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1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
#1420132 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:03 PM
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Stealing my intro from the original Welcome to the forum thread...

I've had mustangs and vintage Volkswagens that I've built and sold over the years but never pulled the trigger on a "farm truck". I grew up as a kid around the 80's and 90's street rod scene and always had an affinity for the 30's to 50's trucks but never really considered owning one; I finally caved in and picked up my first pre-war vehicle. It's a relatively stock 1940 Chevy pickup that was supposedly restored sometime in the 70's.

FYI...I've been working on the truck for a couple of months prior to posting this build thread so there will be a time lapse of sorts going on

Starting point of all this silliness begins here:
First attached pic is how we found it, sitting in a guys shed of sorts. Truck ran and drove but it clearly had some issues. Ended up driving the truck home that day but took a bypass that avoided the mountain road.

Took the better part of the day but the truck made it home. Initial findings, brakes worked great, original 216ci straight six smoked or leaked enough oil to rival the exxon valdez, 3spd bull nose trans was an experience and the wiring was sketchy as ****.... but it started, steered and stopped all the way home.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420133 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:06 PM
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Plans for the truck are to keep a fairly stock appearance with some slight alterations.

Paint:
Black body, black fenders and black solids... I have a theme going on here and wow has paint gotten expensive

Suspension: stock straight axle with disk brakes, stock leaf springs front/rear with a couple of leaves pulled , 10 bolt rear axle.

At this point I've ordered and received the disk brakes from MP that bolt to the original 1940 drum hubs. Picked up a crusty 8.2 10 bolt from a 71 lemans. Will be running 15x5 and 15x7 wheel vintiques series 12 smoothies on 205/75R15 front and 235/75R15

Drivetrain: This is where things get a little squirrelly, so far I've picked up a TH400 auto trans and a 396 big block Chevy.


The deconstruction has proven interesting

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420134 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:09 PM
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Truck is super solid and somewhat clean but I'm finding that the fenders have had some heavy bondo sculpting. Anyway It's a great starting point for what I want to do with it.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420135 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:15 PM
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When I looked at the truck, I ran a magnet over it and couldn't find any bondo in the body. I missed parts of the fenders or my magnet was to strong.

Two worst visible parts on the body are the dent in the lower grill area and some minor rust bubbling in the driver side front quarter. Make note of the word visible for future reference

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420137 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:19 PM
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Pic of the TH400 that I picked up for the truck, rebuilt with a shift kit in it...talk about overkill, it lived behind a 283 in a model A . Tags say that it's originally out of a 69 truck. And the BBC that I picked up from a neighbor down the street

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420140 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:24 PM
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Some of the deconstruction pics... a lot of the truck is coming apart reasonably well

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420141 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:26 PM
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The rad shell is one part of the truck that I didn't run my magnet over.... which leads to finding some issues with the metal and of course a healthy dose of bondo. That means the shell has to come completely apart in order to do a decent repair.... Not the best picture...backside of the rad shell. Got some of the dents hammered out

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420144 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:31 PM
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Still ripping into the truck... finding some good and some bad as we get deeper into it. Last time the truck was painted the sill panels weren't removed...they simply painted over them in place and the rear window flange is a little soft in the lower right corner

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420145 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:34 PM
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Grill shell surface rust got treated with rust mort and the panels had some dents removed then straightened before getting a skim coat of bondo... now primed and ready for paint at this point.

Front fenders aren't to bad..no rust or accident damage but as a farm truck it accumulated a lot of small dents over the years. A lot of the dents hammered out and after another skim coat of bondo they look pretty good. Well at least one of them does... still have one left to finish

prior to sanding ..lots of sanding

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420146 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:36 PM
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The rear fenders are a different story... dents and accident damage of some kind. Oddly both rear fenders are damaged in a similar location and manner. Straight edges in a curve is not an ideal shape

