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  • 6 intake valve guides
  • 6 exhaust valves
  • 6 exhaust valve guides
  • 6 valve seats
  • 6 pistons
  • 1 piston ring set
  • 1 cam bearing set
  • 1 plug kit
  • 6 rod bearings
  • 1 main bearing set
  • 1 main bearing shims
  • 12 valve spring shims
  • 24 valve keepers
  • Camshaft thrust plate
  • Camshaft
  • Spark plugs
  • Ignition wires
  • Distributor cap
  • Distributor rotor
  • Ignition points
  • Ignition condenser
  • Ignition coil
  • Timing gears 
  • New Water pump
  • New Fuel pump
  • All new fuel lines
  • Engine draft tube / used
  • Kingpins
  • Two wire blocks
  • Oil filter lines
  • Complete engine gasket kit
  • Glove box board
  • Heater defroster tubes
  • 12 engine solid lifters
  • Complete Wiring harness
  • Two front wheel spacers 
  • Five wheels and tires / 16 inch
  • Voltage regulator
  • Two seat belts
  • Fuel flex lines
  • Seat replacement kit
  • Front wheel seals
  • Pinion seal
  • New Clutch
  • Pressure plate and throw out bearing
  • Brakes shoes / all wheels
  • Wheel cylinders/ all wheels
  • Three brake hoses
  • Master cylinder
  • Brake hardware kits
  • Battery ground cables
  • Speedometer cable
  • Differential housing gasket
  • Gas tank, float and sending unit
  • Parts washer and cleaner
  • Fuel tank gasket
  • All brake lines
  • Engine crane
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  • Bell housing cover/ used
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  • Two brake cables
  • Rochester carb
  • Original air cleaner assembly-used
  • Universal tailpipe hanger
  • Muffler
  • Two rear engine mounts and one front mount
  • Defroster / heater tubing
  • Choke and throttle cables
  • Battery hold own and rubber pads
  • Glass fuel filter
  •  Oil filter cartridge
  • Second flywheel cover. First one too small
  • Center link
  • Rf headlight ring
  • Rear tail light assembly
  • Wiper blades
  • Carb spacer gasket
  • Starter pedal bellows boot
  • Shifter box bellows boot
  • Drag link
  • Used Chevrolet tailgate and old chains to match
  • Six volt battery
  • Heater core cleaned and repaired professionally
  • New radiator and cap
  • Positive battery/ starter cable( best available)
  • 10 gallons of parts solvent
  • Gear oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Engine oil
  • Zinc additive
  • Assembly lube
  • Carb spray
  • Brake cleaner spray
  • PB rust buster
  • WD 40
  • Shop towels
  • Flywheel bolts
  • Pressure plate bolts
  • 12 Rocker arm locknuts
  • Drivers door window regulator
  • Brake light switch
  • Bracket for carb manual choke
  • Rebuilt gauges ( 4) for the dash
  • Original 1949 Pennsylvania license plate
  • Mechanic's creeper and stool
  • New front exhaust pipe
  • Rear view mirror and bracket
  • Fan belt
  • Upper and lower radiator hoses
  • Heater hoses and all clamps
  • All Brake drums resurfaced
  • Headlight clips
  • Headlight switch
  • Heater switch
  • Rubber boot for master cylinder cover
  • Manual engine hand crank
  • One 6 volt headlight
  • Windshield glass tape and gaskets for same
  • 1949 Chevrolet salesman data book
  • Reproduction tool kit bag
  • Correct era tools purchased for tool bag
  • Headlight gaskets
  • Dome light housing
  • Heater valve knob
  • Black electrical tape
  • Extra set of blank keys to be cut for ignition
  • Six volt light bulbs
  • Glove box  bumpers, pads and accessories
  • Two arm rests, two sun visors, and door panels
  • Headliner, tie rod end rebuild kits, kick panels
  • Glove box lock and key
  • Parking light assembly gaskets
  • Torque tube (drive shaft) gasket kit
  • Used tool box / hand held
  • Rubber floor mat kit
  • Insulation kit for the floor
  • Sun visor arms
  • Two windshields
  • Carriage bolts, screws, nuts, gaskets, bolts
  • Two outer tie rod ends (Rare Parts.com)
  • Speedi Sleeve for Pinion shaft 
  • Misc. nuts, bolts, washers, lock washers
  • Another throw out bearing ( longer)
  • Replacement voltage regulator
  • Tailgate hinges
  • Zep cleaner and restorer
  • Generator armature replaced
  • Intake and exhaust gaskets
  • New valve springs and guides
  • Rocker arm shafts rebuilt
  • Head gasket, intake and exhaust gasket
  • Rocker shaft oil connectors
  • RTV sealant
  • Clear silicone tube
  • Gear oil
  • Rear tail light lense
  • Grease for zerk fittings
  • Tailpipe and clamp
  • One half inch plastic vacuum T
  • One foot hard plastic tubing for cowl drain
  • Drivers door window handle crank
  • Left lower cab corner plate
  • New valve springs again
  • Rocker shaft rebuilt in California November 2014
  • Zinc for oil change
  • Five quarts of oil
  • Cylinder head rebuilt (again) December 2014
  • Valve job again 2014
  • 12 valve guides
  • 6 intake valves
  • 6 intake valve guides
  • 6 exhaust valve guides
  • 12 valve springs
  • 1 keeper
  • Six volt battery again
  • Six volt Generator - again
  • Another generator as the one above was defective
 



