I had some time off from my farm flunky job and was able to get some work done on the grill section picked up at last weekend's swap meet. It turns out under the blue green paint the chrome was pretty fair. I cut off the top bar which is what I had been using from the grill that came with my original cab buy. The new one was cleaned up with a wire brush on an angle grinder and some dings were pecked out a best as I could. After some trial fitting adjustments the bottom bar was cut away from the grill section and cleaned the same way. This bar will not clear the tube grill so will need to be trimmed allowing it go back against the tubes and shimmed to raise the back side to align with hood etc.. The first pic has my old powder coated grill bar on top, the second is a better shot of the bottom bar. I tried on the newer bar and put a red tape stripe where the original would have had paint. Now to decide which bar to run, paint will be added to the larger bar in the stock stamping.
A friend and I took the hot rod to a swap meet at Altamont, IL. Good trip, lots of venders and lookers, and I scored a better top original grill section for $15. I may try to use this instead of the one on the top of my fabbed grill. There was a small car show as well although we didn't enter, just looked for bargains. The model A belongs to the good guy that cut the glass for my rod. After some visiting and looking we split for lunch and headed home. Still have that intermittant turn signal problem but couldn't find a vender with LEDs. Guess it's back to Speedway. Oh well great day for a drive.
I managed to get all of the things on the list done. Went to a Friday evening cruise-in put on by an area club. Didn't count but must have been 20-30 cars there, cool jacket weather and first of the season. So I was told a pretty good turn out. Got to visiting and didn't get good pictures before the light went, but took some and played with contrast, etc.. Still have issues with the RF turn/park light so am going to a swap meet next Saturday and will look for LED replacement.
As it's only a few days until the first cruise-in in my area (east-south central IL) I have been thrashing to get on the road. I think I've finally fixed the light problem, at least they've been working on my test runs. The carpet and consol are back in and the new door glass is installed. More body work has happened. A good friend in the body business heat shrank (?) the back of the hood to take care of the warpage that I caused when I put in the louver panels. Now the hood is flat and better fits the cowl, plus the gap is much improved. It's great to have friends that know how to do these things...heat shrink metal and cut glass. The next problem and solution is to replace the bearing and seal in the 9" rear axle which over the winter has developed a drip.
Ok, here's the thing. I needed to turn the hot rod around to work on the bed so I backed out of the garage but the trans wouldn't go into drive then. My super-dooper shift lever didn't work. It bent and the holes were egged out not letting it shift. The aluminum was too soft. I gave up making my own lever and put the B&M stick back in. Then I turned around and backed in.
There were stress cracks in the filler on the bed from vibration so the bed rails were welded to the stake pockets to support better and more body work was done.
On top of every thing else it seems that taking out the carpet to "fix" the shifter has created a wire problem, probably at the steering column base where they are bundled and I now have no brake lights. So that is next before more body work. It doesn't look like paint any time soon but I'm still trying. Only about a month until the first scheduled outing. That is if I don't break anything else. It's always some thing isn't it!!