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Old 08-21-2010, 05:43 PM
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What color is this interior..Thanks in Advance..

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/appli...&aid=304&pop=0

Is it Frontier Beige or Klondike Gold poly? Thanks I am about to paint the interior of my 59 Apache.

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:45 PM
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I don't know what color that is Sport, but that picture of the BJ truck looks like what mine looked like when it was new. Whew! 55K! If I remember correctly, the guy I got my truck from, the OO, said he paid 1,900, or some such for it in '58 just when the new models rolled out. It sure doesn't look like that today, though; it's in pretty rough shape, and I'm just starting to try to pull all of the strings together to start a complete tear down. Maybe before I croak, I can get it back into some semblance of a decent truck.
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impulsively purchased a 55 chevy long bed w/ 327 small block and really looking forward to solving this ongoing puzzle. first challenge being the brakes, ive started a journal and looking forward to everything (including the frustration) this ride will bring!
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Bmore , Welcome to the forum. There is a bunch of us guys here that have pretty much done it all one way or another.
I would recommend if your going to do a front disc brake swap that you do a 5 lug conversion too.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:42 PM
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Bmore, glad to have you on here. Look forward to seeing your progress. You sure picked a good vehicle to build. You can purchase anything you need for these trucks, and if you would rather build it than buy it, there are a lot of guys around who have done just about everything.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:26 PM
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Truck Sighting

Heading to work last week I passed this truck in Riverside. It clearly had some custom work done many years ago. It had a 58-59 front clip. The rear fender openings remind me of a Nomad. Cool Ride.
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BmoreChevy55 the 55 is a great truck.You need to put front disk brakes and a modern master cylinder on your truck to make it stop.They are very heavy.On page 10 post 143 shows a picture of my booster and a front sway bar is a must or it will drive like a bowl of soup post 1 page 1 shows mine and post 25 page 2 shows how I mounted it.Good luck and have fun.Keep us posted on your progress and we all love to see pictures of the work in progress
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:44 PM
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i've been driving my truck a lot lately. i drive it rain or shine. it has a few bugs but overall i'm pleased with the results. when i started this project my intent was an old truck with updates that would allow me all the creature comforts of a new truck.

the bad:
i may have gone a litle to low as i am bottoming out the susspension on the snubbers. i have a stock frame with a 3 inch c-notch and stock springs flipped under the axle. i talked to a spring shop about re-arcing the springs for another 2 inches of travel.
while bottoming out on my axle the vent got hammered down creating a wheel seal leak. i installed new seals and bearings in the rearend when i put it under the truck.
the exhaust drones in the cab. bad enough that my wife won't sit in my truck, maybe that's a good thing. i guess summit mufflers weren't a good idea.
the AC is still not working but a call to vintage air tech support told me i had over charged it. i need to recharge it on a machine capable of adding 1.8lbs total charge. minor problem.
the cruise also isn't working yet. the brake lites were back feeding through the cruise control box. another call to tech support said i need to add a relay to the brake circuit. another winter project that involves tearing out my console...
my speedo needs cleaning; it hangs from 30 to 45 and then reads low after that.

the good:
my truck's first real try out was the woodward cruise. it performed flawlessly. ran great, didn't overheat, no stalls, stopped everytime and no tickets.
i had it on the freeway yesterday for the 2nd time. this time i pushed it up to 80, i couldn't stop grinning. the wind noise in the cab is a little overbearing at that speed but i'm driving a brick down the road and that's what they make the volume button for. right? i don't have a tach so i'm not sure what the motor is running at that speed.
speaking of volume button, the stereo works great and i still don't have door panel and the 2nd set of speakers yet.
i am more than happy with the brakes. the hydroboost is working and it stops on a dime.

more work to do:
the tonneou cover is ready for paint but i'm currently wiring a new paint booth for my painter. i wire for free, he paints for free.
door panels maybe by spring. maybe. door leakage during rain says i need to waterproof the backs of the door panels too.
and lots more fiberglassing to do to finish out my butt ugly seat pedestals. i am going to incorporate a drawer under each seat for storage.
i am a gimp and recently bought a scooter to get around. i need to make a carrier to go into the trailer hitch so i can get around at shows.

