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03 October 2011
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From Jordan :
This is my 1947 Chevy pickup truck. About a year ago, I had a 2003 Ford Ranger with many after market parts and pieces. Due to my carelessness in driving (I was texting a friend and not paying attention), I ran off the road and hit a bunch of trees. Unfortunately I totaled my truck. I walked out of the wreck 100% unscathed thanks to the Grace of God.
After a little perusing for a new truck, I found a 1946 Chevy truck that I wanted right in my hometown of Borger, Texas!! Unfortunately, the day we called to buy the truck, he informed us that he had sold the truck to another man merely two hours earlier. Bummer.
So, after much more looking, I found this truck on Craigslist in La Mesa, Texas. After pleading with my parents constantly to buy this truck and go pick it up, they finally caved, and went to go get it with me.
When I got the truck home, it looked like it was in absolutely mint condition. After closer inspection over the next few days, I found many problems with the truck. Thankfully most of them are minor. All of the engine work was done to the truck before I got it.
The man who owned it before me pulled the stock engine and put a 1977 Chevy El Camino 350 engine in it which he had bored .050 over. He also installed an Edelbrock carburetor on it, and some type of racing cam.
The front suspension and rear axle was also swapped with parts from the 1977 El Camino. He put a racing panel exhaust that when it is covered, flows through 18" glass packs that are dropped off right after the cab.
Now onto MY work. After closer inspection, I realized that he did not get any dents out of the body, he just merely slapped on bondo. In some places it's as thick as half an inch!! So I am in the process of removing all of the bondo from the truck right now. I have completely finished the right rear fender and am removing the rust on it, so that I can re-apply the bondo the way it should be done.
Next, I will apply primer to keep it from rusting further so that it will stay in good shape for my future paint job.
I have also completely removed all of the interior pieces except for the gas tank, the dash, and the steering wheel. I am removing all of the rust from all of the interior pieces before they go back on. Speaking of the interior, I have to order a new headliner, because when it was pulled out, a massive rats nest fell out ... ugh.
I'll keep you posted on my progress periodically. If you would like to see pictures of this truck as it progresses and such, check by Photobucket link.
Although this restoration may take a long time, I figure that I have a long time considering I am just 17 years old. Although I do hope to get it finished sooner rather than later!
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email!