Doesn't look to bad sitting there... maybe I should have left well enough alone

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420147 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:39 PM
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First splashes of paint made it onto a couple of parts... which means the grill shell can go back together once some of the more visible pieces are color sanded. Due to the fact that it's a low buck project... i painted the grill rather than spend $1000 cdn to have it redone. In the end the black actually goes with my over all style that I have in mind for the truck.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420148 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:41 PM
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Started ripping into the crusty rear that I picked up for the truck. To be clear, I live in a location that doesn't have a lot of access to old parts and shipping can/usually does cost more than the part. So while it's not ideal for a couple of reasons; I ended up grabbing an 8.2 rear for the truck out of a 71 lemans. Being from a Lemans it was a coil over car so lots of grinding on bracketry that is no longer required

Have a few parts on the way to hopefully help it out:
Moser engineering diff cover
Summit Racing Axles
Richmond gears 3.73 R/P
Yukon Dura Grip
and a Richmond Complete Ring and Pinion Installation Kit

Also snagged new and complete drum brakes from craigslist

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420149 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:43 PM
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Grill shell is coming together

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420151 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:46 PM
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Got some degreasing done after cutting off the brackets and melting out the old bushings. Then threw some por15 at the rear and eventually dropped it off at the local 4x4 shop to have teh r/p and diff setup

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420152 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:50 PM
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Changed up the look of the engine to better suit my style, which is heading towards early to mid 60's hot rod... blacked out the intake/heads and ditched the modern valve covers for some basic chrome.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420153 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:55 PM
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Rear shocks were mounted to an awkwardly mounted plate, outside of the ugly welds the plate didn't line up well with the frame; causing the shock body to rub the frame. I took the cutting wheel/grinder to it and will be running a bar across the frame to mount new shocks

Based on the condition of the frame, I've decided to leave the body on the frame and not do a complete frame off. Mostly b/c I'm lazy and the body sits nicely as it is. Got the rear frame section cleaned up and threw some por-15 at it. Followed that up by coating it with some ghetto tremclad ...Good enough for a farm truck

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420154 Tue Aug 10 2021 08:57 PM
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Cleaned up the gas tank well and dosed it with some por-15...this was in beautiful shape and a pleasant surprise

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420157 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:01 PM
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The weather had been ok for actual paint so another couple of items got sprayed.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420158 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:03 PM
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Next up was was engine/trans removal day...Found some plans here on stovebolt.com for an engine stand... turned out pretty well and works a treat

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420159 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:06 PM
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Began working on the front of the truck...got the frame and the leaf springs cleaned up, took the springs apart and removed a leaf from each side. Dropped the beam and painted it while I was at it and the front rims got some paint love.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420160 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:08 PM
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Spent a morning getting the engine test fit into the truck and then made some adjustments to the firewall. Happily the steering box and engine have no interference issues that I can see...might need fender well headers of some type but I'd rather deal with that than attempting to redesign the steering

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420162 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:10 PM
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Continuation post of pics above... I was truly shocked that I didn't have more clearance issues with the engine

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420164 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:12 PM
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Got the engine and the mounts mocked up (CPP mounts). I ended up having plate steel bent on the top at 90 to slide under the top frame rail and bolted through the top, the bottom edge will be welded to the frame.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420166 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:16 PM
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Original rear got pulled, cleaned up the leaf springs, mocked up the 8.2 and removed two of the old crossmembers...not a lot of progress but some

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420167 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:18 PM
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Took the engine mounts to a local fab shop for final welding....
Front fender got primed...it's now in paint but I didn't snap any pics. Engine's finally sitting on bolted mounts... truck dropped roughly 1.5inches with the engines weight on the chassis

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420168 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:21 PM
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Connected the trans to the engine and placement looks like it won't cause too many fitment issues. Final cross member fitment will be 3" up from the bottom of the frame rail....the tail shaft angle sits 2.75 degrees downward

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420169 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:23 PM
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Got the rear back from the local 4x4 shop after having the R/P and diff installed. I've had them set up gears before and never had an issue. Somewhat limited options when it comes to diffs for the 8.2 so I ended up with the Yukon unit.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420170 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:24 PM
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Tires mounted and it's finally a roller again

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420171 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:27 PM
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Took the month of July off to work on the truck... hoping to get the body in paint before summer ends. Got the rear shocks fully mounted @ a 10degree angle but man they look really straight up in photos

Then spent some time putting the dash back together

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420172 Tue Aug 10 2021 09:30 PM
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The time lapse pretty well comes to an end at this point... currently working on the firewall and fixing the front lower quarters...quarters mostly due to some poorly done repairs and glorious rust

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420554 Sat Aug 14 2021 01:12 AM
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So... turns out I'm the grand winner in the bondo lottery.

