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1939 RestoMod Pickup
#1377312 Wed Sep 16 2020 05:57 PM
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 76
Shop Shark
I previously built a 1951 Chevy 1/2 ton and have always loved the pre-war trucks. Well as luck would have it, I stumbled onto a 1939 barn find. I bought it from the son of the original owner and even got an original title with it! I brought it home and now the fun starts. Here's the plan:

[list]
[*]Leave the exterior as is (replacing the rear fenders and tailgate)
[*]Restore the cab interior to it's original glory in factory styling
[*]Lower stance
[*]Detroit Steel wheels
[*]5.3L LS Motor from early 2000's Silverado
[*]4L60e Transmission
[*]1975 K10 Rear End


Here are some pics:

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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1377316 Wed Sep 16 2020 06:09 PM
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Greetings. Your truck is very similar to the 39 I had some years ago. I used a mid 70's rear end as well, along with the brake system components. The rear end was a touch wider than I would have liked. I used a Heidts weld in kit for the front. Have fun!


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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Rusty Rod #1377322 Wed Sep 16 2020 07:00 PM
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 76
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Thanks for your reply! Backing plate to backing plate it looks like I’ll have an extra inch on each side (that I hope to hide with special offset wheels).

Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1377344 Wed Sep 16 2020 09:46 PM
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Great score. thumbs_up

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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1377355 Wed Sep 16 2020 10:51 PM
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Nice find, I’m jealous!

You may have a challenge squeezing a 5.3 in there but I’m sure it’s doable.

Here’s my 38 I did back in 03. 350/350 and pro street rear (what was I thinking?) from a 75 Camaro.

Look forward to seeing your progress.

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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1377385 Thu Sep 17 2020 04:16 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Cool truck, Mark.

I see where all that cash went now, hey Mr. DB Cooper!
😉😎


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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1377402 Thu Sep 17 2020 11:12 AM
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Good looking little pickup.


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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1378980 Wed Sep 30 2020 12:22 PM
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 76
Shop Shark
I've been pretty busy accumulating the parts needed for this build and starting to mock some things up over the past few weeks.

I've collected my S10 chassis, LS motor from a 2001 Silverado (LM7) complete with harness and computer, 4L60e Transmission, original and salvageable rear fenders, tailgate and front bumper.

I've also reworked and thinned the stock LS harness (info found on LT1Swap.com [lt1swap.com]) and am having the computer programmed with all unnecessary items (like emissions, neutral safety switch, etc,) removed as well as as a base tune applied).

I'm in the process now of mocking in the LS motor to the S10 chassis including motor mounts, exhaust configuration, fuel lines, etc. I figure it's much easier to do all this when there is no sheet metal in the way and the frame and components have not yet been powder coated/cleaned up.

Below are several pics of my progress over the past few weeks with more to come soon!

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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1379080 Thu Oct 01 2020 01:02 AM
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Hey Markiemark9,

Sounds like you’ve been busy. I’m interested in your project and your progress but I’m not a FB subscriber. Hard for me to view your pictures. Can you post the pictures on this site?

What plans do you have for the LS with regard to freshening up or O/H?


Dan

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Re: 1939 RestoMod Pickup
Markiemark9 #1381646 Wed Oct 21 2020 12:50 PM
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 76
Shop Shark
I fixed that - just took some figuring out on my end - thanks for calling out!

As for the motor, I'm simply freshening up. Rear main seal, oil pan gasket, etc. - nothing too major.

The last few weeks have continued to be a flurry of activity. I fully welded in the engine mounts and mounted the motor, got it running with the new thinned down harness and after degreasing, pulled the front clip and pulled the bed. I'm 2 front cab bolts from the cab being removed and then it's time to start mocking everything up on the S10 chassis. I plan to mount the body above the chassis given the width issue at the firewall that we all know about. The S10 chassis is on lowered spindles and blocks on the rear so it should all sit pretty low as is, even with the sheetmetal mounted 3 3/14" above the frame.

Some more pics!

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