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Old 07-13-2005, 01:37 PM
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1940 tow truck-should i keep it or what?

i can make it run- as is- just add mc and wheel cyls. it had a 50's straight 6.

i can put the cab on at 1972 catalina chassis and find a bed or build a box

i can put 4x4 running gear in it like my truck to modernize steering.

i could put the pontiacs front clip on the frame

i can keep it like it is, put in a v-8 and get rid of the towing stuff.

all the towing cable needs to be replaced, one of the booms needs rewelding or replaced, manual take off, horrible steering, non synchro 4 sp in every gear. needs to be double clutched.

i'm tired of looking at it. i have this 72 catalina coming so have parts to use to a degree. it has a 455 i plan on putting in my tempest but i have a 400 virgin block, Chevy, but it needs a crank


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Old 07-13-2005, 01:53 PM
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Very cool looking! I love old trucks. I wouldn't mod it too much, there can't be too many of those still around. I'd say get it running the way it is.

p.s., it that a Power Giant behind it?
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Old 07-13-2005, 03:23 PM
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Should you "KEEP IT"...?
Are you kidding? It's awesome!
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Old 07-13-2005, 03:59 PM
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That's awesome!

It looks sweet right now! Maybe just fix up the booms and replace the cables, then add a new motor and trans and you have a cool truck to play with!
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Old 07-13-2005, 04:26 PM
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Dude, keep it for shure!!!! And dont put it on a different frame or alter anything. Maybe throw in the 455 and drive the wheels of that thing man!!!



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Old 07-14-2005, 06:33 AM
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Don't keep that hideousity! Drive it to Mammoth Cave National Park, yell real loud and I'll come take the monster off your hands and hide it for you. (Under some paint and some selected chrome parts and maybe a little upholstery . . . )

Seriously, I agree with Nightfire and the others: keep that thing! It's got a beautiful body just waiting for a little make-over. Take some rattle cans and go wild testing some paint schemes on it. It's begging for a restoration.
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Old 07-14-2005, 04:44 PM
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old iron!

Hey, if it's from 1940 and everything works, what's not to like?
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Old 07-14-2005, 05:14 PM
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think of all the old cars it pulled around, maybe it belongs in a museum
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Old 07-18-2005, 09:49 AM
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That would be sweet restored to original, and used at shows, meets, etc. to use "gently" and show as well. Older commercial vehicles are very collectible and can earn you money from photographers, advertising companies, or even from an auto-related business hanging their company name on your door. Keep it, restore it, don't "upgrade" anything. (except with period acessories)
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Old 07-18-2005, 02:52 PM
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KEEP IT!!!! I love it!

If you aren't going to restore it back to original, I bet there would be some big towing companies that would love to have it as a show/parade truck.
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:14 AM
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okay guys! thanks. i guess i'll start fixiing the brakes first.
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:22 PM
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What needs to be fixed on the brakes? I'm just curious because you've got a really cool truck! How much did you pay for it?
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Old 07-23-2005, 11:31 AM
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yea, what an awesome rig. i'd keep it and not chop it up at all. maybe swap the mill and tran like mentioned earlier. just think, you'd have the coolest tow truck in town!
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Old 07-23-2005, 03:11 PM
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Keep it!
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nah! i'll do you a favor & haul it away for you!
seriously, way cool just the way it is. i like big trucks restored stock. if you modify it at all just do the eng. trans. you lucky stiff!
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