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Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1140126 Sat Dec 19 2015 04:15 AM
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John Leatherman Offline OP
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I haven't posted for a while. A month ago we had our first child. Shop time has gotten scarce all of a sudden... Nonetheless I have made a little progress. I disassembled the '59 rear axle I picked up for this project and the '46 rear axle still under the truck to see what my options were for converting the truck to open rear and Bendix brakes. Here's what I learned:

1) The axle spines and bearing sizes are the same. I could use the '59 open diff in the '46 housing with the '46 axles. This would, however, leave me with Huck brakes.

2) The brake backing plates are not the same bolt pattern. They are also not sufficiently different to leave room for an adapter plate, so swapping the '59 brakes onto the '46 housing is not gonna happen.

3) The '59 axle tubes are larger, so I can't put the '59 axle under the truck using the '46 mounts.

4) None of this matters because it turns out the gears in the '59 axle are too pitted to use, and the input bearing is frozen. At least it was cheap...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20151209_202235946_zpsftdinrdz.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20151209_202240299_zpslgezfnsp.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20151209_202244845_zpscaf1d7fe.jpg

So I'm looking for a different rear axle. I want to keep the 6-lug, and I want it to be narrow enough to be close to stock track width. After scratching my head a bit I realized that my Colorado (my daily driver) is a 6-lug. A bit of measuring confirms that the track width is very close to the '46 (the 4x4 Colorado, the 2wd is 2" narrower). As an added bonus, most of them are 3.73's and they're already spring-under-axle so I think I can rework the existing mounts slightly and run them on the '46 springs. I'm on the hunt for a suitably cheap Colorado axle now.

In the mean time, here are a few of the other goodies I've been collecting for the truck:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20151027_161712349_zps5mq1o4w8.jpg

These are the new front fenders. Both are GM steel. One is nearly NOS, the other is very very nice. It has a small rust spot at the rear where the fender meets the running board. I think I can patch it with a piece of one of the old fenders.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20151027_161517194_zpsqsxhrdjn.jpg

Edmunds 2x2 manifold with rebuilt Stromberg 97's.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...G_20151115_102844110_HDR_zpsqwwcehy5.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...G_20151115_102856765_HDR_zpsvryn9ztg.jpg

This is the flatbed that's going on the truck. I believe it's a factory GM flatbed from a 3/4 ton truck, late 50's or early 60's. It bolts together out of pieces of beaded channel. I need to shorten it about 18" and narrow it about a foot, but that's pretty simple since it bolts together.

That's all for now. In another month or two when I'm back to getting some sleep I'll probably have more to report.

Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1140128 Sat Dec 19 2015 04:25 AM
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John, thanks for the update and congratulations on the birth of your first child. Most all of us have been in your situation.

Its still progress though. Just 15 minutes a day will work wonders over time. I've never seen an Edmunds intake before. That thing is wicked looking. Thanks for sharing the pics.... and just think, in about 90 days it'll be springtime and you'll be sleeping all might. LOL

Merry Christmas and continued good luck on the rear end.


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Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1142762 Sun Jan 03 2016 07:35 PM
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Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1145607 Wed Jan 20 2016 01:07 AM
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Gmans 46 Offline
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Those clutch head screws can be a bear! What did not come loose with a tap of the hammer I would use the mig welder to the head then hit it with water and they came right out. Went back with stainless!

Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: Gmans 46] #1145610 Wed Jan 20 2016 01:24 AM
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tclederman Offline
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Originally Posted by Gmans 46
Those clutch head screws can be a bear! What did not come loose with a tap of the hammer I would use the mig welder to the head then hit it with water and they came right out. Went back with stainless!
Yes, I like the few stainless clutch head screws I can find.

If original clutch head screws are a bear to take out, I can assure you that regular slotted/phillips-head screws would have been as/more difficult to remove.


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1145677 Wed Jan 20 2016 02:23 PM
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46Sparky Offline
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This may be a dumb question, but I've wondered I'd using a dab of antiseeze, the stuff used by some to assemble other parts of the drive train etc., on each new clutch head or other fastener threads would help keep the fastener from being such a bearcat to remove in the future? If it works it would be cheaper than stainless steel, I would think.

Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1148517 Fri Feb 05 2016 08:35 PM
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realsteeler Offline
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Beware of using stainless fasteners in mild steel. Over time, the stainless will react with the steel.( Look up dissimilar metals, electrolytic reaction) I would stick with steel fasteners and antiseize. On my 46 I used a 57 car diff. I knocked out the wheel studs, mig welded the holes,machined the axle face true, then re drilled to 6 bolt wheel pattern. Good luck with your project.

Re: '46 Chevy Truck Build [Re: John Leatherman] #1148524 Fri Feb 05 2016 09:38 PM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist
Many of the stainless-steel anti-seize/anti-galling compounds also have an anti-oxidant/anti-galvanic-reaction component.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton Shortbed -- slow build project [Re: John Leatherman] #1182560 Wed Sep 14 2016 04:08 AM
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John Leatherman Offline OP
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Well, I'm a bit surprised my thread hasn't been kicked out of the Project Journals yet for lack of updates. Hopefully I can get this project back on track. Doesn't hardly seem possible, but I haven't touched this project for 9 months again. Who knew a baby would keep you this busy? Here's my little future hot-rodder herself to kick things off:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160715_202858698_zpsbg5oc9s8.jpg

Tonight I finally got the inside header panel off. I ended up cutting slots in the screws and heating them to break them free. One or two snapped off, to be dealt with later. There wasn't just a mouse nest in this thing, there was a mouse mansion...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160913_194745502_zpsldlmcuqw.jpg

Then I had to grind off the heads of the screws holding the windshield hinges on. The driver's side hinge wasn't too bad (still being replaced) but here's what the mouse pee did to the passenger side hinge:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...G_20160913_200727746_TOP_zpshntwzgrr.jpg

A quick shot with the wire wheel and it turns out the damage isn't as bad as I'd feared. I will have to replace the passenger side hinge mount and about 3" of material on either side, but it's (mostly) flat and I think I can fab it without too much trouble.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160913_201001053_zps0ahv4onn.jpg

The external cab fared well enough that a little high-build primer and no one will ever notice.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160913_201007758_zpsrvvyemau.jpg

And the driver's side is a little thin, but useable without rework I think:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160913_203835570_zpsma8jadfe.jpg

Also, I found the patch my Uncle was talking about. Nearly invisible from the outside of the truck, but I pulled the seat out today and there it was. Center of the cab, half way between the rear window and the floor. Seems like an odd place for a hole?

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160913_202204977_zps2yrlar9n.jpg

That's all the progress. The only other picture is the very very nice grill I picked up for the truck:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k...k/IMG_20160913_201500102_zpsd9e57rgy.jpg

Last edited by John Leatherman; Wed Sep 14 2016 04:12 AM.
Re: 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton Shortbed -- slow build project [Re: John Leatherman] #1182598 Wed Sep 14 2016 04:40 PM
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Peggy M Offline
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Oh my ... I love this: "Who knew a baby would keep you this busy?" Thanks for including her in the pictures!

No kicking off. I was about to PM you to see if things were okay on your end. Then I got side-tracked with the other build blog info that was coming in, and various what-not on the site.

So, good to see you are back at it. Actually, this may be comforting to other people who need to realize that sometimes the truck just has to wait.

Glad to see you back. Keep including some photos here and there of the little charmer.

Peg

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