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Old 11-17-2014, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Bertone 262 Pickup truck

I'm building a '78 Bertone pickup

There's a photo on my profile...or scroll down 3 replies...Wren has attached the photo somehow

I hope to have it in the paintshop by April

Still haven't decided on a motor....any suggestions?

A 5 cyl. turbo has crossed my mind but the electronics is intimidating

Probably at the last minute I'll swap everything out of my old 244/350Chevy just to get it running

Does anyone know where I can get a Bross air dam and sideskirts?
(I'm going with early 240GT single headlight front end)
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:04 AM   #2
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That's pretty cool. I'd do a B230ft out of a 93+ 940 or Chevy V8 LS based truck motor. Even a 4.8 would be scary fast in that with less weight.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:48 AM   #3
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That is an impressive looking truck mod, I really like the way you used a wagon back-half. As far as a drivetrain, I agree with the previous post. A 93+ B230FT or Chevy swap would be right at home in there. Keep us posted, I'm looking forward to seeing the final result.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:06 PM   #4
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I have to say that this looks much better than most of the wagon-to-pickup conversions I've seen. Most of those look like crap.
Got any other photos?


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Old 11-17-2014, 01:18 PM   #5
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:22 PM   #6
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That looks impressive!
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:43 PM   #7
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That looks way better than I thought it would....not sure if the body kit stuff is going to help it or hurt the looks?
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:22 PM   #8
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Keep it up!
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:33 PM   #9
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Looks phantastic!

Where'd you pull the cab back from?
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:46 PM   #10
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A good improvement to the 262. I think it works much better as a truck than a coupe. Good job.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:16 PM   #11
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I take it the rear end had all rotted out? Shame as the saloon makes a better pickup than the estate but what you have done still looks good
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:06 PM   #12
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Toyota Hilux rear window? Nice job so far! The Bertone chopped roofline works well with the pickup proportions.
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:27 PM   #13
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This is already the best truck conversion I've seen! Ususally, the roof line is too high and the doors are too short because the wagon is the most popular choice. Bravo! I hope to see much more of this car! SBC swap!
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #14
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This is so awesome. Look forward to seeing more.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:39 PM   #15
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Looks great so far...

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I take it the rear end had all rotted out? Shame as the saloon makes a better pickup than the estate but what you have done still looks good
Not sure I agree with that - if you use the sedan/saloon quarters/wings then you have to custom build the entire tail panel from scratch & deal with rear lights , etcetera. Got pics of what you mean for reference?
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:07 PM   #16
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Wow, that's pretty hard core fab work.

The Aussies would wet themselves. They love their 'Utes' down there.

Continue to dare to be different. Do a NA 6 cyl whiteblock with three side draft Webbers and a header. You could run Megajolt with the stock crank sensor for a clean easy distributorless ignition.

Alternatively, you could run a B30.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:22 PM   #17
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B230FT or B280 would be more in keeping with the Bertone power trains. Easy enough to transplant either along with the stock EMS. B280 is much stronger motor than the B27/B28.

B30?? Really?? Because old pushrod Volvo motors are so reliable and available??
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #18
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Well, reliable? Yes. Available? Eh.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:20 PM   #19
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This is so awesome!! Please make a project thread!!!

I've been wanting to make a truck for the last year. What back window is that?

A 2.5L 16V NA with stock engine management would move that little thing pretty well, put a T5 behind it too, they're fun.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:18 PM   #20
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Thanks brickpeople for all the positive comments and motor ideas...I'm so pleased y'all like my redneck Volvo

I've been thinking for a while about doing some kind of IRS....because pickups don't ride well. It needs to handle a lot of power and be pretty narrow
...any suggestions?

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Old 11-20-2014, 01:28 AM   #21
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How about one from an older Jag, quite easy to shorten. I believe it also has Dana44 guts.


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I've been thinking for a while about doing some kind of IRS....because pickups don't ride well. It needs to handle a lot of power and be pretty narrow
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Not sure I agree with that - if you use the sedan/saloon quarters/wings then you have to custom build the entire tail panel from scratch & deal with rear lights , etcetera. Got pics of what you mean for reference?
We built this in 1989 from a crashed 244

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Old 11-20-2014, 04:11 PM   #23
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Thanks brickpeople for all the positive comments and motor ideas...I'm so pleased y'all like my redneck Volvo

I've been thinking for a while about doing some kind of IRS....because pickups don't ride well. It needs to handle a lot of power and be pretty narrow
...any suggestions?

Alan
I stuffed a Mustang Cobra IRS in a Miata. 8.8 will take a lot of power, especially with light weight. That Cobra unit is very close to the Tbird unit in size, another cheap option.

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Old 11-20-2014, 04:17 PM   #24
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I just bought a 2014 F150 with the 3.7 NA motor. That is a damn nice motor, 305 hp 7,000 redline and pulls really hard. All Aluminum. Should be fairly cheap in the junkyards. Only the more basic trucks have them.

My wife caught me out by the garage with my Amazon and truck hoods both up. She told me "Don't even think about it!"

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Old 11-21-2014, 09:17 PM   #25
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How about one from an older Jag, quite easy to shorten. I believe it also has Dana44 guts.
You're right...this is a possibility. My only reservation is the susp. geometry is only satisfactory at best. I've looked into this swap for other projects years ago and it appears to me that the roll center is at ground level..too low for great handling....but fine for a dd
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