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Old 10-31-2008, 05:40 PM
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Mellon I posted up so it would be easier for you to find this thread.I have not posted for a while as I have been spending all my time in hospitals with my wife in her fight with cervical cancer.I have the CCP power assisted steering still in the box and a new 4l80e transmission for my 58 but no time and no money to work on it right now.I live in the mountains 250 miles outside of Las Vegas so we drive in on Monday and drive home on Friday to be with the kids.We just finished 6 weeks of chemo and radiation treatments.We almost lost her last week when she got a infection with her white blood cell count at .5(normal is 15) and her blood pressure dropped to 61 over 30 so keep us in your prayers.
DD, so very sorry to hear this. Both you and your wife are in my thoughts and prayers. Be her rock, she'll need you. Best wishes for a full recovery.

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DD , So sorry to hear about your wife. Be strong for her and you both will be just fine. Your 58 will still be there when things are all good again. I went through a breast cancer ordeal with my wife about 10 years ago, now she is as healthy and cancer free.
Hang in there, she'll be fine.
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Doubledick, just read your post and am sorry to hear about your situation. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wife.

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DD, i was wondering what happened. Sorry to hear about your wife and your situation. Hope things will improve so that you can get back to life. Thoughts and prayers....
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Thanks alot guys.This is second time around for us.We thought we had it beat 2 years ago.She is home and doing better today.Hopefully we can knock it out for good this time.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:34 PM
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Glad your wife is back home, DD. My mother went through a breast cancer ordeal a few years ago, all is well now. You'll have my prayers as well.

Hate to change the subject, but I'm considering adding a transmission crossmember to my '59. It was originally a three-speed column shift, it now has a Muncie M20. Engine's a 283, warmed up some. I get on it hard every now and then and I'm a little paranoid about not utilizing the rear mount on the Muncie. I've got quite a bit of money in this trans at this point and I don't want to break anything. I just use street tires and a cheap clutch so part of me thinks it may not be necessary. Then again, a crossmember is a lot cheaper than a transmission. What do you guys think?
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Glad your wife is back home, DD. My mother went through a breast cancer ordeal a few years ago, all is well now. You'll have my prayers as well.

Hate to change the subject, but I'm considering adding a transmission crossmember to my '59. It was originally a three-speed column shift, it now has a Muncie M20. Engine's a 283, warmed up some. I get on it hard every now and then and I'm a little paranoid about not utilizing the rear mount on the Muncie. I've got quite a bit of money in this trans at this point and I don't want to break anything. I just use street tires and a cheap clutch so part of me thinks it may not be necessary. Then again, a crossmember is a lot cheaper than a transmission. What do you guys think?
I would definitely add a trans cross member. I'm surprised it hasn't given you any trouble without one in it now.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:15 PM
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Thanks Kim. I'm definitely getting a crossmember. I bought my dad's '50 Ford coupe project, so I can't afford to risk anything on my truck.

By the way, my dad just bought a '59 GMC 100, longbed stepside with a 270" six, four speed. It runs pretty well. The original bed wood is somehow still very intact. It's got quite a way to go...I'm not sure what his plans are with it. I'll try to get some pics of it tomorrow.

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it now has a Muncie M20. Engine's a 283, warmed up some.
Post pics if you can of your trans and when you get the xmember up...
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:33 PM
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Glad your wife is back home, DD. My mother went through a breast cancer ordeal a few years ago, all is well now. You'll have my prayers as well.

Hate to change the subject, but I'm considering adding a transmission crossmember to my '59. It was originally a three-speed column shift, it now has a Muncie M20. Engine's a 283, warmed up some. I get on it hard every now and then and I'm a little paranoid about not utilizing the rear mount on the Muncie. I've got quite a bit of money in this trans at this point and I don't want to break anything. I just use street tires and a cheap clutch so part of me thinks it may not be necessary. Then again, a crossmember is a lot cheaper than a transmission. What do you guys think?
I agree with Kim you need a crossmember.A universal crossmember from classis truck parts is about $60 and should work.just buy a mount for the trans and install the crossmember.You should have a gap between the trans mount and the crossmember.I used thick wall 2 inch square tubing to make a spacer for mine.If you need any help making a spacer just post up and I will give you some Ideas.
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I got the crossmember ordered yesterday morning. I got the rubber mount locally for $6. Classic Parts is in Kansas City and I live north of Memphis, TN so I should have it in a couple days. I'm starting school for welding/machining in January and I'll be driving my truck about 50 miles a day so I've just been going over things I can take care of on the truck while I still have plenty of time.

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Hey everybody how is your new year.Mine is great.It looks like my wife has beat this cancer thing for now.Winter snow has set in so I will be able to get back to work on the old blue 58 apache.I miss my old truck.This 98 Chevy just has no style it is just transportation.Driving is supposed to be fun So what has everyone been up to?Post up and share the fun.Come on guys who is driving their trucks and who is working on their trucks.I want to see pictures
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DD, I'm glad to hear your wife is doing well , thats a great way to start the new year. I have been tinkering with my 57 some in the last 2 weeks, we had two weeks off for the weather and holidays, go back to work Monday.
I took the oak wood out of my bed thats only been in there a year and a half because the expensive marine varnish I used was going bad so I figured I had better get it out before it has to be replaced again. Then changed the intake manifold and valve covers tuned it up and going to change header gaskets tomorrw when the sun comes out.
I gott'a find another seat , i'm tired of fooling with the blanket thats thrown over it and it looks like crap !!!!!!!
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Great news on the wife DD. I'm glad she's doing well.
I'll post some pics on the little progress I've done when I get some more time. Hope to accomplish more in the coming year.
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I've got a '55 1/2 Big-window cab truck that was given to me-with no title

The truck is somewhat un-molested, except for the fleetside bed.
It has a running 235ci V-8 w/ 4speed trans.

Once I get the title situation handled, I'm gonna rebuild the braking system,rewire the electrical and swap the tired 235 for a rebuilt 350.

Future mods include a IFS & 4-Link rear suspension.
sounds good my step sons 55 big window we built we put 4 link and 78 cevy front suspinton and it rides and handels graet. allso put air bags in rear good luck from betty 55.
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