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    Default Chevy Pickup Rising From the Blazer Ashes

    Just a metaphore, nothing actually caught fire!

    Hello everyone, new to this forum. I am highlighting this build on another forum and don't consider myself a forum jumper (I'm active on 2 total) but thought since this truck is large majority RC4WD / TF2 I would bring it over here for those like me who really enjoy their TF2 stuff. I'll post up where I am to this point and continue along.

    The truck started with the idea to do a phantom of sorts, I wanted to do a long box dually pickup but with an extended cab instead of a standard or crew cab configuration. GM never built this configuration but it was very poorly done by several aftermarket companies (CVI seeming to be the most popular) and available to anyone wanting to plunk down some extra G's on top of the purchase price for a ruined new truck. The most popular of these being the ext cab short box. They actually started with long boxes and used the cutout portion of the bed floor to make the cab extension base. Of course I don't think anyone realized back then how badly these trucks were built or they wouldn't have sold a single unit. Though there is probably as much plastic in mine as the real ones I will try and create a better finished product.

    I'll save the comentary on each pic and just give an overview...

    3 Chevrolet Blazer bodies (3rd one is in many pieces just never whole in the photos!) cut in various places to make the extended cab and long box.
    Created a cab back wall, front box wall and made a new bed floor.
    Body trim created from flat stock, quarter and half round. More to be added!
    Rear dually fenders built from scratch.
    Truck is going to be fully lit and using a combination of Blazer and Mojave exterior lights.
    Truck will have a full interior.
    Truck is going to be pretty much all TF2 underneath.

    A lot has gone into it to this point and I continue to forge ahead. I will update with more detail as I get more things sorted and built for it. Hope you enjoy the truck just a little as well

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    Looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristee View Post
    Looks good!

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    Thanks!

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    Wow this is a impressive build. Love the details. Makes me want to start back on my crew cab dually. Nice work. Can't wait for more.

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    Wow. That's really some awesome work. Your attention to detail is outstanding. I truly am eager to see more progress, and the final product.

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    Awesome project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troopy View Post
    Wow. That's really some awesome work. Your attention to detail is outstanding. I truly am eager to see more progress, and the final product.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rickleo View Post
    Wow this is a impressive build. Love the details. Makes me want to start back on my crew cab dually. Nice work. Can't wait for more.
    [QUOTE=Cowboy74;46074]Awesome project![Quote]

    Thanks all! Appreciate the kind words Waiting on more supplies and a few pieces to show up in the mail. More to come!

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    Time for an update...

    Ok so the chassis is now based on the Cmax thanks to staring at noob's Burban...Lol! It's been cut and extended because the near 20" frame rails weren't enough to support the 15" wheelbase and have everything line up correctly underneath. The body is now in primer and almost ready for color though first I'm roughing out an interior tub for it. Going all '70s with this one and made a visor and working on tread plate running boards and mudflaps. I have an idea for the dual CB antenna mounts but that'll have to wait
    This thing really needs a bench seat inside so I went to the parts box and grabbed the remainder of the RC4WD cruiser seats I ended up not using on another truck. Basic cut and paste, seat pattern lines up perfectly (good thing since it'll be partially fabric). It'll be a flip forward bench with just some simple pins and "arms" to rotate on.

    Nothing is lined up or bolted down here! Just checking out my wheelbase measurements to make sure I have an acceptable cab-to-bed gap...

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    Just a quick note to anyone thinking of using the K44 front axle with the 1.55 Dually wheels as I have here...they don't fit. Not a big deal though! I had always planned to go with some 4mm wideners I had anyway so it wasn't a big deal for me. Just a word of caution you will need a small spacer on the hub or some very slight knuckle grinding. It isn't much just enough to lock the wheel when fully tightened.

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    Little teaser...

    Base color is on. 2nd color should be on this weekend and then moving forward with all the little sub assemblies. Now that the summer fun is out of the way I can get back to finishing this thing!

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    Welcome back. Glad to see you back on this build. Thumbs up to that paint job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickleo View Post
    Welcome back. Glad to see you back on this build. Thumbs up to that paint job!

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    Thanks! Hopefully it will continue to look a little better all the time.

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    I'd like to take a moment and send a big thumbs up to Skyler & Lam at RC4WD. Over the course of this build I lost a couple of the non flanged acorn nuts that go on the dually hubs. Since I can't find these anywhere I reached out to the company and these two really looked after me! Sent me out some replacements and kept this truck rolling....literally!

    Thanks much!!

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    Really nice build.. This trucks will look so awesome.
    Keep going !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy View Post
    Really nice build.. This trucks will look so awesome.
    Keep going !!
    Thank you! I have to finish it. If for nothing but my own pride, lol!

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    2-tone! Never had a truck with this much blue on it before but it's the color combo I had in mind from the start. The interior will be a variation of these colors most of which is built. Going to leave it sit a few days then I'll start into much needed sanding and buffing to get it looking half decent. Looking more like progress since it now has color but still quite a ways to go when I check the to-do list! Along the way I have created a few assembly hurdles for myself that'll most certainly take some head scratching to figure out though hopefully not too much as I don't need to lose anymore hair!

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    Well done. Love the color choice for the two tone. Ole Blue looking good!

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