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Projects Daily driver '58 Chevy Fleetside mild custom

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ElBrujo, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. So I finally found something that will work with keeping the diff center. Its a pinion mounted watts link.
     

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  2. I made the links out of PVC pipe for the mock up and I also have to trim the plate but it's coming along.
     

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  3. So I had to redo the top structure of the notch. I made a rookie mistake and set up the upper bag mount incorectly. However; it worked out better and I figured out a place to mount my shocks. It's pretty tight back there, but it all functions and keeps the outside of the rails free to route my exhaust through. There's a few things left to tidy up but it's just about done.
     

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  4. 1959apache
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
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    looks good, its going to be a pretty sweet truck!
     
  5. Thanks! It's the first notched and bagged vehicle I build, so it's been a learning curve. But it has turned out really good.
     
  6. I made and welded gussets on the top bag plates. I also upgraded to slam specialties RE-7 bags.
     

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  7. Except for a few little details like rounding off the edges on the watts link bell crank, tapping the links and trimming off the excess on the lower shock mounts, I can just about say the rear suspension is done! Took a lot longer than we expected but we're really pleased with the results:cool:
     
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  9. kylemontoya
    Joined: Oct 27, 2012
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    Looking good man


    Instagram @kylemontoya
     
  10. Thanks, Kyle! I'm really digging your project too.
     
  11. 4444Design
    Joined: Aug 25, 2012
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  12. Jason455
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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    What year impala bumper is this?
     
  13. Hey, Jason It's a '58.
     
  14. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    That 58 impala bumper.
     
  15. TwoLaneBlacktop
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
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    from Burien

  16. Thanks, TwoLaneBlacktop!
     
  17. Had my car club brothers come down and give us a hand in mounting the cab. Plenty of space for the motor and tranny. I won't have to modify anything on that end. I must say, it's a big motivator to see the cab and bed on there and watch the suspension go through it's range of motion.
     

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  18. mad-cad
    Joined: Oct 31, 2004
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    Looking good. I'm a sucker for the 58-59 fleetsides, one of these days I'll get around to bagging my 59 fleetside.
    Anyway git er dern!
     
  19. Thanks, mad-cad!
     
  20. I also started planning out some of the body mods. Namely the Impala roof scoop and rounding off the corners on the doors.
     

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  21. Small update. I ended up tackling the top of the dash and also the support part of motor mounts. Next on my list is to dial in the power brake booster and weld that bracket in place.
     

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  22. We worked on the trans cross member these past few days and had to notch the center to clear the speedo and the left side to clear the power brake booster. Everything fits great so I'm going to weld her up tomorrow. After that, I'm going to work on the front horns and set up the core support as well.

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  23. kylemontoya
    Joined: Oct 27, 2012
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    Nice, very clean. I had to do the same to my 59


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  24. Thanks, Kyle. Your project is looking great.

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    Got this seat at the boneyard off a '88 Chevy single cab truck for $50. It's as if it was made for my truck, the mounts fit between the ribs and its an inch wider than stock which I like.
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    This might be the orange I go with. It's a HD color called Whiskey Amber. I'd still mess with it and make it my own but that looks like where I'm headed as far as the orange part. Now to tweak the candy gold part of it....
     

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  26. Been slammed with work, and helping my folks remodel their house so I haven't had much time to work on my truck. But as I was working on a customer's Harley I painted this little panel. I figure I will do a lighter version of this and the darker version on this panel will be what I spray on my taped out lines. Don't know if that makes sense.
     

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  27. So it's been a hell of a long time since I've put work on my pick up. I've been insanely busy and just living life but I'm glad to have some time to get back at it.

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    I welded up the seams, grinded them flat, did a little body work, straightened out some bent panels, and did some patch work. I have to replace the rear cross sill and install the floor and then it's off to the sandblaster.
     
  28. In the down time I had I went ahead and had my Olds steering wheel restored. Can't wait to slap it on![​IMG]

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