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1975 GMC pickup "Gentleman Jim"

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1975 GMC pickup "Gentleman Jim"
Posted by hotrodsforlife on Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:42 AM

hey, been a while since i posted on the forum, been busy with college (really busy, :P) but my brother gave me the new gmc with plow for christmas!.

Now, there have been a few gmc plow trucks posted here, but while searching for period color schemes for my gmc i came across the gmc "Gentleman Jim" package 

i loved the color combo, so the 1977 gmc is being converted to a 1975 :)

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:46 AM

quick mockup, added pose able front wheels, with a small suspension lift

added a swing away spare tire carrier, since the spare bolted to the tailgate seamed quite dumb :P

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:56 AM

i decided to open the doors,  after putting on the side trim , you can see the start of the floor

here's the floor roughed in, and the side trim, and custom roll bar based off the mad mudder roll bar

scratchbuilt heater box

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  • From: leominster ma . 01453
Posted by hemi hunter on Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:41 PM

looks like a kool project off to a good start

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  • From: Houston Tx
Posted by Mopar-D on Saturday, February 16, 2013 4:24 PM

I just finished converting the 77 Jimmy to a 74. I will be following to your build here .

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  • From: Shelburn Indiana
Posted by 50 Coupe on Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:57 PM

Super cool build!  One of my neighbors had one of these new back in the '70's. I thought it was the coolest pick-up around. Can't wait to see it finished.

Roy

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  • From: Charlotte
Posted by mikemodeler on Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:12 AM

I will be following this one. Nice start and great details.

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  • From: Michigan city, Indiana
Posted by chevyvan93 on Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:53 AM

Awesome truck, and cant wait to see it done, iam a dodge truck guy but that chevy is sweet.

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:55 PM

Thanks everyone,  I wondered what the truck would look like, on a transport trailer, lol

checking the slightly increased ride height, had to raise the tire to be centered with the axel Stick out tongue

some work on the engine, resin intake from MAD detailing, also ordered tall moroso valve covers from MAD but they were to short to fit the engineSad, so i made my own using the stock covers and some sheet stryene

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:06 PM

the engine is getting a MAD hei distributor, a holley 4150 carb from Calnaga castings. oh, and the engine bay is getting the oddly missing brake booster/master cylinderStick out tongue

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Monday, February 18, 2013 6:29 AM

started to revise the grill from the 77 to the 75, using this as a reference

i came up with this,

i didn't like the molded in turn signals, so the were cut off and the blanks on the body were filled in , and new signals were added

thanks for looking everyone

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  • From: Houston Tx
Posted by Mopar-D on Monday, February 18, 2013 3:20 PM

You may of also noticed that the 75's only had 1 battery on the passenger side.

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Monday, February 18, 2013 5:49 PM

Lol, no i didn't Stick out tongue i never thought about the second battery,  but figured  it would be useful for a plow truck, with running lights, a small winch, and maybe a large winch. My story for the truck is, that the original truck was damaged, the owner decided to swap on a nondamaged short bed and make her a 4wd , brought a plow and started making back the cash spent on fixing the truck Smile

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Monday, February 18, 2013 5:51 PM

I want to get a few more of this kits, to make a long bed truck, and maybe a tow truck Stick out tongue

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  • From: Charlotte
Posted by mikemodeler on Monday, February 18, 2013 7:57 PM

If you are going to make a tow truck, why not buy the Revell Wrecker kit that is already out?

As far as this kit, I have 7 or 8 of them now, with 2 under construction and nearly complete. Watch the ads for Tower Hobbies, many times they have free shipping if you spend at least $30 and they offer a small discount on multiple purchases of the same kit.

This is coming along nicely, have you had problems with the passenger bed side warping?

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Monday, February 18, 2013 8:30 PM

Not completely sure about the tow truck, definitely want a long bed truck probably done in gmc's other limited edition, the beau james truck. There was a 1978 or 1980 truck near my house with a flat bed on her that looked pretty cool. I dunno maybe all three Stick out tongue

Oh, yeah my truck's passenger side was warped, but i glued the bedsides to the bed with proweld, so its not to noticable, even with the cab slightly warped after cutting out the doors

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:05 PM

small update, got a lot of the small parts and the interior painted

the dash, detail painted. the seats and console are done as well  

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Posted by rebel70 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:52 AM

awesome build .I have build about 15 of these since they have come out ,many are built as pullers,some are built as lifted 4x4s using the axles and tires from the mad mudder and one i took the cab and used it on a blazer frame to make a 1:1of a truck i had..as far a the revell wrecker goes I have used the plow truck to build the wrecker using the bed and wheels from the wrecker. and the wrecker was turned into a flat bed

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Sunday, February 24, 2013 3:50 PM

Nice, i found the wrecker bed from the first release of that wrecker and laid it on the frame with the cab to check the proportions, which were pretty good. although that bed is basically junk now, id have to get a new one when i decide to build it.

Kinda stuck on this build, waiting for a resin hitch from ebay to show up so i can finish off the chassis, and start on making some of the plow function (simple up/down, maybe side to side). And some decent weather, so i can at least prim the body parts. 

oh, started making some tools for the truck, first snow shovel, will be painted black and wood deck tan

there will be another shovel in blue and wood deck tan that is slightly smaller and will be a scale representation  of my brother's shovel that he's had for 22 years.

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  • From: Central Ohio
Posted by pyrman on Monday, February 25, 2013 7:06 AM

Hotrod: Your Jimmy's coming along nicely...love the snow shovel.

Greg H

"Think of the fact that there's not one state in the 50 that has the death penalty for speeding...although I'm not so sure about Ohio." (The Cannonball Run)

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Monday, February 25, 2013 9:20 AM

thanks pyrman, Big Smile

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  • From: Salem, NH
Posted by DeviousDesperado on Monday, February 25, 2013 10:29 AM

Good job..looks like it's gonna be a great build!

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  • From: The Great Northwest (SPOKANE)
Posted by Space Cowboy on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:54 PM

You are doing an outstanding job. Keep it coming........

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:41 AM

thanks everyone for the kind words, i have a week off from college coming up, hoping to get some primer on the body ,and start on the plow thenSmile

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:36 AM

so I got a small update, finally put the wheel backs and tires together and stuck'em on the chassis to see how the jim will sit. turns out the small lift i added to the suspense caused it to be misaligned to the frame, so the lift was increased Big Smile and the front and rear suspensions were reinstalled using the body as an alignment guide.

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:43 AM

the resin ' reese' trailer hitch i got on the bay arrived yesterday so I've cleaning that up, and a bit of creativity hit, so here's the truck going to the body shop Big Smile

  

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:51 AM

thanks for looking everyone, sorry about the cellphone pics

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  • From: West TN
Posted by v6mike on Monday, March 04, 2013 8:35 AM

That is turning out great especially the open doors.

On the bench: Anything I haven't finished!
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Posted by monkey nuts93 on Monday, March 04, 2013 10:08 AM

I need a new cab  but I lost my instructions can tou tell me what the parts numbers are for the cab and chassis thanks

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Posted by hotrodsforlife on Monday, March 04, 2013 11:30 AM

thanks for the kind words, v6mike Smile

monkey nuts93, off hand i cant remember what they are, i check and pm you later.

only a small update, finished the shovels Big Smile

and started on the plow unit, drilled small holes through the mounting bracket and the plow arm, using brass wire as a hinge pin. reinforced the mounting tabs on the arm, and carefully cut the plow pivot  from the arm. allowing the plow to pivot side-to-side 

thanks for looking everyone 

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