Much like the fenders, lots of dents and an abuse of bondo to shape and flatten out the surface...

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420685 Sun Aug 15 2021 05:07 AM
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Silver lining...you’re going to get very good at hammer and dollying.

I feel your pain. My fenders looked like someone took a bat to them as well. Then, threw golf balls at them.


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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1420741 Sun Aug 15 2021 08:33 PM
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Lots of good looking work so far! I have a couple of comments on your choice of powertrain. Getting the big block engine shoehorned into that narrow frame is going to be a challenge. Please DO NOT buy into the myth that the frame rails need to be boxed- - - -they were designed to flex, and attempts to make them rigid will result in a spider web of cracks in very short order unless you do some pretty creative elliptical cuts on your boxing plates. Several years of trying to build dirt track race cars like bridge girders taught me that there's no such thing as a "rigid" frame.

Shift kits were probably designed by somebody who had a warehouse full of rear axles to sell. Getting that firm shift happens at the expense of everything else behind the transmission- - - -U joints, driveshafts, spider gears, carrier housings (more about that later) and axle shafts. Upshifts aren't much of a problem, as long as you blast off down the drag strip, shift up through all the gears, and shut down. On the street, a kickdown from 3rd to 2nd. for instance results in a momentary lockup of the drivetrain while the transmission tries to engage two ratios at once. The orfice in the valve body separator plate that gets drilled out to quicken the shift also means that the clutch it controls applies too quickly on a downshift. The resulting lockup eventually turns the spider gear pivot pin hole into a slot about 1/2" long before the shaft breaks and sends pieces of spider gears into the ring & pinion! Instant wheel lockup!
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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
Hotrod Lincoln #1420782 Mon Aug 16 2021 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
Lots of good looking work so far! I have a couple of comments on your choice of powertrain. Getting the big block engine shoehorned into that narrow frame is going to be a challenge. Please DO NOT buy into the myth that the frame rails need to be boxed- - - -they were designed to flex, and attempts to make them rigid will result in a spider web of cracks in very short order unless you do some pretty creative elliptical cuts on your boxing plates. Several years of trying to build dirt track race cars like bridge girders taught me that there's no such thing as a "rigid" frame.

Good luck!
Jerry

Thanks!

The big block actually didn't pose to many issues during mockup (or as many as I expected)...the only remaining issue is the header fit. I ended up purchasing a set of Patriot tri 5 fenderwell headers based on some quick measurements and noticing a couple of other trucks running them.

Frame is only boxed where the motor mount plates are located...not a huge believer in the fully boxed frame. Actually had this discussion with my Dad, as he fully boxed his model A. I get the model A frame (somewhat) but I wasn't convinced that a 1/2 ton truck requires it.

Made some more progress with the metal work... having a heat wave the last couple of days sort of slows things down

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1421079 Wed Aug 18 2021 08:37 PM
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Body work is easy.... when you get rid of the sheet metal

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1421109 Thu Aug 19 2021 03:18 AM
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Progress of sorts

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1421345 Sat Aug 21 2021 03:21 AM
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More of the same...fill some holes and drill some holes

Was going to run two 2 5/8 gauges offset to the left in the overhead panel... but the curvature of the panel made it impossible for the gauges to appear optically "straight". So moving the gauges into the middle of the panel alleviates that issue

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1421449 Sat Aug 21 2021 10:37 PM
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Got the first gauge done...and then there were two.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1421450 Sat Aug 21 2021 10:38 PM
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And because I'm a child at heart... couldn't resist seeing what the mounted headers look like. Result....awesome ridiculousness

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423381 Thu Sep 09 2021 01:42 AM
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Been a while since I've done any updates...so it's the good, the bad and the ugly update

Finally made a decision on what to do with the running boards... spray on bed liner makes them useable without worrying about scratches and rock chips.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423383 Thu Sep 09 2021 01:44 AM
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Body got some paint which is the good

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423384 Thu Sep 09 2021 01:46 AM
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And then the bad and the ugly.... Rolled it partially outside to take a look in the sun light and didn't notice the tent door was hanging a little low... anyone interested in a project vehicle...

