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1940 Restomod build #1286725 Fri Nov 09 2018 02:43 PM
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Canadian_guy Offline OP
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Hello all;

I haven't posted here much, but I have used the site a few times in the past year since joining. In February I bought a 1946 Chev 1/2 ton truck with the intent of modifying it. Modern suspension, 350 V8 - all the usual fun stuff! Even though I bought the truck not running, I figured I would get it running and drive it for the summer while I finalized plans and sourced parts for the build. Well, funny enough I fell in love with putzing around town in it. So much so that I began to feel guilty about planning to tear apart a running/driving all original 6 volt 1/2 ton truck. How many are left now, can I really tear it apart??
I began hunting for another truck, missing out on 1 great deal on a basket case being dumped for 1/2 it's value. I then got a hold of a 1939 1.5 ton truck at an auction. I can now have the best of both worlds, leaving the survivor whole and modify the rough truck.
I consider myself very fortunate as my wife works in the retail store that is an offshoot of a restoration shop. The owner very generously allows the employees to work on personal projects. That means I have access to a complete restoration shop where I can not only work, but get advice on what step to take next.
I started in on the '39 build by stripping down a 1946 1/2 chassis that I bought from a body-person at the shop. She had swapped the body to a S-10 chassis and was not going to use it, so for 200.00 it was mine. I stripped it down to the rails and rear suspension and sandblasted it. I left the rear suspension on it so that it was somewhat portable. While I do have access to the shop I need to move it in and out of a bay when I am working on it so as to not plug the bay up continuously.
Once word spread around the shop that I had started my build and was looking for a 350SBC for it, I lucked into 1980's Diplomat motorhome engine and transmission. The motorhome was rough due to water damage, but only had 70,000 original KMs on it. That converts to 43,500 miles for you Southern neighbors. I pulled the engine and confirmed it was a 4-bolt main and also found zero sludge in the oil pan and the oil gallery up top. I looked at the cylinder walls and there is still some faint cross-hatch visible! The engine is currently on a stand while I clean and paint it and ready it for install- Coming soon!
I decided on the rims/tires combo, which is a set of steel 10x16 (rear) and 8x16 (front) rims and will have them powder coated tractor Red. I bought some Michelin P265/75-R16(rear) P235/75-R16 (front) tires which I initially thought would fit. Turns out, the sizes mentioned on the website are not the mounted dimensions so I need to install some tubs in the box to make room for the rear tires. I could choose a smaller tire, but these are going ot look so cool that I am willing to spend the time to modify the box so they can fit.
In September I removed the body from the 1.5 ton and it dropped right onto the factory mounts of the '46. A few weeks later we installed a new Mustang II front suspension. I was really excited as the build was progressing nice with regular milestones to keep the momentum going. Since then, things have slowed a little. I have gotten bogged down a bit on the truck box. To start I had no box to speak of as the 1.5 ton had a flat deck and the 1/2 ton was the chassis only. I scrounged up some box sides and rails and then purchased new 47-54 fenders and front/rear panels. I spent a few days modifying the fender mounting positions as the box sides were originally from a long box. Long story short, I finally realized the hours I had spent and the hours I would need to spend were a huge waste of time. I purchased new box sides and started to move forward again. I left for work with the box 90% done so I can get on to the rear suspension when I return.
I purchased a Ford 9inch differential from the same lady that I got the '46 chassis from. The next task will be to narrow it and install the 4 link rear suspension. the pictures look a little goofy as the truck has way too much of a rake as it is still sitting on the original rear end. I am very excited to see it sitting on the new suspension and I want a look at the tires in the fender wells!

See the attachment for pictures.

More to come soon!


