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Projects 1954 Chevrolet Truck

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by moparbrothers, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    Drug a new project home a couple months ago. Every since my brother and I were small and mom taking us to the grocery store. We always passed by this old 5 window Chevy truck sitting in the trees by a house right next to the store. As we grew older we asked the owner about the old truck and said his dad bought it new from the dealership (still in operation) up the road from his home. He said many people have offered him a fair deal of money for the old truck and he since declined all offers. And when 2 teenage kids showed up at his front door we were surprised to find out that he wanted a younger buyer to step up and purchase the truck. After my brother making a deal of $1500 along with many stories told, We pulled the truck from the sap infested trees after sitting for 4 years and drug it home. IMG_0308.jpg
    -Brother and Original Owner
    The plan is to fix the rust and make it a nice daily driver for my younger brother to feel comfortable driving it anywhere. This is a learning experience for both of us. If we can learn more while working on this truck I would be satisfied. This is a project thread that we will be updating you on the progress.

    -Noah and Isaac
  2. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 2,034


    looks really solid, congrats to that nice truck. And the previous owner is looking really satisfied with his buyers choice.
  3. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    This weekend we started the processes of removing 50 years of dirt buildup to repair the rust. the floors, inner cowl panels and the driver side cab corner are all rusted out. Here are some pics of the truck as it sat in the trees and us prepping. Seat had been taken to interior shop to get redone. Removed door for easier access. Tried powerwashing Sap off with no luck. Any suggestions? 0DFE6A46-2AEA-4F8C-A808-137CE4756872.jpeg 6DA618C6-5C69-4553-8977-9CEC25E3F3DF.jpeg 42C0058B-B10A-455B-A0F0-075D3E31E423.jpeg F4D529B7-6D7D-433A-9A2C-C400A5A5E1A3.jpeg
  4. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 9,060


    You'll need a pressure washer that can heat/steam the water.

  5. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,221


    My first car was a 55 1st series AD truck. I started building it when I was 11. I have two 1954 five windows sitting in the wings right now, waiting their turn. I'm very excited for you guys and look forward to following along on the journey!
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  6. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 2,134

    from Napa

    That pic brought back a memory- in the sixties and seventies my gramps in NY had, in his fleet, a 53 Chebbie "ton truck" amongst the deuce and a halfs, Binders and REOs, to deliver coal, dump runs, and backup grain truck. He admitted he had spent too much money fixing it up, fully rebuilt 235, good tires, paint, and some rust fixes. I remember a hole in the passenger side floor where you could watch the axle jiggle, and the draft would overcome the heater at about 30 mph. Also had fenders that were rusting loose from the cab, so the guys grabbed some 3/16 x 2 strap, and bolted the fenders to the running boards on each side to hold them on. It was the "winter team" with a Ford 8N tractor with the big bore Mercury piston kit and sporting a Wagner loader, for delivering coal and snow removal. Both had 8-volt batteries with big cables and the adjustable voltage regulators turned up, and always started right up no matter how much fresh snow they were under
  7. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    We have since got the 235 to run. We cleaned out the old gas from the tank replaced ponts and condenser and it ran exceptionally well. When the rust is all fixed we will fine tune the engine. The bed has rotted away, But we have purchased a new kit. This is the area we will need help on, as we have never replaced bed wood before. Had are some more pics from when it was parked in the trees. As well as the old truck in the shop. The bed was removed as well this weekend as well. Pics from last night. More rust and what is left of the bed. IMG_0427.JPG IMG_0423.JPG IMG_0422.JPG
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  8. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 3,092

    from Alabama

    If you live in a title state Get The Title. If there’s no title, get with the PO and see if he can help you get one.

    The only thing that’s going to clean that truck is manual labor AKA elbow grease.

    Try dish rags and Dawn dish soap. Don’t use cheap soap as it’s diluted. The “ power degreasers” maybe too hot for the finish and too hot on your wet hands. It really helps to soap it up and let it sit a while.
    You may find that dish soap and rags is not enough. If so move up to green Scotch Brite pads for tough areas. Really really rough spots.....gingerly use steel wool with a light touch.

    After the gunk is off, you can use rubbing compound All By Hand! After that is hand buffed off.... wax it. What comes back will amaze you.

    Repairs...... Right now only worry about structure! If it’s solid as in the cab braces are all in tact and it’s not going to fall apart if she goes on her side....,I would wait. Sure.... the places you can patch without disassembly; do it if you can. Corners and other cosmetic areas I would not worry about right now.

