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  • #31
    It's like watching Gas Monkey without the drama.[]

    This reminds me of a high school buddy that built a pretty sick truck back in the 1984 - 1986 timeframe. His parents knew he liked to play with cars, so they built him a garage on their property and equipped it for him (lift, tools, etc) boy was I jealous. His truck started as a mid 70s F250 4X4 and went down to a bare frame, sandblasting and painting everything. Motor was a 429SCJ, hi comp pistons, lumpy cam, intake, gear drive cam, headers, etc... Interior was all custom upholstery and he wired everything through a master switch panel so he could shut off any light on the truck he wanted, not sure what purpose that served. He ran BF Goodrich Sport Truck Radial TAs and the cab was gloss red with a black pinstripe that transitioned to a flat black bed with a red pinstripe. Sounds like a weird color combo, but it looked great. I'm not sure how much power it made, but I'd guess between 400-500hp and it sounded amazing. The only issue was the 4 speed transmission which only has 3 usable gear since 1st gear was a creeper. It shifted slow.

    I've been eyeing old Chevy square bodies and would love to build a shortbed.

    Keep up the great work and attention to detail.

    D-
    Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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    • #32
      wow this is really cool build and a talent i wish I had. glad youre posting it up. feels like CM of days past lol

      simply amazing the talent you have.
      1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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      • #33
        Lucky for me enough guys are doing the crown vic swap that aftermarket companies are making a universal to fit the goofy Ford v steering shaft. In this case I went Ford V to double D shaft, then to spline for the steering column.







        I'm going to need to build a heat shield for the P/S hoses.



        I'll be taking these hoses to my local hydraulic guy to build the correct ends for the Crown Vic rack and pinion.



        I start on the wiring soon.

        Thanks for the kind remarks. And yeah Dave, I like watching car shows but can't deal with the kardashian drama just for ratings. I think two of my favs are Jay Leno's car show and Chasing Classic Cars.
        \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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        • #34
          Excellent work. I am loving this project. What is the plan for the completed project; son's daily driver []?
          \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
          \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=31915

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          • #35
            Thanks Chuck. No, the boy has his own...the chebby. This one will be my put-around truck and to haul the scooter []
            \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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            • #36
              Lookin' Good Greg...
              Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]

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              • #37
                Awesome project. My first PU was a 1978 F250 followed by a 1973 with a 360. Truck was a beast (manual steering, 4 wheel power assist drums), 4 speed with granny gear. Nice job with the build and a cool history.
                Weir Mako 21[br]1985 21B[br]Project 21B [br] http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=32089[br]Project 25 Contender [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?whichpage=1&TOPIC_ID=55759 [br][br]

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                • #38
                  https://flic.kr/p/T9do9N

                  It lives
                  \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                  • #39
                    Moved into the garage (under her own power) to finish final body assembly and wiring. Integrating new dash cluster, from Torino, new column and stereo. Installing kilmat, (sound deadening) and routing amp, speaker wires before I can do carpet and headliner.











                    1971-1973 Cougar fuel tank. Modifying to fit and rerouting neck to go under bed.



                    Built a quick heat shield for the p/s hoses. Still need to go to the hydro shop and get the crown vic ends put on and hit ol tube bender for some gentle rerouting.


                    \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                    • #40
                      Making progress. Interior is close. Need to finish new dash install and loom the harness under dash. Shift indicator finally came in today after 3 mos back order. Tuned the motor after a little more break in. Finished the new brake system and set final ride height. Still deciding wheels....














                      \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                      • #41
                        Merry Christmas CM. Here's the latest..



                        I pulled the original open rear end third member and replaced it with a Moser Engineering Trac-Loc posi. I'm still rinning 3:50's which were stock. I didn't want the C6 screaming at freeway speeds.






                        New wheel. The other one was a temp wheel until I decided on this the one I really liked.


                        Headliner and visors and headliner trim done. Originally it was offwhite cardboard. I went black to match the carpet and shot the visors and trim OG Red.


                        Wheels and tires chosen. I went with Ridlers. I like them because of their similarity to the Cragar Mag. 17 x 8 up front, 18 x 9.5 rear with Sport Comp 2 skins.







                        She's still a 20 footer but I'm real happy so far with the results. Corners better than I ever thought...in fact, you'd better be belted in if you hit a hard one at speed. It'll throw you across the bench with almost zero body roll. I have the Wilwood proportioning valve adjusted just right. Slam on the brakes and it simply slams to a stop, no nose drop really and no rear push. I have some fine tuning still left to do then off to the dyno for chits and giggles.

                        Take care all, Happy New Year

                        \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                          Looking GREAT Greg ! ! !

                      • #42
                        Since December I have made a few subtle changes. I wanted more power basically so I had the heads done and changed the intake to a Performer RPM model, faster runners. Then I had the heads and new intake port matched and flowed. I changed the valves too, 2.09/1.66" Flow tests showed a huge increase. At .600 lift, the stock C8AE-8 heads flow 212/152cfm. The ported heads flow 273/204cfm!
                        Then I swapped the valve covers out and changed the distributor. The previous dist had severe play in the advance plate so Summit changed it out no questions, and I upgraded it to a later version of previous model. At the same time my fuel pump was old and stock so...swapped it out for a higher pressure/volume Holley, changed water pump to Milodon high volume as well.
                        The results are fantastic. While I was at it I wrapped the headers to keep some heat in the tubes and help flow. Plus it helped cut down some engine compartment heat.



















                        Still need to get down to the hydraulic shop and get the hoses done for power steering...

                        Cheers,
                        G
                        \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                        • #43
                          Great job! That is one badazz truck.
                          \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                          \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=31915

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                          • #44
                            Thanks Chuck, appreciate it.
                            \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                            • #45
                              VERY nice Greg... Well done indeed...
                              Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]

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