I recently picked up my first "restoration" project. It's a Canadian Model 1314, 1950, 1/2 ton, stepside pickup. Looked to be a pretty complete truck when I went to see it. Factory Red with white stripe, no heater (from factory), Grey interior, maroon door panels and seat. It was purchased at McKenzie Motors in Alberta, Canada. It made it's way to Saskatchewan at some point, and I picked it up outside Kindersley, SK. The factory 216 is in the truck, it was seized when I bought it.
Now that I have it home in the garage and started to tear into it, there is a little more rust than expected! And the engine was the reason it was parked.
I have stripped the interior, and will be doing some rust repairs on the floor. I have the engine all ready to come out of the truck, and have started to look for a replacement. Hoping to keep an inliner in it! If you know of one in the Saskatoon region, let me know.
Looking forward to getting this truck back on the road, and doing truck things. Won't be a show truck, but will be great to get it driving again.
Hi Trevor, your original engine should be rebuildable with local parts Napa may surprise you with what they stock locally I picked up a new brass carb float for my 53 last month It was in stock in Saskatoon, no shipping or waiting. And they also had the brake masters and slaves for my 1ton a couple years ago.
For a whole engine go see Amigos in Clavet, they have many to pick from.
And one last note, your Canadian truck will have a few random differences from its USA counterparts so consider than before blindly following most specifications and advice you get online and here, all your tiny parts will have been made in Canada not the USA. Sometimes they had quite different bits. -Stan
Thanks for the reply, and the tips. Unfortunately I think the 216 needs babbitts. Best I have been able to figure. Thanes was the last shop that did it around here (and they haven't had the tooling for 15 years).
I'll give Amigos a shout.
Yes, I have noticed the Canadian truck has a few differences!
I removed the passenger side windscreen yesterday evening to see how bad the rust is on the support. It's bad, the top of the window (where the roof panel, and support should be joined), I was hoping that wasn't the case! I'll have to hone my welding a bit more for that job.
Thanks for the tip on the photos. I've added them to this post.
Spent a little more time in the shop the past few days! I have the engine ready to come out, just need to rent an engine hoist to get it out. I have stripped the interior out (the mouse nests were next level!). While waiting on the to come out, I decided to do some rust conversion painting in the cab. Did the floor, behind the gas tank, underside of the roof. The interior will likely all get painted, at some point. While doing the interior stripping and painting, I started to look at the front roof panel support a bit closer (it was/is by far the worst spot of rust on the truck, next being the passenger side floor). Found another mouse home, cleaned it out, and watched the "metal" disappear into the vaccuum! It's bad. Anyone replace one of these, and have some pointers? I am considering buying the patch panel from LMC (or similar), and removing the spot welds from the pillars, and along the section the supports the window. BUT, the center section of the section that supports the window is also missing (as in rusted away). Drivers side is the same way, I don't have a picture of it on my computer. Not sure about how best to repair the window section, again, considering putting the support in first, and then making the patch for the roof/windows. It looks as though the windshield pillars were replaced at some point, there is some "lead" filler visible on the left hand side of the photo. Top and bottom of the pillar. Drivers and passenger. So for a project that I could complete, rather than another one leading to more work, I got the doors to close properly. It's the small victories right?
Welcome to the Stovebolt. These old trucks can be a lot of fun to work on. You can buy brand new brake drums for the half ton if you wanted. That is something that is not possible for me and my 1 Ton so you are lucky! We look forward to seeing and hearing about your journey as you go along.
More updates! Engine is out. That's something I don't want to do alone again... Bed is off. Now I can get a good idea of what I need to repair the bed. Shock perches need replacing, they are both broken off. Easier to work on the brakes now too. Contacted someone about doing some body work for me. I'm not sure I have the skills to repair around the windows. Getting the hood off, and bed off alone was a chore. Going back on I'll need to call in some help for sure. Started at the brakes. Master cylinder came off, but is all seized. Rear wheel cylinders had to come off to get the drums off. The lip on the rear drums is near a 1/4". I haven't had any luck tracking down an engine yet, but will put that on hold while I get the body sorted. Amigos said they didn't have any? The flywheel has seen some heat in it's day. Bellhousing looks okay! Needs a cleaning. The mice had a nest in the bellhousing, and then there was a bee hive, so it was extra crusty in there.
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Originally Posted by Trevor J
I am considering buying the patch panel from LMC (or similar), and removing the spot welds from the pillars, and along the section the supports the window. BUT, the center section of the section that supports the window is also missing (as in rusted away). Drivers side is the same way, I don't have a picture of it on my computer. Not sure about how best to repair the window section, again, considering putting the support in first, and then making the patch for the roof/windows. It looks as though the windshield pillars were replaced at some point, there is some "lead" filler visible on the left hand side of the photo. Top and bottom of the pillar. Drivers and passenger.
Welcome to the forums. Lots of help available here on Stovebolt. That lead you're seeing is from the factory. That was used back in the day instead of fiberglass filler. Your cab doesn't look that bad. There are a lot of posts with advice over on the paint and body forum.
Good luck with your project.
Kevin First car '29 Ford Special Coupe #2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up. Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com] Busting rust since the mid-60's