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Re: 1958 1-ton Project Truck
Possum #1324727 Tue Sep 03 2019 06:45 PM
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A well overdue update!

For the past few months I've been working on and off this truck, mostly repairing the rust on the cab. It seemed to have a growing theme of "Bondo over rust". Both outer corners had been replaced previously though were poorly welded in and had bondo slathered over them. I removed all the bondo and touched up the welds to my satisfaction.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/89C8voKW5jMfassM8

As for the floor, I hacked out the section with the galvanized welded over and bought a new floor piece(even though when the piece arrived it wasn't exactly what I ordered, but I made it work) and proceeded to cut it to the right dimensions.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/L28tfSik7H9HwHJq7
https://photos.app.goo.gl/NdmVXHUcMbTvzHcb6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/1jSzccSjpD7o5wGeA
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ee73Rm4W36CCRXwj7

But before I could burn the new floor in, I needed to cut out a spot next to the hinge pocket that had rusted through and once again was hidden by bondo(I welded in that hole in the cab brace as well) Fabbed up a replacement panel from the old floor and put that in to appear factory.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4s6EYyoLVBymCgp37
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ChmAaDEhZCLW7Sq37
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pG59cVtwK2wekP25A

Then it was finally time for the floor to be put in! Luckily I still have the old section of floor to fill in the hole above the new floor.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/JxMx8GZhvdz7YhLi6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/HkYtCnDXb3TPFFhN8


So once the passenger side gets finished up, its off to the driver's. Thankfully its nowhere near as bad!


A 28 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 1-ton Project Truck
Possum #1324729 Tue Sep 03 2019 06:48 PM
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Forgot to mention in the previous post. The local body shop said they could straighten out the frame for a few hundred bucks! They'll just have to remove 2 of the cross members to do so. I'm gonna go for it grin


A 28 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1330022 Tue Oct 15 2019 05:53 PM
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Facebook Marketplace score! Its a rust-free 9' bed sitting on a late 80s(?) frame cut down into a trailer. Mainly got it for the bed itself but it has other goodies as well like new LED lights, 10k lb. ball hitch, an 8 lug 14 bolt axle, and a receiver on the back. Might use the bed for this truck or save it for another project, not sure yet. Not bad for $500 grin

https://photos.app.goo.gl/41iRmPRVerYCfRib8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/V3CRgVkiLXgTA6o19
https://photos.app.goo.gl/QBDHCG6P4CA9GmQs5
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A 28 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1330518 Sun Oct 20 2019 12:51 PM
Joined: Jun 2003
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That's a great find!


"Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just leave me alone, you're starting to freak me out."

1957 GMC 150
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1330644 Mon Oct 21 2019 02:00 PM
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Great job 👍

Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1355019 Mon Apr 13 2020 06:46 PM
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Update!

Been working off and on the cab itself, almost all the rust spots have been replaced, just need to tackle the kick panels and above the windshield.

Also got the frame back from the body shop, its nice and straight now considering how it looked previously! I went ahead and ground off the rivets holding the front shock mounts on to clean up the rust that was between them and the frame rails, since they form a pocket where water and dirt ends up. Seen where people have drilled a small drain hole in the mounts, so I did that as well.

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A 28 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1361683 Sun May 24 2020 03:17 AM
Joined: Dec 2014
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If you wanted to avoid an axle swap, Chevy used that rear end up until ‘72 and even made 4.10 gear sets. Most 14 bolt FF will be 4.10 or 4.56, but 3.23 and 3.73 gear sets were factory options if you need something that high


1957 Chevy 3200
1971 Jeep CJ-5
1983 Chevy K-10
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
AtomicYJ #1362043 Tue May 26 2020 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by AtomicYJ
If you wanted to avoid an axle swap, Chevy used that rear end up until ‘72 and even made 4.10 gear sets. Most 14 bolt FF will be 4.10 or 4.56, but 3.23 and 3.73 gear sets were factory options if you need something that high
Huh, didn't know that. Though I still plan on running a 14 bolt, got a friend who has 3 late 70s GM motorhomes he wants to break down and told him I'd like the 14s from them.


A 28 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1362072 Tue May 26 2020 08:27 PM
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Don't forget, 14 bolts came in SF and FF.

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: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
EdPruss #1362091 Tue May 26 2020 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by EdPruss
Don't forget, 14 bolts came in SF and FF.
I'm well aware grin The 'trailer' I posted before has a SF while the motorhomes have the narrower FF axles.


A 28 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
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