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Projects 1949 Shoebox Ranchero Build

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by jakesbackyard, Nov 28, 2018.

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Hinge covers??

Poll closed Sep 29, 2021.
  1. Left

    35 vote(s)
    89.7%
  2. Right

    4 vote(s)
    10.3%
  1. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 38,554

    loudbang
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    I'm in the left camp. I didn't even notice them when you posted that first back side photo when it was all in primer. :)
     
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  2. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 943

    210superair
    Member
    from Michigan

    I gotta agree they'd look best hidden, as others have said. Too late for that? Lol...

    I vote left. It'd look cool too to fab up something to match the lp cover...
     
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  3. 26Troadster
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 645

    26Troadster
    Member
    from Texas

    i like the cover as well, very nice work.
     
  4. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
    Member
    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    Thanks for all the input. It will retain the original covers.
     
  5. Excellent choice Sir.:cool:
     
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  6. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
    Member
    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    The Ranchero made a 40 mile round trip to lunch with car guys that do it every other Wednesday. Cruised nice. In a shop getting the exhaust finished up now.
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  7. Looks good in the parking lot!
     
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  8. Good update, Jake. I would have expected nothing less. :)
     
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  9. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
    Member
    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    Tying up all the loose ends on the Ranchero. Exhaust complete. Emergency brake all done. Gauge cluster all rebuilt and all working. New steering wheel on. A couple small things yet to do and then it’s time to tear down, sand and paint…

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  10. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
    Member
    from ND
    1. Upholstery

  11. Jake as I remember, you are a few years older than me. You have years of exp., a garage with enough tools and a vision that was accomplished. You have a very impressive build. It wouldn't make any difference who did it but the fact that you are old and soldier through is very impressive. Younger people have no idea what it's like to be old which is fine. There's plenty of older people who keep going. The one thing that will remain for as long as most of us will know is "that is Jake's truck". No matter who ends up with it, for those of us that watched, it will always by your truck. Kudos to you. You have my respect. :)
     
  12. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
    Member
    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    Wow. Thank you. Pretty humbling words. I’m just an old body man/upholsterer having fun. A person needs reason for getting up and enjoying every day. I’ve got to be busy and have a passion for building cars as well as a great wife, kids, grandkids, and a pretty new great grandson to keep me busy with other activities. I’ve been pretty lucky in my life.

    This is the last really big car project, but I’ll have to find some smaller ones to keep me going…:)
     
  13. @jakesbackyard Are you going to put any connectors on the gauge cluster to make it easier to remove if ever needed? I used 6 pin wire connectors on my '51 Custom when I had the dash out and rewired it. Also made for an easy install and not having to contort an old body to work under the dash.
     
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  14. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
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    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    I thought about it and probably should have, but no. I didn’t. I’m skinny and thankfully pretty limber yet…:)
     
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  15. Doing it made mine easy peasy.
     
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  16. Are you going to paint it a factory color
     
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  17. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 38,554

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    Really like the steering wheel. Never saw one with the top spokes down in that position. :)

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  18. flatford8
    Joined: Dec 12, 2012
    Posts: 141

    flatford8
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Lyman,ME.

    Great car!…. Beautiful job!…….Mark
     
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  19. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794

    jakesbackyard
    Member
    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    Similar…door jambs are painted…I think it was posted a few months back…
     

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  20. Thanks I guess I forgot reading it. Frank
     
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  21. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 550

    ccain
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    This has got to be, hands down, THE BEST Ranchero conversion out there.
     
  22. Jack Rice
    Joined: Dec 2, 2020
    Posts: 139

    Jack Rice
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    I have really enjoyed watching this build. Nice job, truly something to be proud of.
     
  23. Shamedevil
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 270

    Shamedevil
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  24. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,681

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  25. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,681

    6sally6
    Member

    Pretty durn smart!!
    With the spoke pointed down.....there's no need to twist & turn to be able to read the instrument panel.
    I like it!
    6sally6
     
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  26. If any shoebox Ranchero conversion looks correct, yours is the one.
     
  27. Chuck Craig
    Joined: Jun 11, 2016
    Posts: 259

    Chuck Craig
    Member
    from Ocala FL

    Really enjoyed keeping up with this build, gives me a lot of inspiration on how to do a few things on my avatar.
     
  28. I did mine on my '59, made the gauge lights all common and the gauge wiring with long leads. I have 2 barrier strips mounted to a plate back-to-back under the dash, easy to reach.
     
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  29. To me it was a no brainer as to how simple and easy the reinstall was. The work behind the dash was accomplished on the bench sitting on a stool and not standing on your head with a flashlight in your mouth with both arms contorted. Adding those connectors enabled me to reinstall the dash in the car. Raise the car on the lift with the door open and simply push the connectors together and tuck them up out of the way.
     
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