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

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Feb 12 2022 02:28 AM
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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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Feb 12 2022 02:48 PM
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.
Posted By: glenns towing Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Feb 12 2022 11:25 PM
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.
Posted By: Ferris Bueller Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Feb 16 2022 03:36 PM
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.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Feb 28 2022 04:30 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Feb 28 2022 04:32 AM
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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Feb 28 2022 04:33 AM
Last couple of update photos

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Feb 28 2022 04:38 AM
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
Posted By: Dkeehr Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Mar 07 2022 04:19 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Mar 09 2022 03:08 AM
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
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Mar 09 2022 08:46 PM
Worked on the passenger side windlace …kind of a pain to deal with.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Mar 09 2022 08:48 PM
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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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Mar 10 2022 01:38 PM
That's a lot of tire for your wheel well, it will look nasty if you can get them under the truck. thumbs_up
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Mar 11 2022 08:21 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Mar 11 2022 08:23 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Mar 13 2022 02:25 AM
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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Posted By: Dkeehr Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Mar 13 2022 08:50 PM
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!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Mar 21 2022 02:44 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Mar 21 2022 02:45 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Mar 21 2022 02:46 AM
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!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Apr 03 2022 01:27 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Apr 06 2022 02:56 AM
Sheet metal floor is getting closer to being finished.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Apr 17 2022 10:15 PM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Apr 17 2022 10:17 PM
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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Posted By: Fox Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Apr 18 2022 04:28 AM
Looking good! Farmers don’t drill holes anywhere they want for whatever reason, c’mon now...

😂
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Apr 25 2022 02:41 AM
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
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Apr 25 2022 02:43 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Apr 25 2022 02:45 AM
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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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Jun 09 2022 03:02 PM
yikes... it's been awhile since I've updated this thread. Mostly getting some small jobs done as of late...
  • working on the doors to get them ready for paint
  • modified the scoop to clear the hood
  • made some adjustments to the floor so that it clears the brake pedal
  • added the last piece of dash trim
  • mounted the throttle pedal and the transmission cooler
  • and I’m undecided if I like the baby moons on the truck


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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Jun 13 2022 02:32 PM
Modified the drivers side inner fender panel and got the fender back on. It's looking more like a truck again...sort of.

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Jun 13 2022 02:47 PM
Dang I love that Black... I really want to know how that monster sounds, love a Big Block and headers. thumbs_up
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Jun 17 2022 10:47 PM
Did some mock up work with the bed to check tire clearance the 275's. The wood bed blocks weren't in place so the bed and the fender will rise by another 1.5inches, but my pseudo math calculations worked out. Wheel is pretty well centered and I have total tire clearance.
First time in a while that it looked like a real truck... until I dismantled everything.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Jul 04 2022 10:09 PM
Been a couple of slow weeks as I tweaked my ankle, which made getting around a little tough.

Finished off the fender welting, installed the support rods. Started contemplating the wiring harness routing and mounted the ignition box.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Jul 13 2022 02:09 PM
Weather is finally getting good enough to paint again... Rad also got a shot of flat black since the shiny aluminum looked out of place to me.

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Jul 14 2022 04:57 PM
The finish on your doors is absolutely stunning. Do you paint for a living?
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Jul 14 2022 06:04 PM
Thanks! Credit for laying the paint goes to my father...strictly a hobby activity for him but he's gotten pretty good at it over the years.

The clear on the doors isn't the usual clear that we use...so there's a bit more orange peel in the paint than normal. It will sand out nicely though.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Jul 14 2022 06:25 PM
On a different note... trans cooler is installed and connected. Had the spare rims and tires mounted but I'm not sure if I like the look of them when I laid them against the truck... will see once I put them on, for now the steelies are my first choice.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Jul 14 2022 07:25 PM
one door is color sanded and polished... turned out pretty shiny

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Jul 15 2022 03:37 AM
big moment for me... got a door hung and didn't damage anything. Truck's one step closer to looking less like a parts car

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Jul 22 2022 02:53 AM
Put in the column and steering wheel… also added the passenger side door handle… little by little it’s getting done

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Jul 23 2022 03:08 AM
3 random holes in the dash got missed when the dash was painted… given the choice of filling holes and repainting vs improvisation… well laziness is the mother of all invention.

Turned the 3 holes into a tach mount

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Posted By: Phak1 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Jul 23 2022 11:11 AM
We all make mistakes, after all we are only human. it’s how we cover them up to look like it was meant to be, that defines a true craftsman.nice job!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Jul 26 2022 02:40 AM
I’ve always preferred a smooth front fender without anything mounted on them. Since my trucks a 40 and I’m attempting to keep a stick outward appearance I’m running the original parking lights…

Color sanded enough of the fender to mount the parking lights… I’m not overly thrilled, here’s to hoping the look grows on me.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Jul 27 2022 04:10 AM
Playing around with my second set of rims

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Jul 27 2022 09:36 PM
Super hot days... so getting the material stretched for the seats. The skins came from the filling station...One piece down, one to go

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Jul 28 2022 01:35 AM
I know you're leaning towards the Dog Dish caps but dang those Torque Thrusts look nasty with that gloss black thumbs_up thumbs_up
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Fri Jul 29 2022 10:00 PM
When I got the truck it had the standard column mounted and hose clamped turning indicator box. I've made an attempt to keep the steering column "clean" and didn't want to hang that box back off the column.

