 

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I will be using a site gage for the oil level. I have one on my SSII and it's a cool way to keep tabs on the oil level. Here are a couple pictures first one is the SSII the second is a site gage I snagged from fleabay.
 

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Here is the grill shell all painted, I have the stainless trim over to the chrome shop now. They are smoothing it out and polishing it up. I had the mesh powder coated satin black and when the trim is done I'll get it together for inspiration. You can also see the triple diamond badge, there is a fellow repoping these in australia, a little spendy but well worth the investment as this will be the "diamond" on the front of the truck.
 

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Here's a better picture of the truck, you can see the stance, I will be taking more pictures as I tear the truck down for paint and powder coat, thats where I am at this point.
 

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jetfxr

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I found this picture on the web and I used it as my inspiration.:icon_mrgreen: very good looking truck I am hoping mine looks as good with real IH power.
 

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MarkO

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I like what you are doing.

I particularly like the fact you are going to be using 'binder power.

It really bugs me to see a really nice ride that compromises on bowtie or blue oval power because they are "cheaper".

I mean, really, come on.

When one spends $$$$$ on a hot rod how much extra does it cost extra to build up a power package from the oem instead of a power package from bowtie or blue oval?
 

jetfxr

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In keeping with the old school hotrod, I scored these hub caps on fleabay. I think they will be just cool on my truck. I will be taking them over to the chrome shop to have them cleaned up and plated.

I have most all the the parts collected, I will be picking up the transmission tomorrow. I had the case glass beaded then clear powder coated. After the case was done I had my transmission guy rebuild it with a firm shift kit, and a 2000 rpm stall converter, should be great for this truck. I have the bed off and am starting the body work to get it painted as soon as I can
 

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Well all the metal and mock up work is done. I started tearing the truck down for paint and powder coating. It is a little chilly here in montana, that is when the project see a lot of progress. I am looking forward to blasting around in my truck this spring, I think this truck will smoke my wife's ls1 powered Scout:icon_mrgreen:
 

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Well time for an update, started the engine build up. This is a 304 over bored to except 392 pistons, lots of head work done, and it will be sporting an rpt aluminum four barrel manifold. I have also installed roller rockers from murphy's machine shop. So here where I got to by the end of my day.

And this is just cool if I do say so myself, :icon_cool:
 

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Time to update the build, the frame is fully boxed and you can see the cross members added for the more powerful v8. Also in this picture you see the rear cross member for the rear suspension. The frame was a little rough but is now ready for the powder coat.
 

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