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Old March 1st, 2021, 10:51 AM
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I ordered a new waterneck (75 Pontiac TransAm) because the old one was a modified from a Chevy small block. Let's see if it fits.
The waterneck of the 75 Pontiac TransAm fits together with the holes. Only problem is, that you can't use the heat sensor.



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Old March 1st, 2021, 01:15 PM
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GMCTom, Great work you've done so far! Great info as well regarding the clutch etc. No other modifications to the engine other than replacing the timing chain?
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Old March 1st, 2021, 02:23 PM
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Thank you

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I changed the timing chain and toghether with a friend we do a valve job. One exhaust valve was broken and doesn't close completely. Cleaned the coolant holes and finished the surfaces of the block and heads and used new gaskets. Heads were ice blasted.
I also installed an original mechanical fuel pump (the pre owner used an electrical) and new fuel lines.
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Old March 6th, 2021, 04:04 AM
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Beautiful work GMCTom and your engine sounds great!
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Old March 25th, 2021, 09:10 AM
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Little update but with not so good news.

The original radiator is leaking. Temporarily I bought a used one from a 1966 Chevy C10. It seems to be ok. The dark spot on the front of the radiator is only dirt. The original one I will send to a shop for repairing.



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Now the bigger problem. Between the left cylinder head and the block it's leaking a little bit coolant. I think I have to grind the heads. Maybe anyone else had an advice or already had the problem itself?
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Old July 27th, 2021, 08:47 AM
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Hope everybody is fine

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Now some time has passed and I still spent time on my other project a Dodge WC51. But work on the GMC continues anyway.

All Body parts are blasted and primed. Some parts are also body filled and sanded. I do it all myself. Sanding for hours is a bit like meditation

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Two parts are completely finished with paint. I do this with a friend in his wood workshop. I like painting with the gun. When the parts are painted, the project feels almost finished and you know what all the hard work is for. I didn't like the first attempt with the baby blue but the second one is perfect. It's harbor blue from Ford

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I also chrome plated the painted grille.

Next step is to prime the cab. Maybe I'll be able to put the cab on the frame this summer.



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Old March 27th, 2022, 04:57 AM
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Default Re: 1965 GMC in the alps. Greetings from Austria.

Very nice Tom, it is time for an update friend. I know you have been working hard on this truck lately. You need to show off your very good work. All I can say is wow!
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Old March 27th, 2022, 07:22 PM
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Old March 28th, 2022, 04:26 PM
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OK, update time

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It's been a little bit stressful lately but i've been working on the GMC every free minute. I'm a bit behind my plans but in April, at the latest in May I want to put the cab on the frame.

Let's start with the paint. Tailgate, fenders and the frontmask were painted in Ford Harbor Blue. First try wasn't successful (orange skin) but the second one is OK. I will polish all parts after mounting.




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Testing the chrome plated frontmask with the color




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I like the blue color to the red engine

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Started with the cab in August. First some epoxy primer. 2 layers. Then some filler work on the roof, rockers and the back. Steve thinks the cab is in good condition. He knows worse ones. Put some underbody protection on the cab. Only in a few places.




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After that I started with the third layer EP. Then sanding the roof. Ready for paint (Ford Wimbledon White).




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Painting the underbody blue. And here one question, Steve and I are still guessing: is this a low or a high hump? The truck has three on a tree, but we welded the hump in that was laying in the cab

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And finally get back the GMC logo newly chromed




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Next steps: sanding inside the cab. Paint it with Nissan beige met (EV0) and after that paint the rest of the cab blue.

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Default Re: 1965 GMC in the alps. Greetings from Austria.

I'm pretty sure that's a high hump. Someone will beat me with a stick if i'm wrong, but the low hump barely has any hump to it if I remember right.
Nice update! That color looks shaaarrrppp!
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