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Old 03-27-2012, 04:37 PM
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Project wrap-up and thanks to FTE

I wanted to post a note of thanks to all of the people here on FTE who have helped me make my dream a reality. Although these projects are never "done", I am to the point that I am ready to declare "substantial completion" on my '52 F1 project.

I bought this truck about 2-1/2 years ago, and it looked great as long as you didn't get any closer than about 30 yards. The PO had taken it down the "street rod" path, and even though I wanted more of a restomod, I bought it because the truck had no rust and because it had at least some of the drivetrain components that I wanted. The truck had a mid-80's 302 with a NP435 4-speed manual transmission. It also had a Monte Carlo (GM G Body) clip installed (the G body clip would not have been my first choice, but it was a reasonable choice and it was done).

Two years, countless hours (and I really don't want to know the $) later, I'm pretty happy with where we wound-up.

Here is a summary of what we did to the truck:

Body and Frame:
Drivetrain:
  • Rebuilt the engine
  • Replaced all accessories (starter/alternator/etc.)
  • New carb, HEI distributor
  • Replaced manual transmission with rebuilt C6 automatic, installed Lokar shifter
  • Rebuilt rear-end, install 2.79 gears

Suspension and brakes:

Electrical:

Doors and Windows:
  • New side glass
  • Power windows
  • Replaced all tracks and seals

Interior:
There is no way for me to express here how much I appreciate the help that I received from the people here at FTE. I spent my career as an engineer working with some really knowledgeable people, but you guys are as knowledgeable as anyone that I have ever met.

I plan to bring the truck to Pigeon Forge this year (either the Supernationals or the Smokey Mtn F100 Run, or maybe both). I hope to meet some of you there. I'll make sure to wear my FTE T-Shirt).

Thanks Again,
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:51 PM
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Beautiful. Looks really nice. A lot of hard work turned into a great looking truck!
Congratulations.
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The A/C especially is well done! A very nice truck!
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That is an extremely rare Truck - Completed
Very nice work all around especially when you had to start with a PO's work and make it fit your desires
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Very nice truck! What model vehicle did your seat come from? I really like the moons and the color. Hopefully will see you in Pigeon Forge.
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Nice ride. A job definitely well done.
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Very nice truck! What model vehicle did your seat come from? I really like the moons and the color. Hopefully will see you in Pigeon Forge.
Thanks! The seat came out of a Dodge Dakota (2005 I believe). They were cloth and pretty ratty, but I was able to order leather covers for them that looked like a custom upholstery job once installed.
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very nice job, very nice truck. i like the concept of "substantial completion" have used the turn myself a couple times. enjoy
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here's a good o'l '' ATTA BOY '' at ya. Great job!
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congratulations!! What a beautiful truck,i hope that mine will look that good some day
i see that you used the origial gauges & speedometer. nice job
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i see that you used the origial gauges & speedometer. nice job
The gauges are from New Vintage USA. Overall they're OK, but I have had a few issues with them.
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That is one sweet lookin' ride, sir. Mission substantially competed!

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Extremely will done, sir. See you at one or the other shows.
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Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait til I am in your shoes! But you have one big problem: Now what are you gonna do with your weekends?!

Well done and congratulations!

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Great job bud! Looks great Now drive that bad boy!
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