Sold off everything today. Priorities have changed and I can't have 2 mistresses.
A nice young man came with a trailer and carted it all off this morning. The nearly finished frame was just what he was looking for and he was excited to find out the truck was a 54 with the different grill than the 47-53's. He's got a nice plan to do a rat rod and said he'll bring it by when its up and running.
Anyways, I had fun while it lasted and unfortunately I once again have to give up a project - maybe one day......... It's been nice and I appreciate all the help others have sent my way.
A few things done and I'm finally on to priming the chassis. I'm using the Rustoleum products for this. I sprayed the whole frame with a rust converter and I was amazed at how well it worked. The rust that was not removed by wire wheel or sanding disk turned black (phosphate form) and sealed the surface-rust is supposed to be stopped dead in it's tracks...here's hoping.
I hope to have the frame primed and painted by the end of the upcoming weekend as I have a 4 day weekend. I'll of course need to do a few things for the wife from her honey-do list but with the temperature supposed to be above 20 degrees (Celsius) I as always want to be out in the garage.
With the chassis painted I'll get the CE crossmember installed with grade 8 hardware which I still need to pick up this week.
There's a few other changes to how I'm going to strengthen the frame and install the rear suspension but that's for another post.
...and the Lambo was sitting at the gas station down the block so I stopped in for a quick look and it turned out it belonged to a guy who in my workplace the day before. He recognized me and we got to talking about the car. Next thing I know I'm sitting in the seat checking it out from the inside. Now don't get me wrong I love North American muscle all the way but there is something to be said about these high priced supercars. I didn't get to drive the car but still enjoyed the chance to sit in the seat. Anyways thought I'd make note of the experience here as my wife could care less....LOL but if she sees a new kitchen appliance then whoa..why don't I think that's neat? Wives....go figure.
Been tired as of late so haven't been out in the garage much this week. I'm still working on frame prep but decided I would cut the front rails for the IFS crossmember install instead of continuing on with the grinding etc. As mentioned before I decided to go with the Chassis Engineering bolt-in IFS kit. For the hell of it I placed the crossmember on the frame after I made the cuts just to see what it will look like (note that the frame is upside down currently). When I put it in place it rocked a little across the diagonal plane and I was worried that I might have a twist in the frame. I did some remeasuring and couldn't see where a problem could be until I noticed that the rails themselves have some waves in them from the years of abuse that the truck took while serving as an oilfield vehicle. I took the pipe wrench to each rail and straightened things out to make them as true as I can. The crossmember fits much better now with minor rocking. I may look at the rails again when I next get the chance to look things over again. Anyways I have some new pics showing the marking and cutting of the frames - I made the rough cuts using my saws-all and then used the grinder to take things down until I had my clean edge- matching the required specs as per the CE instructions.
The weekend is here and the weather went from great to crap again and snow is in the forecast...it's fantastic living in the Great White North eh? Not sure how motivated I'll be but maybe I'll sit in front of the fireplace and have a rum or 2.
Have been able to get more done on the frame this week and am pleased with the ongoing progress. I am almost ready to move to the inside of the frame rails to remove the rust and scale. I even did some welding to repair one spot on the lower rail on the passenger side. At some time during its life the frame took a hit and there was a strong but ugly repair done to address a small crack. The original repair included a bolt (with head removed) welded across the split for additional strength. I have removed the bolt and cleaned up the weld (pics 2 and 3). Since I plan on boxing the frame I will weld a plate inside the rail for extra support.
So I'm not as far along as I wanted to be but am still headed in the right direction....forward.
My week off is coming to an end so next week I'll only have a few evenings to get an hour or two in but I get what I get.
My neighbor Jim reminded me this week that I need to be patient and this is going to be a long project. He asked me how would you eat an elephant?, to which I replied one bite at a time. I think he made his point pretty clear and I'll keep that in mind when I feeling defeated. Thanks neighbor.
Spent part of the day finishing up the bathroom plumbing as per the wife's request. After that I went to the local Princess Auto to pick up some more supplies to work on the truck and when I came out I saw a 50s GMC parked in the lot. Well I waited about 10 minutes for the owner to return and was able to spend half an hour talking about the truck and what he had done. The truck has a small block 350 with 400 transmission, Rear diff from a 87 Chevy 1/2 ton and a Mustang II IFS. He described it as a work in progress but at least it is up and running and he is driving it around. A few other people joined in the conversation and when the guy left he had a big smile on his face. Nice guy too and I thanked him for taking the time.
Sonny boy helped me out a little tonight with grinding off some extra brackets and then I tuned him loose with the wire cup on the grinder to get more of the frame stripped of rust and scale. He's a little uncomfortable with the grinder but I encouraged him to keep working with it - he hates the vibrations in his hands. I told him it is a necessary step in the process.
Tomorrow I intend to get a few more hours in on the truck. Here's hoping.