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Old 05-15-2010, 05:31 PM
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Orge,

Thanks for the info. Love the truck! I was thinking of running a chanel in the front part of the window to give it more stability.
orge is a round fruit
ogre is a big green ugly thing

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Who's Rita ?

Rita is my wife.

The trucks is called 57GMC ... if I started naming my vehicles it would get confusing, kinda like the Cadillac line of alphabet model names XLR, CTS, DTS, STS, SRX, etc.

Come to think about it I have named some of the Caddy models using the Chevy model they are based on.

Chevy Avalanche- Escalade EXT= Cadillanche
Chevy Suburban - Escalade ESV =Caddaburb
Chevy Tahoe - Escalade = Caddaho
Corvette - XLR = Cadavette

As for NO Limit, They are great to work with. I've bought stuff from them in the past. I've stopped by when passing through over the years .

So when I called I gave them a month to be ready for me to drop off the chassis and hang around 'till it was done, no problem they said.

So on Sunday I went to SanBardo checked into a motel about a mile away from their shop.
On Monday I showed up at the shop bright and early and unloaded the trailer and they started on it. Rob the owner even took my trailer to his house for the duration so I wouldn't have to deal with it at the motel.

Monday & Tuesday the bulk of the work was done and the rear axle was sent to the powder Tuesday evening and was back Wed. morning, Wed. was spent hanging the parts.

On Thursday morning I picked it up and headed north .

In the photos below the chassis was upside down on the lift which makes it easier to install the cross member boxing plates etc.
1. Rob installing the lower control arm
2.cut for air spring perch
3.front air spring perch
4.rear box plate
5.rear fat bar mount
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Suspension install

In these photos the frame is right side up and we're just about done.
1. front shock
2. front ant-sway bar
3. Front suspension
4. Panhard bar at ride height
5. rear axle installed
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:45 AM
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nice freaking frame you have there g&r, realy nice.
i would fear the bill, thus is why my truck has been in progress for 7 yrs.
i see your frame is boxed at the front clip and over the rear axle
your frame torsion/twist would be greatly reduced by filling in the boxing between the two
this would help your handling in turns and launches
that said; i boxed mine and will probably never drag or corner hard
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The Goal and the Theme of this project

The goal :
1. Reduce the total weight to under 4000# to cut the weight fee
the state saw fit to increase.
2. Give the wife easy access and be able to drive it.
3. Update the power train.
4. Reduce emissions and increase MPG.
5. Tow with it.
6. Make it user friendly.

The Theme :
1. Its 1959 and the truck is 2 years old and belongs to a Texaco
station owner.
2. What he would have done to the trucks appearance then.

OK I know that the stuff the chassis has going on it wasn't around in 1959. Thats the beauty of hot rodding, you can blur
the time line. So on that note if one doesn't look under the truck......

Here is what one will see :
Wide White Walls on 16x4.5" 6 lug Red 41 Chevy artillery wheels covered by the '41 hub caps that were around then, and now the blur they're Wheel Vintiques 15x7" & 15x8's 5 lug with BFG 215/70R15" & 235/70R15" wide whites from Coker via Jegs.

The steering wheel could be the stock one or a '59 Chevy Impala, and the blur a cut down '59 Impala wheel mounted on a Flaming River or Ididit hot rod classic fixed column with T/S & 4 way flasher.

Old Air A/C, complete blur.

Black Lokar floor shifter and through floor gas pedal, very close to stock look.

The seat is a new early 90's Chevy P/U gray cloth split bench seat and 3 point shoulder belts, complete blur!

The side mount spare will have a hard cover and on it will be "Glenritas Texaco" the big Texaco "T" and "3rd & Main" and if there is room maybe "Phone GR-1957"

Other items will be a white tool box and hard tonneau cover.
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'58 oil system woes

I have owned my 3100 Apache panel 4WD since 1960. I rebuilt the 235ci IL and I am reassembling the motor for startup.

The remote oil filter is connected by 1/8" hoses to the block.
One goes from the side of the cannister to the block about an inch above the oil pan. This one returns overflow from the filter to the oil pan. The other line feeds into the bottom of the filter cannister and comes out of the feed galley. The line is attached to a tee that has the pressure gauge on the other end. My problem is where to attach the tee. Can someone tell me or show me(photo) where to access the oil feed galley on the driver side of this old motor. Also the bolt that holds the cap on the cannister has no seal around the bolt head. Does it need a seal of some sort? What kind?
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:13 PM
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I have owned my 3100 Apache panel 4WD since 1960. I rebuilt the 235ci IL and I am reassembling the motor for startup.

The remote oil filter is connected by 1/8" hoses to the block.
One goes from the side of the cannister to the block about an inch above the oil pan. This one returns overflow from the filter to the oil pan. The other line feeds into the bottom of the filter cannister and comes out of the feed galley. The line is attached to a tee that has the pressure gauge on the other end. My problem is where to attach the tee. Can someone tell me or show me(photo) where to access the oil feed galley on the driver side of this old motor. Also the bolt that holds the cap on the cannister has no seal around the bolt head. Does it need a seal of some sort? What kind?

The remote filter you have is a 'by-pass filter'. It just filters the oil and returns it to the pan.
A 'full flow' filter would filter the oil before sending it to the main oil galley under pressure.

The by pass filter should have a fiber washer or a soft metal washer on the hold down bolt. This type of filter is not under a lot of pressure.

There should be a plug on the oil galley to the rear of the exhaust header pipe to put your tee into. See 2nd photo.

1st photo is the return port to the sump.

3rd photo shows the return port in the lower left part of the picture and the block coolant drain plug is in the center of the picture. If you look closely you can just barely see the pressure port behind the throttle return spring.
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:59 PM
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I drove it!

The mechanical work on the truck is complete enough that I felt comfortable driving around the block a couple times. All systems worked well. Steering, suspension, brakes, electrical, and fuel performed as expected up to about 30 miles per hour. I want to install the front fenders before I drive it out on the main streets. I'll tackle the bodywork on the fenders this weekend. The last time I drove this truck around the block it was four wheel drive. What a difference six months has made.
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Hey , Tim
Congrats on your ride around the block , I drove my Chevelle around the block a few times a couple of weeks ago. First time in a year and a half since I did alot of work to it.
I was looking at the latest pics and it looks like your bed is 3 or 4 inches longer behind the fenders. Do you have the short bed side steps ? Do they fit ?
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Thank you G&R57

Your pictures were perfect.
Just what I needed prior to start-up.
Thank you for your help.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:52 PM
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Thanks Gene. Congrats on your Chevelle as well. The bed is a long bed, I haven't modified the rear yet. I've been looking for short bed sides. If I get to the point where all I have left to do is the bed, I'll shorten the rear. The front is shortened to short bed dimensions, so short steps will work. Drove the truck again Saturday. Put about 10 miles on it. Got up to 60-65, very stable.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:22 AM
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Looking good Tim, as soon as i get the new wire harness installed and working mines ready to hit the street.
You doing the LA roadster show???
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:05 PM
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Thanks Merlin, no I won't make the LA Roadster show. I'd like to go but have other commitments. I do hope to drive the truck to the Brothers Truck show July 11th. - Tim
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:22 AM
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Where is the Brothers Show??, should have both the 59 and the panel up and running by then
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The Brothers Show is Sunday, July 11th
Canyon RV Park
24001 Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92808
You can pre-register on the Brothers website. Should be fun.
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