Looking online I found a kit from Speedway motors that was a self canceling system utilizing two button switches.

Figured I'd give it a try, made a mount for the switches, threw some black paint on it and hung the bracket with a magnet. It will suck up a little tighter to the dash once it's final mounted without the magnet. Happy with the way it sort of blends in, now I just need to finish the bracket, give it some better paint and fully mount it.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Jul 30 2022 10:20 PM
Bench seat is finished, which means the trucks interior is now 95% finished. I love the she simplicity of these interiors.

Glad I didn’t end up paying someone else to do it either… way cheaper and it turned out pretty well. Will probably need to pull the lower front in a bit but it’s not terrible.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Aug 07 2022 10:30 PM
Been working on paint stripping and mocking up the box. Have to relocate/adjust the tailgate as the mounting tabs don’t line up with the bedside.

Got the bumper brackets painted and test fit the front bumper.

Progress of sorts

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Aug 15 2022 01:17 AM
Bunch of little things attempted, some even accomplished, others not so much. Bed fill panels are in, bed wood is getting stained in ebony and looks nothing like what the camera's picking up. Metal vacuum line to the transmission is shaped/routed and the radiator mounts are started. Had to make a small bracket to offset the moroso trans dipstick mount as the filler cap was hitting the firewall...

My big fail this weekend was putting brake fluid into the truck, turns out the proportioning valve included with my brake assembly is deep set and my fittings aren't tall enough to set the flare. On the upside all the other flares and fittings are actually functioning.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Aug 17 2022 03:04 PM
Started cutting and routing my plug wires.... happy with how the passenger side turned out but the drivers side header posses some issues and is a little messy. First coat of sealant went on the wood and it's not turning out as black as I thought it might. It's a very dark brown in most light but it sort of has an ebony look in certain light.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Aug 22 2022 03:29 AM
Some random and unrelated updates… tailgate is just about ready for paint, first 2 rad mounts are done and the battery tray is sort of mounted. Ran into an issue with one nut not clearing the backside of the crossmember. So a typical day trying to put things where they don’t belong.

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Aug 22 2022 04:08 PM
Originally Posted by 32vsnake
Some random and unrelated updates… tailgate is just about ready for paint, first 2 rad mounts are done and the battery tray is sort of mounted. Ran into an issue with one but not clearing the backside of the crossmember. So a typical day trying to put things where they don’t belong.

It gets the creative juices flowing just trying to figure out a cleaner install, a little head scratching can go a long way. Some great work, dang your getting close.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Aug 23 2022 03:37 AM
Turns out it only took some minor head scratching 😁. I drilled a hole to clear the rivet on the cross member and it wasn’t large enough to let the angle iron sit flush. 2 drill bit sizes up and my problem is resolved. Once I decided where the battery was going I relocated the solenoid to the rear. One quick and dirty bracket with a splash of paint gets it done.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 27 2022 02:45 PM
Another couple of small jobs started and some are even completed. Started mocking up the exhaust, battery disconnect is mounted, radiator's done, hood prop's back on front and rear hood latches are in. Still need to get the overflow tank bolted in...forgot to do that yesterday.

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 27 2022 03:29 PM
Glasspacks.... Brrrraaaaappppp grin
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Aug 27 2022 10:10 PM
Started playing around with the hood alignment... need to clearance more from the top of the scoop

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 05 2022 03:47 PM
Not much in the way of visible progress as of late...fair bit of little stuff getting done though. Proportioning valve showed up and got installed so now the truck has brakes... still need to adjust the rod a touch. Started working on the parking brake mount and figured out where I'm putting my fuse block. Upper radiator hose is on, overflow tank is mounted. Bed wood is getting it's final coats of sealant and just a bunch of other random stuff.... last pick of the truck on torq-thrusts ...went back to steelies.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Sep 07 2022 10:43 PM
Some black on black

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Sep 08 2022 12:32 AM
SWEET !!!!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 10 2022 01:46 AM
One bedside down… two fenders and a bedside to go. Finished mounting the parking brake and began working my way through some wires

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 11 2022 03:44 AM
Got 4 of my plug wires cut and crimped…1,3,5 and 7 to go.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 11 2022 09:45 PM
Plug wires are all done… started running some wires. Rear tails are routed. Using a sheath covering from summit.. really nice stuff to work with.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 13 2022 07:40 PM
Drove north and picked up glass for the truck. Highly recommend “our glass shop” in parksville for island folk looking to have glass cut.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Sep 14 2022 10:56 PM
Ran some more wire, hooked up my speedometer and added a hood support.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Thu Sep 15 2022 10:05 PM
Raining this morning… good enough time to start playing with the windshield. Went together not badly and tested well for fit… the rubber seal however is a complete pain.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 17 2022 09:06 PM
After much misery.... the windshield's in.