01 April 2014 Update
# 3029

 
  Owned by
Mark Weisseg
Bolter # 36331
Pittsburgh

 

1949 Chevy 3600

"The Beast"

 

LOTS more pictures of this restoration of my old truck

Join the discussion about this truck
in the Project Journals Forum

From Mark:

This whole restoration story started in late August 2013. (You'll need to see the Project Journal page for all those details -- this is an update for the Gallery. ~ Editor )

In mid-October, my brother Craig and his neighbor Dan Price reduced shelves in the garage and organized space. That enabled him to work on it over the winter in his heated garage. Craig sent me some pictures as they pushed the old truck into the garage. I doubt this truck ever was in a heated garage in its life and once the finishing touches are applied, out it will go again into the elements

Mark's restoration story came along as we were just laying out the details for the Project Journal forum. Now that the forum is up and running, Mark is entering in his Journal info with pictures so that you can see how the restoration evolved, starting in August 2013. It's still going on so stop in frequently for the updates.

It has been a joy and honor to see how many folks have been interested in this old truck! It is quite a testimony to Craig for all the hard work he has done to get this truck complete enough to turn it over to me!

We had requests from an assortment of media to run the truck restoration story and showcase some fun pictures: Barnfinds, The Filling Station, Haggerty Insurance, the Chicago Tribute, WTAE TV, the Pittsburgh Tribune, Gearhead Geek, Minot Daily News (ND), The Homer Horizon and the Cranberry Eagle (Craig's hometown newspapers).

We also heard from Patricks in Arizona, congratulating Craig and me on our efforts to listen to their advice ( ) and properly restore this truck correctly. We were invited to tour their shop if we were ever in their area. I assure you I will go out of my way if I am close to them.

All this was very cool and quite an honor.

 

Hope Springs Eternal

I really want to take a moment to reflect on Craig. Here is a guy that always was involved in cars since a young boy. He began in our family garage at 15 years old by buying an old car and, through much work and very little money, got the old thing running and road worthy. After one project, there were others.

The first car Craig rebuilt was a ’62 Plymouth Valiant that his mom and dad bought him for $35. Then came a ’65 Rambler, bought for $25.

And then came his obsession with working on cars.

He served as a mechanic, foreman, and eventually a shop owner before halting that career and beginning a new.

Along the way, he suffered a devastating eye injury from a battery explosion from no fault of his own.

As time marched on, he married and was blessed with children and continued to strive for excellence in everything he did.

Then, the worst nightmare for any parent happened on February 15, 1996 when his daughter was called home to The Lord after a vehicle accident.

There are no words that can ever calm this hurt, but the family that was close, now grew closer than ever before to help one of its own. That is what this family does and will do as time goes on.

The world is a very different place today than it was that day in 1996, but one thing that never changed is how this family sticks together. I could give you endless examples but just look at this project and you will understand not only how the three brothers stuck together but how the offspring of Bruce and Craig have carried this attitude on to this very day. It is an amazing family and our hopes spring eternal for the future of the Weisseg family.

We are really looking to help others who take up such a challenge. This is a great way to pay back the hobby. The hobby IS a money pit, a back breaker, a stress inducer and much more. But, the satisfaction the project provides outweighs all of these obstacles. As we moved forward into the new year, we got such a kick with our progress and especially longing for the day to drive the truck and tell the story to others.