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Project progress photo montage.docx (1.33 MB, 158 downloads)
Last edited by Canadian_guy; Sat Jun 08 2019 02:43 PM. Reason: added attachment
Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1297690 Tue Feb 05 2019 09:19 PM
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Well here it is 3 months later and a ton of work has been done, I have broken the 250 hour mark on the build...
Most of the big welding work has been completed, though some things have only been tacked in place. the rear 4-link suspension is in and I really like the stance of the truck now, low and mean looking! The entire frame will be gone over once all the fitting has been completed. The whole frame will then be sandblasted again and painted. The engine and transmission have been mounted, a small block Chev 350 and a 400R transmission. I changed the transmission as I was originally going with the turbo 350 I got with the engine, but when deciding on the rear diff gear ratio, I went a little lower and can use the 400R OD to get me to a nice cruising speed. This way I get the best of both worlds, if I want a little smoke from the tires I have the torque, but I can also cruise for days and get decent mileage.
The cab now has fresh controls; a tilt steering column, brake pedal assembly, gas pedal and E-brake. That was a milestone for sure when the steering was connected up and actually works. Prior to that, when the truck needed to be moved, you had to grab the front wheel and push/pull to steer the wheels. After repairing the firewall I mounted the master cylinder and brake booster. The brake pedal assembly mounting was a little tricky, but only because of the awkward body position required to work up under the dash.
The front bumper is next to be mounted, I need to fabricate some new brackets and then drill and bolt it to the frame. There is a picture of it sitting in place and I think it is going to look awesome! I lucked into a brand new set of old stock 5" fog lamps I will mount to the bumper as well. I also got an aluminium visor from my father-in-law and that will look cool too.
I had 16 x 8 rims on the front, but had clearance issues with the steering so I needed to reduce them to the 16 x 7 and a regular offset. I went with a Michelin LT truck tire and a set of white wall side inserts as they are much cheaper than a set of white wall tires. I wanted a really wide white wall and only had 1 option for the tire size I had and it was a very expensive tire.

Up next: Fabricate a gas tank, choose a radiator and mount it, fabricate a seat frame for the BMW bucket seats and sort out seat belts.

I am starting to feel the pressure of having this competed for spring, I am not sure I will make it but will keep pushing to try!

It is our 22nd wedding anniversary this month, I will be sure to take the wife out and say thank-you and show some appreciation for all the time she is letting me spend on this project!

I am looking for ideas on a box cover. I don't like the fibreglas style as it needs to be removed, nor am I a fan the fabric with snap covers. I really like the roll-top cover, but don't want to lose the box space to the drum. any thoughts, suggestions??
I have added a couple of pictures to the photo montage.

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Project progress photo montage.docx (4.05 MB, 101 downloads)
Last edited by Canadian_guy; Sat Jun 08 2019 02:43 PM.
Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1297907 Thu Feb 07 2019 01:44 PM
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You are doing good work with some nice condition trucks. Keep updating. All interesting.

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Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1298398 Sun Feb 10 2019 10:57 PM
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Just having a look thru your Photo Album. You are doing some pretty nice work, and I like your choices for motor, trans, and rear end.
I have a couple of questions
1. I think you may have a 1940 Cab there. As far as I know, even tho the '39 & '40 are almost identical, the " 40's were the only year to have the parking lights on the front fenders ? Are those the original fenders ? Certainly
possible they could have been swapped out along the way.

2. You mentioned BMW seats ? That was one of the big issues when I was building my truck - the cab is so small, difficult to find seats that work. Could tell me which model / year the Bimmer seats are from ? Are you
planning on mounting on existing seat riser or redoing ?

Thanks for sharing

Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1298487 Mon Feb 11 2019 12:36 PM
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Regards seats in general, in my '37 GMC, I used mid '50's school bus bucket seats, very comfortable, adjustable. In my '47.1 truck, I used S-10 bench seat, fits just right.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1298918 Thu Feb 14 2019 03:54 AM
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Nice build! Keep us updated on the finished product.