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Posted By: BrianInPA Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 18 2022 12:45 PM
Great looking truck. I'm currently working on a 39 chevy truck and want to add disc brakes to the original axle. I see that you used a kit from MP. I went to the MP site, but they only list for 47 and later GM trucks. I'm assuming you used that kit and it fits the earlier truck spindles, or did you have to modify it to fit?


Brian
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 18 2022 02:15 PM
Story around the brakes is that I downloaded one of their master catalogs from 2017 which listed a 1928-1940 kit…like you I didn’t see it on their website.

I emailed them enquiring about kit DB1751B 1928-40 GM1/2-TON (5 x 4 3/4" BOLT CIRCLE) and it’s availability.I got an email response back that the kit was still available but due to some website upgrades the kit hadn’t yet been added back.

You might want to email/call them and ask if they still produce DB1751B.

Cheers
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 19 2022 01:33 AM
Got some more wiring done, started on the overhead gauges... went pretty well until I decided to drill the holes for 3 switches. Funny but true story... I started drilling the first hole and my dad walks in. He says that should have been drilled before it got painted... heavy foreshadowing on that statement. Sure enough the wood blocks supporting the panel slipped out and the drill chuck kissed the panel. sigh... so the ghetto fix is to put a washer behind the lock nut.

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Posted By: DennisM Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Sep 19 2022 09:28 PM
Another option is to go with a later front axle. I swapped out my '40 front end with one from a '51. Looked like everything was the same except the spindles are a bit larger diameter. Not sure of which years are suitable, but that should be pretty easy to figure out.

Dennis
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Wed Sep 21 2022 10:31 PM
Worked on my exhaust today…got both sides cut..next up is hanger placement, tack it together and final weld.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 24 2022 01:29 AM
Both bedsides are in paint… only leaves the fenders to go

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Posted By: BrianInPA Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 24 2022 01:20 PM
Referring to Dennis's post above...

Is the width of the '51 axle the same?
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sat Sep 24 2022 10:09 PM
Drilled the fenders and came across the realization that one has the correct shape and the other one doesn’t . After some adjustments and it’s good enough for a farm truck standard… fender fits as good as it’s going to.

Some more exhaust work done with slightly less fail. Tips are angled up 8 degrees… not sure if I’ll turn them down or not

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Posted By: Phak1 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 25 2022 12:01 PM
Been following and it looks great. Nice work!

If you do decide to angle the tips up, drill a 1/4” hole at the lowest spot to allow rain\condensation to drain.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 25 2022 03:18 PM
Thanks for that idea Phil...I'm still not %100 committed to the exit location. Going straight back might be the cleanest look but I'm not sold on that either. It's taking a lot longer to get this final piece figured out than I'd originally thought it would.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 25 2022 10:21 PM
Somewhat productive day, finalized the rear exhaust route… enough so that it’s tacked, dad got primer on the fenders and test fit the bed wood.

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Posted By: Bill Hanlon Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 25 2022 11:27 PM
That is going to be a long battery cable. Hope it is big enough.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Sun Sep 25 2022 11:44 PM
I’ve got 1 gauge to run from the starter to the solenoid, then the kill switch and finally to the battery. Should all be good.
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 27 2022 02:44 AM
Ran my battery cable from the solenoid to the starter and put in the passenger side glass.

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Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 27 2022 10:19 PM
Fenders got paint today, version 2.0 of the floor got started and played around with another set of hub caps

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Posted By: Gdads51 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 27 2022 10:27 PM
Are those hub caps '60s "dog dish" style???
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 27 2022 10:44 PM
They do have a slight dome but I suppose they are technically dog dish style. …I mean you could flip it over and let fido drink his fill out them.

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Posted By: Gdads51 Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Tue Sep 27 2022 10:51 PM
Yup, definitely appear to be the same as the "Police" version of "dog dish style". Was not aware they were being made to fit other styes/sizes of wheels.

Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted By: 32vsnake Re: 1940 1/2 ton low skill and low buck build - Mon Oct 03 2022 09:52 PM
Painting is done on the truck ..everything that needed paint got it... sort of...Turns out the rear passenger fender that had the wrong shape is going to be a complete redo. I figured I could fudge a little on each end and get it to fit.. big mistake. It needs the front reshaped to fit. Drivers side dropped right in so that's something at least.

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