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Old 07-18-2012, 01:06 PM
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1946 jailbar_Earl (S)

I decided it was time to start my build.

Here is the back story:
My truck was originally my grandfather's. He bought the truck from Earl Long in Joplin, MO in the early 50's. He drove the truck many miles. It then became the truck to feed the cows out in the pasture. My father was the last to drive the truck in 1964. He was out feeding cows and ran a stick through the radiator. It then sat out in the pasture for 47 years. It sat in my dad's field until Oct. 2011, when we then moved it to my house. We have been slowly working on it since then. (As a side note, my grandfather died 5 years before I was born, so this will be a tie to him that I never had.) We are setting the truck to be a weekend driver.






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nice story nice truck
now how's the rust?
going stock?
going mod?
i use a lot of my grand father's tool and thank him every time i use them
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Here are some more pics before the tear down:



Nice scratch in the driver door.







Not too bad for sitting so many years....
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My plan is to look like the original from the outside, but improvements to the inside. I wanted a 302/c4 upgrade. Looked on the usual places for several months. I bought a donor 1973 Ford maverick in Nov. for $500. (great deal)



The car had no title, but it didn't matter. On the x-mas break, we gutted the poor car. The body was toast, but the motor/tranny were in great shape.

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it does look good and looks complete
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ok 302 good
what are the wheels on it now and are you keeping them
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Thanks for the comments Roy. I'm keeping the stock front end but updating to disc brakes. Going with a 5 x 4.5" bolt pattern. Still deciding what kind of floor shifter I'm going to go with? I have already purchased a 1995 Explorer rear end (front and rear disc brakes)
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Starting the tear down:



Taking the bed off:



Front clip gone:



Motor pulled:

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nice project i have two ford 1947 one ton pick up truck....one for sale and i rebuilt the other one!!! good luck whit your project
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man are you realy moving this fast or is this a movie
you must be working long hours
just jealous here can't put in the time or coin
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Great to see the pics of your '46. I just started the redo of a '46 half ton, as well, but am not progressing too quickly. The slow progress will just make it more fun to drive when its done, I guess.
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Roy,
I started last fall, just hadn't started a building thread.
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The cab now off:




Pic of the floor board, in rough shape:



Cleaning up the floor board for mock up:

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Getting ready to remove old floor:



New floor:



Mocking up new floor:



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It's great to keep it in the family. I wasn't able to do that but I'm the second owner of my '47 and I've had it since May/67. Although it's been a rather lengthy process with college, family, jobs and moving around, I've still got it and am making some progress. Good luck on the build.
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