. In a recent Jalopy Journal Feature on my truck (found here: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/the-dave-gray-33-truck.977955/page-3#post-11035928 ) there was some confusion as to who really built the truck. I figured the best way to clear up the confusion was to do a re-build thread showing the highlights of the trucks rebuild. Those that follow me on Instagram (@grays_garage), will have seen most of these pics before. Let's start out by showing the truck in "as found" condition by Jim, the truck's previous owner. As you can see the truck was pretty nice body wise and the chop and '49 Merc dash were already in done. They were both finished in lead, so the work was most likely done "back in the day". That said you can see the truck needed lots of work to put it on the road. Jim set off to make the truck a nice hot rod with some really cool bits and pieces. The Caddy goes in and the body goes on... Bad Donkee Hot Rods gets involved and makes up the tail pan, headers, rewires the car and headlight bar. If I forgot anything, I hope Clark or Junior steps up and corrects me. Here is the "finished" truck the way appeared when I bought it. As you can see it is a neat truck and had some really cool pieces and parts. Something about the truck just grabbed me and I couldn't get it out of my head, so I bought it. What you can't see is the truck was built as a more "rough and tumble" hot rod. While it had great bones, the paint was an "amateur at home" job with several runs in it, some longer than your arm. There was also thin spots on door edges, cab corners, etc... The body work was also not dialed in before the car was sprayed. There were several ripples, waves and even dings that were painted over. The Washington blue paint really hid a lot of this well. Please note, I was aware of all of these issues before buying the truck and by no means am I trying to disrespect Jim. He built the truck to his tastes and to satisfy himself for how he intended to use the truck. Job well done. Halfway home from picking the car up I stopped in Pennsylvania at HAMB'r Gump's house for a shop party. I had made arrangements with Bad Donkee Hot Rods to pic up a hood top that they had made up for the truck. I really like the change this made to the truck. Here are a few more shots of the truck taken at the party... While driving the truck at the party, it was apparent there was a major drivetrain vibration that needed attention. so upon arriving home, I tore the engine and tranny out and found the pressure plate was junk. the clutch was not adjusted properly and pushed the fingers on the pressure plate into the springs pockets on the cluch disc and bent the shit out of everything. At this point I had a decision to make, do I just put it back together with a new clutch or do I tear into it and put my own stamp on the truck. The truck sat in my shop torn down for about 6 months while I decided what to do with it.