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423594 Fri Sep 10 2021 11:02 PM
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Plan B is sanding the roof down to the beltline and redo the entire roof. Puts a crimp in my plans to put the engine /trans back in this weekend...oh well

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423756 Sun Sep 12 2021 09:57 PM
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Got a break in the weather so it's time for the second attempt at painting this thing

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423795 Mon Sep 13 2021 01:27 AM
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Couple more pics

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423797 Mon Sep 13 2021 01:30 AM
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Looks great!


-David

1953 2-Ton GMC

I'm a machinist... because engineers need heroes too.
Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423836 Mon Sep 13 2021 01:54 PM
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Thanks! So far I'm happy with the way it's turning out

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423902 Mon Sep 13 2021 11:45 PM
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Took the afternoon off of work and got a fair bit done today.
Warning... it's going to be a bit of a photo bomb since I'm thinking the truck is turning out to be a pretty cool piece

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423903 Mon Sep 13 2021 11:47 PM
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Continued...

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1423904 Mon Sep 13 2021 11:50 PM
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and some more

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1424777 Tue Sep 21 2021 04:11 AM
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So not much progress.... got the truck moved into the front garage, followed by some color sanding on the cab... then mounted the rad shell and trial fit the fenders. Looks like I might have a fitment issue with the headers..

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1424778 Tue Sep 21 2021 04:12 AM
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Couple more

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1424813 Tue Sep 21 2021 03:36 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
That's a gorgeous deep black on those fenders. It's going to really sharp on the road.


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 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1424835 Tue Sep 21 2021 07:49 PM
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Thanks! Fenders still need to be color sanded but they turned out pretty well.

I'm going for an early/mid 60's hot rodded farm truck look and it's turning out pretty close to what I wanted it to be.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1424880 Wed Sep 22 2021 10:29 AM
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Sir, That's a lot of progress for 6 weeks! Good for you. The effort is really coming along. Thanks 32vsnake. V/r, Nick


1952 Chevrolet Suburban
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures in Photobucket

1948 Chevrolet 3100 1/2-Ton
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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1424909 Wed Sep 22 2021 06:34 PM
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Thanks,

I've had the truck for 5 months and up to this point it's coming together at a pretty good clip. Progress will probably slow as we head into fall/winter, definitely running out of painting weather so the box/rear fenders and hood won't get paint until next spring.

After working one of the original rear fenders for a bit, they are just to far gone. So I gave up on the original rear fenders and ordered a set of fiberglass replacements.

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425050 Fri Sep 24 2021 04:20 AM
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Minor update...more color sanding done on the cab and trial fit the headers with the fenders on. Going to have to slightly clearance the inner fender lip.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425110 Sat Sep 25 2021 02:06 AM
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Got the other header on, moroso tranny dipstick installed, water pump pulley and mounted the headlight brackets/buckets. So the process continues...temporarily bolt stuff together and then blow it apart to make it fit

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425111 Sat Sep 25 2021 02:07 AM
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Cont

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425159 Sat Sep 25 2021 10:45 PM
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Got the new H4 headlights and the dash in... of course the new km/h glass for the instrument cluster cracked on me... sigh. back to the faded but original mph glass. Headlight rings are currently chrome and need to be redone, so contemplating painting the rings black.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425160 Sat Sep 25 2021 10:47 PM
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H4's mounted

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425670 Fri Oct 01 2021 11:22 PM
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Getting some minor things done on the truck, not a lot that show progress but it's getting there.