my favorite pic


now off to bakers in milford...
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:30 AM
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ogre,I went with air springs on my plymouth ,solved a lot of problems and easy to install,what a great ride too...glad I did..They cost about 50.00 ea.
I cant wait for my maiden voyage....sounds like your having fun ...did you put a balance tube in your exhaust???
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:21 AM
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the exhaust has a balance tube and right now it has dumps at the axle pointed out slightly. the mufflers were right at the back of the cab, then i tried to move the mufflers back as far as i could and it made the drone worse. before it droned only in overdrive at 45-55, now it drones in all gears. for the sake of my marriage i'm thinking of going with quieter mufflers. i'd like to get it over the axle and dump at the rear valence but it's a little tight aver the rearend. the punkin barely hits the bed wood as it is now and i had to replace one bed wood bolt that was knocked loose and cut it short.

air bags would require a lot of fab that should have been done when i did the frame including some kind of swing arm and eliminating the springs. i'm thinking; re-arc the springs for general riding and maybe add air shock for when i have the scooter on back. the spring guy frowned at the mention of airshocks. he said they ride rough and break shock mounts. any thoughts on air shocks?

another problem i have is that i can't go full throttle. i have a lokar eliminator gas pedal. mashed to the carpet it only goes 2/3 throttle which is enough to light up the tires but it won't allow the tv cable to kick down the trans. i should make a wedge to tilt back the throttle so i can get full throttle but i may just adjust the tv cable where it is.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:44 PM
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did all the old trucks die? i'll keep posting...

been working on the tonnoe cover for my 58. finaly got it painted last saturday. painted the gas door this time too.
we had a window tinter in the shop so i had him do the back glass. it's 35%, should have done the 15% limo tint.


personaly i think it's sexy. freaking sexy.


the trunk lid had a liner when i got it. been sitting upstairs in the barn for 7 yrs. i sectioned the liner and used double sided tape to stitch it together.
also covered up the lower frame area with some of the original formed trunk carpet
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:40 AM
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Roof Rust?

Anyone have any thoughts as far as an approach to tackling the issue in these pics?

The rust along the windshield channel shouldn't be too bad itself I would think; I'm going to pick up a metal shrinker/stretcher from eastwood (or similar) to form the repair panels.

My bigger concern though is it looks like there may have been a rodent or two that decided to make a home up between the inner & outer skin. so I'm at a bit of a loss as to options to what I could do to check/clean/repair any surface rot that is bound to be there. Any way around just cutting off the outer skin to get at things or is that about it?

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ND , That looks like it could be a real can of worms, lots of other surface rust that could pop through later down the road. Whats the condition of the rest of the cab ? You might consider replacing the entire cab with a better one. I replaced the roof skin on a cab iv'e been working on , seems like the price was around 250 / 300 bucks but the truck freight shipping is the killer. I knew a guy years ago that had rust issues like yours on his 59 and he cut the entire roof off and replaced it with another one in better shape. You could cut it off like your chopping the top and weld on the other one.
What are condition of old pickup parts around your part of the country ?
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Hey Ogre
Your truck looks great , whats next to do ? The old trucks haven't died ,there just rusting away. What do you think of ND's project ?????
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:19 PM
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ND , That looks like it could be a real can of worms, lots of other surface rust that could pop through later down the road. Whats the condition of the rest of the cab ? You might consider replacing the entire cab with a better one. I replaced the roof skin on a cab iv'e been working on , seems like the price was around 250 / 300 bucks but the truck freight shipping is the killer. I knew a guy years ago that had rust issues like yours on his 59 and he cut the entire roof off and replaced it with another one in better shape. You could cut it off like your chopping the top and weld on the other one.
What are condition of old pickup parts around your part of the country ?
Gene
I actually have 3 of these trucks; this in general this was the best of the 3 until I pulled the old windshield out and saw the roof issues. This one is by far superior than my alternatives from the dash down.

Cutting & replacing the entire top of the cab might be an option, I hadn't realy thought of that. Seems a little scary at first thought, but I suppose with enough bracing might not be too terrible.

I'm at the top of the rust belt as far as location. Not much here that doesn't have some major issue or another.

thanks for the Input!
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