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1953 f250 w/ v8
Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Britcon] #1298980 Thu Feb 14 2019 07:58 PM
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The seats I bought off a local Buy/Sell site and were already free from the car, I think it was a 3-series but am not positive on the year or model. It would have to be at least 10 years old as they have no air bags in them, not much help I know...
I can tell you that they are manual, leather but have several different adjustments. The coolest feature, and the reason I bought them is the height adjustment. As the seat is raised up, it also moves forward which will be very nice for when my wife drives the truck. I am 5'8" while she is 5', so having an adjustable seat will make her much more comfortable and safer when driving.
I will be fabricating a new seat mount as I want the space under the seats for electronics ( stereo amp, speakers, etc ) I will be making a new fuel tank that will be mounted under the box and behind the rear suspension.
I will post pictures of the seats and the gas tank once completed.

In regards to the truck year, I am not positive if those are the original fenders, but I believe they are. I could not find a VIN decoder for Canadian truck which is as good as what I could find for the US built trucks. From what I could find, I decoded it to 1939. I bought the truck at auction so I have no source for learning it's history, etc.

More soon!

Last edited by Canadian_guy; Thu Feb 14 2019 08:04 PM. Reason: added addition info on the BMW seats
Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1303300 Sat Mar 16 2019 03:35 PM
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Hello Folks;

Another update...
Feeling a little out of steam, there is always a lot going on around the household and as focused as I have been on the truck, I feel like I am missing out in other areas.
Progress has slowed a little which I suppose is adding to my frustrations. The last day I worked on it, was a 1 step forward, 2 steps back kind of day. Oh well, a friend of mine once asked me how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Which is good advice, I am not sure it was here or another website on building, but some good advice I heard was to set smaller goals. Rather than set a lofty and vague goal of finishing the truck, set a smaller goals for things that can be completed in a day or week... The sense of accomplishment completing these small goals fuels you onward for the next step, and the next, and the next....one bite at a time.

Since my last update, I have completed: front and rear bumpers mounted, Installed the hitch, which is now the rear frame support and started the bed wood install. I have started the fuel tank, the pieces are all formed up and stitched together. I have selected a gauge package, ordered a radiator and have chosen to move the battery to the engine bay.

The front bumper install went well, I mocked it up in position and then stated to fab the brackets. I used 2" x 1/4" mild steel and a press to make the bends. I am going to have a filler panel covering the brackets so I did not bother to arc the brackets as it was faster. I still like the way it turned out and they are very strong...I can stand on them and they don't flex. Completing the front brackets gave me the confidence to jump right into the rear bumper brackets too and got those done also. Before I could do the rear brackets, I got the hitch tacked into position which helped me to locate the height of the rear bumper. The hitch install was a little time consuming getting the angles and fitted up, but all turned out well I think. I will also have a filled panel for the rear bumper too, so again the brackets were made same as the front.

Welding in the hitch allowed me to remove the rear frame support, which is where the fuel tank will go. The basic dimensions will be 24" wide x 26" long and 8" deep. The volume will be about 85L or 22 Gallons which will give me a good range between fill ups. I could have gone a little wider, but needed to allow some room for the exhaust to pass through to the rear bumper. Pictures will follow once it is in place.
I have selected the gauges, I am going with the Vintage 5 gauge set from Classic Instruments. The dual speedo and tach in the 3-3/8" gauge was the deciding factor as the Autometer set did not have the dual gauge. I will include the drawing made for me and if anyone wants a copy, PM me and I can email it to you.

I ordered a radiator, and am very excited for it to arrive. I was researching modern rads that I could modify to fit and then found the one I ordered which is a Aluminium 3 core rad with the transmission cooler and designed to fit my truck so it will fill the space better than anything I was going to fab up. A little more expensive, but worth it in the time saving for not having to modify something to fit.

The last thing to update on is the box bed. I had pretty much decided I was going to use composite wood and had reinforced the bed with that intent. I am also intending on using the truck to haul my motorcycle, so I wanted the bed reinforced for that purpose as well. Anyways, when I really looked into the composite wood, I learned that the coefficient of expansion for the material is quite high so the gaps would need to be pretty big to allow for that. The finish and colour was also factors in the decision, but I looked into hardwoods and decided on a natural wood rather than a composite. I chose IPA ( pronounced EEPA ) which is a Brazilian Ironwood. Good lord the stuff is solid, very dense and heavy. In the picture the white painted strips will be brushed stainless to closely match the tie-down rails.

