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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by NealinCA, Jul 27, 2021.

  1. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
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    NealinCA
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    I haven't done a build thread in a long time, so thought I would post some progress on my latest distraction.

    I sold my patina 32 Fordor a while back...
    32 Fordor Old Nash Dealership.JPG

    replaced it with a shiny one...
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    but had the hankering for another "rusty" car. So bought this old CA Bay Area hot rod pickup...

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    It sat for a few years as I bounced around on a few other projects. Then we got a wild hair to get it running for the RPM Nationals last year. We did a 3 week thrash and it ended up with the infamous green engine from my RPU.

    32 CCPU RPM Nationals.jpg

    After RPM, I made a few changes to the appearance...

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    32 CCPU Front.jpg 32 CCPU interior.jpg

    We put it together with a 3.78 rear and a 39 trans with Zephyr gears. I wasn't happy with that drivetrain combo, so here we are now. I opened up a proverbial can o worms...

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    A friend asked if the "green engine" was a curse to 32 pickups. Hopefully this one makes it back on the road quicker than my poor RPU that's been torn apart for 10 years now.
     
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  2. NealinCA
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    As we pulled the trans, pedals, etc, I found the K-member had been hacked on worse than I thought...

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  3. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
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    The front crossmember needed equal love... Front Crossmember.jpg

    As well as the wishbone...

    Wishbone Torched.jpg

    Wishbone welded.jpg

    Wishbone Finish Ground.jpg
     
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  4. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    from KCMO

    Love everything you build and this truck is no exception! Thanks for sharing
     
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  5. NealinCA
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  7. NealinCA
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  8. NealinCA
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    The truck had a 31 Cadillac dash in it, and to be honest, it is what pushed me over the edge to buy the truck in the first place...

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    I had the upper dash rail pieces replated, but the dash insert cleaned up with it's old plating. I had a few other interior and engine pieces plated as well.

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  9. NealinCA
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  10. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    from oregon

    Neil, that old hauler is a peach, nice work as always.
    We need to see more trucks with sideboards.
     
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  11. Tim
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    Those sideboards are fantastic
     
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  12. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
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    Great looking truck
     
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  13. Nice looking truck..
     
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  14. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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    from Zoar, Ohio

    Great project. Your fab skills are great. Are those rear fenders original.
    the rear flare looks short?
     
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  15. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
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    31 Cad dash..cool! Was it already in there when you got it or is that your addition?
     
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  16. Wow Neal, I love your builds! Like the creative rivet bucking tool.

    (Is your steering wheel smelly? Mine (same) is like a hunk of parmesan cheese.)
     
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  17. Hot diggity ! Neal’s back!

    Down to earth hot rod building.
     
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  18. 05snopro440
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    Wow, cool truck!

    Love the sideboards! Very unique.
     
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  19. NealinCA
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    The dash was in the truck. I went back and edited the post an added some "before" pics. I saw the truck and thought it was kinda cool, then saw the dash and had to have it!
     
  20. NealinCA
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    The fenders that came on the truck were 29-30 Chevy. I have since got original Ford fenders for it.

    The wheel does not smell. I have a friend with a Crestliner steering wheel in his truck...and it's a stinky one...
     
  21. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
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    from Nebraska

    Neal: Love your truck. I have done 2 deuce pickups with 31 Caddy dashes. Also had a 3rd but sold it. They are a natural for the deuce truck. Tough to find but I found my 3 at the LARS. Very lucky. Gary at Cornhusker
     
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  22. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    @NealinCA top notch work as always! Glad to see you posting. I dig the Transition in pic 12. @Roothawg is coming up here to ride wit me soon!
     
  23. NealinCA
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    While the bed was off, I had my good friend Josh Carrillo @CarrilloCustoms replace the cab corners

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    I bought the Howell's patch panels, but the stamping wasn't real sharp around the corner, so Josh made up some dies and formed some new patches.

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    I did a quickie fake patina job, so after it ages a bit, it'll look like we never did anything...

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  24. Looks great., I love the metal work around the signage. HRP
     
  25. Kick ass !!

    **Nothing concerning the RPU is ever a "curse". Its called .. ... LIFE.
     
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  26. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
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    Cool truck! Nice work. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a 33 project! [​IMG]
     
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  27. Big mike 1968
    Joined: Jul 17, 2021
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    Nice clean repair
     
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  28. timeflies
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
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    from Guthrie OK

    I do like what you’re done with your truck. I have a really nice 32 cab and frame...yours is the look I want to achieve... later.
     
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  29. Bad ass
     
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  30. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
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    from wareham,ma

    Great truck Neal.
     
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