    I see that have really dived in.... Carry on!

    Looking at it.....Clean it up and drive it. You’ll have the rest of your life to have a garage queen. Get it running and hit the road.

    I would get her running and driving. Plan on a new gas tank and new wiring at least in most spots. Is it a 3600?
    It may be a 1st 55. If it’s 12 volts factory. It’s a 1st 55.

    PM me your address, I have the 1954 factory assembly manual and the 1948-52 shop manual. These are the big service manuals. Free of charge, I’ll box ‘em up and send them to you.
  9. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    Yes its 6 volts and it is a 3600. Were a title state and have acquired the title so we should be set in that area. Will use your advice on cleaning the sap once the structure is sound because there is quite a quantity of it. The more we dig into the truck the more rust there is. Disassembly i of the rusted areas are already taking place, Just so we do not have to worry about it when we hit college and start having a family of our own. Things may get busier the older we get. will snap some more pics later.
  10. IndigoInkTaco
    Joined: Sep 24, 2016
    Posts: 55

    from Jersey

    Truck looks great! Best of luck w/ it. Will be following along. Quick question tho....

    What do these bolt to underneath? I believe one on the passenger side too....
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  11. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    Those I believe mount the cab to the frame. My brother took the pics. Will be a late night tonight. We started to remove the driver side floor 46749263-0A81-41B1-9A83-5BA995BB0700.jpeg A94CE2EF-C81B-4EBC-8AB7-E3F8361DE049.jpeg this picture might answer your question Indigo.
  12. chop job
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 596

    chop job
    from Wisconsin

    You guys are really lucky to have found such a nice project to work on.
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  13. In for the ride
  14. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,221


    That escalated quickly!:)
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  15. BaBa
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 114


    Right on! What a great project. You will learn a lot and have something very satisfying to drive when you are done.
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  16. Laquer thinner might dissolve the tree sap and probably your paint also.
  17. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 730


    Maybe try turpentine on the sap ? It may cut it and not damage paint.
  18. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    Will try the methods listed. We will have to use plenty of elbow grease. Tonight we are welding in the new floor pans. Making sure to take our time and make sure everything is lined up correctly. Notice inner cowl panel removed. 3A35943B-676D-46BD-9062-B54A5D9517AB.jpeg 2488373A-AADD-4FBB-BF19-F80F9905CDE3.jpeg
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  19. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 766


    I cut up a huge balsam tree so I ended up with a thick layer of pitch on my hands and a chainsaw covered with pitch. I tried some 70% isopropyl alcohol. It cleaned my hands perfectly and then I wiped down the saw. It worked amazingly well. Thinking in hindsight that alcohol is used to soften shellac and liquifying shellac so it can be used. Shellac is solidified pitch. Now isopropyl is my go to when I get sap on anything and it needs to go. The isopropyl is easy on finishes and worth a try. We buy it at the local pharmacy.
  20. moparbrothers
    Joined: Oct 9, 2017
    Posts: 42


    Stained the bed wood kit this morning, had the holes predrilled for the offset washer. Should make installing easier. We used this product and put about 3 coats on we had to stain in the basement unfinished bathroom to keep the temperature up. Made the whole house smell of stain. 1DE50E7B-7BDB-4467-A602-9B5B957B8F3F.png C4CF67AB-8079-4EF9-AA83-C966F55D7011.jpeg
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  21. Nice project - looks like you guys are doing it justice, too!

    I spent a few years getting my 51 on the road, and I replaced a lot of the cab sheet metal as well. I also put a T5 behind my 235 for drivability purposes. Not sure if there is anything to be learned in my build thread, but here is the link.
    Good luck and keep at it!
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  22. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 4,691


    I’ll second the T-5 swap behind a 235. Makes all the difference in the world. I used a first series 55 open rear end with the factory 3:90 gears. Although they are a bit rare. I would also suggest you put the aftermarket front sway bar for the panel delivery on it. Big difference in drivability.
    I love my 54 Chevy truck.

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  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,300

    from oregon

    You know, it took a lot of years for me to fully appreciate the 54's, not sure why, maybe it's the one year only deal, grill, one piece windshield, etc. not sure, saw one once that was unforgettable, dark green, chrome grill, bumpers, don't know, but that, the lowered stance and the wheels just worked for me.
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  24. Good job on the cleanup and project work. You can do a lot with time and not much money.
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