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Old 08-03-2018, 12:31 AM   #51
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Re: project 39

I had a ‘46 in very complete mechanical condition with a 350/350 combo and Jag IFS and IRS. I had to sell it to finance something else but I admit I regret it. Having said that I REALLY love the look of ‘39 and ‘40 Chevys.

I’d not do the bed you’re doing but it looks like you’re doing very pro looking work. I admit my ‘46 - which; if I’m correct, is the same basic cab - had very little room so lengthening it is a good move if done right and yours looks really good.

What color are you thinking of for the final look?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:51 AM   #52
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started working on the chin and baffle. moved the chin up about an inch and cut up the baffle last night to test fit it. I think it is going to work out quite well. My hope is the mod is subtle enough that you cant tell I have changed it. I like moving the chin up like I did on my '40 for extra ground clearance.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:27 PM   #53
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looks really good shades, I always thought the grille was about a bar too long on the 39-40.

I hear you on the 39 parts, I had a 39 rad support and it would have been worth 3x as much as a 40.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:51 AM   #54
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I have at least 3 extra 40 support but have never found a good usable 39 support. The top trim bar is the same, I have 3 nice usable 40 bars but still have yet to find a 39 bar that is nice and doesn't require repair before rechroming. I agree on to many bars on the grille I removed the lower one on my 40 before the I had the chin because it always looked like it was just hanging out in the breeze by itself. I think moving the chin up makes the front better looking.
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:46 PM   #55
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Had some time over the holiday weekend to work on the truck. I thought it was time to finish up the bottom of the box under the tail lights and build a roll pan to finish the rear of the box. It was interesting to do both because of the differ angles and shapes. I tried a couple of different ideas on the bottom piece and ended up welding in longer pieces of tube to get my final shape. then had to figure out how to get the roll pan around the tail pie holes. Amazingly the roll pan I hit pretty close on the first try so no wasted material. it still has a ways to go to finish but it looks pretty good roughed, covers the gas tank and fills the space between the tail pie outlet holes. I also finished the front bumper brackets and sent the bumper off for chrome this week.
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:48 AM   #56
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Read the whole thread and was amazed at your sheetmetal skills. Very creative bed making goin on in this project. I have a 39 of my own as a future project so this is awsome to read and great pics to look over.. Looking good!
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:02 AM   #57
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I am glad you enjoy the project. This has been my dream to build this truck since I was 11. I haven't had much time to work on it lately because of other projects including replacement of the ugly welding table.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:19 PM   #58
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Now that's a welding table.. haven't worked on a table like that since I was a welder in a small fab shop.. I've been checking out a few of your posts regarding this project. I have not started on mine and probably won't for another year but it's good reading nonetheless. Look forward to picking your brain when the time gets closer..
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:11 PM   #59
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nice work on the table! good use of the space where it seems everything I need ends up (under the table)
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:36 PM   #60
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Thanks for the comments. My friend bought the ugly table at a going out of business sale for $50 about 12 years ago. It didn't look like much but the top was 5x3 ft 1/2 inch plate. So after dealing with the crooked mess and the casters that didn't work I decided it was time to build what I have always wanted and reuse the top.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:18 AM   #61
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Got the bumper back from the platers yesterday. It looks AWESOME. I had them do both sides finished and they really out did themselves this time. The last pic is what I started with.
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Old 11-19-2018, 10:36 AM   #62
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Have been working on the grille and grille fitment last few weekends, got that done so the grille is ready to go to the chrome. So I decided to get the front end squared away so I can send the hood hinge and top grille trim to the chromer. In doing that I needed to get the front fenders, inner fenders and hood sides installed and adjusted. After looking over my choices for inner fenders I decided instead of trying to repair rusty and bent panels I would try to fab some new ones up. I worked on my first attempt Saturday morning for about 4 hours and ended up throwing it out. My second attempt turned out much better in about 2 hours and the other side I got done in about 1 1/2 hrs. They aren't completely finished, I need to tweak, bend and hammer a bit more but I think the panels are close to what want.
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Old 11-20-2018, 01:32 PM   #63
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Nice job on the inner fenders. The truck is looking great.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:57 AM   #64
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been working on hood fitment while doing the inner fenders to make sure everything lines up before sending the hood hinge to chrome. fought the alignment on the right hood side. I could get the top of the hood lined up and then the side wont line up. I ended up cutting an 1/8" off the side hood hinge to get it to slide forward to line up. Also been working on finishing the tail pan parts of the box.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:18 AM   #65
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I decided after a lot of thought to purchase a sct contour tool from eastwood to start cleaning up the truck. I had tried to find someone in the area that had one but had no luck. I am in no way connected with eastwood just wanted to give you guys a heads up before purchasing a $200.00 tool plus the consumables. I decided to try it on the fender that I had repaired the big tear with poor welding. I started at 6:27 and finished at 6:45. It still needs some more work but I have to say for the short time I worked at it, it really cleaned up. The one thing to remember is to wear a dust mask and turn on the exhaust fan because when you are going at it the garage fills up with rust dust very quickly.
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Re: project 39

I have been following your progress on your truck. It's going to be outstanding when completed. I have a question. How did you go about stretching the cab.
I have a 46 and plan on stretching it. I'm 6'5" and don't fit in it. Do you think your 6" is enough.

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well Keith it isn't a job for the faint hearted. Are you planning on just extending the cab or are going to chop it also? The 6 inches make all the difference inside the cab for space, It helps if you have an extra cab and doors to cut up for pieces. I bolted down the front of the cab on the frame, mark some spots on both sides of the door openings for measurements, add some braces under the roof to hold its shape, I cut the roof in the high point of the crown, slide the rear of the cab back the amount you want measuring the from the marks you made on the door openings and add some braces in the door openings to hold everything in place. Make sure everything is where you want it and measures square, I bolted the rear of the cab down after drilling holes in the frame and using the hard rubber mounts. I used a parts cab to get the roof and door opening pieces I needed to fill the gap, I cut pieces bigger than I needed laid them over the gap and started cutting and welding them in. Go real slow and hammer up on the welds from the inside to keep everything straight. It takes time and patience to get it right. I still have to work on the welds and some more hammering to do after I get it on the rotisserie so I can work on it easily.
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I started working on the inside of the box after removing the lid I built for clearance. I made some inside panels with access holes for the electrical panels. I also started to build the channels for the weather-stripping for sealing the lid to the box. I am going to build the channels the same as they do for a trunk lid on a car.
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