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I've had mustangs (currently have two in the garage) and vintage Volkswagens that I've built and sold over the years but never pulled the trigger on a "farm truck". I grew up as a kid around the 80's and 90's street rod scene and always had an affinity for the 30's to 50's trucks but never really considered owning one; until the end of April when I finally caved in and picked up my first pre-war vehicle. It's a relatively stock 1940 Chevy pickup that was supposedly restored sometime in the 70's.
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Ended up driving the truck home that day but took a bypass that avoided the mountain road.
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Took the better part of the day but the truck made it home. Initial findings, brakes worked great, original 216ci straight six smoked or leaked enough oil to rival the exxon valdez, 3spd bull nose trans was an experience and the wiring was sketchy as hell.... but it started, steered and stopped all the way home.

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Discussion Starter · #101 · (Edited)
Did some mock up work with the bed to check tire clearance the 275's . The wood bed blocks weren't in place so the bed and the fender will rise by another 1.5inches, but my pseudo math calculations worked out. Wheel is pretty well centered and I have total tire clearance.
First time in a while that it looked like a real truck... until I dismantled everything.

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Been a couple of slow weeks as I tweaked my ankle, which made getting around a little tough.

Finished off the fender welting, installed the support rods. Started contemplating the wiring harness routing and mounted the ignition box.

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3 random holes in the dash got missed when the dash was painted… given the choice of filling holes and repainting vs improvisation… well laziness is the mother of all invention.

Turned the 3 holes into a tach mount

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I’ve always preferred a smooth front fender without anything mounted on them. Since my trucks a 40 and I’m attempting to keep a stick outward appearance I’m running the original parking lights…

Color sanded enough of the fender to mount the parking lights… I’m not overly thrilled, here’s to hoping the look grows on me.

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When I got the truck it had the standard column mounted and hose clamped turning indicator box. I've made an attempt to keep the steering column "clean" and didn't want to hang that box back off the column.

Looking online I found a kit from Speedway motors that was a self canceling system utilizing two button switches.

Figured I'd give it a try, made a mount for the switches, threw some black paint on it and hung the bracket with a magnet. It will suck up a little tighter to the dash once it's final mounted without the magnet. Happy with the way it sort of blends in, now I just need to finish the bracket, give it some better paint and fully mount it.
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Bench seat is finished, which means the trucks interior is now 95% finished. I love the she simplicity of these interiors.

Glad I didn’t end up paying someone else to do it either… way cheaper and it turned out pretty well. I will probably need to pull the lower front in a bit but it’s not terrible.

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Been working on paint stripping and mocking up the box. Have to relocate/adjust the tailgate as the mounting tabs don’t line up with the bedside.

Got the bumper brackets painted and test fit the front bumper.

Progress of sorts

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Bunch of little things attempted, some even accomplished, others not so much. Bed fill panels are in, bed wood is getting stained in ebony and looks nothing like what the camera's picking up. Metal vacuum line to the transmission is shaped/routed and the radiator mounts are started. Had to make a small bracket to offset the moroso trans dipstick mount as the filler cap was hitting the firewall...

My big fail this weekend was putting brake fluid into the truck, turns out the proportioning valve included with my brake assembly is deep set and my fittings aren't tall enough to set the flare. On the upside all the other flares and fittings are actually functioning.


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Started cutting and routing my plug wires.... happy with how the passenger side turned out but the drivers side header posses some issues and is a little messy. First coat of sealant went on the wood and it's not turning out as black as I thought it might. It's a very dark brown in most light but it sort of has an ebony look in certain light.


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Discussion Starter · #119 · (Edited)
Some random and unrelated updates… tailgate is just about ready for paint, first 2 rad mounts are done and the battery tray is sort of mounted. Ran into an issue with one nut not clearing the backside of the crossmember. So a typical day trying to put things where they don’t belong.

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Another couple of small jobs started and some are even completed. Started mocking up the exhaust, battery disconnect is mounted, radiator's done, hood prop's back on front and rear hood latches are in. Still need to get the overflow tank bolted in...forgot to do that yesterday.


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