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Old December 18th, 2021, 07:21 PM
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That wood is going to look great! Do you plan to coat it or anything or just leave it natural? A quick look online says it's naturally resistant to just about everything. It's a wonder that it ever rots in the forest, haha!
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That wood is going to look great! Do you plan to coat it or anything or just leave it natural? A quick look online says it's naturally resistant to just about everything. It's a wonder that it ever rots in the forest, haha!
Thanks. Yes, I'll stain it with oil. If left natural, the wood turns to a light gray over time. Because it is so durable and hard it would definitely make sense to use it as a bed wood. Of course it will be protected when hauling stuff like engine blocks etc haha
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So... in the last few weeks, I finished the truck for inspection. The inspection was on Monday the 3rd, passed the first try. Right now I'm working on the license plates and the last insurance-related things. So hopefully by the end of the week, possibly next week I have the GMC on the road!

From then on I'll start to focus on the aesthetic side, for example, the bed floor and the V6 badges, and rust repairs. But propane conversion will be first and a gearbox swap.

The current SM420 is pretty clapped out. It whines to high heaven and the 2nd gear synchro is shot. Saturday I hope to pick up another 420 as a temporary gearbox while I rebuild the 'numbers matching' 420. The 420 I hope to pick up sat behind a plaid valve cover '63 305! Hoping to take a glance at those plaid valve covers too!
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Brought the SM420 home. This shifting pattern is much tighter, you get the impression that you're actually shifting instead of stirring in the soup...

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Took the shifter out and removed the top cover and inspection (PTO) cover. Drained the old fluid and cleaned the magnet on the bottom. All looks good, a much better tranny than the current one. Synchro's all look to be in good shape.

Hope to install this tranny soon. Should take care of the shifting issues. I think I'll keep this tranny installed. Rebuilding the other one might improve the synchros, but will cost a lot to rebuild and the shift forks are still worn, resulting in the sloppy shifting.

The guy I visited had a '63 305D. Those plaid covers are something else, arent they?
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