1956 GMC panel truck - POS to RatRod in one year.........

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by MZcountryboy, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Schmeds

    Schmeds scarce

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    Great stuff, MZ. Really brings back memories. You're going to love that thing. And so are your kids, if you've got any. My dad had a '54 Ford panel truck. I used to be able to climb up and sit on the wheelwell inside the engine compartment while he worked on it. It was like a huge metal cave with a little straight six living in it. We'd put haybales in the back and go to the drive-in -- I'll never forget seeing Star Wars that way.
  2. WaywardSon

    WaywardSon Long timer

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    Great thread and build. I have zero skills in this area, but have friends that do. Lots of fun and memories watching this. You do nice work! Thanks for taking the time to document your progress and share it with us.

    Best..............John
  3. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    *squeezes into a seat in the back row*

    :lurk
  4. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    Wintertime has brought little snow, and some progress lining up big chunks of what is left.

    Fenders, well, the fenders I had were really rough, so....

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    I went re-pop, and am glad of it. An executive decision on bumper treatment has been made -

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    I scored a rotary 9000 lb lift used from work, and have been working on the bottom before installation.

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    Grind off the rust, prime + paint.

    Scored some seats for the truck!

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    Audi A6 power/heated leather. $100.

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    That gets approval from Mrs. MZ.

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    I'm leaving the bumpers as they are, you can't buy a finish like that. :deal

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  5. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Shaping up nicely.
  6. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle Gear Grinder

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    edit: MZ, it's Vermont! You couldn't find some SAAB leather? Geezum crow...
  7. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    MZ, you get a "you suck" for those seats!! That's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, at the right price, for my own '63 Dodge truck.
  8. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    It's simply good timing, a guy at work lost the t-belt on his A6 and is parting it out. he needs it gone by tomorrow, so I got really lucky, should be easy to wire up too.

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  9. HamboneSlim

    HamboneSlim ಠ_ಠ

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    She sure is coming out beautiful.

    Makes me miss my old gal
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    They really are one of the prettiest trucks ever, IMO.

    I'm going to enjoy yours vicariously, so please keep the pics coming.:D
  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Those seats look better than the ones in my wife's Audi we're still driving.:lol3 Good to see the project back on track. Thought you and Terafon fell off the face of the earth.
  11. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    :super Awesome!

    When I see projects like these, done well, I wish I had apprenticed with someone with this kind of talent. As it is I'm an office worker and other than the most routine maintenance have never done or participated on a project like this.

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous and the meticulous work leaves me awed.

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  12. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    Awesome, and coming together nicely.......I'm finishing up a lite resto on my wife's high school graduation present......a 78 VW bug convertible.

    I replaced the entire top a couple of years ago, body and paint are ok, but the interior was completely shot........almost done with it.....pics when I'm done!

    Keep up the good work! :freaky
  13. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Wow, this thread's been silent so long it took me 3 or 4 searches to find it.

    B-U-M-P!!!
  14. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Dorkpunch posted on his pickup truck today which got me thinking we could have a thread on stalled-out build threads. :lol3
  15. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    No kiddin!!! There are several bike build threads I was following and they all seemed to have dropped off the face of the planet as well... :cry
  16. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    Yeah, a KE100 cafe job. What the hell happened to that?

    ...or my CB125 resto :cry
  17. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    A few weeks ago I sent a PM to Terry asking about his barn find Mercury Marauder restoration, but no reply.
  18. Hughlysses

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one. Sometimes I think nothing kills a build thread quicker than for me to start following it, and not just on ADVrider either.
  19. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    I'm friends with MZ on the evil site known as Facebook. He's been doing something silly like moving a building from one foundation to another. I think that may have cut into his truck building a bit. Oh, and he took a motorcycle ride in there someplace also. :wink:
  20. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Well, we're glad to hear he hasn't croaked or anything.