Sun Roof Disaster, why do people cut holes in the roof?

I wonder how many Square Body Chevys found their way to a scrap yard because someone thought it would be a good idea to add a sunroof. Trust me its not and it never is. If your truck has a solid roof leave it alone.

As you should know by now, I bought the 1976 K10 to mildly restore and make a daily out of it. One big issue is the giant hole in the roof. I have three options as I see it.

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Project Scrap Metal – 1976 SWB 4×4 Chevy

Im not really one for naming cars or projects. I have the Black Vette, the Green Vette, the Camaro and so on. It just not my thing, but for some reason this truck is getting called Project Scrap Metal. Thats really what this truck is. The Chevy is too far gone to save but for some other reason, possibly related to why I want to name it, I am going to attempt to bring this truck back to life.

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Lowered Steering Column?

I started driving my V8 swapped Mazda around a little to break-in the engine and work out whatever little bugs it might have. I must say, I hate the location of the steering wheel. Its just to high for the seat position.  I’m 5’10” and about 150 lbs …. so pretty skinny. I like my steering wheel down low. I don’t feel I should be looking over it.

My options to fix this seemed to be to find a tilt column for a B2200. Not sure if they even make one. I could raise the seat, I checked the head clearance and I have plenty. Except for the fact that I like the location of the dash. I can see fine, the wheel is just out of place. The last option I came up with was to lower the column.

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VW Air Shocks on a B2200?

When you drop a truck 6″ you can expect the factory shocks not to work. I know, I know there are a few lucky guys who say there factory shocks work just fine compressed 6 or more inches, but I have never been that lucky. The new Monroe shocks blew out within a few miles. Not like it mattered, they were bottomed out anyway.

Typically it takes a while to figure out the best shocks for your application. Thankfully, now a days we have the internet and in this case a Mazda Facebook Group. I simply posted a question asking what shocks would fit in the rear. The common answer was VW Bug air shocks.

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In the 90’s everything had to be shaved, so lets roll with it.

It seems most Mazda have broken antennas and that just didn’t work for me or my mini. If you have every replaced an antenna, you know they attach from the under side of the fender. My plan was to unbolt the side of the fender and try to pull it out enough to get to the antenna. This actually worked, but I noticed there were only two bolts left holding it on.

Might as well take it all the way off since its still kinda in the way.

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Out with the old and in with new!

After I figured out the factory block was junk it was time to get it out of there.

Got the Block out and … a little while later, I had the tranny out as well. I then borrowed a bare block, head and manifolds for the mock up process. Since so little was online about this swap, I thought it was best to make sure it would all fit before I was to committed to swapping in a SBC. It’s also easier to work with.

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Found a Clean 1989 Mazda B2200 for $250… What to do with it?

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I found this little Mazda on Facebook. Its been living on a farm, working way to hard. He gave up his heart to that farm. I believe he has always really wanted to be a Minitruck.

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Got the little Mazda home after a stop at the car wash.

Well… I thought it would be best to really inspect his heart and decided if it could be saved. Turns out that was a waste of time for this little guy. He worked so hard he lost the number 3 piston. Wasn’t anything left of it. The connecting rod was found behind the exhaust manifold outside the engine block.

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Bags working in the 46!

All new brake parts arrived so I am making progress on that. Nothing special. 80’s Camaro’s had much better brakes then a 46 truck so stock was plenty of an upgrade. New rotors, new calipers, new drums, new bearings, and new wheel cylinders.

Electrical is about done, need to finish headlights and tail lights when they are installed.

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Difference Between A Blog And A Website

Many of us may have a confusion between the functions of a blog, and a website. A blog is an online journal where people can update information frequently, and website is a group of web pages where content is published for all reasons. Surprisingly, it is difficult to explain much about their differences, because they share many unique characteristics. Thus, many people have a perception that blogs and websites, both are same. However, it is important for us to understand the key differences between a blog and a website.

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