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Old 09-11-2011, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This new LUV of mine was getting enough attention in my Volvo build thread, I thought I'd give here the LUV she deserves. Here's my build thread for my '75 Chevy LUV...

For the past two months, I've found myself content traveling exclusively by fixed gear road bike. That was until I purchased my first LUV, Chevy LUV that is.

I should ask my friend the detailed story one more time, just to know for myself, but this LUV was stashed in a field for a while, till he was asked to help revive it. The owners lost interest and gave it to him and a clutch slave cylinder and some carburetor adjustments later, he had a running driving car!!! Things have changed in his life, and he got a newer car and wanted to part with this one. I spent the last week searching for Volvo after Volvo and nobody seemed to want to make a deal...until I got a text, out of the blue, from my friend, giving me first dibs on his '75 Chevy LUV.

I didn't hesitate...I'll take it...NOW!!! So after class, last night, he picked me up and drove me to it's resting place in Sonoma. A quick walk-around in the dark and I was hooked...got in and drove her home, but not before a quick stop to the gas station to clear off the windscreen; the tank was half full so I cruised.

A little rough around the edges, well yeah, maybe, but it's a solid, running, driving, SMUG Exempt Chevy LUV.

I couldn't be more excited!!!

I drove it to work today, and in my downtime, I managed to wire in the tachometer that was hanging on the steering column. The car's wiring is a mess, but I'll get to that...it runs and drives, which is important, but no interior lights work, nor do the wipers and I need to wire in my stereo. I swept out the bed, got some cool license plate frames from my friends at the Volvo shop, properly fit the Mexican seat blanket, which came with the truck, and sealed the 9/32" hole that had been drilled in the roof...so I've got no leaks to worry about. When I got home, I gave her a bath and she's slowly starting to shine.

I'm surprised with just how well it actually drives...It's got manual steering and it feels, well, not tight, but it's responsive and has a good weight to it. The truck feels very well balanced and nimble...which I did not expect at all! The motor, too, has well, enough power for now. It's by no means fast, but not the most anemic thing I've driven either. The first couple things I'd like to do is the late model front disc brake upgrade, with some stainless steel lines, and I'd like to find a set of Bilstein HD shocks to replace what's on there now...I've just got to start measuring shocks to find a set that'll fit. I've got to spend some time, reseaching options and sources for replacement bushings, as most, if not all are cracked and look pretty well shot.

It's my first Pick-Up Truck and Carbureted car, all in one!!!

So, meet my new ride, Donata (came with personal plates, so it's adopted the name)





















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Drove to the JY for some parts...paid $20 for a bunch of small, spare stuff like lights and switches. Going back tomorrow to take care of the important stuff![/quote]
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My dad had a white LUV when I was little. It was a total POS, used only to haul crap to the dump. This one looks to be in ok shape, have fun with it!
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nice man! Reminds me of my pops old datsun truck..
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freakin sick man.. luv it..
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Man I haven't seen a Luv truck in ages. We got rid of our Luv service trucks in 1988 I think one had like 450K on it. Not much of an upgrade for our service guys we went from Luv's to Pup's. Then we got out of doing service. Not sure what happened to our Luv's as I was only 11 or 12. I do see one of our old pup's still running about..
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You had to bring up that one and put ideas in his head didn't you. I have the magazine that truck covered for.
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Wow, on the bumpstops!
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no they didn't exist after that. I never actually got it on the road was trying to do to much at once with it. It was just a project, but mono leafed with overloads in the rear and no torsions up front. The plans were for air ride in the end but needed money so it went.
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Looks like fun!
I really like the forward-opening hood for some reason.
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Dang, COMPLETELY forgot about my Dad's old Luv!

Total POS as they all were, but still looks cool!!
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Yep... a pile of $HIT for sure...but so would another HEEP, I mean JEEP.

They're like little tin cans, but they actually drive quite well.

Just replaced all the rotted vacuum lines with nice silicone and nice AWAB hose clamps, that I recycle from Volvo's.
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more old yellow things
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I have been looking for a Luv for years. My gramps had one and I learned to drive stick with it.
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I'm certainly feelin' the LUV!

Made a trip back up to PnP, which was rather unsuccessful.

I made it home and got the title transferred over to my name, yay!!!!!! It's an extra $50 per year to keep those personalized plates, so I sacrificed them and was issued a brand new pair of plates.

The remainder of the afternoon, I spent with the air cleaner off the carburetor, trying to make sense of the old SMUG pump system and replace whatever worn vacuum lines I could find.

