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Old C-60 Question

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Stan, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    I'm purchasing a '77 c-30. Was wondering if anyone happens to know what years the sheet metal interchanges.
    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2009
  2. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    the doors should be the same as the 73-87 pickups and up to 91 with the blazers and suburbans. not sure about the nose though
     
  3. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    There are slight variations through all the years that most overlook...

    Doors: 73-87 will all interchange physically but the door panels are different between 73-77, 77-80, and 81-up. Not a problem as long as you have the matching door panels for the generation of doors your using.

    Fenders, inner fenders and hoods all interchange between 73-80. Hoods do have a small cosmetic difference (at the front) between 73-76 and 77-80 but they all interchange with no mods.

    Radiator supports will also all physically interchange between 73-80 but there's small variations in the grill mounting brackets so not all grills bolt directly into all rad supports. 73-77 take a recessed grill. 78-80 use the flush fit grill. But you can run any grill in any support with some modifications.
     
  4. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    I should of proof read my post. Recently bought 2 trucks. I'm looking for sheet metal for the c-60. Anyone know of a good source?
    For some reason pics are not uploading. Here's a link:

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=81966
     
  5. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    the doors on your c60 are the same doors used on the pickups, suburbans and blazers. a friend of ours needed doors for his c60 flatbed years ago and took them right off a wrecked pickup in his junkyard. i'm not sure where you can get parts for the nose but the doors are still readily available from a lot of aftermarket places.
     
  6. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Thanks, good info and never knew that on the doors. Actually looks like I may need fenders & maybe running boards.
     
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If you look around there's plenty of those trucks in the salvage yards. Especially yards who deal with salvaged school buses. :nod:
     
  8. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Thanks B&B. I'll be checking out 'em farms as well that usually have a variety of older trucks sitting around. Just wondering which years are interchangeable.
     
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    '73-'80 will directly interchange as far as individual sheet metal parts go. '81-'89 will also work if you change the entire front section as a whole (hood, fenders and grill structure).
     
  10. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
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    Thanks B&B. I'm actually working by the farms today and most likely find what I'm looking for.
     
  11. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    yw stan:)

    thanks B&B, you taught me something new. i wish i had a quarter of a third of half of your knowledge:salute:
     
  12. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I don't even have that much room in my brain.

    What's the engine in the C60? 5speed by 2 rearend?
     
  13. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    The brakes were not working so it was unable to drive. Truck was sitting for a while but fired up with a jump. It does have a 2 spd rear & not sure of the tranny. The engine is a BBC but not sure if its a 454 or 427. Tried several differant decoder sites but did not provide much info.

    Yesterday I got pulled off the farm job but from what I saw everything had rot in it as well. May have to live with it for a while but eventually will come across some fenders. Its not like "year one" resto companyt would have them.
     
  14. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Won't be a 454. It'll be either a 366 or 427. If you can get the block casting # off the bell housing mounting pad at the rear of the block above the oil filter I can identify it for you. :salute:
     
  15. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Thanks B&B. Can you give me an example?
     
  16. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The number will be cast directly into the block just in front of the trans bell housing flange on the driver side. Will be either a six or seven digit number and will likely start with a three.

    You may need to wire brush away any accumulated grease/dirt to see it. Using a mirror and a light makes it easier.

    He's an example of where it's located:

    SBC-casting-date.jpg
     
  17. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    WOW B&B. You really know your stuff..who's better than you? You are a huge help - Thanks. Now if it stops raining here perhaps I can get something done. Feels like we got gyped a month a summer as we head into July.
     
  18. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    I've always had a soft spot for the older equipment no matter what it is so I have plenty of practice with it. Practice may not make you perfect but it sure makes you knowledgeable. :salute:

    Let us know what you come up with.
     
  19. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Here's an oldie I dug out of the garage last summer after sitting close to 20 years. Had it since 1980:

    IMG_0519.JPG
     
  20. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Wanna sell it? You own one of the few cars that I have on my "to own" list that I haven't personally yet owned. :nod: