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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Motorbreath, May 15, 2007.

  1. Motorbreath
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    Im hoping the doors i got on a recent trip to the scrap yard will have some good parts for me. I've aranged a deal to sell some handles and the top part of a rather messed up door already, so that will help with the cost, won't cover it, but it will help. I'm just hoping to get the hardware out of the doors, the window mechanisms. Unfortunately someone apparently shot the passenger side door with a cannon, i can put my thumb in the bullet holes...... Havent gotten the doors apart to see if I can use the parts yet.

    The bottoms of the "new" doors are rotten bad! Thankfully the doors that were on my truck arent too horrid. I plan on using the top of the driver side, or i should say a few inches of the very top, when the top gets choped on mine to fill the gap in the doors with an already formed peice.
     
  2. Motorbreath
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    I started and Almost finished reversing my saginaw steering box today. Still need to clean all the grease up, find a 3\4" freeze plug and then re-assemble it all.
     
  3. 383 240z
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    Motorbreath, first off thanks for the hook up on the parts, I never did get that 39 hood the guy sold it before I had a chance to look at it. I did pick up a 40 hood for short money. and I scored some old ET slots off craigslist last week. I hope to get started on the frame here next week as the boss's fram should be done on Monday. I started making the front cross member yesterday on my lunch break. Keith
     
  4. Motorbreath
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    Hopefully the parts get there ok Keith. I think I doubled the weight of it with as much styrofoam but hopefully it wont get dented up.
     
  5. Motorbreath
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    Im employed again, yay.... Doing installs at a mostly truck accessory place. Was hired in as an installer for 30 days, then after I get used to the place and get to know the people I will be promoted to manager over the install side of the biz... Go me, Got a good hookup on parts again too. So hopefully in a couple of months I'll be finishing up the truck.
     
  6. 383 240z
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    Glad to hear it. Keith
     
  7. Motorbreath
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    well, the truck accessory place was a total waste of time. No hours, kept sending people home early and never had a full days schedule. I'm starting a new job on the 14th. Working in a plant that makes mining equipment.

    The truck cab is finally mounted, got to drill the holes out in the mounts to make some minor adjustments.

    Transmission is finalized, t400, got the converter (3000 stall) the other day, got to pull the trans and put the converter in. Looks like the driveshaft will be something like 32"
     
  8. VNCduke
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    Im not afraid to voice my opinions, that looks like shit, seriously, go to the OSR forumn with that thing
     
  9. Motorbreath
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    VNCduke, thanks for your opinion! You are right, it is definetly looking pretty rough. Maybe by the time its done in 4 or 5 years it will look better, I hope someone has the kindness to tell you how bad your projects look in their early stages too. Later man.
     
  10. VNCduke
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    Unless you plan on changing the engine, bed, wheelbase, etc, it will always look bad. your welcome by the way
     
  11. Motorbreath
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  12. monzadood
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    i love that quick change rear. check out the thread i started on our truck build. we did it in roughly 90 days. its a 36 chevy truck. good luck with the job situation. i been there myself.
     
  13. Motorbreath
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    monzadood, I bought that QC to put under a nova project I was doing, but then blew the 4spd all to hell in the nova and decided to buy\build the truck instead. So many people around here are confused by it, no clue what it is. Its almost too bulky for the back of the truck where the bed is so short but i'll make it work. I still appreciate that documentation I got from you too!
     
  14. Motorbreath
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    The cab is mounted, not completely done, but attached so I could move it to our temporary place. I still have to line it up and finish the floor.
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  15. Motorbreath
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    I've decided the keg is leaving, going to go with a custom aluminum tank. Probably going to stand the radiator upright after I lower the bed about 6".
     
  16. Motorbreath
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    an edit for a better idea.
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  17. 383 240z
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    Looking good, I wosh I could get a few of these damn customer cars out of the shop and get to spend some time wrenching on my truck! Keith
     
  18. Motorbreath
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    Anymore progress?


    Chris
     
  20. Motorbreath
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    Nothing new yet, been at a new job for 2 weeks and got to get some bills paid off before i can get anymore parts.
     
  21. Motorbreath
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    Ordered some caliper brackets from chassis engineering to match the front spindles, might be putting brakes on it next weekend.
     
  22. Motorbreath
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    Havent done squat to the truck, but I did buy a better welder. Picked up a lincoln 135 gas mig and a bunch of accessories for $300 from a guy I work with.
     
  23. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    Way to go man your doing what most want to and thats to try and build their own hot rod. You got me beat thats for sure. I started with a finished product and Im just adding and subtracting from it. I admire your patience, your ambition and your attitude. SOme guys completely have no class by degrading your work. Usually a dead give away for the guys with a small member. Its not everyones style and yes its a little rough around the edges but shit I bet you have learned more with this build than I have with mine. Congrats to you....I love how you dont get all pissed with some of these assholes and simply saying thank you to them....ahhaha love it.

    And to the people who have the small little pee wees.....go wash your mouth out with a revolver princess.
     
  24. budd
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    hey nice to see your still working on your truck, i think its looking pretty dam good.
     
  25. Motorbreath
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    thanks whitey and budd, its not coming along too fast, but me and my wife are trying to buy a house, or some land, or a garage with an apartment, or something so we can have a place for all our stuff and a place for me to work on whatever.
     
  26. Motorbreath
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    moving up (?) in the company, woo hooooo! i think... Now i'm fabricating small parts for mining machines. I get to go off by myself and run that poor little miller 251 to death! lol Hoping to be in a new place by mid summer or so, should have a good couple thousand $$$ downpayment saved up soon and we can hardly wait to spend it. I don't care if I have to use a shovel and a pick to flatten a spot and pour quickcrete out of 5 gallon bucket I will have somewhere to finish this truck!!! I got a $50 gift card to speedway for Christmas, I'm going to use it to get some clevis ends to redo the hairpins on the front.
     
  27. 46highboypu
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    Hey man, I know it's hard times. I've been there and it's no fun, just hang in there. The rod will still be waiting when you're ready/able to work on it again. The family comes first...always. Good luck!!!
     
  28. Motorbreath
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    Im hanging...lol sometimes its felt like i was litterally hanging, but I'm starting to do decent for myself. Got alot of ideas floating in my head, stuff to do, future projects, lots of motivation. I think about driving the 40 just about every day.
     
  29. Motorbreath
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    Hoping to close on the new place in a couple weeks. There is a nice clean 14.5' x 21.5' attached garage with a 12' ceiling. Hopefully I can get some progress on the truck soon.
     
  30. Motorbreath
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    I now have a garage. I soon will have the truck in the garage and can start fixing a few things and get it finished up.
     
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