Well that is enough for now, my hands are sore from typing.
Later folks,
Steve

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Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1303373 Sun Mar 17 2019 12:44 AM
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Wow! Keep up the good work.

Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1305040 Thu Mar 28 2019 07:22 PM
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’39 Chev Truck Restomod update – March 28, 2019
This week I did not get too much done on the truck, so not much of an update. I completed the battery tray fabrication and install. The tailgate got installed and box sides welded into place. I also fabricated the battery disconnect and installed it.
Battery tray – I wasn’t sure where I wanted the battery to be located on the truck. I had thought about using a cooler in the truck box, or in the cab behind the seats, but finally settled on the engine bay. Mostly for ease of installation, servicing and wiring. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it’s mounted on the passenger side firewall. I started with a used tray from the wreckers, removing the stock brackets and adding my own. It turned out good, but I need to add a support from the firewall at the top of the battery to the hold down bolt for a little more stability. I also need to relocate the VIN tags as well. I will place them above the battery along that seam at the top of the firewall.
Tail gate install – The body is a 1.5T and came with a flat deck. I have installed it onto a 1946 1/2ton chassis so I bought a reproduction box. Overall the box quality is good, the biggest problem I have run into is the holes for the rear cross support are all out. Once the box had been installed and squared and with the tail gate in position and gaps evened, etc. The rear cross member support-bedside mounting holes was out about ½ a hole. Rather than re-drill all the holes, I opted to just weld up the bottom 2 holes and keep the top hole for the tailgate hinge bracket. I also added a weld down the seam for some extra strength.
Battery disconnect – For some added security I wanted to be able to disable the engine. I have moved the fuel tank from the cab to behind the rear wheel ( well it soon will be anyways…) I had considered welding up the hole in the cab where the filler neck came through, however I decided not to. I think it will keep the truck looking a little more “stock”. I have hidden the disconnect switch in the old filler neck, and I think it is a pretty cool addition.
Anyways, I am back at work so the truck will have to wait again. The break gives me time to plan up what I am working on next. That will be getting the fuel tank mounted and if the gauges arrive I can get the sending unit bolt pattern and complete the tank. After the fuel tank is complete, I will be moving on to the running board extensions and front and rear fender mods.

See the attachment for some pictures.
Steve

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Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1305109 Fri Mar 29 2019 03:30 AM
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Steve,
It’s looking great! I really like the idea of the tie down strips running the length of the bed. I wish I had thought of something like that.


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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

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1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1305115 Fri Mar 29 2019 04:47 AM
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What a great job . Thanks for sharing the detail with us . This does help with my motivation to continue with my '37 build.

Your lovely truck definitely has a '40 front clip , the details are ; the top grill bar (chevrolet script) is deeper than '39 and goes right back to the edge of the nose cowl. The nose cowl is different also to allow for the top bar restyle . Then the grill has one less horizontal bar than '39 . The short headlights with sealed beams (first year for those). Park lights on the guards.

Here in NZ the '39 has round gauges , the '40 has the strip style , but that may just be a colonial thing smile .

The '46 is a gem and will look SO good out on the road .

Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1305183 Fri Mar 29 2019 06:17 PM
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Hello;

Thank-you FOX for the encouraging words. I am sure it is a cliche', but if I had known how much work it was going to be...

Thanks Dusty, for the extra info on trying to determine the year. I think you are right, it is a '40. I searched up what I could on VIN decoding info, as the vehicle is Canadian the info from back then is a little spotty. From what I did find, I figured it to be a '39. Thanks, it will be good to have it registered correctly.