I ended up replacing every vacuum line, and securing them with AWAB hose clamps, i've collected from various Volvo's. It's amazing what idle and throttle response is like, when you've got no vacuum leaks. I also found dry, cracked, ready to burst fuel lines under there, so I b-lined it to HAT Racing and got some Good-Year fuel hose and fixed it on the spot...then off to the nasty Kragen for some nice wiper blades...I got the wipers working today!...some vacuum plugs and a new fuel filter. Car runs much, MUCH better now, and I'm happy to have working wipers and constant 12v to the radio lead...they're on the same terminal on the fuse panel...which needs service too.

There's still a nasty mess of wiring under the hood, which shall be repaired soon, but first thing is to completely eliminate the SMUG pump stuff, cut out the Cat and get idle, mixture, dwell and timing set.

No substantial projects are planned for Donata Brassica, however, I've started filling a bin with parts for later and spares...

Here's what I gathered, this weekend...



Inspiration for later, and maybe for when rewiring takes place. Later style LUV gauge cluster surround, for three round gauges, instead of that "artistic" thing they put in the early ones. Would you know it, Porsche 944 gauges are just about the same size, so I'm only a sheet metal backing support plate away from that going together.



6500 RPM redline is more than ambitious for this current motor configuration.



Gotta clean that goop off, but that's a nice way of combining idiot lights, fuel and temp gauges. I want to find a 100+mph 944 speedo to make it complete...the 944 I picked only went to 85mph. Then again, why does that matter in THIS truck?



I had these sitting around, and I think they'll compliment the Porsche gauges nicely and hang below the heater console.



That late model surround, all cleaned up.



A not-torn shift boot.



Spare hazard's switch and a wiper fluid pump...elemental to a system that needs to be reinstalled, before winter.



Later style dash vents...why not?



Wouldn't hurt to have these trim pieces and switches for spares.



Spare fuses, pedal pads, door levers, side marker lights, a window crank and a few relays. Because, when you see a Chevy LUV in the yard, I'm quickly learning you grab what you can. These cars seem so baked, you can usually do so in one pocket, :rofl2:



More treasures from the Volvo collection. To be used during the rewiring. I think the headlights are currently wired without a relay.
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Yea the wiring on those trucks is great a whole 9 fuses and maybe 3 relays depending on year. Around here parts are impossible to find but out there luv truck enthusiast by the butt load.
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I've got so many relays from the Volvos hanging out...I was thinking I could wire it using all 240 stuff, and have a reliable truck.
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If anyone could it would be you. There are guys that drive them reliably every day 100% original, they were mad back in the day when we used real parts not plastic and beer cans. Hurry and get to all the greatness, idk if you have read but an Isuzu impulse motor fits right in and came turbo.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Couldn't live with a nasty air leak!

The stock Hitachi carburetor had a lot of play in the throttle shaft and exposed & exaggerated the symptoms of a horrific air leak. It'd fight cold starts, hesitate off the line and occasionally miss, or hesitate while driving.

Manned up and got a brand new Redline-Weber 38 DGES kit and it solved all my problems, while giving me a new toy to play with.

Again, this is my first experience with carburetors; the Weber is really fun to play with...only a few settings and adjustments and it really is "Back to Basics."

It took me till today to figure out how to properly adjust the pair of Idle Mixture screws, which helped, as I had them about a full rotation away from one another...now they're set even. Then I made some adjustments to the throttle cable attachment plate, and it feels a whole lot better.

Silly though, I can't get the electric choke to function on it's own...provided, I've got the filter off, it's no trouble to manually engage it and it'll work, but when I need it, it doesn't work. I've got it 12v and it grounds fine, so what's up???
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Could be the choke itself I like manual chokes myself. I think you may have been happier with a 32/36 weber, its its better for gas mileage but is still big enough when you get on it to get the truck moving. Now you need a pacesetter header and offenhauser intake mani so you can make 75 hp. lol
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Could be the choke itself I like manual chokes myself. I think you may have been happier with a 32/36 weber, its its better for gas mileage but is still big enough when you get on it to get the truck moving. Now you need a pacesetter header and offenhauser intake mani so you can make 75 hp. lol
That's what I've heard, but I got the 38 weber for future enhancements. This G180 motor isn't even a cross flow, like the later G200s. I think I'll stick to more familiar power.
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you got the older one mine was a '78 which was a cross flow G180 most the guys use the G200 head on the G180 bottom end, along with the 32/36. I never got around to getting mine drivable due to funds, but the plan was a mild built 4.3 later down the road, which is a bolt in with 68-72 c10 frame mounts i believe.
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You wanted pics...well, I forgot to take one of the engine bay, with the new carburetor.

