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Posted By: 32vsnake 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:03 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:06 PM
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
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:09 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:15 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:19 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:24 PM
Some of the deconstruction pics... a lot of the truck is coming apart reasonably well

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:26 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:31 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:34 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:36 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:39 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:41 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:43 PM
Grill shell is coming together

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:46 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:50 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:55 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 08:57 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:01 PM
The weather had been ok for actual paint so another couple of items got sprayed.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:03 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:06 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:08 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:10 PM
Continuation post of pics above... I was truly shocked that I didn't have more clearance issues with the engine

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:12 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:16 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:18 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:21 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:23 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:24 PM
Tires mounted and it's finally a roller again

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:27 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 10 2021 09:30 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 14 2021 01:12 AM
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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Posted By: Fox Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Aug 15 2021 05:07 AM
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.
Posted By: Hotrod Lincoln Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Aug 15 2021 08:33 PM
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!
Good luck!
Jerry
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Aug 16 2021 01:05 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Aug 18 2021 08:37 PM
Body work is easy.... when you get rid of the sheet metal

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

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 21 2021 03:21 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 21 2021 10:37 PM
Got the first gauge done...and then there were two.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 21 2021 10:38 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Sep 09 2021 01:42 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Sep 09 2021 01:44 AM
Body got some paint which is the good

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Sep 09 2021 01:46 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Sep 10 2021 11:02 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 12 2021 09:57 PM
Got a break in the weather so it's time for the second attempt at painting this thing

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

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Posted By: DavidBraley Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 13 2021 01:30 AM
Looks great!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 13 2021 01:54 PM
Thanks! So far I'm happy with the way it's turning out
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 13 2021 11:45 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 13 2021 11:47 PM
Continued...

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

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 21 2021 04:11 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 21 2021 04:12 AM
Couple more

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 21 2021 03:36 PM
That's a gorgeous deep black on those fenders. It's going to really sharp on the road.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 21 2021 07:49 PM
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.
Posted By: NJC Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Sep 22 2021 10:29 AM
Sir, That's a lot of progress for 6 weeks! Good for you. The effort is really coming along. Thanks 32vsnake. V/r, Nick
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Sep 22 2021 06:34 PM
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.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Sep 24 2021 04:20 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 25 2021 02:06 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 25 2021 02:07 AM
Cont

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 25 2021 10:45 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 25 2021 10:47 PM
H4's mounted

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Oct 01 2021 11:22 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Oct 02 2021 10:02 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Oct 02 2021 10:05 PM
Couple more pics to add

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Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Oct 03 2021 12:57 PM
Beautiful truck! I only have one issue... those fenders are too shiny. LOL smile
Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Oct 03 2021 01:19 PM
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?
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Oct 03 2021 10:14 PM
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
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Oct 03 2021 10:16 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Oct 03 2021 10:18 PM
And the last day of decent weather...so couple more items got a lick of paint

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Oct 11 2021 01:43 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Oct 11 2021 01:44 AM
Mounted the grill and started the hood lace

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Posted By: Fox Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Oct 13 2021 03:58 AM
🤤

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.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Oct 13 2021 02:50 PM
^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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Posted By: DoubleDingo Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Oct 27 2021 03:46 PM
Excellent work! Can't wait to see the progress!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Oct 29 2021 02:57 PM
^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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Nov 14 2021 04:55 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Nov 14 2021 08:48 PM
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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Posted By: rc356s Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Nov 16 2021 11:37 PM
Very nice work! what kind of paint and gun are you using?
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Nov 17 2021 04:19 PM
It’s Nason2k base and clear sprayed with an old sharpe platinum gun
Posted By: rc356s Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Nov 18 2021 05:11 AM
The paint looks incredible.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Jan 16 2022 12:53 AM
^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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Jan 16 2022 12:54 AM
Couple more

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