Well, here it is, my first vehicle. I wanted it to be a Mopar.
So a farmer one day had "Truck" sitting out in his front yard with a for sale sign ... Show moresitting on it- $800. Okay, thats pretty good,a little bit more than I wanted for my first restoration project, but it looked like a good truck. So I went up and asked the guy if he could let me take a look at it and start her up. So that he did, and the 318 roared to life. With 140,000 miles, the 318 still sounded like it had alot of pep in it. Being inly 14 at the time, and not knowing other things to check other than the motor (if it runs). I should have checked out how it's floorboards and rocker panels were, but live and learn I guess. I find out just latly how extensive the rust is on the rockers, the inner rockers were almost non-existent, the outers gone to s***.
This trucks life started out pulling a camper for its first twelve years of life, then Tom ( the farmer) bought it to haul manure(YES, manure) from his dairy farm. It had done this for the past 10 years until I bought it. I can tell you, the frame and under body is completely COATED with manure, exaplaning the the reason why the frame has no rot on it at all, I guess it acted as undercoating.
So not im starting to restore, clean, and paint this monster. It has been challanging at times, but is many times rewarding at the end.
More to come....
Some pictures of rocker rust/cancer!!!
Current News as of 6/13
Begining Rocker panel area reconstuction. Found some 4" by 4" 12 gauge square tubing, cut it to fit so it will act as a stong rocker panel support, beacause the original rear rocker mount is totally gone. I then welded it to the frame. Its strong as hell, I jumped on it about 10 times with my 270 pounds, didn't budge. This is what Chrysler should have done at the factory! It weighs almost the same as a the flimsy 20 gauge neck that held the rocker up, and is 10 times stronger. I will also weld the seatbelt mount onto it, for extra safety.
I also have been honing my brazing and bondoing skills on my fenders, I just keep on getting better and better!
Pictures coming soon
Got two new-to-me inner fenders at the junkyard off of a '77 W200 flatbed for $20. Cleaned them up , converted the rust, put primer on, and painted it with thick oil-based enamel, and then undercoated the "sensitive" spots, like the area near the radiator
Pictures of the driver's side door being stipped of all its paint, the undercoated (with Herculiner) engine compartment, and some of the dent fixing on the box.
My extra-cool true dual exhaust system that i made my self, $15 of 2 1/4", two cherry bombs (the orange one i found on the sreet one day, what luck :D ) a homemade H-pipe,, and oil based enamel, and a 1/4 box of arc welding sticks ( i use a stick welder for everything) Its ready to bolt on me heddman headers.
But wait, I still have to get everything cleaned,floors redone, and rustproofed underneath.
Oh, check out my "almost" done driver's rocker panel. Looks much better now.
Oh before i ferget, heres one of the nice rust-proofed wheelwells i told you about earlier. Also you can see my new orange box and my cruise diaphram and relay re-mounted on it!!
I went to the Mopar swapmeet in Elmhurst, Illinois just a week ago, I brought $65 with me to buy stuff, and this is what I got, I sure hauled in the sh** this time!!
Okay, this is AFTER I rebuilt it, but heres the Holley model 4440 carb I got off of a guy for only $30!! It was all complete and everything, just a little bit dirty, and that was all, I got a rebuild kit anyway, and it was a good thing I did, alot of gaskets were cracking apart! I painted it with plasticote cast-gray. Looks sweet!
Heres another haul I got!! A nice-flowing 340 manifold for only $10! What a deal!. It was some older man that didn't know anything about it! I sand-blasted it, then primed it with POR-15 to prevent the cast from rusting, then painted it with silver heat paint.
Heres a pic of what it looked like after I cleaned it up and painted it!
Here guys, I thought of this saying a little while ago, just thought id share it with y'all. SAYS IT LIKE IT IS! Use it if you want, take it to a vinyl shop and get it made if you want! Show Less
I nabbed a NEW passenger'side fender of a guy on craigslist for only $35!!! I reconstructed the other fender by welding a new patch in, thaen making a ne... Show morew arch strip, which I could bend to a contour I liked, then welded that in also. Then I filled in the whole patch with short-strand Bondoglass, for more strength. sanded that down, then put reg bondo over it, for fine detail. I then epoxy primed both fenders.