Craig and I obviously were in regular contact as the project moved ahead. Options began to open up. My job from afar was to search web sites, data bases and investigate any source I could to help find a part, see what others have done, or find a picture or two in order to forward on to him reliable information. I spent hours over the months looking and searching. In most cases, it was fun and educational but at times frustrating and fruitless. My humble advice to anyone who is going to do any project like this is: to be patient, have more money that you think you will need, listen to others, be ready to switch on a dime, prepare your body and mind for a huge roller coaster of events, and never, ever, give up.

On to some work.

The engine in the truck was a 235 from a 1954 Chevy and it was locked up tight. When Craig and I tore it down Labor Day weekend last year, we knew we had a big problem. He looked at me with those big eyes as to ask what step would I take next. Used engine?

I decided on the spot to get the block professionally machined and all new parts. All internals are new. I kept the head and had the crank re-ground. Got new cam, lifters, valves, guides, push rods, etc., new carb, new fuel pump, all new fuel lines, new gas tank etc. ( See the list to the left for the explanation of "etc." -- actually all the stuff I got for this project. )

Craig got back to work.

It wasn't too long after we did this initial story here on Stovebolt, Craig called me in the afternoon ... a day we all waited for. The engine started! He put all the ignition parts in and tightened everything in place to see if the engine would fire, At that time, there was no exhaust system and the valves had not been adjusted properly. He said he ran some fuel to the carb and "hot wired" the ignition and when it cranked the engine fired right away!

He ran the motor for a very short time and shut it down. Later his neighbor Dan came over (it's so fun to share!) and they fired it again so Dan could hear it run as well. I was thrilled beyond words but also a bit blue since I could not be there to hear it run and to hug my brother for all his hard work.

We new there was much more work ahead but this was the highlight of the entire project. Waking this truck up from its 33 year sleep and getting it ready for its next life was so exciting. The light at the end of the tunnel had gotten brighter that day and Craig's exhausting hard work had paid dividends. He was low key but I imagine when the engine roared to life, he knew in his gut he once again proved why he is a winner.

By the end of October, for the first time ever, I dreamt that I drove the truck. It was very slow and hard to drive and somewhat noisy. The top of the gear shift knob kept unscrewing itself from all the vibration. Yet, I recall the dream as a pleasant one .... but short. I wondered how it would really be? I had a feeling it would be like riding a bike for the first time. Excited, yet very afraid. Time would tell.

Needless to say, during the so very cold winter we all had, Craig worked on the truck. Some major stuff and plenty of plain old gruntwork (see the parts list on the left?). To name a so-very-few: exhaust pipes, radiator, manifold, generator re-build, starter pedal bellows, re-wiring, gauges and seals for dash, tailgate, wiper motor, horn installed, wiring speedometer and re-setting, brake lines, master brake cylinder, manual engine hand crank (that was fun to get), headliner, heater switch, cables for choke and throttle. And that was just up through February. Spring was suppose to be at the door ... NOT!

I had been collecting period-correct old tools and I purchased a repo old tool kit for the truck. Had all I needed to complete the picture.

It's been almost a year since this project was started and now you know it's running and it'll just gonna get better!

You know how it goes ... every time you think you’re getting close, you find more to do. But that's great!

We've gotten a lot of comments on the patina. Craig said we should be able to maintain the rustic appearance, using Clorox and Scotch-Brite pads, topped by a clear coat.

If you want to see all the details as they continue to unfold, please check the thread in the forums ... or my Facebook page. We are happy to share as we know it may help and inspire others to keep the old iron hot!

Craig and Mark

Well, the BIG DAY arrived. Check out his video as The Beast rolls out the drive and down the road! That is a beautiful site for those who have put in a lot of energy. ~ Editor


06 October 2013
# 3029

From Mark :

I hoped for a long time that I might stumble on an old "barn find" someday -- thinking it might be a Corvette or something like that. I already had a Corvette and a souped-up Mustang at home. Well, surprise, surprise! THIS is my "barn find" -- an old Advance Design TRUCK! It's great!

( Mark has a nice story about the truck on barnfinds.com -- with embedded photos. ~ Editor )

As a boy, my friend's Dad had a 1950 Chevy that he painted with a paint brush. It was orange -- the only color he had. The memory of riding around in that old truck is locked in. I love the 1949-1953 era styling. A guy at work has a 1941 but I really like the big fenders, big hood, big truck!

