|Years ago when I had my own custom shop, I started building a '48 Chev P/U extended cab for a customer. I moved this project to my home and continued working on it after I shut the business down. It eventually began to interfere with my home life, so the customer, that had become a good friend, was advised it needed to find another home. We did not part on the best of terms.
I told my wife years ago I was going to build another one for myself. About 1 mile from our home is a field that contained about 500 cars dating back into the 40's. I was able to locate the daughter of the deceased owner and learned the plan was to crush everything this year. I put the word out the best I could and some were saved, but about 300+ were scrapped 2 months ago. I purchased 5 trucks, 1 panel, parts from several more trucks and a '59 Impala to build MY extended cab.
While helping gather these, Diana found her '46 International P/U. Here's some of what we hauled home. Bodies rust well here, so it's going to take a piece of this and a piece of that to make one truck. The plan is for a 10&amp;amp;amp;quot; stretch, suicide doors, 6.5&amp;amp;amp;quot; chop in the front, 4.5&amp;amp;amp;quot; inch chop in the back and handmade 1/4 windows.
Burned, but had a usable nose, box and rear fenders.
Many thanks to Muscle Man; my son Austin for helping gather the bodies. I could not have done it without him!!
WOW! Amazing what 1/2 an hour with a torch can do...
This will be the main cab for the build.
Don't worry. The roof and back of the cab are headed for the scrap heap.
This gem still had a decent grill and headlight rings due to them being hidden.
Rolling it over... IT WAS TRYING TO GET ME!!!!
Found a '59 Impala with...my 1st choice for a motor. It will be a different truck, so it needs a different motor...
Yup.. a 348 Chevy!
This is a long bed frame. Perfect for the stretch and a short bed box.
Cut apart for the 10 inch stretch.
All diced up for the new beginning.
The two cabs meet...
This panel was sold to the Turnagain Childrens Home in 1954 as a used vehicle and I have that used title. The names off the sides have been cut off and are hanging in my shop.
New cab mounted. Roof and back of the cab skins removed.
Back of the cab mounted 10 inches back.
Doors back on to check fit.
The back window marked out for the 4 1/2 inch chop.
I had to empty my cabinets on the back wall of the shop and move them so the water can be hooked up in the hotrod bathroom my wife has been working on. Progress was on hold until the magazines, etc. were off the truck and back where they belong.
I was too impatient, so everything was moved off the truck and back enough to continue working.
I'm sure the lack of interior bracing will be noticed. The door frames were both crooked from the roof damage and most of the frames were going to be changed anyways so I removed everything. It was all squared up and braced as it went back together.
The windshield and door frames were removed.
The hinge pillars are almost identical to the latch pillars. In preparation for the suicide doors, an extra set of hinge pillars have been relocated. The driver's side to the passenger side and vice versa. Later, the door skins will be cut off 3/4 of an inch into the door jamb portion of the door shell. The inside portion of the drivers door (containing the hinge mounts etc.) will be swapped to the passenger side and vice versa. You then weld these inner sections of the door shell back onto the outer skins and you have suicide doors in about 3 hours. The inner portions of the door shell are only about a 1/4 inch different from side to side. It's an easy adjustment.
Sorry it's sideways. Everytime I loaded it onto photo bucket it did that.
Time to remove everything above the belt line!!
After the use of a saw blade 4 1/2 inches wide.
Here's a before shot of the windshield.
And after hitting it with an axe 6 1/2 times.
The window sections of the door frames were layed forward a few inches. Due to this new angle, the upper section of the back of the cab looked wrong standing straight up. This section was cut off at the body line and tipped down at the leading edge where the new quarter window will be to match the angle of the door. I forgot to get a photo before cutting it off.
Here are a few shots to show how much the door frame has changed.
Hung the nose to get a better over all view. It's starting to have the attitude I was looking for.
I sold the power glide transmission off the 348 for parts and will be using a Turbo 350.
When I separated it from the motor, I found one of the torque converter bolts was missing. Here is a shot of where it was supposed to be.
Once separated, the flywheel showed signs of similar issues from a prior instance.
I'll bet it had a serious vibration!
To create some extra floor space, we dropped the 348 under the hood.
While no one was looking, I snuck in a couple of days on my truck. The filler piece between the door and back of the cab was installed. Then the top of the door was tacked together to help figure out the angles on the new 1/4 window.
The quarter windows were made by using the tops of 6 (rusty / cruched)spare doors
The filler piece from the door to back of the cab is in on the driver's side and the 1/4 window is also. This is a good indication of the new angle of the roof and chop.
I cut the inner half of both doors and tacked the drivers side onto the passenger outer shell.
A suicide door.
To make some floor space, I threw the roof off the panel on for a look. I've heard of a large sunvisor / brow, but this may be a little too much.
This is the back half...
Here is the front half. It has too much lift, so the back half will be used.
The stock cab corner is coming in 1 inch too far on the 1/4 window.
I decided the easiest fix would be to use the corners from another cab and only have one weld all the way around.
I was able to get the corners sandblasted and cut to fit.
Once they are tacked in enough, the roof panel will receive the final trim and it will go on for the last time.
That's it for now until I can get more pictures loaded.