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It’s kind of a fine line the owner wants Mike. He wants it to have a good look but not showroom perfect. I had thought of having a nice single light yellow pinstripe put on it to match his wheels but he doesn’t even want that. He didn’t want the very light colored and clear coated oak bed with shiny chrome bed strips that lots of guys do these days. He wanted a more utilitarian look of a work truck but still with nice paint but subtle colors. So he’s staying with the black lower sheet metal and forest green cab. My idea of a nice subtle bed was the darker wood, satin finish, with the black bed strips to pull the black fender color into the bed. I had the strips powder coated for more durability than just paint. The owner isn’t even worried about making the bed or rear of the cab laser straight. He’s fine with some gentle “oil canning” that the beds and cabs had originally. His main concern is it’s drivability and solidness. Thats where I really concentrated my efforts so the gear change, hydraulic brakes, and all new wood really addressed his concerns. I believe he is going to be pleasantly surprised once he takes it for a drive. Well, hopefully he is!

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For anyone interested I’ll be posting the 35’ basket case pickup I bought a week ago. It’s got good bones and will be a great project for someone who doesn’t have a ton of money to start. I couldn’t let it go to junk plus I have a ton of parts to go with it including another 35’ engine that I bought for parts, (used only two pushrods from it) that ran good and was a takeout from a hot rod.

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Hi, I have been following your restoration with great interest.  I have been working on my 1936 GMC t-14 1/2 ton since I was 12 and now I am 62 .  Obviously you are making much better progress. I read that you are going to sell a 35 Chevy pickup and some parts.  I was hopeful that in your extra parts you might have a steering box clamp Gm part number 476587. Mine went MIA ( I am sure it has nothing to do with the time lapse). I have been checking with people that hot rod but they seem to be in a hurry to scrap everything. I am ready for final assembly and I may have to make this part or adapt a rod bearing to work since that is what it closely resembles, if you can help I can be reach at fgvineyard@sbcglobal.net, thank you

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Thank you for the compliment and the tip.  I have about 4 weeks left until I need the clamp.  I will circle around and ask some more people, then I will just make it, then like magic it will appear for sale on Craigslist for $10, sound familiar!

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I helped bring back to life a 1935 Chevrolet truck that had last run in 1980. It was a farm truck owned by two old farmers. 34,000 act miles this is not perfect but is a wonderful reference truck . The one unusual think about the 1934-35 trucks, the only color interior offered was green it did not matter what the exterior color was the interior was green. This truck is blue, has a Galion hoist which may have been added later

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Funny you mention this now as I was just going to post an update. Again, I ended up waiting on paint so the cab had been out at the shop. While it’s been gone I planned on some changes to my garage. I purchased a 40’ storage container and leveled a spot for it with my kubota right alongside my garage. I paid for it the beginning of December but we didn’t drop it in place until a week ago. This time of year, guys with “load-all” type trailers, all repair or rebuild them so all the affordable guys were down. I ended getting one guy who was really good but I had to work with him as he was alone. It was a PITA to get it out from where it was, then we had to drop it in a big parking lot to flip it 180d so the doors would come off first. All said and done it was just over 5 hrs and it was only 13 miles from my garage! 
        So with the storage container in place, a big clean up started. While there’s still plenty of room in the container and there’s more to go out in it, I have a huge amount of open space now to work. The other project was replacing and wiring in new LED lights. That job is almost done and what a difference. My dad bought this building in 1977 and had it wired with used 8’ fluorescent fixtures he bought. My lighting has been bad for many years and with me getting older, I needed the change.

      The cab came back about two -three weeks ago but with all the snow we’ve been having and before I got moving the stuff out to the container, it was just too tight to work and risk damaging the new paint on the cab. So Saturday I put the cab onto my lift arms using a contraption I made with a 2x6, stacked milk crates screwed together, then screwed to the 2x6. This offered me a lot of height so the chassis could simply be rolled underneath with the steering post up, the shifter in, emergency brake handle in place, and the pedal assembly.  The trick is to have the chassis on car dollies as it lets you roll the chassis into exact position to the body and as normal, I work alone, so I have to use methods that make it work the easiest. 
     So over the weekend, the body got installed on the chassis, painting some things up as I went that needed it like body springs, big washers, mounting bolts, etc. I cut the floor board for a battery access door which the truck didn’t have when I received it, drilled a 3” hole for master cylinder access, then made up a plate to cover the hole. Installed the toe board, the closeout plates, the gas pedal rod grommet (another thing missing that I added), the dimmer switch, pedal pads, and ran the water temp probe through the firewall center grommet. The oil pressure line was a twisted piece of spaghetti so I carefully started straightening it out to find it’s too short. I realize now that it was the line I used to test the motor and not the one that was in the truck originally. I found that one, started massaging it to look good and found one of the brass compression fittings with the threads stripped. This is probably just one of the reasons this truck leaked like an old Harley Davidson after a long ride. I replaced the fitting, installed it in the oil distributor, then ran the other end through the firewall center grommet. It seems everything is an “adventure “ on this truck!

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Just went through the thread, love the woodworking you showed. I am a 4th gen master carpenter/furniture maker. I would love to combine the 2 and do the wood for a car at some point, just because. Ironically, Dad bought a 35 Chevy pickup for my older brothers in the late 70's. Truck sat idle for many years because it needed new wood. Dad was old school, he worked 6 and sometimes 7 days a week raising 5 kids, last thing he wanted to do with what little spare time he had was woodworking! 

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5B6F4A87-2E1E-4CE0-9C39-DD90877DF03C.thumb.jpeg.a4ac01e6022071a4e09a6664c7028f61.jpegWorked on more of the interior items. I installed firewall grommets and ran the lines or wires that go through them. I made up a brown Kraft paper template of the floor so I could cut out the generic floor mat material I got From Carter Truck parts. I’m pleased with the end result and tomorrow I’ll add the padding to the mat with adhesive. I also pulled the new rear window gasket around the glass, cut it to length and super glued the ends together. Tomorrow I will urethane the rear window in.

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Installed the rear window, the dashboard, and bolted up the steering tube. I wanted to make sure the tube was in its proper location before I final trimmed the floor mat. Added the insulation felt to the mat, cut triangular pieces for the sides of the seat box and finished up the floor. I had a pair of take-off kick panels from a 31’ and repurposed them for this truck. The pickups didn’t have kick panels but I’m putting a full interior in this truck for the owner so after I trimmed them to fit, I finished off the back edges with some 1/4” fender welt. I cut a piece of heavy interior board to cover the center section of the back of the cab. I then made two curved pieces of wood that match the mid band curve so I can add a lower interior panel on each side beside the seat. I cut a piece of panel board but need more. These panels have to be of thinner board because of the tight curve. Each upper corner originally had a metal piece that makes a cubby hole on each side at the mid band. The owner really likes these but one was missing so I have to make one up. The inside of the cubbyhole is the inside of the sheet metal and I will line these with material. The owner sent along the original badly deteriorated head liner panels and a roll of black vinyl. Unfortunately there’s not enough to do more than the headliner so I have to get something to cover the back of the cab. The panels showed me how I can do the headliner and incorporate the cab sides with interior to give it a nice finished look. I do have enough of a dark chocolate brown material that actually matches the door gaskets ( all pickups had brown regardless of interior color) but I’m not sure how it would look with the black headliner. It might look really good as my Olds looks good and it’s material I bought extra for my Olds. I’m going by a local upholstery shop and see what he has. 

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