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Old 11-23-2012, 12:09 AM
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[SIGPIC] Diesel loving autocrossing grandpa Architect. 08 Dodge 3/4 ton with Cummins & six speed; I have had about 35 benzes. I have a 39 Studebaker Coupe Express pickup in which I have had installed a 617 turbo and a five speed manual. It still needs upholstery redone...I also have a 427 Cobra replica with an aluminum chassis.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:11 AM
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Thanks very much! I have a fellow who will do the repairs for me. I will show him this source of floor pans. Maybe there are some he can use.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:22 PM
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I have the trailer hooked up and am ready to pull out tomorrow morning at 4 am to go to minnesota to pick up the pickup!
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:35 AM
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I made it home last night about 8 pm with minimum mishap. I will write the whole adventure later.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:19 AM
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Good for you Tom.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:22 AM
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I hope there are pictures
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:55 AM
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Only one, but I can shoot some more.

Unfortunately the car has been completelly disassembled and only partially reassembled. The PO could not find all the parts either, like the window regulators as an example.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:10 PM
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Pics

Here are pics of the truck in its present condition. It has been disassembled to a large extent, which was not apparent in the photos sent. It will be a daunting task to get it all repaired and assembled, much more than I had imagined. I believe it is still a good investment but the work needed is much more than I realized. It is truly one I should have walked away from.

Ths first pic is from my hotel room window yesterday morning. The last pic is showing where the fender was which blew away when one of the fasteners came loose. Yikes!

Unfortunately I am a real sucker for a pretty face.

I also have a powerful imagination to see what it can be instead of what it is.

My original idea was to get it up and running by next summer, now I just hope I live long enough to get it to that state!
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:46 PM
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Tom,
Its a mixed bag....
The bad side is that since you didn't take it apart, it might be more difficult to reassemble.
The good side is that you see exactly what you have---no shiny paint over obvious old rust or bondo. If you have the space, and a large enough air compressor, I'd recommend using a small pressure sand blaster to remove the rust and paint---I call it "unpainting". You need to keep the pressure down, and blast at about a 45 degree angle, but the metal is thick enough that you are unlikely to distort it. Here, in Baltimore, the humidity is often so high that clean metal begins to turn brown within minutes of getting clean. And CLEAN is what sandblasting will give you. Sandblast, hit it with some pickle-ex or other treatment to preserve it until you can get primer on it.
It will be one very kool-looking truck.
Are you going original on the engine or going modern?
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:52 PM
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Tom,
Its a mixed bag....
The bad side is that since you didn't take it apart, it might be more difficult to reassemble.
The good side is that you see exactly what you have---no shiny paint over obvious old rust or bondo. If you have the space, and a large enough air compressor, I'd recommend using a small pressure sand blaster to remove the rust and paint---I call it "unpainting". You need to keep the pressure down, and blast at about a 45 degree angle, but the metal is thick enough that you are unlikely to distort it. Here, in Baltimore, the humidity is often so high that clean metal begins to turn brown within minutes of getting clean. And CLEAN is what sandblasting will give you. Sandblast, hit it with some pickle-ex or other treatment to preserve it until you can get primer on it.
It will be one very kool-looking truck.
Are you going original on the engine or going modern?
I am conflicted about the paint. I rather like the patina it currently has. One approach is to leave it alone cosmetically except to stabilize any rust. if I do that it will get fresh wheels and tires and more lights front and back for practical driving and more modern drivetrain and brakes if you can call a 617 turbo motor modern. I have a large black and white cowhide with hair on it. I am thinking of putting this on the seat. I may put in a 123 instrument cluster, and steering column too.
So from a distance it will look like a barn find but up close it will look ready to rock and roll.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:38 PM
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were you able to retrieve the blown away fender?

I talked to some guys this morning that had a 1959 Dodge Power Wagon --- all the body parts were in the 2nd truck.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:37 PM
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I didn't know when it left the truck. Drat!
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:16 PM
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O boy. Hopefully you can find a replacement. Might me time to join the jalopy journal.
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I am conflicted about the paint. I rather like the patina it currently has. One approach is to leave it alone cosmetically except to stabilize any rust. if I do that it will get fresh wheels and tires and more lights front and back for practical driving and more modern drivetrain and brakes if you can call a 617 turbo motor modern. I have a large black and white cowhide with hair on it. I am thinking of putting this on the seat. I may put in a 123 instrument cluster, and steering column too.
So from a distance it will look like a barn find but up close it will look ready to rock and roll.
A lot of people go that route. Nothing wrong with it, if you can stabilize the rust. Do you reassemble with new fender welting?
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