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Old 03-06-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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My Unexpected '66 SWB-Fleet-Restomod Project!

My dad heard thru word-of mouth amongst his street-rodder buddies of a Chevy pick-up for sale. He called me to ask if I was interested. I wasn't really looking for a truck, but said that I would look at it...He was told that it was a '67 (which I have very little interest in)
I called the person to set-up a time to see it, and was very pleased when I entered the garage where it resided to find that is was a '66, and not a '67.
I tried to act cool when I first saw it, but knew that I had to have this one!
The rest is pretty-much history!!
Keep in mind that I have NO place to build this thing, but my father does, and since he was the person instigating this entire transaction, this meant that I could have free-reign of his workshop!
I just wish he lived closer!
As you will see, the project was well underway, but I still have a bunch of work ahead, and will add many touches of my own during completion.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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The Frame is 90% complete, except for modification that I will be submitting it to. I plan on bagging it! I want it to sit low but not necessarily lay frame.
The engine & trans are completely fresh with ZERO time on them, and it appears as though everything on the frame is new, except for the frame rails themselves.
The body is as much like-new as things can get. Most everything has been soda-blasted...And items that aren't like new, have new replacements!
I have boxes of parts that I haven't even looked in yet!...I'm kind-of overwelmed!
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:11 PM   #3
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Re: My Unexpected '66 SWB-Fleet-Restomod Project!

Well ..... to the board, and Good Luck !!!
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:22 AM   #4
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Re: My Unexpected '66 SWB-Fleet-Restomod Project!

It looks like a solid start.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
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Re: My Unexpected '66 SWB-Fleet-Restomod Project!

Looks like a really nice truck. I would have got that one too....
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!
The bodywork is progressing at a pretty good rate... When I get to work on it!
I'll post some more pics tonight if I get a minute.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:01 PM   #7
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I've acquired a few unfinished projects in my time. They are almost always a great deal. Somebody orders / buys all the parts, plans the build, then underestimates the time/money it takes to finish, or life gets in the way, and it sits there.

Friend of mine scored a Chevelle project that way a while back. The guy bought the car (decent driver) and wasn’t much of a car guy. Turns out the thing had some major filler and rust issues. He ended up buying all new panels, interior, engine, transmission etc etc. He basically said he wanted EVERY part on hand before he started the actual resto. (Must be nice to have that kind of money to play with). So he did that. The week he started tearing the car apart his wife got pregnant. Twins.

Car sat for a year or so. My buddy scored it for about the price the guy paid originally for the car without the parts.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Hey ctandc,
This was a similar deal...
This guy's life got in the way...Or lack of it.
A sad story, but he was diagnosed with & died of cancer very quickly.
He owned his own automotive repair shop, and the mechanical work that he did seems to be 1st class!..He was no bodyman though.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:35 PM   #9
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Once that I had stored everything away that wasn't immediately needed, my first plan of action was to work on the cab & doors first.
Upon some closer inspection, I discovered that even though everything had been soda-blasted, nothing had been etched or sanded prior to priming.
You could literally take an air hose & blow the primer off! So now everything is getting sanded to bare metal, dings & dents fixed, then primed with Dupont Corlar epoxy primer.
The roof of the cab must have taken a good hit from what could have been a ladder...Two sets of marks running through the roof on an angle.
The ridge across the top got hit pretty good, and has consumed a great deal of my attention. What a PITA to fix, but I think I got it!
I pulled as much of the dents out with my buddy's Nail-Gun (thats what I call it) What a great tool!
Got a pic while pulling dents!
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This is the extent of rust work so far. The front lower corner of my passenger inner door had some holes in it. So I fabbed up a repair patch, peeled open the hemmed area of the door skin, cut out the rusted portion, blasted & etch primed the inside, welded the patch in place, & hemmed the skin back into position....Hardly noticeable!
Have you ever tried to bend sheet metal around a radius?
Took longer to make the patch than repair the door!
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #11
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Other than that one spot, the doors are really pretty nice!
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:21 PM   #12
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I have decided to replace my windshield drip-rails. it seems as though they have seen better days....Didn't they know what seam-sealer was back then?
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I drilled out the spot-welds & removed the old ones, Plasma cut some new strips of sheet metal, bent them up in the metal-break, drilled some holes in them to weld thru. Meanwhile I metal finished the mating areas on the cab & shot them with some weld-thru primer for prep.
I then welded the new ones into place & metal finished the welds.
These will get sealed with a good epoxy seam-sealer as will all of the door-jamb & roof gutters.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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More drip-rail pics!....Can't really tell from the pics, but they are as nice, or nicer than the originals!
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Very nice work on your fabrication skills!
Some of us just take the drip rails off for a cleaner look to the cab.

I removed mine, and shaved the leading edge of the rain gutter above the windshield. Made a nice look.

Love the pics, keep them coming!
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:48 PM   #16
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My first thought was just to remove them, but then my dad said "what happens when you get caught in the rain? Does the water just come off from the windshield & into the cab?"
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My first thought was just to remove them, but then my dad said "what happens when you get caught in the rain? Does the water just come off from the windshield & into the cab?"
Dad, cars dont have drip rails....
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I walked into the barn a few weeks ago & my dad had built a carriage to support the cab while sitting nose-down. (Being retired, he has a lot of time to goof-around with these kinds of things) This allowed me to address the roof better & also prep the bottom side more easily....What a great Idea!
I had my son buzz down the bottom while I continued to work on my roof project. I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever get the roof straight!
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nice score! bryan herter at pcmforless does great work. he did the tune on my wagon and i'm very happy
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I got the bottom primed! Wow, It looks awesome!
I used some really nasty epoxy primer that my buddy (he's a body-shop manager) gave me to try. It is made by Sikkens, supposed to be real durable, but not very sand-able. Great for the underside!
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nice score! bryan herter at pcmforless does great work. he did the tune on my wagon and i'm very happy
Hey, Thanks for the info!
It will be a bit before I get it fired up!
Not sure how much tuning he has done to it, but will probably be contacting him to find out...A nitrous system was included in the many boxes of parts!
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nice! been spraying my LT1 for over 5yrs

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nice! been spraying my LT1 for over 5yrs

Super-Cool!
The LT-1 in my truck has a boatload of trick things done to it, but not sure it compares with your wagon!!
Your pics are awesome!
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stock 166K mile ironheaded with 1.6RR's, beehive srings, 52mm TB. then a ton of quality bolt-ons, 2800 edge stall, 3.73's. when you get ready to spray it. hit me up and i'll give ya any help i can.
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stock 166K mile ironheaded with 1.6RR's, beehive srings, 52mm TB. then a ton of quality bolt-ons, 2800 edge stall, 3.73's. when you get ready to spray it. hit me up and i'll give ya any help i can.
Mine has aluminum heads (ported & polished), 52mm TB, 30gph injectors, accel dist, MSD coil, underdrive pully system, & healthy cam (.525 lift), & not sure on converter...Was built with the full intension on sprayin it.
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