The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by the-rodster, Sep 29, 2008.
Sounds like you need a set of glass packs or steel packs!
+1 on the glasspacks!!!
Just found this post today. Thanks for taking your valuable time to document this build for our viewing pleasure.
With my limited time I'm always rushed to much on a build or refresh to take photos. Sure do regret that now.
Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Too quiet huh, bummer.
I've heard good things about the hushpower IIs.
I've only heard them once thogh and that was inside a trailer so that may not be the best (seemed loud enough at the time ).
If nothing else, get a set of slip ins, last I saw a set they were 'adjustable' depending on how you put them together, anywehre from 'responsible citiczen' to 'hopless hooligan'. (no, I'm not fessing up to which I am either)
Still working on it.
It's registered and insured.
Third gear in the 700R still doesn't act right, I've got an appointment with the local tranny guru next week.
I was going to buy a new MarkIV underdash air unit ($300) from Vintage Air, but they no longer sell them.
Better yet, I scored a like new one on the bay for $80.
It looks sweet under the dash, but... I had to move the stock heater 4 inches to the right, and the cowl vent handle an inch to the left.
I pulled the grill out of storage, and I always thought it was just painted grey.
It is, but OVER the chrome.
After three hours of buffing, and a six pack....
It looks pretty decent for 60 year old chrome.
Great build can't wait to just get goin on my ole pick it up. Little by little.
I was just looking at those pictures and my old front end man's brain was thinking "damn, that thing is going to be hard to align". But it didn't click in just why. It looks like you got it aligned without too many hassles though.
The truck looks great by the way and shows that the old theory of sweat equity still works and in this case works well. Spend the money where it has to be spent and bust your ass getting the rest the way it should. You have pushed the rest of us AD truck folks a bit harder to keep up now.
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It's looking GREAT! Hope you can get some miles on it soon!
very good info. I have a late 40's early 50's chevy long bed and a 1958 chevy long bed. Both will get the short bed treatment. Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing. Now I can get to cutting.
I AINT SLACKING!
I've put over 500 miles on the truck in the past two weeks.
The transmission problem that I thought was "slipping" was actually the torque converter kicking in and out. I had the wrong speed sensor, 4 pulse A/C, versus 2 pulse D/C.
The computer was registering 150 MPH, then 20 MPH. Thanks to a buddy with a OBD scanner to help me figure this out.
With the right speed sensor, the tranny is smoooooooth.
I even had the old truck doing some work last weekend.
I blasted the hood this past weekend, and plan on priming it, and installing/adjusting the hood and grill this weekend.
Here's what I did for tunes....
I filled the stock "knob" holes, they were way to wide for any kind of aftermarket stereo.
I bought a NOS Kraco on the bay for $19.95.
I used the stock radio delete plate, and cut a hole in it for the radio.
I then drilled new holes for the knobs.
I bought a $30 set of speakers from jim carpenter to install in the stock speaker location.
It aint gunna win any stereo competitions (it aint even stereo) but it almost looks OEM, clean, and that was my main concern.
That's it for now, I'm looking forward to getting the hood primed, and the front end fitted this weekend.
GET OUT THERE AND START WRENCHING!
I am loving this thread and build. Awesome job on this truck too.
I recently sold a 30k mile all original '50 Chevy shortbed because it was too nice to do anything to. This thread is definitely inspiring me to go out and find a project truck and get started on it.
I was wondering what happened to this build.
BTW, don't do anything to the exhaust until you've had a chance to drive the truck regularly for awhile. On a daily driven (or almost) truck loud exhaust gets old. It's fun on a race car or whatever but when your driving down the highway for hours on end the noise resonating between the cab and the front bed panel will drive you crazy. Especially if you want to enjoy that neat little radio you worked so hard on.
Looks great! Keep us posted...
thats a great looking truck keep up the good work
Nice, my buddy is building one of those right now too.
Beautiful weekend in SOKY.
Primed the hood and grill surround.
The grill surround is mounted, the hood and grill are just laying there.
This thing is gunna need a bumper, I have one, painted, but it really needs a chrome bumper.
I'm digging the look though.
Very cool build so far, and as your signature mentions, it does suck.
I mean to be a lesbian in a mans body.............
Very cool thread and thank you. I hope to have a 52 sitting in the garage in the next week or 2 and seeing threads like your helps to motivate me and gives clues as to which way to go with it. thank you Jim
Every shop truck needs a hand lettered shop logo on the door, and I'm fairly handy with a brush, so I broke out the rustoleum, and had a go...
Hood installed, new straight pipes installed...
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