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Old 01-03-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

I searched Craigslist for 292, hoping to find an engine for my 1960 F-600. I found a listing for a 292 Chevy in a C-50 4wd. It was in an out of the way town in the mountains and still hadn't sold. Nobody goes to Bodfish, Ca. I drove up there to look at it. It looked pretty good and the girl wanted $ 4,000. She had gotten the truck from her father before he died and she didn't want to sell it. She needed money and I bought it.
I got it without the flat bed because I plan to put a 10ft. fleetside bed on it. It had some rust on the hood but, she had an extra that was fine. It has a bit of rust in the corners of the doors but, not too bad.
I have a place up in Oregon and I'm sure that the truck will spend some time in the woods. Knowing this, I started painting the truck with Rustoleum. If I can't avoid scrapes and scratches, I can at least make it easy to touch up.

I've painted lots of stuff and the variouis vids on youtube show good methods for spraying thinned-down Rustoleum to get a very good surface.
The truck has 6 widow-maker rims,,, just like my F-600 had. it has lots of tread so, I can take my time looking for 20s or 22.5s
Reportedly, her father rebuilt the 4-speed and rear diff. It has a rockwell transfer case. Not sure about the axles. She took me on a test drive and it runs nice. It has the 292 but, I have no objection to that. I could drop in something else but, I don't plan to haul heavy loads.

I've unbolted everything that was removable. Everything is primered, painted and undercoated. I still need to do the doors. The cab is mostly painted. I'm using Valspar enamel hardner in the paint.
The engine has an MSD distributor and box. Reportedly, her father worked on the brakes. It only has a single master cylinder so, I'm going to take them apart and check. It needs new flex lines.
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Old 01-03-2017, 07:49 PM   #2
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

Looks good.

Nothing wrong with a 292. It's actually one of my favorite engines.

Keep us posted on it.
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:30 AM   #3
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

Good looking truck, the front axle is more than likely a Napco axle
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:10 PM   #4
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

I found the NAPCO sticker in the cab. I'm moving along well with the painting. The truck has the Rockwell transfer case. I learned something new while looking for wheels. You can buy wheel blanks and drill them to fit.
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:19 AM   #5
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

post up the real ebay link please . . .

do you need new stickers ? I have some extra from the ones I had made for the truck I am doing .

and I cant ever get your photo bucket album to open up for me . . .
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:30 AM   #6
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Old 01-17-2017, 05:56 PM   #7
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

My sticker is in good shape because it is up high towards the roof. I suppose that i could put one on the glove box. Next thing I'm looking for is the fender emblem. http://www.classicpartsusa.com/produ...blems_and_Trim
I have the SM 420 trans. It is missing the long lever and release rod for the parking brake. It is also missing the little banana shaped piece that has teeth. If anybody knows of these parts, LMK.
I've got some rust in the rockers that is kinda a problem for the running board mounts. One of the running boards was lost? and replaced with something funky from another truck.

I'm getting the seat done,,, it was bad. I tried to re-install the windshield and broke it. Come to find out that the new weatherstrip is about 3 times as thick as the old one. There just isn't any way to get it past the pinch weld.
I took the sheet metal off to de-rust and paint it. The truck is so tall that I had to leave all the sheet metal off until the windshield is installed,,, no place to stand.
I have 2 Hone overdrives and an under-over 4 sp Brownie. I'm thinking of using an overdrive for the highway. I'll just use direct when the t-case is in.
I found blank 22.5 rims but, they are 8.25 inches wide. I prefer something closer to stock. Aluminum rims would really set it off nicely.
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Old 01-20-2017, 11:34 PM   #8
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

If anyone on the East coast is motivated and needs a project, there is a fine looking Chevy with a Marmon-Herrington drive train and an Allison trans.
http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/cto/5927793488.html
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:22 AM   #9
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

Well, I'm making progress. Need to take some pics. The truck is painted dark Hunter Green. All the glass is in. The weathersrtip is in. Almost impossible to shut the doors with the new weatherstrip. I'm still looking for the running board. The junkyards in the mid-west want to sell me later parts.
I searched the threads looking for numbers for radiator hoses. No luck. NAPA ordered me a set of hoses for a c30... even though I told them c50.

If anybody has numbers for a 1965 c50 with a 292, let me know. I'm still looking for bed-sides to splice together.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:28 AM   #10
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It's getting there.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:59 PM   #11
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Re: NAPCO C-50 Chevy restoration

Just in case somebody has the 292 and needs radiator hoses, I will post the numbers that i found. I took stiff steel wire and bent it to go from the inlet to the water pump and from the outlet to the thermostst housing. They flow well from the center of the tubes. No sharp turns. I put tape on both ends with the diameters listed. Then, I went to Napa and compared my wire forms to EVERY hose on the racks.
I finally found a top hose that was close to perfect. The lower hose was a different story. I found a good hose but, it wasn't aligned quite right. I cut it in the middle and rotated it 1/4 turn. I slipped in a short piece of copper pipe and it lines up very nicely.
The numbers;
7473
8949
I have a 1970 Power Wagon with a Chevy crossflow radiator and a Cummins "B" engine. I used big copper elbows and straigh hose for that project. I also built a Hilux with a MBZ 5 cyl diesel. I just bought long hoses with lots of bends and cut out the sections that looked right.
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