85 Chevy P/U - the initial strip down

This post highlights the initial strip down of my 1985 Chevy Short-Box, Step-Side Restoration Project.

The front end...

Today I started ripping off the body panels and box -- leaving just the cab, motor/tranny and frame.

I started with the hood...

Removing the hood and headlights  Removing the hood and headlights

Next to come off was the front fenders...

Removing the front fenders  Removing the inner fenders

The headlights and grill were removed, along with the passenger side outer-fender... and then the front clip...

Off come the headlights and grill  The front clip removed

The rear end...

Next, I started stripping stuff from the rear end. The first thing to go was the box, which was easy enough -- cut off the eight bolts that hold the box to the frame and lift it off! (I like to simply cut the old bolts off... I've done it a couple of times before and wasted alot of time trying to remove the bolts with heat/penetrating fluid/etc. Besides, I also like to put new stainless bolts back in.)

Cut off eight box-to-frame bolts and lift off the box  Rear bumper / spare tire bracket removed

The shocks were removed, the u-joint for the driveshaft was unbolted and the driveshaft removed...

The rear shocks removed  Unbolting the driveshaft u-joint

The driveshaft removed