Re: 1939 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1306883 Fri Apr 12 2019 10:35 PM
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’40 Chev Truck Restomod update – April 12, 2019
Not too much to report for this week’s tour home, mostly I got the winter tires changed over to the summer’s on the daily drivers. That, and we got a room painted in the house! Super exciting, I know… Our oldest is serving in the Canadian military ( Armored ) and will be home for Easter, so Momma wanted to paint his bedroom before he arrives!
I did however get some good work done on the truck. I added a top support to the battery tray as it was a little too wobbly for my liking. Not that the tray was weak, it had more to do with the flex in the firewall. By adding the top support I think I accomplished 2 things; the first is that I was not happy with the plastic clip that held down the battery, it seemed out of place. And the second was to stiffen up the whole thing by adding in an addition point of contact.
I know I have mentioned the fuel tank before and thought I was mostly done with it. After spending 2 more days working on it I am on the fence whether a prebuilt one would have been a better choice. This was cheaper, and I got a custom tank that fits the truck perfectly in the space I want it to be, but darn what a load of work! Thinking about it now though, it just occurred to me that the fab work I was doing was mainly for the mounting bracket, which I would have had to do for a store bought tank as well…
Lastly, I got the Lokar shifter mounted. Nothing too difficult there but it was one of those things that were on the to-do list so I can check that off.
A cool tool that I have learned about recently that you may or may not have heard about is a rivet-nut. This is a handy alternative to fighting with small nuts or welding a nut to the backside of whatever you are trying to bolt to. It works pretty much the same as a standard rivet, except that the rivet-nut rivets itself to the metal rather than holding 2 pieces of metal together. Maybe it is just me, but I had never heard of them before and thought it worth mentioning. They work especially well with sheet metal and you can even add a support backer same as with a standard rivet.
If you are interested in more info, go to google images and search: “rivet nut”
Sorry, no pictures this time.
Anyways, that is all for now.
Later,
Steve

Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1310278 Fri May 10 2019 03:38 PM
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’40 Chev Truck Restomod update – May 9, 2019
Hello again all, and thank-you all for your continued interest.
I hope everyone had a good Easter; ours was nice as our oldest son was home, it was nice to be all together again.
I started this project keeping a journal of what I accomplished each day and the hours spent as well. I have been letting that slide for a while now to the point now where I am having trouble remembering just what I did this last go round!
As the cab and fenders were from a 1.5T and the frame is a ½ ton I had to do some work to the front cross member as it is forward of the radiator support about 1”. Since none of the holes lined up and the rad support was not supported properly, I cut out a section of the cross member about 6” long and 1” wide, then welded in a 2” wider support. That allowed the front clip to be levelled so the hood gaps are correct and everything is bolted secure.
The front fenders needed to be shortened so they would fit the ½ Ton running board height. Once the fenders were where they needed to be, I could mount the running boards and determine where to cut the fenders. I liked the way they turned out. They are only stitched right now and will require some hammer and dolly work, but they came together really smoothly. Once off the truck, I can complete the welds and grind for body working.
I also worked on prepping a few misc. parts and pieces for paint work. I have an opportunity at the shop in that I can have some parts ready to paint which can be mixed in with other parts being painted the same colour.
Anyways, that is all for now.
Later,
Steve

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Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1311845 Fri May 24 2019 10:42 PM
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May 24 Update
Not much to report, I completed a few filler panels for the box sides which will tie the box into the running boards when completed. I have been unsuccessful locating a good set of used running boards to cannibalize, so Dean, my "GURU" played a bit with the pull-max and was able to recreate the beads in the original running boards. The next step will be to section the boards and "add" in the additional portions to tie the board into the rear fender and up to the box. The board will be curved to match the cab corner and will finish the look nicely!
Please see the attached word doc for a couple of pictures.

Later,
Steve.

