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1 99 Chevy Silverado on Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:42 pm

I had started this project a while ago, but put it down.

I decided to use acrylic paints, as they are cheaper. I am doing the interior in a green, just didn't realize that brushing acrylic paint is NOT like enamel. I am going to have to learn how to paint well with acrylics.

I was a mechanic in the late 80's and we always painted blocks and transmissions bright colors. made other stuff "pop" it seemed. I decided to do that with this truck

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2 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:21 pm

Ok, so, back at it, needed to change up some thoughts. (Man, I really need to finish a build, completely!)

So, after deciding what to do with this truck, I realized the gas tank must come off.

Started by taking my blade and turning it upside down and began scoring. I will get pics of it when I actually finish this tedious part.

Decided to put the engine together. It is a fuel injected engine, not exactly my usual, but, this is a service truck and I don't have a good Cummings Diesel.

Probably going to change the colors up, now that it is going together.

Had to remove the Chevy logo and the C1500 from both sides, as it is going to become a dually. Has to be bigger than a half ton at this point.

Decided to mock it up, to see the height. Didn't really like the first height, but the second seemed better. Once I get suspension in and an idea of how big the roll back or hauler will be, I will know how to proceed with the frame.

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3 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:23 pm

Still playing with the length. I got online and searched roll back beds. Seems they make upwords of 21'. That's 10 1/2" long.

I was thinking about a 16' bed, (8"), so, checked it out with a ruler to see what it would look like.

Seems a bit more do-able. I am amassing styrene to build this, so, I can't wait to get some more info.

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4 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:24 pm

Ok, so, the last couple of days I have had a chance to work on the truck.

Started by making the new flatbed for the rollback.

Don't you just love those fancy clamps?

I made the bottom side rails first, even cut the ends at the back at an angle.

Next I started adding the cross members.

The I played around a little to see what the cab would look like with the bed.

Here, I got really brave, cut the back side of the frame off and began to build a new frame. Not sure how accurate this would be to a real truck, but, I did my best.

After getting it all together I played with it again and mocked it up a bit

Started to get the front suspension done, but had to stop for a while. Should be able to do a little more later on tonight.

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5 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:26 pm

Ok, so, I know this is not a lot of progress, but, what I am doing seems to be taking a lot of time to do.

I couldn't get the plastic strips to stay together with just glue, so, I hatched a plan, using straight pins.

I drilled holes in the plastic, then put the pieces together.

I think this will work better than I thought, so, I will probably do a lot more drilling.

What you are seeing is the beginning of the frame work for the bed. This is the piece that will lift.
I will be making the hydraulics and the pivots later. I have to locate the correct drill bits for what I am doing.

I wasn't sure how to do all of the cuts and how to get them to stay together, but the straight pin idea seems to have a lot going for it.

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6 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:40 pm


Very Happy Arrow

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7 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:55 pm

Dennis, where did you get those exotic clamps, I must have some! Razz

Nice start, I'll be watching! I've wanted to tackle a roll-back for a while now!

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8 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:58 pm


lol i think i have a tutorial on how to make those specialized clamps somewhere lol! lol!

i have an idea on my bench for a truck build but it will have to wait a short time while i tie up some loose ends on a few builds first

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9 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:04 pm

I am hoping to start getting time to do this. I really want to get it done.

I have always wanted to do some major custom work, so, this is my biggy.

I won't rush it, though. I want it done right. Very Happy

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10 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:07 pm


i cant tell you how many i have in the wings stalled bud, my goal is to get back on atleast one a month while starting a few of the cool ones i have on the shelf.
i am sure you will get back on it once you get some time

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11 re; 99 Cevy Silverado on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:36 pm

Bro. Fletch, it looks like you've done stuff like this before. I like what I'm seeing & looing forward to more when it comes. Keep up the good work Sir !! God Bless!!

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12 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:48 pm

Ok, so it is September, our move is almost finalized and I am going to actually have a little bit of time soon. (Soon is relative, so, I won't give any dates yet. LOL)

My plan, after I build the workbench in the garage, is to begin working on this particular model. This is more custom than I have ever went, so it is taking me a long time, even when I was working on it a lot, I would build something, not like it, tear it off and feel like I didn't accomplish anything. No more of that. If I build it and I tear it off, I am going to document it, maybe then, someone else can learn from my mistakes, (Of which there should be many.) and save themselves some frustration.

First, however, is the workbench. Very Happy

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13 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:27 pm

looks great, working on a '65 chubby full kustom, fully functioning roll back, loads of fun, great job

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14 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:38 am

That sounds cool, GHOK.

I am trying for the fully functional, but, I will be fine with the "works pretty good" version.

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15 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:35 am

Ok, so, I pulled the truck out the day after Christmas and found that the frame had broken in the move. Basically just put it back together and did a quick look at what height I would like it.

I got pictures, but, will not have them up for a little bit, nothing really special to see.

I am a little intimidated by this project, as I have never done anything this custom before. I will get a pick or two up soon. Very Happy

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16 Re: 99 Chevy Silverado on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:13 pm

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