1954 Chevy 1/2-Ton
From Mike :
I wanted to post some new pics of the truck in progress. Check the photos on Flickr.
In September 2008, the truck was damaged in Hurricane Ike. The neighbor's carport decided to take flight. I don't have any of the damage pics because my digital camera walked off on me.
So after the damage, I decided to do a complete make-over. The cab was damaged pretty well so I completely tore the whole truck down to the frame and repaired all the damage - rain rails, doors, cab corners, windows, hood and fenders.
While that was happening, I installed a Borg-Warner T-5 from an 1988 Blazer using the helpful tech sheet provide on this site. Plus I added a new rear end from a 1955 Belair, and of course new drive shaft.
The paint was something I have been wanting to do since I had the truck and luckily I haven't seen any trucks like it.
So all in all, I have done all this from Nov 08 to May 09 and I am pleased as to my progress. I have changed the name from "monkey-rum" to "psycho" because that best describes the effort I have put into this build. Here's a cool picture from the front!
Please let me know what you think or suggestions.
23 June 2008
From Mike :
As of June 14, 2008, I have had this 1954 Chevy 1/2-ton pickup truck for four months. I found the truck on Craigslist in my area (Houston, Texas) this past February. I have been working on it non-stop since.
I have done a lot with the truck and still have a lot more to do.
This truck sat out in a barn in the middle of a field for 30 years. The guy I bought it from got it running, put it on a trailer and brought it to my house. It was located in south Texas for a long time but the previous owner moved to my area and lost interest in bringing it back to life.
The truck is pretty solid I have taken the whole thing down to bare metal, hence the primer [ rear view ]. The truck is in no way completed yet. When I do get it down to prime for real, I am going to do a thick epoxy egg-shell color then hot rod Flatz Red with a metal flake roof -- but that’s way off.
I could tell that someone tried to restore it in the early '80's but failed or gave up.
The interior is ok, stock with a real Apache blanket for a seat cover. That’s it right now.
This is my first truck to restore and I am really enjoying it so far. It’s a lot easier than a car. I have owned quite a few other old cars (1952 Buick, 1949 Ford, 1950 Merc, 1940 Ford, 1951 Merc).
I chose the 1954 for the styling and motor. As far as the work on the truck, I have done everything myself. It's not much compared to others because the body on mine was pretty straight -- besides a front fender. I still have a lot of bb-dents to fix before final primer.
I have had a lot of help from Classic Chevy Truck Parts -- it’s a small outfit close to me. I installed all new steering components bought from them. All new style ball ends with only a fabricated pitman arm.
I have no pre-pics because I didn’t think about “before pictures.” I didn’t think about that at the time. I just wanted to dive in and get it on the road..
Right now, I am waiting to install a new clutch kit -- so I am immobile at the moment.
I just installed a 3" dropped axle from Droppedaxles.com and I am running mono-leafs all the way around! It is right at the scrub-line and sits perfect.