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Not a lot to post, pulled muscle in back slowed things down over the last couple of weeks. Fortunately teenager can do most things by himself.
Did get the transmission back, if had not posted the case was broken completely out in several pieces where the starter bolted to. It was held together with some bailing wire and large washers. As soon as we loosened it from the engine it all fell out on the ground. Mountain Rd Transmission in Montpelier found a used casing and rebuilt when transferring. Not sure if the lugs on each side will interfere when putting back in the truck but time will tell. Wasn't expecting it to be painted. Those guys were great to deal with and they rebuilt it to drag race while pulling a camper.
Was able to get an "original" push bar from Martins2141 here on FTE. Was a little beat up and appears to have been painted white, then red and finished in light blue as arrived. It is about 1.5" wider than the frame so not sure how it was bolted (spacers?) on originally. Will have to bring the bumper back here and fit it all together to see what will need to be modified. Son spent the day cleaning it all up with the grinder and hitting it with some etching primer. It is pitted in several places so a little work left to do. Attached some pics of it as he worked. Oh yeah you will notice the trash bag and WV door mat over the front axle. Haven't installed the breather hose yet and got some rain over the last few weeks.
And he did a little work on the front hub. Kind of got ahead of ourselves when we put the front end back together. Cleaning up some of the details while we have nice weather and it gave me an excuse to order a pizza. Still some paint needed to make it "shiney".
Have not posted since before summer, busy, heat, etc but work has continued. Grandson and Grandpa spent some quality time this summer working the body straight and have gotten several pieces painted. Original truck was midnight blue, but between the two of them, they went in a different direction. Do not believe I have seen one painted this way.
Hood scoops also!!
Got the engine block back from Beaverdam Auto. Franky was a great guy to talk to, get ideas from, excellent work. Had to wait a bit as he must have had 30 engines in the shop, short track and drag track seasons were getting ready to start. Certainly not building a race engine, but some aftermarket pieces dressed it up pretty well.
Dropped the engine, transmission, transfer case in the frame, starting to look like something now.
uploaded most recent pics of the work we have done. didn't realize when we bought the spark plug wires that it did not come with coil wire, what is up with that??? looking really good from my perspective. can't wait to see it all come together.
Still lots to do, but moving in the right direction
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