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Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1313536 Fri Jun 07 2019 05:41 PM
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Hello again;

Thank-you for your continued interest in this “little” project!
I am not a writer by trade so I struggle with how wordy to be when writing these. The focus for the work completed was the running boards and rear fenders.
The running boards are original to the truck and are solid, but definitely showing their age. They had some dings and dents along the outer edges, minor considering their age, but i spent about 2 hours per running board to remove them. The mounting brackets welded to the underside were in tough shape, so those were removed and new ones fabricated and temporary installed. They are not on permanently, as I will need to locate the bolt holes and weld the bolts in prior to permanently welding them on.
The truck had a flat deck on it when I bought it, so the box you see on it is a reproduction, as are the fenders. The fenders are for a 1947-53 truck so I have removed the styling detail lip on the front of each fender to make them look a little more stock, and maybe confuse some of the purists I will meet once it is on the road. To remove the lip I had to cut and section the fender, then stitch it together. Depending on how the running board extension turns out I may need to remove some additional material so they are only stitched for now. Once everything is fitted up and confirmed as complete I will finish welding them and then try out some hammer and dolly work to smooth them out.

I have attached a few pictures of the progress, I took a few more than usual and I marked 1 up to show what the running board will look like once extended.

Coming up next will be completing the running boards…

Until next time, Steve.

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Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1313633 Sat Jun 08 2019 02:49 PM
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Ha Ha! I figured out how to edit the title so the main thread on the project journal page shows 1940 rather than '39.

For anyone wondering, I bought the truck at auction, sold to me as a '39.
Some helpful folks pointed out the grill and fender lights which identified it as a 1940.
Since then I have attempted to change the thread title to 1940 several times and just figured it out now.

Small wins!
Steve

Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1315040 Thu Jun 20 2019 04:38 PM
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June 20, 2019
Hello everyone, thank-you again for checking with the build and following along.
This week’s adventure was a lesson in patience and cumulative error. What is cumulative error you ask? Well, let me tell you…
Going through trade school I recall the topic being discussed, however I never really had a “real world” situation that illustrated the concept quite like this. What I was working on were the running board extensions, I needed to recreate the ribs formed into the step of the running board. The machine was available to me, called a pullmax, however a set of dies was not. They did have a single side die which they commonly use to “joggle” the piece to create an offset. The choice was to make a set of dies or use the joggle die, I chose to use the existing die as this was a one off project and I thought it would take less time to work the single die rather than create a multiple rib die. To get the rib spacing I started out on the 1st try using a Vernier and measuring very precisely thinking that once I figured out the spacing for the 1st rib the rest would be the same spacing as the 1st and it would just be a matter of measuring and adjusting the fence for each rib. I forgot to take into consideration the distance from one side of the die to the other and the spacing wound up being off on the land area so I was out of alignment almost immediately. I got 2 ribs in before I noticed the error and started over.
Okay lesson learned, so for the 2nd try I would check the work piece to the corresponding original more often to verify that I am staying true to the originals. What I was doing was placing the work piece up to the original and comparing the rib I was working on to the original. I NEEDED to be aligning the first rib of each part and checking that all the spacing’s were true as I progressed, as trusting my finely honed measuring skills, the error continued to accumulate with each added rib. By the time I got to the 5th of 7 ribs I was out of position by almost a full rib.
Alrighty-then! Third times the charm! I put down the Vernier and went strictly visual. It was more time consuming, as I was making constant trips back and forth from the machine to the truck to check the latest run, but in the end it proved to be the successful method. Looking at the original running boards I think the ribs are actually tapered as they run to the rear of each board. Very tough to re-create, but satisfying once it was done.
That exercise took me 2 days to get done, almost 15 hours. The consolation prize is that I think the panels from try #2 will work really great as insert panels on the doors. See the last picture in the photo montage, the interior door panels have a detail area on them which I am thinking of using the ribbed portion on. This will add an interesting visual detail to the interior and tie the exterior and interior together.
Thanks again for checking in,
Steve

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Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1315809 Thu Jun 27 2019 11:27 AM
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I'm impressed with your work mate, I'm doing a similar job. I have a '40 model which was restored in '83. and fitted with a tray (flat top). I always wanted a pickup, so 18 months ago, I bought a repro bed from the US and have been working on it part time since.
I have it painted & sitting on the chassis now, ready to line up & drill the holes for the mounting bolts. I also then have to make running board extensions, but am looking at getting a pair off another truck, then cutting & shutting them. I'll be interested in how yours finish up.
One problem I encountered was, as my truck has an Australian built cab, when the bed was sat on the chassis, there was a large gap between the front panel & the rear of the cab. I had to drill new holes in the rails, 60mm further forward. I assume that the Aussie Holden built cab is not as deep as the US Fisher one.
I'll keep on checking your progress, and will get a picture of mine up in due course.

Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1318717 Sun Jul 21 2019 11:25 PM
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Canadian_guy Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Hello everyone;

I have not been working on the truck much this past little while as I did some calculations and figured out that if I kept up at the pace I was going I might have it done just in time to put it away for winter.
So I am going to slow the pace and enjoy what is left of the summer, though so far it has been really wet. August should be nice though, and we are itching to get out and do some camping.
I also just returned from a 9 day, 6000km motorcycle ride North which was good to get away on a guys trip.

I thank you all for following along and I hope that I have not discouraged anyone from checking in on the progress.
Scouts honor that I will be back at it hard in October, at the latest!

I do intend on working on the 1940 so there will be little updates, and I also have the running 1946 to putter around with too.
I just refurbished the gauge cluster so I will attach a picture of how that turned out. Visually it turned out great, however the speedo is acting up so if anyone has some advice...
I will do a search of the forum here for some hints, but I am thinking that I may need to send it out to a pro.

Enjoy,
Steve

Attached Files
1946 Gauge cluster before and after.docx (1.75 MB, 34 downloads)
SHA1: 971aee06c6ad5aa88aa85156df8cded1f3df2cb6
Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1319088 Wed Jul 24 2019 04:42 PM
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coilover Offline
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I really like the approach you are taking on your 40. We did one several years ago that mostly just sets in the garage as a conversation piece. I think if one spends the time and money it should be DRIVEN.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/VJHzxwvr/Stude-Justin-s-40-Cougar-Cat-004.jpg[/img]


Evan
Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1320405 Sun Aug 04 2019 06:45 PM
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Canadian_guy Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
coilover, that sure looks like a nice build.
I completely agree that it should be driven, and to that end I am building it to be a daily driver, possibly even a touring vehicle.
I am struggling with myself at times as I can feel my tendency to want to make it perfect. That can wind up being afraid to drive the truck due to the amount of money spent...
I don't want a garage princess for sure, the struggle is real!

Steve

Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1324369 Sun Sep 01 2019 01:54 PM
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Canadian_guy Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Hello again;
August was super busy, however I was able to meet a fellow Bolter, Fox which was very cool. Fox is also working on a couple of projects which he has journals for as well. If you are checking my journal out, you have probably already seen his, if not please do as it is a good read! My neighbor, and also fellow Bolter; Doyle met up with Fox for the Grove Cruise August 18 and showed our 3 trucks together at the show and shine. They were very popular; Doyle with his dump box raised and Fox with his dually really drew in the people. I have attended many show & shines before, but this was my first experience actually showing a vehicle so I was glad to be in such excellent company! Thanks, guys.
I was able to get some work done on the truck, stitching the running board extensions together. I had previously written about my fun replicating the ribbed portion, so this last round of work was about fabricating the remaining pieces and getting them all stitched together. I still need to fabricate, well get shown how to fabricate, the last transition piece by the back of the cab. I also want to make up a support piece for the underside of the extensions. It is pretty strong now, even just stitched together, but I don't want to be afraid of the extension getting damaged if someone should actually step on it!
I learned how to use a stretcher, for getting the back edge of the extensions to match the curve of the rear fender. Cutting in and stitching the pieces together was fairly straight forward, if not a little nerve wracking. Knowing how much work went into the ribbed portion, I was very nervous about ruining it and having to start all over. I clamped and cut, then stitched the pieces together a little at a time working my way around the extension while it was in place on the truck. Once the extension was solidly in, I removed it from the truck and took it to a bench to complete the install.
I am really happy with how the extensions have turned out so far, stock looking but with a custom flair. The main difference would be on stock running boards, the transition from the box side to the running board is actually curved the opposite direction, however I like this much better.