My brother and I are gear heads from way back and we've owned an assortment of cars, trucks and motorcycles. I always had an affection for old trucks so I decided to go on a hunt.

I Googled "Old Chevy trucks," and found this 1949 Chevy 3600 in North Dakota. It had been left in the barn since 1980.

I made arrangements to ship the truck to my Bother in Chicago. He had no idea it was coming. I told him I was having it sent to him so he could get it running. He is a former Master Mechanic and he volunteered to lead the restoration with my older brother and three nephews helping. Except for the nephews, everyone is older than me! Even though we live 500 miles from them, we are a tight family. They all jumped right at it to get this old truck on the road.

After the truck arrived in Chicago, my Brother called a few days later and said it was a "Beast" (that's how it got its name). He finally told me I needed to get up there and help tear it apart. I pulled the engine and my Brother did all the heavy lifting. He really likes this kind of stuff, too.

The engine is being re-built. The clutch is in. Brakes are done and safe.

One thing leads to another with fixing the truck. We have to do some wiring and other things to make it safe for every day driving. I'm not going to add turn signals since this truck didn't have them. We have the original steering wheel.

Mice ate the seat and my nephew re-did it. We have to replace the window regulator.

I had to go to radial tires which I didn't want to do. I decided to get rid of the split rims -- that seemed important. I did add seat belts.
The starter was replaced. The generator checked out okay. It's a six-volt. We still will rewire.  I had to spend some money on emergency brake cables.

We recently took the dash out. We want to be sure all the gauges work correctly.

We took the heater box out and we found nests from mice. We took the core to a radiator shop and it was good. We will have the radiator re-done but not repaint it.

The truck has the typical cab rust in the corners and I'm not patching them. It did not have a tailgate and I just got one from New York. They had a '49 tailgate just like mine and the seller threw in the two rusty chains that goes with it. Yea!

Naturally, I talk to my Brother over the phone a lot about the truck. We had hoped to have it ready enough by the end of summer to bring it to Pennsylvania. I can finish it off with the minor items. The end of summer obviously has gone. But I'm not too disappointed since where The Beast is now, is a heated garage! We are hoping to have it road-worthy by the first of the year.

I have been documenting this journey and hope maybe to write a book about it. I have hundreds more pictures! I have kept track of every part I purchased. I have kept a diary since day one. Not only do you find yourself spending a lot of money (when you look at the notes!) but some of this can get you down. It seems the internet is full of trucks that people have given up on their restoration. It is sad for those guys but a blessing for others.

I've owned a lot of cars and truck and motorcycles. I have an old gas pump (and I collect old telephones). This is our first big project -- an entire project. For me, old trucks represent a simple way of life. It is associated with a farm or hard work for a decent wage. A real guy understands the truck and what it means to have one.

I intend to leave it original looking, but add safety features as necessary. The patina of the truck will stay the same. I will sand and clear coat it, but no other change to its original look. I go to a show every week and there are a lot of shiny vehicles, lots of chrome. I just don't want that for my truck. I want someone to walk up to the truck and have it remind them of their Dad or Grandpa's old truck.

I have the 1980 North Dakota license plate that I will use on the front of the truck. I have a 1949 Pennsylvania plate for the back to make it legal in this state. I have a friend who is in the sign business and I'm going to have one painted saying, "Obviously, I ran out of money." (Ha, that's easy to do in this hobby! ~ Editor)

I work for a diesel engine company and many of the guys there have old trucks they are restoring. Every one of these guys said, "Just go over to Stovebolt -- that's the place to get your answers." Even a guy I met from Warren, Ohio said to go to Stovebolt for anything you need. He's done two cab overs and he said Stovebolt is the place to go.

Working on this truck has been awesome - bringing people together. Everyone who has a part in the truck has signed it under the hood with a permanent marker. Some neighbors are keeping an eye on the truck. Folks have lent us tools. The Nephew who did the seat had never done anything like that in his life. The other nephew did the fuel tank - again he never had done anything like this. None of them are mechanically inclined. They are in their late 20's and early 30's but want to help and understand the family dynamic. My older Brother doesn't know mechanics but he wanted to help. If it wasn't for all the help, this old barn find, would still be sitting in North Dakota.

My Mother is 91 and she's in great shape. I am looking forward to taking her out in this old truck.

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