Friday, September 4, 2020

Original engine color?

 The original engine color on my truck has been debated by many. There are lots that say they were painted gray and a teal color. I am not going to dispute that gray or teal were not original colors too. But from both of my engines the little paint left on them was red. And not just in places that might have been repainted. Behind the fly wheel, push rod cover and fuel pump, under the valve cover and on the rockers. I did change the timing cover and the water pump color from gray to red (just for ease of painting and esthetics) . All of the tin covers were black on both trucks too. This is why I painted my engine red. Again this is not saying red was the only color these engine's were painted, just what mine were painted.

                                                                   Texas engine block (top and bottom)
                                                     original engine block and tin (below)

rolling along!

Five years ago I stayed up all night dismantling the Texas truck. One year to the day I stayed up all nite again to finish putting the rear end together, and then decided to put it back under the truck.  I got all the tires mounted and aired up too. I need to cut down the new brake pins and really start to tighten all the chassis loose ends, grease certs, and drive line. I had a moment of panic while in the middle of putting the rear end in, I looked at the motor mounts and realized when I reinstalled them I did not mark which was right and which was left. I racked my brain for a hour or so until I remembered I had a extra hogs head(fly wheel housing) on the shelf. Crisis averted engine mounts are proper.


Saturday, August 22, 2020

More sanding!

the sanding will never end! I have been getting the rear brakes together, and just the same as the fronts I had to sand to fit. The rear shoes were not as bad as the fronts I just need to take a little off. So instead of three hours per shoe that the fronts took it took me a hour a shoe for the rears. I really wish I could have found someone local with a Ammco 8000 brake shoe grinder. I looked in to buying one but the cost out weighed the benefit. After I got the shoes mounted. I also got all of the tires mounted on the rims. Now to get the silver paint on the rims and get them fully mounted.

Saturday, July 4, 2020


I have finally been able to get back to work on this. Between the cold, lock-down, family and work things slow down. But this week I jumped in head first and got some done. Rubber on the ground! And a great day to fix my rear axle mistake. I also took apart the steering columns and am getting them ready.  More sand blasting and painting to come. And I am ready to put more back together. This has been slow going but I will get there. I will hopefully keep this better updated this year.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Rubber lots more Rubber!

They came! The Tires are here! I am going to have to get things done now! I have tires to install and a truck to put back together. I searched eBay for a split rim tool I had found a few. I debated for a while if I needed one. After I got the tool three minuets after opening the box I decided I should have bought one in the beginning. This tool is awesome and a major help taking the rims apart and putting them back together. Now in no way does the tool make rims any safer they are still very dangerous. So I also had a small accident with the rear end. Just after I finished painting the rear end, I decided to rotate the third member so it was pointing down. As I rotated it one of the axle tubes had some clear coat over spray and it stuck to my rag on the jack stand. As my eyes bulged out of my head I watched the rear end fall off one side of the jack stand and smash on to the floor! ( I cried.) My "I'm going to let this down before it accidentally fell", made it fall. I had to heat and bend back the backing plate that got bent. That ruined my beautiful paint job. But lesson learned, tears shed and pride hurt. I can fix it. Whats a few more hours of paint and body work.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Red, I saw RED!

So the first time I painted the frame it was supposed to be basic single stage paint. Just paint and polish "well nope". The paint turned out to be base coat. Not enamel like I asked for so it never hardened properly. It buffed clean threw in spots. Luckily I didn't have to start over completely. I just scuffed the whole frame with scotch-brite pads reapplied the red base coat and then applied a clear coat. I was a little upset with not getting the right paint in the first place. But should have paid a little more attention and I also had clear coat laying around and was not afraid to use it. So it turned out great in the end. But the effort was tremendous (famous last words " I'm never going to do that again")   I have to let the the clear cure for a week or so before I can get the motor, transmission, drive line and rear end back in it. Lots to do. More painting to come.

More Epoxy!

Epoxy more painting! Yeahhh! Epoxy I'm so excited. I got the rims finally worked out and in primer they need a little touch up to make them look a little better ( just cosmetic filler for a ding or two in the flat of the rim) I also got the rear end in final primer, hubs and hub bolts, locks. Next red paint and clear. Date code on the rear end makes it absolute 1933.