More to come,
Steve

Attached Files
40 Chev Truck Restomod Update Running Board Build, Sept 1.docx (3.82 MB, 8 downloads)
SHA1: e91c3a46b4aae2495b5d5ba153b7dbd4416e88e0
40 Chev Truck Restomod Update Running Board Build, Sept 1 -2nd.docx (4.26 MB, 8 downloads)
SHA1: d226a4090aea876d6e9457ea9b919e9043d77356
Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1326011 Fri Sep 13 2019 12:19 PM
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Canadian_guy Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Hello again;
Thank-you for checking in/following along.
I worked a little on the running boards this round. I still have that transition piece to fabricate, but I did get the mounts welded into place so the running boards are set where they need to be. The front “top hat” supports were already welded into place so I used rivet-nuts for those, however the rear supports were still loose, so I welded flange nuts to those before welding them into place. I did not take any more pictures of the running boards, I will when they are complete, complete.
I didn’t have much time and did not want to start the transition pieces if I couldn’t finish so I knocked another job off the list, which was to mount the radiator. I bought an new aluminium, 3 core radiator which was for a ’39 Chev ( at the time that is what I thought I had ). I am not sure whether it was because my truck is a 1.5 ton and the rad is for a ½ ton, or if the mounts changed in 1940 but the stock mounting brackets won’t work. I carefully cut them off and then fabricated some new brackets using the left-overs from the plate purchased for the fuel tank. I slotted the holes to allow for adjustment/fitting on assembly. I am a beginner at Aluminium TIG welding, so I am having the mounts welded on by the pro. That will get done sometime while I am away for work, so I will have some more pictures of the rad in place once that is completed.
I am getting really close to completing the fabrication portion of the build. I have to decide on seats and then make a frame to suit. I would like to incorporate speakers and maybe some storage into the frames as well. I would like to hide the radio as well, but have not decided where it should go. I am thinking in the glove box, under the seat or perhaps under the dash. I have seen some really nice in dash mounts hidden behind a stock panel, too bad my truck has a plain dash without a panel. I do have a heater which I could potentially repurpose, it would need to look right and still be accessible though while travelling…
Later,
Steve

Attached Files
40 Chev Truck Restomod update-Sept 12.docx (4.66 MB, 6 downloads)
SHA1: 7968d5a5caed788d181cb4b6d765bbabc9507cdf
Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1326112 Sat Sep 14 2019 01:51 AM
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TUTS 59 Offline
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Some really nice work on the running boards, I like the tight fit around the cab .


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

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Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: Canadian_guy] #1326121 Sat Sep 14 2019 03:45 AM
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Fox Offline
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Looking sharp fella! I seem to be having a hard time these days getting mugh done on my projects. On the bright side, winter is coming and that outdoor, summer, honey do list will get shortened up quickly! Keep up the good work, Steve. Very impressive.


In the Stovebolt Gallery
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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1940 Restomod build [Re: TUTS 59] #1326145 Sat Sep 14 2019 03:24 PM
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Canadian_guy Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Thank-you TUTS 59, I looked through your build and I like the work you are doing too.
I appreciated you being so candid with your personal story, you have weathered some tough times .
I am glad to hear you are enjoying life again, I hope you can keep the momentum on your build going.
I am finding that kind comments from the folks here on the forum are the little "pokes" to keep me moving the project forward.

please keep posting, it is fun to check in on your progress.
Steve

Fox,
Thank-you, I consider it high praise from another builder who does such nice work!
Don't stress about the build and let it work itself out. You are in a very busy stage of your life, young children and all... last thing you need is added stress of completing the build. I read somewhere one fellow was writing about putting pressure on himself to complete the build and it changed the nature of the work. Rather than enjoying it, finding it relaxing or fun, he began to feel like it was a 2nd job. If that happens, well there are LOTS of unfinished project for sale on the web....
Steve

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