The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by anthony myrick, Aug 7, 2018.
Found this in our local scrap yard
turns out its a former mail truck the body is made by Gerstenslager
has a government delivery plate from early 1957
think I may just pull the trigger
we got it in the shop
students cleaned it out and are removing the chassis
plans are to lower it and refinish it to resemble its former mail truck glory
it has a 235 but is missing the hydromatic. I still have the hydro adapter, starter and flexplate if someone needs them
I have a 472 Caddy that may end up powering this
Good save! Students?
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I teach at a high school tech center
I do old stuff like this mixed in with the newer stuff. Great for recruiting
I'm guessing that it's 3/4 or 1 ton suspension?
3/4. It only has a 6700 gvw
Going more than likely with 1/2 ton stuff
Has a cool dropped factory axle that would drop a normal truck of the same years a bunch
I need about an 8 inch drop and using the stock stuff want do that
we got the frame out
I think we want to run these or something close
the Buick bezels would fit how the body is stamped in the headlight area
some Kaiser Manhattan ones would look great if I could find some without another mortgage
Students pulled the engine out yesterday. Might save this exhaust manifold Looks like it would make a cool split exhaust.
As a lover of all '57 Chevys, let me say that one's ugly! But I like it.
Great that you are getting young people involved with some old tin.
Guess you have to tolerate their wheel choices..
Will there be plans for paint? My thought was to see if a local blasting company would donate time/material? Patina is free, of course..
Plans are to build the chassis and drive as is while we “restore” the original mail truck look
Got to make an engine choice soon. We have the 472 on our run stand. Seems to have a mechanical timing issue. If we have to build an engine we may just use a 283 power pack I have. I do have a good running 235 but would include adding a clutch mechanism to the van. (It used to have a hydro)
I also thought about a 250 6cl.
We marked the front and rear axle center lines on the chassis today and removed the original suspension. Students will check the frame for squareness and start figuring out final ride heights and begin chassis mods
Students have almost stripped the frame
they are now removing all unnecessary brackets..........drill, hammer, repeat
They have located front and rear axle center lines and are checking it for squarness
we are now measuring ride height and verifying the wheelbase, we need to move the front wheels forward slightly to center them in the wheel openings.
Students are also planning the new front x-member....measure cut, weld
we are going to make it a bolt in to improve the ability to remove the engine without removing the body.
we got a huge mess to clean up tomorrow.
I use opportunities like this to teach chassis measurement and repair, suspension components and alignment
our 472 is showing very low compression, just a little over 30 psi but on all 8
PO said the car was running fine then shut down on him and never got it to run correctly again
we did discover that PO had the firing order backwards and had severely damaged the distributor. looks like he threw a lot of new parts on it trying to diagnose the bad running condition.
he also complained about it flooding, wonder if this has something to do with the low compression numbers
car had around 80k miles on it.
Great project!......I asked a young lady once if she wanted to see my Gerstenslager and she smacked me!
Don, that's one you "pop out" once you are acquainted!
The students of this truck are fortunate to have such a teacher.
Teaching is a calling in life, few are in it for the money. The experience from this class will remain with them long after the book work fades.
We built this 2 years ago
....So true........I was married to a teacher. I understand and respect their dedication to their craft.
Students did good this week
all suspension and mounting brackets, unnecessary x-members were removed
they know how to remove rivets now
Searching ''Gerstenlager'' brought up a lot of bookmobile images.
This one looked cool.
They also built the Weiner mobile
Students noticed something weird about the paint on one side. Hmmmmmm
This is untouched as found
Just amazing what can be revealed by some removal of old paint.
Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
One of it's ghosts from it's past.
This is how it was found.
This is when we first got it in the shop. Zoom in on the rear portion of the bus and watch it apear
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