Chevy Truck Restoration Help

Here I have to put together many resources to help restore your Chevy or GMC Pickup. There are sources of tools and parts for other makes and models here as well, but we will focus on GM here. 

Let me start by saying there is no substitute for "expert" advice. I am talking about shop manuals. While we are all familiar with Chilton's, and Haynes, and they do cover quite a bit of repairs, they are nothing in comparison to a Factory Service Manual. In fact, you have no idea what you are missing unless you have leafed through one. Years ago, Factory Service Manuals were very hard to come by. I got one about 10 years ago, at a local swap meet, and paid $30 for it. The guy knew he had me by the ........ since he had it, and I wanted it. He knew I had no place else to go for it. Well, all that has changed now thanks to the Internet, but especially thanks to E Bay ! I just picked up a 1982 GM Light Duty Truck factory Service Manual for..... get this..... $17.00 ! It includes the wiring diagrams for the model year too, which the 1977 one I bought for $30, has no wiring in it. Back then, wiring was a separate book. In fact, just last week I had a bid in on a 1977 Wiring Manual, but it got to be more than I wanted to spend at this time. The bidding was up to $19.

The Factory Service Manual is the first part you need to buy for your restoration. If you do your own repairs, then having one is a must.

GM Light Duty Truck Service Manuals cover the following models: C/10, C/20, C/30, K/10, K/20, K/30, P/10, P/20, P/30. (C= 2wd pickups, cab n' chassis, and Blazer / Suburban, K= 4wd pickups, cab n' chassis, and Blazer / Suburban, and the P model line is Chevy Vans. GM considers anything 1 ton or under to be a "Light Duty" vehicle.

I used to think  E Bay  was for trading and selling Beanie Babies, baseball cards, autographs, and the like. My wife has bought antique tea cups.... 

I was AMAZED at the Automotive Section. Last week, I won the bid on a 1977 GM Dealer Album. This includes all prices for all 1977 GM cars and trucks, the price and part number of every option available, every option catalog available, paint chip samples, seat material samples, all of the sales brochures for the 1977 model year, and much more.

So if you plan on restoring a car or truck, get your hands on a factory service manual, you will not be disappointed!


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These are the REAL books you NEED.

 

Click here for eBay Motors!  E Bay Motors - Buy parts, sales brochures, FACTORY SERVICE MANUALS, and more. Sell your old shop manuals and parts for $$$.

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Let's start with the most common..... RUST repair.


Buy Cab Rust Repair Panels Now!Cab Rust Repair Panels - Floors, cab supports, rocker panels, inner rockers, extended inner rockers, cab corners, floors, extended floor repair panels (for badly rusted floors), cab floor support channels.

Need more info on replacing rocker panels? Then look here - Replacing Rockers. 

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76 - 87 New Replacement Tailgates - Prices from $69.99 - $99.95 Ships UPS!

New Tailgate Handles - Tailgate handle rusty and hard to operate?

Need help replacing your tailgate handle? Take a look here for help. 

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 78 - 87 Mirrors - This style was OEM from 78 - 87, but the will mirrors fit 73 - 87. Available in Stainless Steel like the above photo, White enamel, and Black Enamel.
From $20 - $25.

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Grilles & Grille Trim - Upper mouldings, lower mouldings, grille, headlight bezels, etc. Replace pitted chrome with shiny new chrome. The bezels come in chrome, upper and lower trim is stainless.

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Arm Rest Pads - Replace your worn or cracked pads.

The tools you'll need to restore your Chevy truck are just as important as the parts. Eastwood has A LOT of great tools for restorations, and supplies too. Check them out.
 

 

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Frame BraceSteering Box Fame Brace Use this to repair a cracked frame, or to reinforce yours before it cracks!


Buy Body Gasket Set Now! Only $7.95Body Gasket Set -  If your lights have moisture in them, these gaskets are the cure. A must when repainting.

More info about replacing body gaskets here. 


Check Prices On Poly Cab Mount Bushings Sets Now! Poly Cab Mount Bushing Sets Replace your cracked, worn out bushings with poly. 

More info about cab mount bushings here. 


Buy New Door Striker Bolts Now!Door Striker Bolts  - Helps re-align sagging doors. 


Buy New Headlight Trim Now!Headlight Bezels  - Replace pitted and corroded chrome with NEW chrome!


Buy Custom Fit Replacement Door Weatherstripping Now!Custom Fit Replacement Door Weather stripping  - Seal your cab. Great for sound deadening. Weatherstripping should be replaced whenever a door is replaced, since the rubber will hold the shape of the old door. VERY easy to install.


Buy Replacement Door Vent Window Weatherstripping Now!Replacement Door Vent Window Weather stripping  - Replace cracked or damaged weatherstripping.


Buy Custom Fit Replacement Door Belt Window Weatherstrip Kit Now!Rear Side Door & Tailgate (Blazer, Jimmy, Suburban) Belt Window Weather strip - Hard to find item.


Buy Replacement Front Door Belt Window Weatherstrip Kit Now!Replacement Front Door Belt Window Weather strip Kit  - This is the weatherstripping that wipes the fog from your window when you put it down.


Buy Replacement Windshield & Rear Window Gaskets Now!Replacement Windshield & Rear Window Gaskets - If you are installing a rear sliding window, you need a new rear window gasket. If you are replacing a windshield, you should replace the gasket too.


Buy Replacement Window Channels Now!Replacement Window Channels - This is the "track" the window rides on.

Wiring Supplies & Accessories - Here  

 

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