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Old 06-18-2016, 09:33 AM   #1
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Ot...different kind of "rv"

We have for years have had an old car in the back yard that we wished to find an old pre-57 Ford truck to place the running gear into.

But those trucks go for big bucks or rather too much to "gamble" with.

When we were about 6 my father did same and we got to play in the source car tearing it apart and that was a blast as a super steel fort...those were the days!

Posting here as it it a RV....

It will be recreation working on the vehicle...so it sort of is a "RV"...

Plus there are many here who also have done miracles restoring old cars and even though I consider myself fairly clever I would rather take good advice over learning the wrong way.

I am keeping the source car a secret as it is not the usual ones but nuts and bolts are same regardless.

We found a 1950 Ford F1 which is very close to what we did as a child, spooky is mom was just showing photos of us tinkering on the old truck the day before we found ours...spooky...

It was only 455 so chesp...no motor but better excuse to swap...

Enough eords...A couple photos...
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:04 PM   #2
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As with All Projects, it boils down to $$$ and your skill set. Most projects fail due to unreasonable expectations. Most projects will cost twice as much and take twice as long as you estimate. Companies like Speedway Motors, Trans-Dapt & Hurst make tons of hardware for the F series trucks. Your biggest stumbling areas will be: (1) RUST, body, floors & frames. (2) Electrical, most original wiring was cloth covered and will have deteriorated and need to be replaced. See Painless Wiring. (3) Using small blocks and automatics will let you rebuild the original suspension and rear end saving $$$. Everything else will get more involved. (4) Interior & Glass. Lots of $$$ can get spent here. A Rat Rod is the cheapest way out and will put you on the road the quickest and cheapest, Pro Street, Total restoration, or Nice Street Rod will take the most time and cost the most money. And then theirs everywhere in the middle. A few years ago I wound up with a 1953 Ford four door sedan. I did what was necessary and drove it. Then over the years I reinvented it over and over winding up with a full out big block powered custom. As Tom Petty said "The Future is Wide Open."

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Wiring is gone and lots of rust but no extra charge...

Looking for teardrop to go with it...

Plan is both axles and engine tranny from donor but fitting engine first challenge.

Could use original axles but wanting to be different will look at donor.

No donor is not jeep or other 4wd. ..

Today did some rust arrest via quick sanding of some spots and spraying primer on it...couple cans were in it so had to use them.

Will use electrolytic rust removal for doors fenders and hood.

Box and body the hard way.
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This will be fun to watch this "ol girl" brought back to life!! Good luck Tony! Rail!
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