To start off I have to thank my wife and kids for all the time away from home spent building my bucket list truck. Secondly, the truck definitely would not be possible without my buddy Ron Wagner, owner/operator of RWS Rods N Wrecks. I purchased the truck with the intent of just driving it around and having some fun. Well, as most do, it got out of hand and led to its current state. I started the build off with a full tear down to frame. It’s running full porter built drop members front and back small block with 700r4. Everything was done in house by Ron and myself except for the seat and exhaust. I'd have to say my favorite part of the build was the build itself. Also hanging with what I'd consider a family member Ron and now seeing people's reaction when it's out around town. All in all I think it turned out great, but it’s never truly finished, next up is wood bed.
I got it once it was handed down in my family. I got it when I was 13. It was all stock. I then I then put in a 6 inch suspension and made a 2.5 inch body lift. Then after I was done with all of that I moved on to the engine. It has a complete rebuild with aftermarket cam, oil pump, rockers and timing chain. I also put a fully rebuilt transmission in it.
I picked it up in a trade and was gonna build the 360 up, but I got a good deal on a truck with a Cummins in it so that started the whole mess. Currently I’m in the process of a rear disc brake swap. It has seats out of a ‘01 quad cab, pump has been worked, 4" diamond eyes exhaust, and 2.5" soft rides to be installed.
This is my 1981 w150 club cab short box royal se edition 1979 400 bb and 3 speed auto started as stock. So far has 4 inch lift and 35x12.5x17 Goodyear wrangler mtr with Kevlar, steering stabilizer, Edelbrock rpm intake and 4bl carb, dual straight exhaust with 20 inch glasspacks, black roll bar in the bed and black bull bar bumper up front, I have many more plans for the truck in the future.
My grandfather ordered the truck brand new and had to wait on it to be delivered. He put 300,000 miles on it before he gave it to me when I turned 16. I've put 40,000 more miles on it since I've had it. I've also lifted it 6 inches; put bigger tires on it, burned up 3 transmissions resulting in a sm465 4 speed conversion, and a 12 bolt swap. He passed in February of this year and since he was so proud of this truck, and took pride in me being the new owner, I've decided to restore it. This truck means the world to me and I'll own it till the day I die. I'll be adding to my LMC parts collection to bring our dream to life.
Mahal 5 was a diamond in the rough. She was literally out on a pasture covered with foliage. There was a small sapling tree and brush bushes growing in the back of her bed. Her interior and exterior was spotted with mold and mildew. We found various junk and debris in the cab as well as in the truck bed.