For those of you that know me, you’ll be saying “well, it’s about time!!” And for those of you that don’t, you’ll soon be saying it, too!! Growing up, I have ALWAYS been a car nut! From Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars to Legos and models, from CarToons to Hot Rod…Cars have been an integral part of who I have become. Dad always had something cool in the driveway, so I get it honest. Back when I was a very early teen, I spotted a super-cool Model A roadster pickup at the beach. It was bright yellow with a tan top and interior and five spokes. I just had to find it that week, since we were on vacation and would be leaving soon! Dad saw what an impression it made on me, so he asked if I liked old trucks. Obvious answer, YES! From then on, every time dad would spot an older truck, he would ask, “what about that one?” Again the usual answer was YES! Fast forward a bit to when I was 14...unbeknownst to me, Dad had been on the search for a truck. He had located one in town that he thought was for sale. We went to look at it. Dark metallic green 1946 Chevrolet half-ton pickup with baby moons and a 250-six with a 3-speed! Man, what a grille!!! And the price was right! We made the deal and dad drove it for a year as-purchased. Around my 15th birthday, we backed it into the freshly constructed garage and began a drivetrain swap that included practically all of a ’55 Belair’s propulsion bits. It was done and running in time for my 16th birthday, no big celebration or hoopla, but no doubt, it was my pride and joy! Yep, my first wheels! Drove the socks off that truck all during high school!! Even managed to carpool with my best friend and 2 girls! Imagine 4 people in this cab! Floor shifts were kinda fun! At one point, the 265 gave up the ghost and a ’66 283 was swapped in, along with a refurbished Muncie! Drove it for a couple years, then the cam lobes went south! A friend’s neighbor had just rebuilt my friend’s 350 in his Monte, so I struck a deal for him to build my 283. That was in ’86. I never got the engine to run right and ran out of money and desire! So it was parked just before college graduation and sat in one place or another over the next 30 years. Got a job out-of-state and couldn’t take it with me. I would tinker a bit here and there. It managed to follow us (married in ’89, kids in ’91 and ‘95) to five different homes in 3 states, each time on a trailer! Now that the kids are out on their own, I have the time to invest in my old friend! My plans for the ’46 are a low-profile, nose-down, driver. (A non-traditional exception was made for the front suspension, it will not be a part of this discussion…so please, no “you should have done”s!) I will still keep the 283, Muncie M21 and ’55 third member. A custom dash will be installed with period gauges. I’m shooting for a late-‘50’s look with steel wheels and full wheel covers (seen below), although I have a set of original Torq Thrusts that will give off an early-‘60’s vibe if I don’t like the wheel covers. Gloss paint is in its future, but maybe not the IMMEDIATE future. Funds will determine this! Now you guys and gals are up to date. What follows will be my build thread. It may seem to drag out a bit going forward, but anything is faster than the last 30 years!!! Progress is still progress!! All this brings me to the last month or so. In a discussion with some of my not-so-local HAMB neighbors, I was able to arrange a work day this past Saturday. Unfortunately, two had unexpected medical issues within their families, so only one was able to make the trek south from Virginia. D-Russ made it to my place Friday evening and we hit it running Saturday morning. Early V8 motor mounts were installed (frame-side courtesy of Rotten Leonard, motor-side was an estate pick), along with the off-topic suspension brackets. I had previously fabbed up a transmission crossmember, and Dave assisted in prepping the frame and locating the member. I’ll have to drill and bolt it in at a later date. During yesterday's cleanup, I just HAD to hang a fender to add fuel to the fire! It's pretty low!!! That's a 10 oz. Cheerwine, not a 16 oz!!! ...and a hubcap (wheel cover, I know) for good measure! I’m so stoked to have these tasks done, as they needed to be done before I could do anything else. Special thanks to Dave for his instruction and assistance. All the welds are mine, so be gentle…I’m a newbie to the welding game! Any advice, inspiration, positive feedback, and/or constructive criticism is welcome going forward, and I’m looking forward to driving my old friend in the not-to-distant future! Build is on…..