So I'm thinking of trying a restoration project. This page last updated on March 12, 2004. Build the cab and bed of a pickup as a single entity and then mount it on a traditional ladder frame. KnowNothing17 answered about a year ago The truck belonged to his grandfather and was given to him by his grandmother. He finally set aside time to do it and over the past few months, has been slowly rebuilding a frame from the ground up with his brother.
Call us with any questions or to simply discuss your project. This book consist entirely of photographs of Ford pickups; most are black and white, and most page size. During the next stages of the project the minor will be completed and the truck will be primed and sanded for paint. I decided after driving around for a few weeks that I wanted to ad something to the truck to give it that extra 60's truck feel, so I installed a wooden bed on a budget. The heater was in the truck when we purchased it and we had no idea who manufactured the unit until we stripped off several layers of paint. The frame was powder coated, and the body spent the next three months being smoothed out and painted.
I want a reliable car that wont break down but I would also love to keep my truck as my full time car. Rebuild the brakes, if necessary, by having the drums turned and replacing the pads, springs, cylinders, and other worn parts. This old truck was amazingly solid and straight. So much of who we are is encoded into our personalities before birth. That would be an awesome project.
Start out with an estimate on rebuilding the front end completely. This change can literally save your life in a collision. There are a lot of smaller jobs that were involved as well: installing a new gas tank, making new motor mounts, new radiator, etc. The primer also gives another chance to find and fix another dents and dings you may find in the process. Back in August of last year, he took a few thousand square feet in his house and turned it into a media room, building the whole thing by himself in his spare time as a hobby. Each zerk looks like a new form of undersea life: dirt coral. This task can either be completed yourself, or the body could be sent to a professional body shop.
Finish sanding starts at around 220 grit and ends at around 500 to 600 grit with gradual steps along the way. I was able to clean and rebuild it in a few days. After priming the body, paint it in the color of your choice. Also check the headlights, parking lights, turn signals, brake lights, and running lights. All new brake parts all around would set you back about 400 if you could do it yourself, but you cannot. When someone else has disassembled or started to work on your vehicle, you can't be sure of what you're taking on or the quality of the work that was done.
The truck was stripped down to bare metal, etched, sealed, body worked, primed, and painted. They are available as originals and reprints form automotive literature dealers, and they frequently appear for sale on ebay. Maybe that is why I am attracted to project-oriented planning methods; I grew up surrounded by this sort of thing. With the top down and trunk lid lowered, there is no sight of the soft-top. We removed the and thoroughly inspected all plugs, terminals, and wires. There are too many parts to cover it all.
When I do mechanical work, I put on coveralls, gather my tools and plan my attack. If the engine is in tough shape, you may have to have the cylinders re-bored and the valves ground. Just another neat idea though, maybe in the future. We want to thank Matthew and his family for preserving this truck and giving us the opportunity to get it back on the road again. Sweat equity gets you appreciation and a feeling of accomplishment that simply buying someone else's finished product won't give you. That old J code 223 sure has some loooong rods and pistons.
Those beds back there are just teases. Instead, he asked if I wanted a Coke and we went back in the house. Carl flips the battery kill switch, pushes in the clutch, pulls out the choke and twists the key. No matter how obscure your question, someone has likely already answered it on an online forum. If we were musicians, I'd be the classical pianist, and Carl would be the jazz soloist, a master of improvisation. Some parts books cover a large span of years and are quite thick. This hardbound book covers the construction, operation, and repair of early Ford V8 vehicles.