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Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1393973 Sun Jan 24 2021 01:32 AM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 154
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Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Hello all, thanks for checking in and following along.

Today was a productive day in the shop. I was able to get the cab stripped down, removed and mounted on a cart. I did get the cart to the sand blast bay, but stopped there as I did not have the time nor the stamina to get the blasting complete. I do have Monday off, so I am intending on getting it blasted then.
I had removed the dash prior to removing the cab so once the cab was dealt with I spent the rest of the time stripping the dash, sorting, marking and putting all the parts away.
Thanks again for the positive comments, they really do go along way to keep my spirits and motivation high. I am a little nervous that I will get a surprise when the paint comes off the cab. I probably shouldn't be though, as the worst damage found should have been on the front fenders. I guess we will see...

Stay safe,
Steve

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1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1394350 Tue Jan 26 2021 03:32 AM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 154
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Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Hello all;

Another productive day, I spent it in the sand blast bay as advertised in my last post. I am very tired as it was a long day. When I got there one of the other guys who is working on a 53 Chevy asked me to blast a few parts of his. Since he really hates to blast and I don't mind it, we agreed to swap labour. I would blast his parts and he would repair my rear cab mounts.
I did his stuff 1st and it took me until noon. I had a quick bite to eat and then got started on my cab. I called it quits at 4:30 as I was spent, so after a few minutes of clean up I took a few pics and headed home to a hot shower and some time on the couch!
I got the front, sides, back and roof done. I am about 3/4 done the interior, but have not started the underside. I figure I have another couple hours of blasting to do to finish it up. I did find a bit of perforation in the front cab corner, on both sides. But beyond a few other small dings and dents I really didn't find anything too terrible so that is a win...

Until next time, stay safe
Steve

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Last edited by Canadian_guy; Tue Jan 26 2021 03:34 AM. Reason: Adding pics

1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1394366 Tue Jan 26 2021 05:52 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,944
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Whew! 😎

It’s always a bonus when you uncover things like that and the damage/rust minimal.


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Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1394385 Tue Jan 26 2021 12:46 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,272
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Crusty Old Sarge
That is solid cab for it's age, my 59' looks like swiss cheese. Think I'll see what it would coast to FedEx my cab to you...


Craig

Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8 (0.030 over), Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1394548 Wed Jan 27 2021 03:32 AM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 154
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Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Send it up!


1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1395113 Sun Jan 31 2021 02:50 AM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 154
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Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Hello all;

Well, another busy and productive day. If I can keep stringing these together, productive days that is, I might just get this thing done. I started by moving the cab back over to the fab side of the shop. I knew I had a bunch of metal work to do. I eased gently into the day starting with some hammer and dolly work. I filled few holes that were not required, and then got into some of the bigger stuff. The mounting holes needed some work, the set in the middle of the cab were cracked and in bad shape so I cut them out and welded in some new metal. The back ones are really bad and will require a much larger patch. I had traded some labor to get those done so I left them, but made a template.
I realized that the cab firewall had been damaged on the drivers side. On the side where the hood side drops down to the metal was bulging out. It took about an hour of straightening to massage the firewall straight again. The holes in the cab for the radiator support were also pushed back so I got those straightened out as well.
To round out the day, there were a few pieces I could still get off the cab so the remainder of my time was spent wrestling with rusty bolts. I got a few loose, but I was not feeling exceptionally patient so I wound up grinding the heads off a lot of them. I am not really liking the original screws and I am using a black allen headed style screw in the box so I will use them in the cab as well.

Stay safe,
Steve

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1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1395142 Sun Jan 31 2021 03:40 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,272
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Crusty Old Sarge
Wow, for being this old your cab is in great shape, I would have expected much more rust and rot.


Craig

Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8 (0.030 over), Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1396158 Sun Feb 07 2021 02:45 AM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 154
C
Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Hello all, thanks for checking in and following along.