Wrapped the cab in some insulation and finally got my jewelry that I ordered 2 months ago from summit...eventually cancelled my order and grabbed the last one Jegs had.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425738 Sat Oct 02 2021 10:02 PM
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Summit box showed up today..so some joy followed by slight sorrow. When I estimated measurements for my Hilborn style scoop I was mostly focused on height and I forgot about depth...darn thing won't fit without hacking up the firewall...sigh

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425739 Sat Oct 02 2021 10:05 PM
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Couple more pics to add

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425779 Sun Oct 03 2021 12:57 PM
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back yard wrench turner
Beautiful truck! I only have one issue... those fenders are too shiny. LOL smile


Wayne

When I die, I hope she doesn't sell everything for what I told her I paid for it!

1938 1-Ton Farm Truck
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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425782 Sun Oct 03 2021 01:19 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
Growing up in a drag racing family I really like where you are going with this truck. What do you have planned for the hood?


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 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
TUTS 59 #1425810 Sun Oct 03 2021 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Wayne67vert
Beautiful truck! I only have one issue... those fenders are too shiny. LOL smile

Thanks!


Originally Posted by TUTS 59
Growing up in a drag racing family I really like where you are going with this truck. What do you have planned for the hood?

Planning on running the stock hood... which incidentally got some paint today

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425811 Sun Oct 03 2021 10:16 PM
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Couple more fail points and then some interesting and positive developments

Rear brake lines designed to fit 68-72 Chevelle...fell a little short. My ARP bolts are fine thread and the balancer on my BBC is course threaded...fail

Followed by some good news... when I mocked the driveline up the first time we ended up raising the trans 2.5" to get an approximate drive line angle. When the truck went back together this last time the angles and the numbers seamed out of wack so I ditched the 2.5" riser block.

Today I put the blocks back in the trans mount and viola.... all my little fitment issues went away. Steering column clears, the recess for the passenger side valve cover slides in and out easily, room to get at the distributor.

With enough room for my scoop to fit with some minor trimming of the rear carb mount... Win!

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1425812 Sun Oct 03 2021 10:18 PM
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And the last day of decent weather...so couple more items got a lick of paint

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1426485 Mon Oct 11 2021 01:43 AM
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Little bit of this and a little bit of that going on...

Spent way to long modifying the electrical wiper motor arms to fit the truck... actually just the first one took a lot of measuring and trial/error to get the right length time.

Started to put some of the interior bits in place... rear cab backing

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1426486 Mon Oct 11 2021 01:44 AM
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Mounted the grill and started the hood lace

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1426730 Wed Oct 13 2021 03:58 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
🤤

Be careful, 32. For a low skill, low budget build you might have people beating your door down to work on their trucks.

Beauty work.


In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pictures here [photos.app.goo.gl]

1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1426761 Wed Oct 13 2021 02:50 PM
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^Thanks for the compliment... I'm pretty happy with the way the trucks coming together


Fitted some more of the interior bits, gauge bezel's will need to be painted black so they blend into the background a little better.
Current struggle is getting the new rear window rubber around the glass and into the frame. Ended up taping the rubber to the external frame in an attempt to get the twist out of the new rubber...will see if it works

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1428170 Wed Oct 27 2021 03:46 PM
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Unconventional Thinker
Excellent work! Can't wait to see the progress!


Shane

Shane's Toys...
2007 Forester XT Limited (2nd Owner)
1991 Cherokee Laredo (2nd Owner)
1981 Chevy 3/4 Ton Fleetside 8,600 Camper Special (3rd Owner)
1965 Chevy 3/4 Ton Fleetside (3rd Owner)
Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1428370 Fri Oct 29 2021 02:57 PM
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^Thanks

Progress is slowing due to a string of parts arriving that aren't the right part or the right part arrives "according to the manufacturer" and then simply doesn't fit.. and making the parts either from scratch or modifying to fit is slow and annoying at the least

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1430125 Sun Nov 14 2021 04:55 PM
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Some minor updates.. most of which can't be shown. Updated the carbs to 50cc accelerator pumps and added dual quick change covers for the vacuum secondaries. Changed out the thermostat housing for a straight unit.
Rear brake lines installed, used the TItan tool for flaring the lines...highly recommend it.
Connected and ran the choke and hand throttle cables through the firewall, just need to cut them for length. Nice part about having dual carbs with manual chokes is I can utilize the original dash controls.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1430136 Sun Nov 14 2021 08:48 PM
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Got a couple of hours out in the garage. Coil mounted and made a bracket for the fuel pressure gauge.

