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Old 08-20-2017, 12:44 AM   #1
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Trikebent's 40/46 Project

Well I did it. I bought a project.
Cab is a 1940 3/4 ton by the tag (KE) Front Sheet metal is 42-46. Rear fenders are 5 bolt (fender to sides) Real solid cab, 1/2 ton bed that's in pretty good shape Front sheet metal looks pretty solid as well. The grill is almost perfect. Truck has an updated rear end (GM style with a 10 bolt cover) and a independent front suspension partially installed. I don't know what it is yet, It has a Manual rack and pinion. Wheels are 5 lug Chevy S 10 I think 5 on 4 3/4"
Nothing is bolted to the frame at this point.
First step is to bolt the cab down at the stock height and see how well I can get everything to fit. I read that the 40 cab is 2" shorter, so I want to see if it all fits.
I also need to see what the wheelbase is as it sits
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:22 AM   #2
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Well I did it. I bought a project.
Cab is a 1940 3/4 ton by the tag (KE) Front Sheet metal is 42-46. Rear fenders are 5 bolt (fender to sides) Real solid cab, 1/2 ton bed that's in pretty good shape Front sheet metal looks pretty solid as well. The grill is almost perfect. Truck has an updated rear end (GM style with a 10 bolt cover) and a independent front suspension partially installed. I don't know what it is yet, It has a Manual rack and pinion. Wheels are 5 lug Chevy S 10 I think 5 on 4 3/4"
Nothing is bolted to the frame at this point.
First step is to bolt the cab down at the stock height and see how well I can get everything to fit. I read that the 40 cab is 2" shorter, so I want to see if it all fits.
I also need to see what the wheelbase is as it sits

looks like a factory mustang II suspension, from an actual 74-78 mustang II.

the 40 cab is the same as 41-46, even the windshield and gauges interchange.

looks like an outstanding start
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Old 08-20-2017, 04:28 AM   #3
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

sounds like you'll have some sorting out to do with all the mix matching but congrats on the truck. A lot of good guys on this site to help, I'll be looking forward to the build
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:23 PM   #4
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

What is the stock spacing between the cab and frame? I want to temporarily bolt down the cab in the stock height. Then I can comfortably re- attach the front sheet metal
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:41 PM   #5
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

chevys of the 40's sells a kit wth the all the proper blocking, rubber pads, and springs. Probably better off getting the kit instead of screwing around making your own spacers.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:01 PM   #6
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

The clean up begins.
I imagine I could learn a lot about the history of the bed by analyzing the stuff that came out of the rear stake pockets.
Both back pockets are rusted thru about 2-3" up from the bottom, but not bad considering.
Normal mouse nest above the windshield. Need to remove the Wiper motor covers to get at that.
Removed the pass door latch, Its broke and needed some creative screwdriver manipulation to open the door, glass is gone so I could reach down and lever open the latch.
Inside of the door was about 3"-4" deep in nest/dirt/glass and the link between the inside door handle and the latch. Bottom screws that hold the inside door skin on are rusted tight. I gently pulled back the inside panel and vacuumed down to get PB on the reluctant door screws.
What everyone favorite method of removing rusty stuck screws. Current plan is PB blaster, screw driver then (gently) hammer driver then drill if that fails.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:16 PM   #7
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

the very best tip I have for rusty clutch head screws is to use a cutoff wheel in a grinder and carve a slot right in the center of the screw. you can get good enough at it that you dont hurt the panel, and then take a flat screwdriver to it while its still hot, I have never had one stay stuck after that.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:07 PM   #8
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Looking hard at putting this on an S10 frame. If I did, do I need to worry about the 'bulge' in the S10 frame behind the front wheel?
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:14 PM   #9
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yes, you will need to trim the frame to clear the body and running boards.

you already have a suspension upgrade, its going to be way less work to use what you have.
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:11 AM   #10
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

I always liked seeing guys building with original frames, but thats just my preference. Two totally different kind of builds
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:26 AM   #11
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I am an original frame guy also. Putting a mustang 2 front on the original frame is a pretty simple deal and looks good when done.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:58 AM   #12
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I am an original frame guy also. Putting a mustang 2 front on the original frame is a pretty simple deal and looks good when done.

