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Old 11-10-2013, 08:02 AM   #29
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"I guess I just need this long weekend camping to recharge"...

I'd say you need to quit driving to work....and do what you obviously love to do and what you excel at.

Nice rig
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:19 AM   #30
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Ok maybe I just had a bad week.....Had one of my 59 chevy trucks go down, my daily driver 74 Elcamino went down, this one sprung a leak and I had to ride my harley to work in the rain one day last week because it was the only thing still working....I guess I just need this long weekend camping to recharge.
You're breaking my heart Dawg. Reminds me of a friend of mines mother in Lafayette La who told us her oil and gas royalties were down to $200k a year.
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I graduated from high school in 1957, and remember the special 1957 Chevy Cameo pickups that were styled something like that.



Yes, Virginia, it's a regular cab. I don't think Chevy made SuperCab or CrewCab half-ton pickups back then.

But I've never seen a 5700 with a CrewCab body and pickup bed. That one certainly doesn't look like an LCF (low cab forward), and I've never seen a 5700 with a pickup bed. Is that a custom body as well as custom most everything else about it?
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I graduated from high school in 1957, and remember the special 1957 Chevy Cameo pickups that were styled something like that.



Yes, Virginia, it's a regular cab. I don't think Chevy made SuperCab or CrewCab half-ton pickups back then.

But I've never seen a 5700 with a CrewCab body and pickup bed. That one certainly doesn't look like an LCF (low cab forward), and I've never seen a 5700 with a pickup bed. Is that a custom body as well as custom most everything else about it?

I see this thread is active again.....

Thats a nice cameo. There is a link to the build thread in Post #10. Its pretty much hand made. GM made from the front doors forward and I made everything else.
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"I guess I just need this long weekend camping to recharge"...

I'd say you need to quit driving to work....and do what you obviously love to do and what you excel at.

Nice rig
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Thanks for the kind words.....I am building a 40x88x16 tall shop this spring.....then I can quit the day job.
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As I was coverd in gear oil last night from a leaking rear axle seal I started to wonder if towing with 56 year old truck is the smartest decision. The wife was getting nurvous because we are camping this weekend and I had the rear axle all apart. I built the truck specificly to tow our 5th wheel. Its a 1957 chevy 5700 series Low Cab Forward. I am an old truck nut so wrenching is nothing new to me. We towed all last year with out any major problems. It does have a modern drive train, Vortec 454 with a 4l80E tranny. I wonder how much maintenance do others do on newer trucks? IS it really worth it to move up to a newer truck. We have most of the new truck comforts inside....A/C, leather seats, power windows, DVD player. Are there any other "nuts" like me out there that tow with and old truck?



Ok that is the coolest trucks that size I've seen. You do nice work there... I always thought it would be cool to do a 67 work truck to go along with my 67 427SS Impala.
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It looks a bit like a 59. but it's not! I suspect most of it's parts weren't invented yet in 59.
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There is a link to the build thread in Post #10. Its pretty much hand made.
I get very tired just reading that thread. I too am an accountant, except I worked on developing automated accounting software most of my career. I can't imagine going for weeks at a time getting only 4 hours sleep a night. I did that sort of nonsense when working on a software development project, except only 18 hours per day with about 6 hours sleep. But that was work and not a hobby. I've thought about trying to build a Deuce Coupe, but I don't have the fabrication skills or the automotive wiring skills you have, so I'll just have to admire others' work.

After I retired, I built my retirement house from scratch, and did all the work myself (with a little help from my mom and my wife) except for the brick fašade, the back-breaking concrete foundation and slab work, three water wells, HVAC, and the septic tank. I also paid the pros to blow in the insulation over the ceiling. I designed the 2,600 sq. ft. floorplan, and Nephew the architect took my floorplan and turned it into blueprints. I leveled the building site, dug the foundation and under-slab plumbing and electrical ditches, did all the framing (except I designed the roof trusses and had them built by a truss company), doors and windows, siding, plumbing and DWV (drain, waste, vent). And I did the electrical work, wallboard, roofing, painting, cabinets and fixtures, etc. Darling Wife helped me lay the 2600 sq ft of ceramic floor tile. But wiring a house is simple compared to automotive wiring. The project required almost two years of doing nothing else but building a house. I enjoyed doing it once, but would not even think about doing it again.
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Yes sir, you are certainly delusional to drive that old of a truck !!! I think parking in MY driveway would help !

Very, very, VERY nice work ! The 5er attached to it is shamed by it...

however, I do hate you kind of talented people cuz you cost me LOTS of money when I have to go buy something like that

Oh, and as soon as anyone HEARS that exhaust note,
they will KNOW it's not an old drive train ! bet it sings when towing !!!
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Yes sir, you are certainly delusional to drive that old of a truck !!! I think parking in MY driveway would help !

Very, very, VERY nice work ! The 5er attached to it is shamed by it...

however, I do hate you kind of talented people cuz you cost me LOTS of money when I have to go buy something like that

Oh, and as soon as anyone HEARS that exhaust note,
they will KNOW it's not an old drive train ! bet it sings when towing !!!
I have plans to take 2 airstream type trailers and make a 5th wheel. An aluminum shined up trailer will be the ticket behind it.
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