Used two of the original firewall rubber grommets to isolate the coil bracket from the sheet metal

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1430407 Tue Nov 16 2021 11:37 PM
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Very nice work! what kind of paint and gun are you using?

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1430468 Wed Nov 17 2021 04:19 PM
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It’s Nason2k base and clear sprayed with an old sharpe platinum gun

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1430565 Thu Nov 18 2021 05:11 AM
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The paint looks incredible.

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1437460 Sun Jan 16 2022 12:53 AM
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^thanks

Took some time off as winter hit, but I've slowly started back at it. Working on the fuel lines the last couple of days... decided to make life more difficult and use a combination of 3/8 stainless lines with -an fittings.

Using a Rigid 37 Degree flaring tool for stainless and a Jegs tubing bender. Thankfully I don't have a lot of line to run as I find stainless is a pain to bend.

Also got some parts back from the plater... mounted the top hat and that's about it for now.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1437461 Sun Jan 16 2022 12:54 AM
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Couple more

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1440177 Sat Feb 05 2022 11:05 PM
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Getting some more small items completed.... finished the fuel lines, brake pedal assembly is in, started mocking out the floor for the shifter and parking brake

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1440179 Sat Feb 05 2022 11:06 PM
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And a couple random shots

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1440872 Sat Feb 12 2022 02:28 AM
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Worked on the truck the last couple of days... mostly running brake lines and finishing the rest of the fuel lines from the pump to the tank. Got the master mounted and managed to scrounge up some vacuum line to connect the carbs. Followed that up by reaming out the valve cover holes to align with the head and polished it for good measure..

playing around with some of the refinished trim pieces...

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1440903 Sat Feb 12 2022 02:48 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
I think you need to change the name on this thread, this is definitely not a "Low skill, low buck build. Really coming together, very nice work.


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 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
TUTS 59 #1440966 Sat Feb 12 2022 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
I think you need to change the name on this thread, this is definitely not a "Low skill, low buck build. Really coming together, very nice work.

Ha ive been lurking around this build thinking the exact same thing. Lol. But as you stated, very nice, is an understatement.

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
TUTS 59 #1441410 Wed Feb 16 2022 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
I think you need to change the name on this thread, this is definitely not a "Low skill, low buck build. Really coming together, very nice work.

My first time looking at this thread. I jumped to the end to work my way back. My first thought, Low Buck Build? This aint no low buck build.


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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1442931 Mon Feb 28 2022 04:30 AM
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Spent some time mocking up the rad and the grille pieces... Need to make some adapter brackets for the rad and will be raising the rad a couple of inches from where it currently sits.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1442932 Mon Feb 28 2022 04:32 AM
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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1442933 Mon Feb 28 2022 04:33 AM
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Last couple of update photos

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
TUTS 59 #1442934 Mon Feb 28 2022 04:38 AM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
I think you need to change the name on this thread, this is definitely not a "Low skill, low buck build. Really coming together, very nice work.

Thanks man, I'm doing my best... but there are some truly beautiful trucks on this site that make my attempt seam pretty low rent

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1443736 Mon Mar 07 2022 04:19 PM
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This is looking so good! I'm currently fitting the radiator for my 1940 too and I'm having serious concerns about what the previous owner did. The upper grille doesn't seem to match up so either the upper grill is warped or the front panels are. Would you mind tossing me a measurement for the 2 bolt holes at the front of the grill?

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
Dkeehr #1443994 Wed Mar 09 2022 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Dkeehr
This is looking so good! I'm currently fitting the radiator for my 1940 too and I'm having serious concerns about what the previous owner did. The upper grille doesn't seem to match up so either the upper grill is warped or the front panels are. Would you mind tossing me a measurement for the 2 bolt holes at the front of the grill?

