I'm new to posting here too Joe. Your truck looks similar to my 1950 3100. You can find almost any part you need for Advance Design pickup trucks and they are considerably less expensive than a corresponding part on a newer truck. I see AD trucks parked or driving around in my town every day. Some are nicely restored, some aren't, and some are original and are just in town from the farm for the day. We only get about 9" of precipitation a year and the roads don't get much salt in the winter. Rust isn't as much of an issue here as in NY. I bet there is somebody here on Stovebolt that could give you advice on how to unstick your 235 engine.
Here is the Truck 7 months later virtually finished! Make no mistake, I went to hell and back to get it this way, time wise, money wise and physically. It is like having a sick child, you cannot ignore it, you cannot not spend the money, and you must see it through to the end NOW! Was it worth it? Not sure .... yet.
Okay, I was rooting for you as I started reading through the thread. That was until I got to your 7 months later post. Now I am jealous and annoyed. I have been working on my 54 for two years and have not come as far as you have in less than half the time. I will swallow my pride and congratulate you. That is a great looking truck. It is exactly what I like, There is nothing wrong with the trucks that have been brought back to new or better than new but my personal taste align perfectly with what you have done. Clean and mechanically sound but still an old truck.
All kidding aside, great looking truck and great job saving another one.
Thank you for the replies. I worked on it full time for 3 months after working on it part time for 3 months. Most things I did twice or three times. 3 different colors tried for the cab interior, 2 different colors for the exterior. Sanded down and painted the exterior 3 times for color change or orange peel. Tried a couple of ways to fix the frame. put the engine in twice. Worked hard to reuse some parts but ended up buying replacements. Rewired a couple of sections twice. Tried to make an old carburetor work, bough a rebuilt. All the while spending about $100 for every day I worked on it. very expensive! Now I have a truck that I paid, adjusting for inflation, more for than when it was new and that is just in parts, labor not included.
Regarding leaving the Patina, it is bad enough to go to the local car shows with my amateur paint job among all the rest of the cars with perfect beyond belief paint jobs. But then again, maybe the Patina would have made it the most popular vehicle!