BluezClues Build '79 RN37 Pickup (1 Viewer)

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BluezClues build. Name hit me as it was the favorite tv show of my cousin who passed away right before the end of 2019. Having been in a wheelchair all his life, he would have enjoyed riding in some larger wheels the same color as his favorite tv show character.

I didn’t do a build thread on my 80 series LC because it was basically just in need of a good cleaning and baseline with some mods. It wasn’t in really bad shape (leather and carpet an exception to that), but my 79 Pickup (RN37) is definitely a build. Purchased in November 2020 in North GA from someone who had planned to make a rock crawler out of it who had purchased it 8-10 years previously from someone else who had the same idea. The individual from which I purchased it had it in his garage taking up space for the better part of a decade and had decided to focus on his 40 and 60 series projects.

I went to go look at it just to see if I would be interested in it and found that the truck was completely disassembled with the interior (including all glass, instruments, seats etc all removed) as well as the engine had 3 spun bearings and no oil pan or exhaust. Some rust in the usual spots on the front fenders, a spot in the bed and a rear bed skirt was rusted through.

The tires were soaked from the axle leaking out, the front seat (bench) wreaked of mold and all the brake and fuel lines were removed completely. The emergency brake was also found in the bed of the truck.

Well after a couple of days I ended up deciding I should take the project on knowing “some assembly required”, and it wasn’t going to be on the road for a while.

Build will take a while and have slow updates. Here are some pictures of it was I bought it including the day I took it home using my previous project vehicle.

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Spun bearings on the 20r and a single panel in the bed that needs replacing. Searching for bed panels and bedskirts is not easy on these old trucks. Fortunately parts for 20r and 22r engines are still pretty available.

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How do you keep one from spinning once you get the other ones spinning? I sourced a rebuilt 22r, and a block and accessories from another 22r, both from an 85, so I will be figuring out how to get those all connected up once i get the FSM for both a 79 and an 85. the Rebuilt came sans oil pan and valve cover, sourced an oil pane, and now have a choice between a tall valve cover and the original low profile that came on the 20r. Slowly working to rebuild each of the accessories before i bolt them on the engine. Starting with rebuilding the alternator that came with the 22r block.

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Are you going to put the 20r head on the 22r block?

I can't in this instance. both the rebuilt 22r and the 22r block i also acquired are too new and have the wrong deck height. I could have done a hybrid if i had a pre 85 22r I believe and that might still be an option if I get my hands on a pre 85 22r block.
 

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Front axle has added a few items list. Destroyed one locking hub that was rusted to the end of the axle spline which lead to having to order new cv joints. Everything needs cleaning up...

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Front axle has added a few items list. Destroyed one locking hub that was rusted to the end of the axle spline which lead to having to order new cv joints. Everything needs cleaning up...
That is just plain ugly. I think a sand blaster is going to be your friend ... that and a few rattle-cans of of Rust-Oleum.
 

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Got the whole axle out since i need to clean it up and paint it anyway and got to thinking....Just how much of bow is supposed to be there?

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I've spent a lot of time thinking about how to fix/replace the rear passenger bed skirt. Not sure if i should remove it and try to made a mold to make one out of fibreglass, carbon fiber or just keep looking for a clean one from a part out. I am in the same boat for the rear driver's side bed panel. All of these sections have been ordered form the various places i could find listing them as still in stock.all those orders got canceled and the websites updated.

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Been busy lately but tonight I pulled some things off the 20r that might end up on the 22r. Not sure where things went wrong on this engine......haha

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