his second pictures shows a MII already installed. shortbed, 1/2 ton, good rear fenders, vin plate, trikebent doesnt need a lottery ticket this week because he already won.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:08 PM   #13
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An oem mustII/pinto front crossmember is not a good thing to have with out additional reinforcement. By the time you do all the additional things that will be required you might as well install a aftermarket crossmember that was designed for the truck. It will work better and drive better.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:10 PM   #14
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after looking at the pics again I wouldn't trust that front install around my yard much less on the road at 70mph
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:06 AM   #15
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

I'm leery of the workmanship on the M II frontend. I'll do a through I inspection of the welds and alignment before deciding what to do.
Thanks for the feedback. Looking at other projects on line, I am realizing I have a good start foundation to work with.
I've been side tracked by needing to replace both rear wheel bearings on my daughter's 4runner.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:52 AM   #16
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

even if you need to do what CSHADES says, buy a new crossmember and weld it in, you already have 80% of what you need. I would stick till I found a compelling reason not to.

I use an S10 chassis when the modifications needed for the factory frame are too great, like sometimes I will buy a grain truck that has been cut in half because the cab is in good shape, or I will have a complete truck but its a 3/4 ton that will need shortened, that kind of stuff. not everyone comes up with a nice 1/2 ton chassis right off the bat.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:48 PM   #17
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

As of now I'll stay with the stock frame.
Took a look at the rear axel. Its a 76-79 GM 10 bolt based on the number stamped on the housing. Its a posi, 3.08 ratio by the numbers. Score! I'll keep it
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Found this in the glovebox
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:07 AM   #19
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Love the phone number on the scraper! I think it has been there for a while. LOL
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:27 AM   #20
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My son actually stared digging the glove box and found it. He started to dive in to the pile of dirt & mouse droppings without gloves or a mask. I have to stop him and have him get PPE on. No telling what was in there!
Also found 3 bulbs, the missing pass side wiper arm, 3 pedal covers, Oly beer label, and a usable dash knob, and a cork lined bottle cap. fun stuff.
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neat stuff! I just found squirrel poop and once I even found more squirrel poop.
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:05 PM   #22
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

Found a donor truck for the small bits I'm missing.
Cab is real rough, lots of rust thru. Looks like I'll have a spare set of interior door panels, inner fenders, possibly both front fenders and a complete hood. Windshield frame looks to be toast. It's painted like a Navy truck. Plastic on the door handles. No bed at all
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:31 PM   #23
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

if its a navy truck, make sure its not a big truck, the fenders look close but arent.

my 41 is a military truck, I would swear it is a 42 but the cowl tag is a 41 so thats what its titled as.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:01 PM   #24
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I can tell the 1 1/2 ton and larger fenders. How do you tell the bigtruck from the 1/2 & 3/4 ton fenders? Wheel opening size?
Navy truck is marked 3/4 ton on the doors. The plate on the cowl is not readable at the moment. I need to carefully sand it an see if I can read the stamping.
It has glass in the doors. My project does not. The donor has a frame around the glass. Is that standard or a military thing?
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:39 AM   #25
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Re: Trikebent's 40/46 Project

there are many different front fenders, 1/2 ton to 1 ton, optional 3/4 ton and 1 ton, 1 1/2 ton and 1 1/2 ton high cut.

look at the running board, the larger fenders (used on some 3/4 and 1 tons) will have a standard wheel opening but will drop 3-4 inches further down in the front and rear. compare it to your first truck, it will be apparent if its different. There is a guy on here that had a set of the bigger fenders on his truck, he didnt know till he bolted them up!

the cowl plates on the war years were steel, not aluminum like the early and later trucks. if you think the number is there under the rust, get some evaporust from cardboard freight, it removes the rust and leaves all the paint. mine was a mess, after soaking a couple days I got the number and could even see the original silkscreen painting on the plate.

40-46 had metal frames around the window, the 38-39 did not and according to jim carter the glass would rattle in the doors and break. so its the right glass for you! installing them is a snap, literally, in fact if you havent pulled the door panels your original glass may just be at the bottom of the door.
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