If you've seen any of my jibber jabber before, you'll know my dad is my inspiration for my pickup. My truck is a tribute to his, an homage if you will. This is his in '59. And this is me 52 years later... This is another bit of inspiration (thanks Weezy!)... And this really sparked the idea for the color combo (thanks to jj)... So after months of chroming engine parts, its finally time to get down with the get down. After the Heavy Rebel show last week, we got my truck in the shop an began preparations for the engine swap. We pulled the front doghouse off and got the engine pulled on Wednesday. Then I began filling the numerous holes somebody drilled in the firewall. Some looked like they were punched with a crow bar, lol. The firewall is now done and ready for a little bondo before paint. Please keep in mind that when we started this, I had well over two hours of welding experience. But with the tutelage of Jeremy and Del, I am getting better. I am thoroughly still a hack though, lol. My bud Jeremy James convinced me that to fix everything right we might as well take the cab off the frame. So we did. I had some areas on the cab behind the fenders that needed patching. I'm working on that now. Probably got another day left to finish that up. Jeremy has been working on my floors. Somebody had taken the time to cut out the rust in the floors but then welded larger repop patch panels OVER the holes instead of cutting them to fit the holes. There's about 50 spot welds on each floor panel, lol. That should be remedied soon. I had another buddy, Tommy come pressure wash all the decades of grease and grime off the frame. In the very near future (days) I'll be wire wheeling the frame from the front to the bed. Once that's done, we'll mock up the engine (we have an extra so as not to dirty up pinkie). Once the engine mounts and trans mounts are squared away, everything will get a nice coating of POR15. Then the engine will go in for the final time. It sounds like a lot of work, but its going quickly. Should be just a matter of two or three weeks before the engine is in. The truck was running and driving a week ago. Empty frame. Steve McQueen said in Le Mans that "racing is living. anything before or after is just waiting." Well this frame is just waiting, lol. Here's the cab up on it's throne. The firewall is all smoothed and we're repairing some rust and the floors. These are the tools of the trade of a maniac on a mission. Here's an artsy shot my bud Jeffy James took of my engine on display in the back of my pickup at the Heavy Rebel show. This was July 2nd, we pulled the engine July 6th. I LOVE this pic, I'm getting it blown up and framed to hang in my living room! I have to mention that I could not do any of this without the help, encouragement, and advice of my friends and fellow Iron Lords. I was really apprehensive on tackling a job this large. But I am learning from some very talented PROS and enjoying every second. Call me biased, but my club is definitely the best group of guys in the universe. We're all doing really exciting things with our cars and we all seem to boost each other by doing so. I just can't say enough how much I love these guys and how much I love being an Iron Lords member. We are living the dream! Once all this mess is cleaned up and the engine is in and running, I'll move on to the rest of the body work. That'll be another chapter, but I have another set of good doors and bed parts. I'll do the doors first then pull the bed. When the bed is off, I'll do the same clean/POR treatment on the rear of the frame. There will be some more mild custom mods to come. Then, eventually shiny dark purple paint with plenty of pearl tossed in the mix. But I'm getting ahead of myself, lol.