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    1972 C10 with a 1968 front clip.
    6.2ltr LS3, 6 speed (6l80e)
    IFS front and 4 link rear
    9"
    RHD conversion

    Spent the last 6 weeks working solidly on it so I'm well in to my build now. Have a forced Hiatus for the next few months at least.

    This forum is pretty quiet, is there any interest in me adding pictures etc? if not I wont bother but happy to if people want to see.

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    I would be interested
    Kind Regards

    Peter Gough
    Melbourne Australia

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    I'm keen for some pics ....also wonder why the RHD?

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    OK cool. I'll get some pictures together.

    Why RHD? Well at first I just liked the idea of being easy to drive, overtake etc when I get it back to NZ. I also wanted to swap it to a Rack and Pinion setup.
    I know its a personal thing and many people like to keep them LHD...
    Once I had removed all the front and rear suspension etc there really wasn't much of the truck left, I thought why not do the steering conversion? The dash looked like it would mirror quite well.
    Turns out it didn't fit anywhere near as easily as I thought it would. Also the steering linkage has been a b1tch but I'm probably through 95% of the steering issues now.

    Same sort of non-logic applied to the Transmission, everyone said 4l80e is the best option for fit etc but I liked the idea of the 6spd 6l80e and then my donor motor came with a 6l80e so now I'm working through sorting that... Ive cut the old trans hump and found a high hump for it; biggest issue is probably going to be driveshaft clearance on the old trailing arm crossmember etc

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    OK, kinda makes sense. re: driveshaft clearances, maybe a 2 piece will help?

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    Yeh, I've been considering just making a new cross member with more clearance or converting it to a 2 piece shaft.
    The 2 piece could be good because I've ended up with fixed universals on each end (so no where for drive shaft to move)

    I'll probably just modify the cross member & get a driveshaft made with 2 1350 U-joints & a built in slip section like this:



    Although I don't know if this style is able to be certified in NZ? If anyone knows anything about that please let me know.
    Thanks

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    I'm struggling to find time to do this so I'll just post a bit at a time
    Before starting this project I was considering putting a 2000+ chassis and running gear under a old body, full custom Chassis, or upgrading the factory frame and components. I went for the last option.

    The truck I found actually had a disc brake frontend, new shocks, and factory trailing arms in the rear, but I started ripping it out, to make way for coil-overs a custom IFS and a 4 bar in the back





    Its pretty neat how the old front crossmember just unbolts, makes it easy.



    Test fitting the new crossmember:



    I got everything painted up and the front end bolted in to place:





    Thats a Unisteer RHD Rack and Pinion in there.

    Then built up the Ridetech HQ coil-overs and Wilwood brakes, I went with 13" drilled and slotted rotors and drop spindles:






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    Cool thing about these trucks is the low hump trans tunnel can easily be chopped out and replaced with a factory high hump, cut along the pre formed lines and drill and bolt the high hump in:







    Firewall cutting and shaving time:





    Factory high hump in the cab in background









    Ordered a factory LHD strengthening plate (from LMC truck), chopped, drilled and reshaped to size and fit for the right hand side ready to rosette/spot weld:



    That should restore the strength and stop it from flexing.

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    I see in the truck build sheet it has hydra-boost which I find a little unusual , as I thought they only came on the diesels. Lucky for you though, keep it ! you'll have dynamite brakes.

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    I didnt get the booster with it... I have a pedal bracket that turns the booster so it will mount inside the cab and keep the firewall clean, I'll use that if I can get it to fit!

    Work on the dash:













    This isn't how it looks now, ended up pulling the right side back out and redoing it. but I dont have a better picture



    I'm really happy with it now but it was a tough job with the different angles involved.

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