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 Post subject: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:19 am 

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This is my 1978 Chevrolet Luv I scored a great deal on a year ago. It's a nice specimen with only 48,000 miles on it, everything works (including the factory a/c) and it has almost zero rust. I wasn't looking for a classic at the time but you don't just pass on an opportunity like this.

A couple of pictures taken a few weeks after I bought her:
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A few months after I purchased it the 33 year old fuel system started giving me trouble, keep in mind this truck is probably 95% original. While I was in there I figured it was time for an Offenhausr intake manifold, pacesetter header, Weber 32/36, new exhaust, and a Pertronix Ignitor with 40,000v coil. It pepped the little 1.9l up quite a bit and made a fun to drive truck even better.

Engine bay shortly after installing the new manifolds and carb...and removing the smog junk:
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The interior was wonderful when I bought it, one of the things about the truck that convinced me to buy. Even though the stock upholstery was perfect the dash was cracked, some of the plastic had faded, and the silver trim had rubbed off in a lot of places. So, I touched everything up, installed a tach and a couple of other useful gauges, and covered the old worn dash with a plastic dash cap. The factory rubber floor mats were replaced with some coco mats:

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After:
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And just today I installed a set of switch panels out of a '72 Luv. They don't have words labeling the switches and they have illuminated rings around the switches and ignition:
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The switch on the right is going to control a (yet to be installed) set of foglights:
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I have also acquired a complete set of NOS dogdish hubcaps for a killer deal on ebay that I prefer to the chrome caps mine came with:
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So that's one year into my project. I have a front airdam and cab visor that I'll be painting and installing in the coming months. I'm probably going to lower it a bit and eventually swap the front torsion bars out for coilovers when time and money allow.

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:57 am 
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Beautiful truck! :tu: :mrgreen:

So where in Texas are you?


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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:37 am 

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Just south of Austin in San Marcos.

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:03 am 
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Wow - that is fantastic looking. The interior looks especially good. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:28 am 
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Sweet truck!

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:41 pm 

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Very, very nice. Someday I would like a LUV to add to my Isuzu collection. How do you like the PaceSetter header so far? I am thinking of getting one for my 2.6 Trooper RS.

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:41 pm 

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Impulsive wrote:
Very, very nice. Someday I would like a LUV to add to my Isuzu collection. How do you like the PaceSetter header so far? I am thinking of getting one for my 2.6 Trooper RS.

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It's nice. I can't comment on the performance of the header alone since I installed the intake manifold and new carb at the same time but the whole package really pepped the engine up. I had, in the past, heard about fitment issues with pacesetter products but my header fit like a glove. One thing I would suggest is stripping off the black coating that comes on the header and get it powder coated or spray it down with some high-temp paint as it begins to bubble and peel after a few miles.

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:07 am 

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Cool, thanks for the info. Maybe I will have it sand blasted and powder-coated red to match the Trooper or something like that. :)

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:57 am 

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Definitely! Once I get a chance, I'm going to head out to my uncles place and coat mine.

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:56 am 

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I touched up my grill and headlight bezels with a fresh coat of black paint. Also Decided to paint the bow tie to better match the white/black/chrome theme I have going.

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Here's a before shot:
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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:09 am 

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Nice, looks sweet. I see you captured some ginger goblins in that wagon too. :mrgreen:

:) Bart

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:06 am 

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Wow, what a great truck you've found. Glad to know that it's still being pampered, it looks like it's in better condition than most 5 year old cars.


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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:46 pm 

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I always tell people, "it's the oldest car I've ever had...and the nicest."

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:40 pm 

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Well look what I found...NOS, still in the box.

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:09 pm 
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damn thats clean :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: I found LUV
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:06 am 
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Really nice truck you have there! It was in fantastic shape but you really took it to the next level. I'll be watching this one for sure! :tu:

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