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From Terry :
A friend of mine in Georgia found my 1941 Chevy 1/2-ton in pretty rough shape, but workable. She had a "stuck" 302 Ford, no tranny and a 9" Ford rear end.
My friend did all of the hard work for me ... switched out the 302 for a SBC 300hp/350 and 350 Turbo transmission. He flipped the front axle which lowered her 4" and also reversed the leaf springs to under the rear end instead of on top which lowered the back about 7". She sits about 9" off the ground now and has a great stance, in my opinion.
Everything came off the frame. It was stripped and painted. The cab doors and the running boards were the only places that there was rust (floor pans had been replaced before I got it). A front fender was replaced from another truck. Just a little body work done and then she started going back together (the truck is very straight). The paint (black & gray) as you see now is not going to stay for long, but it was a quick way to protect it until I decide for sure what color(s) to have her painted. I'm thinking about cream top and hood and blue or root beer on the bottom and bed.
A friend of mine traveled with me from Kansas to pick her up in Alabama just last week. We did the 1,600 mile trip in 2 1/2 days, but it was worth it. No problems whatsoever on the way back. Every toll booth and gas station we stopped at had people making comments or coming over to look. One guy even offered me $2 without hearing it run...haha.
Now, for the fun stuff for me. Lots of little stuff to work on these cold winter days. Window rebuilds on both doors, windshield gasket (my windshield doesn't open any longer), getting all the handles and cranks to work smoothly, new wheels and tires, front end alignment and something different with both bumpers. We put an 11 gallon spun aluminum gas tank in the bed. Right now, it's just sitting on a piece of plywood. I'm thinking a sheet of diamond plate would look really nice.
I love the look of these trucks and figured it for an attention-getter (I have a home improvement business so I'm making a set of side slats with our name on them that can go on and off of the truck as needed). Also makes for a nice way to "write off" this expensive little critter...heheh.
I'm single so I don't have to listen to any of that stuff about my toys. My kids are also happy that I've given up motorcycle riding and going the classic route instead.
Hope to participate on Stovebolt as much as possible in the future. The site and people have already been a lot of help and support.