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New Guy From South Central Texas

Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by RamJet1, May 23, 2012.

  1. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    I'm Dave, handle is RamJet1, taken from the engine in my project.
    I started coming here originally drawn by the vintage pictures threads, then was hooked when I saw all of the cool projects in progress.

    I have a '55 3100 short step that I started 10 or 11 years ago. A move from Chandler, AZ to TX 8 years ago slowed that to pretty much a stop. I call it a '56 as the cab is a '58 and the rest is 2nd series '55. If I call it a '56, nobody gets confused if it's 1st or 2nd series and all that.
    I bought it as a basket case, so much so that I have the wrong bed ('60-up) and the title to something else. Hard lessons hopefully learned.
    I have a RamJet 350 crate engine, Camaro 6 speed manual, and a '68 Firebird 10-bolt. I put a No Limit Engineering independent front suspension in it and monoleafs out back. To lighten it, and since the sheet metal was so wasted, it has Fiberglass front and rear fenders and hood.

    I know it doesn't completely fit the traditional bill, but I was going for a reliable daily driver that was somewhat comfy, partially to please the wife. I've done most of the work myself so far, and most likely will be doing all of the rest as well.

    Looking forward to all I can learn, and maybe contribute.

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  2. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,376

    from Indiana

    Welcome to the H.A.M.B.
  3. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    Thanks, Salt.
  4. Welcome from Washington!

    Damn, for a southern truck it must have had more than its fair share of rust.
    I'll bet that 6 speed is fun to "row". Gotta love the Tri-five pickups......

  5. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    Thanks, 36!

    Your right, it should have been better, but it wasn't just rust. Nothing was together when I rounded it up, so I figured I'd do it right and get the fenders, hood, and doors sand blasted. Well, there was a ton of mud (bondo) on them, more than I would have ever guessed, and every compound curve was mangled. Today I might have tried to straighten them out, but back then it was just beyond me.

    I haven't driven it yet, under power at least, but I can't wait to row those gears.
  6. chopperwolf
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 53


    Welcome. Where in South central?
    Nice truck, we're building a buddy's 58.
  7. 76cam
    Joined: Sep 30, 2010
    Posts: 643


    Welcome to the hamb!!!! And yes where in south central texas do you live. I live in Luling and we have car stuff happening all the time so if your close come out youre truck looks awsome.
  8. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    Thanks, guys. I'm near Boerne, NW out of San Antonio. I'll have to keep an eye out for car happenings as that is a good driver for keeping a project rolling.
    I've got to get this thing going and on the road!
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
    Posts: 834


    Welcome from your neighbors in The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico! Nice truck by the way. I like the look of Chome Steelies and wide whites as I have the same look on my 54' 3100, I also have a 57' 3100 that kinda looks like your's. Check em' out in my album.
  10. LowMOJO
    Joined: Mar 6, 2007
    Posts: 522


    Welcome from San Antonio!
  11. shadams
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
    Posts: 1,491


    Welcome, this place is so full of sh...........information it is rediculous. Your initial experience sounds a lot like mine so I feel for you. That is a good looking truck though. Anyway, I work in Boerne and live in Bandera where the cowboys are. I hope to have mine driving by the end of the year but that is assuming I actually work on it. Welding and grinding on sheet metal is not fun when you dont know what you are doing. I am sure I'll see you around when we are up and cruising....
  12. StayGold54
    Joined: Jan 19, 2012
    Posts: 140


    Welcome from So Cal!
  13. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,610

    from South Indy

    Welcome from Indy.
  14. forty7ford
    Joined: May 6, 2012
    Posts: 204

    from Iowa

    Welcome from Iowa
  15. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    LoMOJO, you're right here! I've been hitting the New Braunfels and Fredericksburg swap meets regularly for the last four to six years, are there other good ones down here? Thanks for the welcome.

    65PANELRAT, looks like you have some nice rides. My buddy back in Phoenix had a '58 GMC panel that he was working on, it was crazy! Unfortunately he had to sell it a while after I left.

    Brad, your avatar is killer, I'll have to check your link to see more.

    StayGold54, that car is sweet. Thanks for the welcome. Lived in Nor Cal for many years, great weather, crazy people.

    Nice 'Bolt (I thnik that's right) TommyD, and thanks for the welcome. You too, forty.
  16. gregaustex
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 136

    from Austin

    Welcome from Austin. Nice little town you live in.
  17. Wecome from Wisconsin!!!
  18. hicklers
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 103


    Welcome from California
  19. 4oldfords
    Joined: Sep 30, 2009
    Posts: 159

    from Texas

    welcome from just up the road in fredericksburg, tx
  20. WhiteZombie
    Joined: Jan 16, 2007
    Posts: 653

    from Denton TX

    Howdy from Sherman TX.
  21. Welcome from Susan & Larry in the MO. ;)zarks
  22. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    Thank you all for the kind welcome.
    I see quite a few that aren't that far away from me, and one that's so far north that he's almost in the next state! Ha ha.
    Looking forward to seeing what you all are working on.
  23. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,580

    from tulsa, ok

    Greetings from your northern neighbor--Oklahoma. Your truck looks great.
  24. robleticia
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,497


    Welcome from Angleton!
  25. mikeallcars
    Joined: Feb 16, 2012
    Posts: 1,316


    Welcome from Tennessee .
  26. Veach
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 1,081


    Welcom from Mineral Wells Tx
  27. RamJet1
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
    Posts: 343


    Thanks, rustednutz, I appreciate it.

    And thank you too, Mike and Veach. (I'll have to look up Mineral Wells)

    Robleticia, I've been keeping an eye on your build! It's got to be one of the best looking four doors I've ever seen. Very well done and very inspiring. I've finally finished my side job for a while and almost have the shop straightened up enough to get started on the truck again. Can't wait! And it's build threads like yours that keep the drive going. Thanks!
  28. Welcome from North Texas!
  29. Just a hop-skip away from me down 281. For those not from Texas, a 45 minute drive is considered "around the corner".

    We're not so bad ourselves here in the ATX.

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