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1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? I found the 69 c20 on Craigslist for $2500. It ran sort of, it was all original. The previous owner was some old hippie guy that needed to sell it fast because the soon to be ex wife was going to take it in the divorce and sell it to the crusher. I felt I had to save it from its demise, and the rest is history. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? Every part has been replaced on the truck. From a modified 350 down to even the smallest bolts. I had a very “it’s broke again, let’s replace the broken part with an OEM part or upgrade!” mentality. The most recent modification was the MSD distributor, but that wasn’t really a modification in any sense of the word at least for me after all this time...I just wanted a new one. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? When it comes to anything I had to do to this truck, it’s only been about $100-$200 a pop each time excluding engine, trans, and the rear end rebuild I did. I will have to say one of my favorite modifications was the Dakota digital gauges. I recommend them to anyone. They aren’t finicky like auto meter and they cost $100 less than the auto meter set. Plus, if you make any different upgrades to the vehicle they have replacement sensors to accommodate for the change. Like a transmission swap for example. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I’m very biased with companies, out of all that are available. I will only buy from certain companies or stores. That’s the product of many years of having to research every little thing I had to fix because I bought this truck before they became insanely popular and parts were easier to find. There is a few installation tips I have, when it comes to a truck like this and you are going for the resto mod kind of genre, be prepared for long nights of research, cussing and chucking your wrench. Also, when modifying anything, you will more than likely need to fabricate or modify something else if you’re attempting to upgrade. 5. What is the biggest challenge with this build? Going off the previous question, I would have to say, nothing ever goes in right the first time. Wrong but similar part numbers, or even newer production parts on an old truck, even newer production parts that are “supposedly” OEM replacement. Even in the case of chasing down better built parts...All a headache. But worth it. 6. What are you planning next? I’m thinking about either a big block swap or an LS swap. Never can fully decide.
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