I think I got the spot you were looking for… came out at 17 1/4 inches from head to head

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444088 Wed Mar 09 2022 08:46 PM
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Worked on the passenger side windlace …kind of a pain to deal with.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444090 Wed Mar 09 2022 08:48 PM
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Ordered some mix and match jewelry for the truck that I'm hoping to get mounted this week. The math says they should fit but it's going to be tight and/or might require some minor modification to the bed side.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444169 Thu Mar 10 2022 01:38 PM
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That's a lot of tire for your wheel well, it will look nasty if you can get them under the truck. thumbs_up


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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444325 Fri Mar 11 2022 08:21 PM
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Got my tires/rims mounted... Happy with the look and it will make a nice change to switch them out with the steelies every now and then.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444326 Fri Mar 11 2022 08:23 PM
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Also figured out that my shiny new alternator wouldn't clear the top frame rail due to it's body size...so out goes the power master and in goes the alternator from an 85 samurai...not that it matters since it's mounted low and out of sight...still sigh

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444467 Sun Mar 13 2022 02:25 AM
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So… I got the alternator mounted and it looks like I may have to re-think the current configuration. Slight pulley alignment and possibly limited adjustment… but on the plus side.. it now clears the frame rail.

The trucks original trans crossmember was cut in the middle to make way for the TH400 so the plan is to have a removable support brace to take the load behind the leaf springs. Using what's left of the original drop brackets as the base.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1444529 Sun Mar 13 2022 08:50 PM
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I think I got the spot you were looking for… came out at 17 1/4 inches from head to head[/quote]

AMAZING! Thank you! Turns out the temporary brace that was in place was pushing the front of the skirt panels together so I had 16.5". Thank you! Thank you!

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1445331 Mon Mar 21 2022 02:44 AM
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Messed around with the other rear rims/tires. Frame clearance is ok.. just need to mock up the box and fenders.
Front trans mount is nearly finished.. this is going in to tie the frame behind the front spring where the original riveted piece was removed to clear the TH400

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1445332 Mon Mar 21 2022 02:45 AM
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It's hard to see in the pic but the scoop needed to be flattened on the rear to clear the firewall... it was a touch long and bulbous to get the scoop on with the filters mounted.

Progress of sorts.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1445333 Mon Mar 21 2022 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Dkeehr
AMAZING! Thank you! Turns out the temporary brace that was in place was pushing the front of the skirt panels together so I had 16.5". Thank you! Thank you!

Glad it worked out!

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1446851 Sun Apr 03 2022 01:27 AM
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Modified the original inner fender well to clear the header and add some rigidity to the fender. Wrapped the header and a couple of other minor updates..

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1447200 Wed Apr 06 2022 02:56 AM
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Sheet metal floor is getting closer to being finished.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1448507 Sun Apr 17 2022 10:15 PM
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Some trial fitting of the hood... means that I need to slightly alter the scoop again. I'm starting to feel bad for this poor thing.

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1448508 Sun Apr 17 2022 10:17 PM
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It's also the last day this week without rain in the forecast so did some paint stripping on the passenger door. For being 82yrs old the door is in pretty decent shape. Hashtag "farm truck life" it looks like someone screwed a sign into the door at some point. There are 4 evenly spaced holes drilled in the door that were previously filled

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1448551 Mon Apr 18 2022 04:28 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Looking good! Farmers don’t drill holes anywhere they want for whatever reason, c’mon now...

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
Fox #1449287 Mon Apr 25 2022 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Fox
Looking good! Farmers don’t drill holes anywhere they want for whatever reason, c’mon now...

😂


Well there is a dent that would have been hidden by the sign...my approach to body work has apparently been all wrong smile

Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1449289 Mon Apr 25 2022 02:43 AM
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Got my inner fender apron modified and mounted... including the welting. Wrapped the driver side header and next up is to butcher the inner fender on that side. Not sure I'll be able to replace spark plugs without removing the fenders... joy

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Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build
32vsnake #1449290 Mon Apr 25 2022 02:45 AM
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Also spent some time finishing the brake lines and modifying the universal Model A brake mount to better fit the truck.

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