My bud and I spent part of the afternoon at Lemons Car at Infineon today. We took a break and continued north to the Windsor PnP...there's a '74 Chevy LUV that got dropped there on the 18th, so we thought we'd find some stuff.

It was the decked out Makado edition...which should mean nothing beyond having an even weirder interior. There wasn't much other than some good corner lights, a fuse panel cover and the front parking lights...so we got what we needed and moved along. Headed down to the euro section and hunted the w123 benz's for good 5.75" amber fogs...found one good set and a bunch of spare bulbs. Also scored one good Hella H4 5.75 headlight lens and bulb...the rest were all sealed beam. Made out well at the counter and got the Sunday Evening bro deal!

Installed the lighting in the lot...right next to a beautiful early 245 Turbo.

Car rides way, WAY better with full suspension travel...even handles better too!

Lighting is awesome, with a dual filiment on the outside as the lo-and-hi...got the w123 amber fog as the low when the outside hi comes on, and wired the rally driving lights into a separate switch on the dash...thats a lotta light....might want to add my rectangular post mount Bosch fogs under the bumper though, we'll see.

Carb adjustments seem to have helped, and I learned my choke isn't broken ....still gotta adjust that properly, but at least it works now.

On the '74 we picked, I observed slightly different vacuum routing....my car came with some extra SMUG equiptment, and had a vacuum solenoid regulating the dizzy...well, at least altering it via a 3rd gear switch...so vacuum advance would be different in 3rd and 4th. All the smog equiptment had been removed from my car...less this solenoid, though it hadn't been hooked up. The 74 lacked the solenoid and had vacuum straight from the carb to the dizzy. I made the routing adjustments in the parking lot and the car runs and revs much happier now!


After the pictures, we installed the good front parking light lenses...looking better!

Did you ever think I'd have a vehicle with this much ground clearance?


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LUV is in the air....



Made my way to Ken's today, for some assistance and supervision while I bled the brakes on the truck. 30+ year old brake fluid sure is funky...

Check out the one cleaned reservoir vs the one yet to be addressed...




Brakes hardly feel any better...I guess 4-wheel drums really do SUCK! But at least, I've got some confidence in air-free lines, clean and fresh fluid, and watching all the rust and particulate escape from the bleed screws. When the time's right, I'll swap the front hubs for the later style with disc brakes, make some stainless lines and use the Trooper vented rotors.


In the mean time, check out my engine bay progress...



Cleaned up a lot of the wiring, though it's not wrapped, and fitted that gucci new carb...and eliminated more SMUG components. A long way from this...




Spent some more time, actually last night, on the Rallie Lighting! The Benz W123 Amber fogs are wired in...to the high beam field...so when I'm on low beam, the clear H4 and misc dual filament sealed beam are illuminated, then when you switch to high, they go high and the ambers come on for the low. I've got to add a relay or two though, as the stock LUV has no headlight relay. Installed the clean, uncracked parking light lenses and wired the Hella 500 driving lights to it's own switch, instead of driving off the headlights trigger.




Cut me off, and I'll blind you from behind!




The riddler at work...identifying the thread pitch for the cheapo Kragen rear axle u-bolts. I've been having some sheer strength issues with the hardware provided in that lowering kit...so I ditched the kit, though I've got no other u-bolts at this current time. I've had a few u-bolts fail, with the threads sheering right off.




1/2" x 20, means a Volvo 240 lug nut will be perfect to double nut the existing hardware...after we shorten the bolts, smooth with a belt sander and chase the threads with the die.




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Went for a ride today, with sir Redwood Chair.



We took his reliable vehicle, of course, and the guard dogs. Brought back a little treat...



4x4 4Runner Steelies...15" x ?cm. 225/75/15 Kirkland Signature All Season tires.



That's right...it's got Costco brand tires on....$40, packaged deal....not bad.



Really makes it look amphibious...rides smooth and stable....way better traction than those old tractor tires that were on there before.



Funny thing is though, I've got a truck, with ground clearance and suspension travel, yet I still can't leave the Louisville Slugger at home.

Thanks for the help Ken!
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Feelin' the LUV! Nice work, it shows.

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