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Old 01-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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1956 GMC panel truck - POS to RatRod in one year.........

The looking at - pre-purchase inspection - no motor, no transmission. Maybe I should do a carfax?

It's a shitty eastern rig that has been off the road since '83. Real shitty, but cheap.

Yes, they are holding the front end on.

5 Gallon pickle pail for a seat, and Fred Flintstone is right at home!

Man, is it shitty.

The frame, is in surprisingly good shape. A few cracks, and a fishplate repair job done eons ago, but other than some rust not too bad.

Step two - the delivery. This was really easy - one phone call to my Tow Guy.

Thanks Will!

Resting comfortably on stands, step one is to seperate the frame and the body.

stay tuned..... more to come soon, I started back in early fall.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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Was hoping you'd do a build thread, MZ.

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Old 01-22-2011, 02:47 PM   #3
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Turns out there were only a couple of bolts left holding the body on.....

it came apart real easy.

The plan is to get the frame done first, and get it the hell out of my shop. It's in the way.

Brakes are first, everything is shot, except the e-brake cables, which are original, with grease fittings. Wild.

I'll get new return springs later................

Sand the frame by hand, then apply penetrating primer.... with a brush. This is a rat rod, not fookin' pebble beach.

one coat down, now for a coat of paint, rust-oleum. Save your bill hirsch and por-15 for those fancy pants rigs on the show circuit.

I got a new paradigm - "who you saving it for, the next owner?"

Note the arrival of the engine - I scored a chevy 250 6 cylinder, and a 3 speed manual transmission for $100 - had to pull it out of a '64 pickup. No big deal.

Everyone wants me to V-8 this thing - fuck'em, I want a six.

Master clyinder and brakelines next -

new shocks all around -

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Old 01-22-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:09 PM   #5
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:18 PM   #6
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Awesome! Great to see a practical, real-world build-up.
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:33 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by MZcountryboy View Post

awesome!! a Mary Kay panel truck.

just kiddin'.....I love them old panel vans. looking forward to reading about your progress
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:01 PM   #8
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:05 PM   #9
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Count me in too! I'm a Ford guy but that is way cool.

Good on ya for going with the Stovebolt motor. You can do some interesting hop-ups on those. I smell sidedrafts in your future...
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:03 PM   #10
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D'aww, i thought this was an old thread that someone dug up from the grave... you mean to tell me I actually have to WAIT?!

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Old 01-22-2011, 08:47 PM   #11
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Very nice, love the 6 cyl choice.

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Old 01-22-2011, 09:00 PM   #12
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Hey,,,you should put a V8 in that!

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:02 PM   #13
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:08 PM   #14
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Oh my

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:30 PM   #15
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Split the exhaust. Put a glasspack on one pipe and turbo muffler on the other. It'll bark.
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