My 35 dollar fender, all primed up!!!
My handsome Bondo work! Its really nice, thank goodness for Bondo glass, seems much less crude than regular bondo, and is MANY times stronger!
That same fender mounted on my truck, how nice it looks. My truck is starting to come together.
The smow came and left here in Wisconsin, nice temps in the 40s. Sure a mild start to the winter here in the salt belt. Its nice in two ways, I can work on my truck in the middle of December, and less salt is used on the roads, so now cars wont rust out as fast!
Im starting to replace the lower door skins on both sides, starting with the drivers side. I got some nice "scraps" (useful to me) from one of my friend Jake's dad. They are PERFECTLY sized for making the door skins, so I think Im looking at some more of my good luck, as usual.
I started cutting out all the cancer on the door bottoms, all the way to the body line, was actually more solid that I thought it would be! But I still have to make the door bottoms myself.
Heres another mod that you can do to your Dodge Truck (it possibly could be used for other makes) With the grill having as large orfices it does, alot of crap sure gets stuck in the radiator after awhile! Thats why my radiator had a leak in it, and I eventually had to replace the whole thing anyways because of the leak.
So what I did was get a sheet of nice metal "cloth" from the junk bin of a metal fab place. It kinda looks like what they used for Gasser grills and the like, so I thought that would look cool. Mine was stainless, but fine chicken wire or hardware cloth would work great also!
I formed it to some of the various mounts and stuts in the front, then drilled a few bolt holes around so I could hold it in place with bolts and large fender washers.
The end result for me looked like this...
I figure there will be much less of a chance of sh** getting in there now, but air will be able to flow perfectly. Will keep the engine compartment cleaner in the long run also! Tell me if you do this also, Ill be glad to hear about your experiences. Show Less
Id thought Id do a show-and tell of my most favorite (and most used) tools I have.
heres my nice Clarke stick welder. Its actually my friend Sashas,... Show more but he's letting me use it for as long as I want. I have learned many tricks to using a stick welder on almost anything. I have to, because this is the ONLY welder I have!
I just made this, a sheet metal brake. I made it out of entirely scrap wood. Works swell for me making it out of junk!
My Dad's compressor he has had even before I was born. He used it for airbrushing, which it worked great for that, but try anything more than that, and it just would suck the air right out. I tried painting using a spray gun, using a DA sander, chisel, and my sandblaster, but it would take over 5 min just for it to get to 100PSI at initial startup, and use your airtool for more than 3 seconds, and you were back down to 10 or 20. Sad, isn't it! So what I did was I put a larger pulley on the motor, and now its spinning really fast. It takes about 20-30 seconds to hit the switch at 110, and most tools just jolt the needle back anout 5psi, then it just recovers right away. My Dad couldnt belive it could work so well.
My 50-year-old sawzall I refurbished and repainted. Didn't make a ver y cood pain choice, but it runs like a champ. Was a Christmas present from my Mom and Dad.
My beloved 1962 Schwinn Racer. Heres another one of my iterests, restoring old Shwinns. What a nice bike, I have probably gotten some 2-3000 miles put on it since I have owned it. It got stolen this year (my original bike lock broke, so I didnt lock it up at school) I came to find it gone after school one day. I did get it back a few days later, but thats a LONG story!!
Now I have a huge lock and braided steel line.
The reason why I included it in my tools is that I have done do much with my bike that has to do with my truck. It has taken me the the scrapyard, Auto Zone, Anders auto parts, the meatl fab plac many many times. I even hauled my dead radiator core with it to the yards!
One time I found a good deal on two like new firestone tires for 6 buckeroos at a rummage sale at a guy's storage shed. all I had was my bike, so guess what I did, I slung both of them over my handle bars, and off I rode. I had to stetch my legs pretty far apart, but I got them home, but without a few amused looks from people passing by me!!! Show Less