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Joined: Nov 2000
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Shop Shark
Do you ever feel like your project will never end? There are days when I can see light at the end of the tunnel and the cash drain dwindling but then something will come along and slow the project down and add more unexpected cost.

I got whacked at least four times last week with reassembly surprises:

1. Although I knew my hood hinge wasn't the best in the world, upon reassembly it became obvious that it had seen better days so I ordered a new one to the tune of a "C" note. The new ones come chromed therefore if you want to paint it you have to strip the chrome off first. I pondered this knowing that getting the hinge prepped and primmed would take another 3 days and add more expense. Against my conservative (at least towards the '41) sensibilities I decided to install it as is. If I don't like the chrome look I can always paint it later.

2. Upon installing the windshield it was obvious that over 60 years of service had taken it's toll on it. The glass was delaminating and severely scratched (which I knew of course, it just didn't look THAT bad on the old truck.) There was no way that it was going to look right on "this all new old truck" so after taking closer look at the other glass too I decided "what the heck" and ordered a full round -- door glass, rear window, and front windshield. Back to the computer to order these parts.

3. The bed assembly started last week and while doing some trial fittings it was discovered that the newly reworked and painted bed strips were 1 3/4" too short. Hmmm, how did this happen to slip by me? At the beginning of the recent restoration I decided that the original bed sides , front, and tailgate were not worthy of repair so ordered new ones. The original bed strips were salvageable so I had them cleaned up and painted, never thinking to recheck the length with the new bed parts. The PO had installed a piece of angle iron on the front panel to aid in support and cut the strips an inch and three quarters to make them fit. Back to the online store for bed strips... The question of polished SS vs. painted strips plagued me as while the SS certainly looks pretty it is a bit too jazzy for my taste. I pondered the benefits of SS vs. paint and also took in consideration the time and expense of painting. Again, offending my own sensibilities I ordered the SS. The benefits of SS won out, but now the truck is starting to deviate from my original plan of keeping it "looking" original.

4. When the new glass arrived last Thursday I started taking the frame apart in preparation of replacing the glass. I knew that the original frame was kinda bent, creating a big gap on the passenger side, but thought that that could be cured with a little metal work. What I ended up with was coffee can full of rust and a frame that had reached the end of it's useful life some years ago. Back to online and telephono shopping. Now, it's Friday and I want to drive Viejo to Kansas City in 10 days or so. Helen, at Obsolete Chevy, indicated that they had a frame in stock, "but wait, for some reason it's here but the computer indicates that it is sold." It turns out that the center divider trim piece that the customer had ordered was back-ordered so they were holding the frame until the trim came in. I begged and pleaded with her to release the frame to me, as obviously the other guy was going to have to wait anyway. Helen called the customer and asked if he would be willing to release the frame to me, assuring him that they would get another one for him in a timely fashion. He agreed (thank you who ever you are) and she shipped it out Friday afternoon. The question of paint vs. chrome came up again ,and at this point it was also a question of "if I go chrome what's the time line and cost?" I called Sandy at the plating shop and she said "for me" she would work it right in the line and I would have it by the end of the week.
The frame and chrome work is another unanticipated ka-ching, ka-ching. $330 for the frame + shipping, $200 for the chrome work. Heck, it's only money at this point!

As I near completion next week I know that I'm going to have to put new tires on Viejo. Although they show no dry-rot from being stored in the attic for about 10 or 12 years, and not a whole lot of wear showing for the previous 8 years or so of light service, I don't think I should risk it all by driving on them too far(Kansas City is 1300 miles according to Google.) I've been looking at the threads concerning radial vs. bias tires and right now am leaning towards radials. Any comments or suggestions on this point?

What's going to hit me this week remains to be seen, but I'm steeling myself for more surprises.

Don :hammering:

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Sorry for the "headaches" but your post is most interesting. It would be great if we could get that much detail from the beginning of the project to the finish. We rarely hear of all the decisions that must be made. It really sounded like one of those reality rod shows on TV. I could post something like this but I can't remember all the little details. I suppose one should be making notes as he progressed through each experience.
I'm looking forward to getting my sheet metal back and going through what you're doing. however I don't think I'm disciplined enough to keep a diary like that.


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Actually the brain drain is one of the reasons I make some of the postings that I do. The Stovebolt has become my diary as such; and I have referred back to more than one posting during the course of this project. Continually taking photos is another way of keeping track, that and a spreadsheet detailing all of the parts. I just wish I could write as well as Larry "Laroke" does in his adventures with Billy Bob.



My 1941 in the Stovebolt Gallery
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But I tried, didn't I? ... At least I did that. RP McMurphy
The past belongs to the future...but only the present can preserve it.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.
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Down2sea; I know EXACTLY what you feel. I had thought after doing the 37 and all the little "tricks" I figured the AD would be a piece of cake as the 37 was mostly a basket case. Now I find the same, and in some cases worse, happening on the AD.....decisions, decisions! Its all Murphy's Law. If I could only get my hands on him.....

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Look at the "bright" side... you will be driving your truck soon!!

Nothing like clear glass, fresh tires and new gas!!

Another quality post.

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Shop Shark

I feel your pain. My goal is to get my truck somewhat road worthy by January, the second anniversary of my purchase. And like you, I seem to take one step forward and two steps back. At this point, I'd be happy just to hear the engine turn over by then.

My latest is a leaky radiator which will keep me from turning the engine over, to the cost of $500 for a recore or $300 for a new one. And most of my decisions at this point are far before I have to decide whether to go with chrome or not.

I'm starting to enter the house through the front door instead of the garage, just so I don't have to look at the truck. Maybe I need a break.

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I wimped out this morning and made flight arrangements for KC, as I just don't think I'll have time to do a proper shakedown period. Bummed is what I feel right now as I really wanted to make this particular trip with a "fresh" restoration.

The windshield frame made it to the plating shop today and Sandy worked it right in for me. It should be done by Thursday or Friday. The bed should be on tomorrow and at that point it will be the final wiring of the lighting and radio, installing the glass, window regulators, door panels, getting the seat upholstered, and a few other odds and ends. The truck will then be driven back to my painter for a final wet sanding, buffing and touch-up. I then need to decide about the tires as those suckers actually look new although they were purchased in 1987 or so.

Dave "RedGreen" I know what you mean. Roberto told me he didn't make the trip up your way this weekend. Dang, I'm surprised a new radiator would cost 500 bucks. Your wife will understand "your" purchases if you buy her a nice piece of jewelry occasionally, at least mine does. Then again, I haven't updated the spreadsheet in awhile and hate to see that figure.

Thanks for the encouragement guys.


My 1941 in the Stovebolt Gallery
My Photo Album

But I tried, didn't I? ... At least I did that. RP McMurphy
The past belongs to the future...but only the present can preserve it.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.
Joined: Apr 2007
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Don et al:

Im planning to drive the F*RD grocery getter and plan to be there for Saturday only...have a few other items on the agenda. Trying to see if I can get these guys to accompany

I have veto power over the red head navigator in the pic, but trying to get the driver, my dad, to STOVEBOLDT UP for me. I'll have a better game plan by end of week. I'll be in touch.


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