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

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

  1. c.herman126

    c.herman126 Been here awhile

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    :clap Awesome progress Scott! It's all coming together.
  2. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    back door glass in with new rubber gasket

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    tail lights are in, almost wired up. chrome is pitted, matches the bumpers - $5 plate light. Can't find the right one....

    side glass in passenger door

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    current engine bay pics -

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    made good progress on the wiring today, got the blinkers working!
  3. Hughlysses

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    (Sigh...) I remember when you could actually see the engine in a car and had plenty of room to work on it. :2cry
  4. troidus

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    There's enough room in there to jump in with it and pull the hood down over you to keep the rain off.
  5. Purcell69

    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    Scott, your handiwork is incredible! It serves to remind me that I need to get my butt back in gear with my '57 Chevy 3100. I started out with a shell and a good rolling chasis. I put in a 350/200-4R and a disc brake / PS conversion on the straight axle. Bump steer was scary at best, and I decided on a Camaro subframe.

    After the Camaro subframe was done, I wanted fuel injection and went with an old Crossfire system from an '83 Z-28. I never did get it quite right. Now the bug has bit me to make mine NAPCO-esque. :lol3

    I need to replace some of the cab floor, and the thought crossed my mind to mount the body on a 1994-2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD chasis with a modified wheelbase to match the body. I have a Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0L 4X4 drivetrain that I am going to use instead of the 350. I want to enjoy driving this, not filling it up everytime I turn around.

    Thanks for the motivation to get my butt in gear again!

    -Joe
  6. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    well, the word has gotten out, the Panel truck now has a barn buddie to hang out with for a while. Doing some work on the red one, new wiper system, wiring harness, and a disc brake conversion......... and a zillion other things probably down the road....

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    I swear, I really AM a Ford guy..........
  7. ducnut

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    Who puts cheap-looking, wire wheels on a classic Corvette? :fpalm
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  9. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharteâ„¢

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    :clap Bingo!
  10. ducnut

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    You guys are so wrong! :lol3
  11. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    not my car, I wouldn't have chosen those wheels either!!!!!!!!

    :deal
  12. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Bought one of those, a '59 with same color combo, about 15 years ago. Probably one of the nicest looking cars ever. And as good looking as it was, that's how horrible it was to drive. You wandered down the road, sawing the wheel side to side to keep it in a straight line. High speed turns were white knuckle, those beautiful wide whitewall bias ply tires were terrible, same for the brakes.

    Sold it after 2 years and bought a '67, which was an absolutely wonderful car, for the same price. Four wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes. Should have kept that one.
  13. Sask

    Sask n00b

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    Wondering where you were able to pick up the rubber seal / boot that goes over the release fork on the bellhousing. You have a picture of it on page 2 in the #18 post. My dad is redoing a 56 GMC pickup and is searching everywhere for the seal / boot with no luck. Any help is appreciated.

    Your panel truck looks great!!!
  14. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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  15. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Been here awhile

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