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1960 C20 Swamp Thing restoration
#1367767 Sat Jul 04 2020 09:18 PM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 68
Wrench Fetcher
Love at first sight, just like the better half in my life. 1960 C20 Apache Step Side Long Bed with Beautiful eyes hooked me, and what a great back end too…… the truck!!!! I found this beauty on one of my bike rides in the hills outside Yamhill, Oregon. It was parked over twenty years ago in a seasonal wet spot.. which means that 8 months of the year it sat in 6 to 12 inches of water and rusted from the bottom up. I just snapped or cut off 90 percent of the bolts holding it together. Anyway, I am in way over my head. Purchased a good compressor, paint and sanding equipment, Hobart 140 MIG welder and new tools as needed. No help on this at the house as I know of people out here socializing while they know they have something contagious.... Not worth the risk. But I can come here for info and advice, thank you.

I have shipped the cab off to have it dipped. The cab will need numerous pieces replaced due to rust through. Picked up a nice MIG unit that I really like. Plans are to prime all the areas that will not be cut out and removed. The engine went to a rebuilder in the hills who has been doing these old engines for many years. I am not sure how many parts will get dipped and how many I will sand down to bare metal. So much interior rust on all body pieces. I cannot access many areas with rust which means dipping in acid may be only realistic alternative.

The frame will go out for sand blasting and then get powder coated. I may do the same on front suspension unit and rear end.... too soon to tell as I am still thinking this through. I appreciate all comments and any good advice. More to this story soon.

pictures. 1. Parked in the swampy field 2. On the trailer, going home 3. After first de-tox 4. taking cab off with no extra help 5. down to the frame and running gear

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Re: 1960 C20 Swamp Thing restoration
60ApacheC20 #1367929 Mon Jul 06 2020 06:10 AM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 79
Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Hey there;

Welcome to the addiction...
Keep posting as you make progress, I find it keeps me motivated to get out and work. The guys here are very supportive and Knowledgeable so use that resource as much as you can.
You chose well with the MIG welder, I am in the market to buy one too and that is what the guys at the shop are recommending.

Awesome backdrop to work in BTW..


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1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1960 C20 Swamp Thing restoration
60ApacheC20 #1370791 Mon Jul 27 2020 01:14 AM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 68
Wrench Fetcher
The frame is stripped down and ready to go out for sand blasting. The cab has been dipped.... what a dilemma. So much rust and tiny holes to fix. Decided to hold off on priming the cab until I have more time to do it right. I pulled off the front end as a unit. Took it to a shop to have it pulled apart properly. I will replace every wear part in the A Arms and such as what ever did not rust has rotted. The rear axle was quite a surprise when I removed it. I had to cut the U-Bolts off to drop the axle. Picture shows that the U-bolts were actually rusting through, almost 1/3 less metal on one of them, see picture. The drag arm bolts were also rusted solid and needed to be cut off. @ hour project took several days but the axle is off. Is this when it gets easier???? ha

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Re: 1960 C20 Swamp Thing restoration
60ApacheC20 #1370831 Mon Jul 27 2020 11:14 AM
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 1,439
Shop Shark
glad you are saving it. I know that you know it does not get any easier. I does get better though. Get to that point where things go back together and you are on the positive side of the curve.


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