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Old 06-09-2013, 09:13 AM
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1948 Chevy pickup "Motorama" concept car.

Well, I thought being I actually put a wrench to my truck I would start a build thread on it. I have no idea how steady I will be working on it but we will see.

A little history, I bought this truck in Dec 73 a few weeks before my 16th birthday with $200 paper route money. It was owned by a family friend and had been used on a farm since new until he got it as his first car. His brother made the flat bed (it was like a piece of furniture, very well done) and he drove it to the same highschool my mom graduated from in 1936. He made the intake and headers with my brother in metal shop class and was quite ingenious if you ask me. The first photo is from the day I came home with it. Now mind you, I didn't have a license yet, only a learners permit so my mom was riding shotgun that day.







There was a two other trucks like this at school and I wasn't going to have one like everyone elses......so I chopped the top about two months after my 16th birthday.



And drove it to highschool looking like this as this photo was taken in the school parking lot.



I painted it orange, "Competition orange" or so I thought. I picked the color out of the 76 Corvette color chips, one problem it ended up being the only year the Corvettes were painted "Omaha Orange" a Chevy fleet color since 1936 and the color of the Cal Trans dept trucks! But after spending $33 dollars on that gallon of paint and with it masked up and ready to shoot in my garage, I went ahead and shot my second paint job ever Aug 1st 1977.



And off to my first rod run, Andy's Picnic Aug 7th 1977 with my brother and his Model A, the my first paint job ever.



And no, I was not taking this picture of the guy in the short shorts, did we really wear those in the seventies? YEOW
Nope, this was inside Andy's picnic and I was digging the attention MY little truck was getting.



Ok, that was the first "incarnation" of my truck, it looked like this up until 1979 at some time. This was the last photo of it before the big metamorphosis.



It was a 3/4 ton originally (with a foot or so cut off the rear of the frame behind the rear axle) when I got it. A replacement 1/2 ton frame was found and it would change forever.


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Old 06-09-2013, 09:31 AM
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The first look at it with a bed on it, 1979 some time.



I went to put my Buick 401 in it and found that the steering box had to be moved way too much. I knew it was common to put the SBC in them but figured I knew better.

So I started moving the motor around, over some, maybe back? Well I decided if I was going to move it back, I might as well move it ALL the way back! I ended up with the motor between the seats and a 16.5 inch long drive shaft back to the 64 Nova rear end.





I found a red I liked and started painting it.



Drove around a little like this.



And finished....







Drove around like this for a number of years, until around 1992 (as you can see by the date written by my smart *** brother on the back of the cab) and decided it needed a rebuild. I never liked the poor chop top I had done with two gallons of bondo on the roof. No kidding, it was an inch and a half thick in one area! So I picked up another cab at the wreckers and started all over again!



I sold the old cab (just found the bill of sale among the parts the other day) and I was off and running.

I made what I believe to be the biggest error in the 40 years I have owned it, I did a Camaro clip. They are clumbsy POS and I soon realized this.



Anyway, I sectioned the cab and was on my way to the next version of my truck.









And the story continues.....
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It's really awesome to get to see a build start with so much history. Can't wait to see that Blue Flame in there.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:42 AM
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And on to the trucks last (but will it be final?) version......

I came to my senses and sold the Camaro clipped frame buying another frame (the trucks third!) it's under the pile of parts you see.



A 51 passenger car front in....



And a 57 Chevy rear end (I will call it a 55 being they look identical)



I built a cart for the cab out of a piece of frame I got from the guy who bought the Camaro clipped frame.



And so the story continues....



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very cool martinsr
i'm going to post a link to this in the 67-72chevytrucks.com 47-59 forum
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I have had a love of the GM "Motorama" dream cars for many years.

1954


And 1956

GM Motorama Exhibit 1956 - YouTube

It's funny, my dad was a Buick salesman and actually attended the SF Motorama Shows many times yet I didn't know this as he never talked about it.

The first Corvette was introduced at the 1953 Motorama. These shows were like rock concerts, Broadway plays, they were SHOWS for GM to introduce their cars to the public, they were brilliant marketing tools.

Harley Earl was said to be the creator of the very first "Cream car" or "Concept car" with the Buick "Y job" in 1939.



Under his leadership at the GM design studio some of the most iconic designs in automotive history were created.









My goal is to make a 1953 "Concept car". One that could have fit right in at the 1953 GM Motorama shows. My first thought is that this truck is Harley Earls personal truck and he brought it down to the GM design studio and had them make a few changes.

I will have a lot of artistic freedom as they could have done just about anything. For instance I have planned on using the 56-57 Corvette steering wheel and thought that was pushing it as I am after the early fifties Motorama, but in doing research I have found a photos of the 54 Corvette hardtop and it had one of these wheels! So, I have a little freedom so it's fun to think "How would they HAVE done it".

I am off and running to the next Motorama show at the Waldorf in New York 1953!
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It will be running a 53-54 Corvette motor by the way.

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very cool martinsr
i'm going to post a link to this in the 67-72chevytrucks.com 47-59 forum
I use to frequent that site as well but damn it's hard to keep up with them all.

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Cool !!!! Can't wait to see more...
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Randy, I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed doing what I did yesterday out there in the garage on MY TRUCK, my Gran Sport, I will pee on it. I like the car and all but I had no passion what so ever working on it, it was a chore. Working on my truck, making that cart up, it was like I was on a drug, I was high working on that stupid cart!

I am dying to get out there, as sore as I am this morning.

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It's really awesome to get to see a build start with so much history. Can't wait to see that Blue Flame in there.
I was just thinking the other day how I need to drive it around without any windows in it like I did as a kid. LOL, my parents let me get away with murder! I use to put on goggles and drive the truck around with no windows, and no insurance, and not registered!

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I will have a lot of artistic freedom as they could have done just about anything. For instance I have planned on using the 56-57 Corvette steering wheel and thought that was pushing it as I am after the early fifties Motorama, but in doing research I have found a photos of the 54 Corvette hardtop and it had one of these wheels! So, I have a little freedom so it's fun to think "How would they HAVE done it".
Of course I meant "How they COULD have done it".

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I've got a 48 flatbed too. ...and it is also due an overhaul/facelift. Good luck with yours!

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Yes, I remember your truck over at the 47-72 truck site. You have too many projects like me!

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Randy, I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed doing what I did yesterday out there in the garage on MY TRUCK, my Gran Sport, I will pee on it. I like the car and all but I had no passion what so ever working on it, it was a chore. Working on my truck, making that cart up, it was like I was on a drug, I was high working on that stupid cart!

I am dying to get out there, as sore as I am this morning.

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LOL...I stay on that high everyday...
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