I had another good day in the shop. It started out shaky as when I went to start up the main shop compressor it ran for a bit and then shut down. When I went to see what the issue was, the compressor room was smoky and I could tell that something was not right.
I figured with the main compressor out, the day would be a write off. As I contemplated jobs that I could do without air, I got started cleaning out some dried up edge sealant and such on the cab interior.
Tim, one of the full-time guys, came in to work on his 1949 5 window GMC sitting on a S-10 chassis. Anyways, he knew how to switch over to the backup compressor so we were off to the races.
The original plan for the day was to get the rear cab mounts repaired. I didn’t get it all done, but I got the original mounts welded up. The passenger side was in better shape, I drilled out the end of the cracks to stop further propagation and then zip cut the previous repairs and cracks so I could then re-weld them. Once I moved over to the drivers side all my momentum was lost. Inspecting the mount and building my repair plan, I discovered that the center part of the mount was missing and a new piece was welded to the bottom. Seeing the terrible state of the mount overall I decided that I needed to replace the cab mount. Breaking out the template paper I built a new mount. I used so 14ga sheet to fab it up and the cut it in and tacked it up. Double checking my measurements and checking the underside reinforcing plate still fit. Once satisfied all was good I welded it up. Lucky you guys the backup compressor doesn’t have the same CFM so the air tools were not as powerful as normal so you get a picture of an unground weld...
To finish up I need to flip the cab so I can grind and paint the underside where the reinforcing plate fits. I need to fabricate a 2nd reinforcement plate for the cab interior and once all that is ready I will look at how I want to secure them all together. I am leaning towards the epoxy so that all the voids are filled and I don’t have to worry that crud can get in there and corrode.

So, and please forgive the bad pun, but it turned out to be a fab..ulous day!
Heh heh,
Stay safe,
Steve

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Last edited by Canadian_guy; Sun Feb 07 2021 03:15 AM. Reason: Added text

1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1397310 Sun Feb 14 2021 08:35 PM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 154
C
Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey
Hello all;

I was in the shop again, did not spend too much time on the truck though. The weather here has been -35C for a couple weeks now and it is having an effect for sure. The biggest thing I have seen is that the weather will bring to light any equipment issues you may not be aware of. Battery a little old, no problem -40 will kill it dead and you can replace it in the deep freeze. Hydraulic hoses getting old but not leaking yet, -40 will solve that...
Work has been challenging, the daily battle to keep areas of the plant running while heaters fail. Conveyors and product elevators are having weird issues as the cold messes with sensors and such. Fun and games...
Anyways, at the shop the main compressor which had an issue last weekend... apparently it was a catastrophic failure and the compressor is beyond economical repair. A new compressor has been ordered but it will likely be a couple of weeks before it is installed.
Since shop air is at a premium I tried to limit my usage. I got the rear cab mount interior re-inforcing plates made up. I am 2nd guessing my initial plan though. The exterior re-inforcing plates are held in place with screws and the cab mounting hardware itself. I was planning to use a modern epoxy glue to permanently fix the new plates in place. I thought this would be best as I could fill any voids so as not to make a new place for corrosion to start and to get the most contact for weight transfer/dispersion. I am thinking though that since the old mounts had such a tendancy to crack there, it would be good to be able to inspect for cracking if there was ever a concern???
I was of the frame of mind that the cab mounts had cracked for several reasons.
1. The roads were pretty basic and rough back then.
2. The truck was a 1.5T and the suspension was pretty stiff.
3. Being a military vehicle who knows how much off-road use and abuse it may have seen.

I figured if I repaired the damage, then re-inforced it as well to spread the load it should resolve the issue. Considering the truck has a modern IFS and will not see any off-roading, I figure that should be the end of it??

What do you guys think, is it safe to permanently install the interior plates or should I bolt them so they are removable?

The drivers side cab sheet metal has been replaced, Tim was going to work on the passenger side today.

The last picture is the 1945 five window GMC of Tim's that I mentioned in my previous post. He is making good progress, yesterday he was making the front bumper brackets and pan.

Stay warm, stay healthy
Steve

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Last edited by Canadian_guy; Sun Feb 14 2021 08:46 PM. Reason: Added text

1946 Chev 1/2 ton - 6V/+ground/Bias-ply original - shake/Rattle and Roll! (SOLD)
1940 Chev 1/2 ton Franken/Restomod
Re: 1940 Restomod build
Canadian_guy #1397430 Mon Feb 15 2021 03:10 PM
Joined: Feb 2021
Posts: 11
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New Guy
Well first off, I would like to say thanks for sharing. Second WOW amazing, self taught work, but very handy having people to confer with. You're very fortunate to have access to all those amazing tools and equipment, as others have mentioned. Keep up the great work.


!952 9300 GMC
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