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How To Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1973 - 1987
How To Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1973 - 1987

How To Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1973 - 1987

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How To Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1973 - 1987
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          The rounded-line Chevy/GMC trucks are extremely popular as stock restorations, fast street trucks, and off-road-duty trucks. But before you can build a specialty truck, you need to have a solid, reliable, restored truck. This book provides the invaluable information and step-by-step instruction to return these trucks to their original glory. An authoritative and comprehensive restoration guide for the 1973-1987 Chevy/GMC trucks has not been available until now.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Finding a Project Squarebody

  • Overview of the 1973–1987 Chevrolet Pickup
  • Year-by-Year Changes
  • Trim Levels
  • Special Editions
  • VIN Decoding
  • The Right Truck for You
  • Ownership Documents
  • Customized Versus Stock Trucks
  • Rust Versus No Rust
  • Engine and Transmission
  • Chassis, Suspension, and Brakes
  • Beater Options
  • Determining Your Skill Level

Chapter 2: Getting Started 

  • Organizing Your Process
  • Choosing the Level of Restoration
  • Setting a Budget
  • Preparing Your Workspace
  • NOS Versus Reproduction Versus Aftermarket Parts
  • Purchasing a Parts Vehicle
  • Organizing and Cataloging Your Parts
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Welding and Metalwork
  • Consumable Materials and Supplies
  • Making Your Own Tools

Chapter 3: Bodywork 

  • Installing New Cab Mounts
  • Body Trim
  • Stripping the Finish
  • Inspecting for Rust
  • Panel Replacement Procedures
  • Repairing Bed Rust Damage
  • Repairing Cab Rust Damage
  • Repairing Dents and Dings
  • Applying Body Filler
  • Gapping the Panels
  • Fixing Factory Issues
  • Prep for Paint

Chapter 4: Paint 

  • DIY Versus Paying a Professional
  • Equipment
  • Paint Types
  • Paint Colors
  • Priming
  • Sealing
  • Painting Basics

Chapter 5: Engine 

  • Analysis of Work Required
  • Engine Removal
  • Engine Installation
  • Rebuilding Basics

Chapter 6: Transmission 

  • Transmission Types
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Removing the Transmission
  • Disassembling the Transmission
  • Rebuilding Basics

Chapter 7: Drivetrain 

  • Axle Identification
  • Gearing
  • Rebuilding an Axle

Chapter 8: Brakes

  • Remove or Replace
  • Brake Lines
  • Front Disc Brakes
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Rear Drum Brakes
  • Bleeding the Brakes

Chapter 9: Suspension 

  • DIY Versus Paying a Professional
  • Removal and Installation
  • Rebuilding Basics

Chapter 10: Electrics 

  • Tools and Equipment
  • Full-Chassis Harness

Chapter 11: Interior 

  • DIY Versus Paying a Professional
  • Trim Removal
  • Interior Disassembly
  • Interior Reassembly and Refurbishment

Chapter 12: Miscellaneous Mechanicals 

  • Fuel System
  • Badge and Emblems
  • Long-Bed to Short-Bed Conversion
Specifications
Publisher: SA Design
Paperback: 176 pages, 500 color photos
Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.8 x 0.5 inches
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