Hello guys! I am now the proud new owner of a 1961 unibody shortbed. It's a straight six with four in the floor, not the big window cab. I picked the truck up for $700 with a clean local title(when I find it). The rust on the truck body is pretty extensive, but the frame is solid. The seat and headliner are shot but the dash is all good and all there. There is a crack in the windshield that I didn't notice till i got it home. There seems to be a repair done on the crack already. The engine might be toast. When I picked it up the valve cover was off and has a bent push rod. I will be posting pictures here pretty soon. Donations of parts and knoledge are always welcome!
Im still trying to figure out a way to get pictures from my BlackBerry on to here(I recently destroyed my android phone).
Anyway, I have started to get into the truck and have broke the first bolt! It turns out that the rear end is locked up for one reason or another. I think it's the brake shoes being rusted in place due to the parking brake had been set for so long.
On the brake drum is there any retainer to remove before pulling it off? Im getting the expected resistance from it, but there is some give and spring to it!
I talked to a body shop earlier this afternoon and found out that one of the guys is selling a 4.6l running engine/tranny/wiring harness for $650 with 100k on it. Are brackets made for this conversion, or would i have to fabricate and weld something onto the frame? Also, what would that mean as far as the shift on the column since its an auto tranny?
^I would have thought that a 1961 unibody would have been just find along with the 1961-1966 trucks. More traffic at least.
I agree, 61steven! Did moving the thread also make your pics disappear?
There's really nothing unique enough about the unis to justify segregating them to their own forum. Even the uni owners don't frequent this section much. I would request to transfer back to the 61-66 or least post any of your issues that aren't specific to the uni in the 61-66 section. Otherwise, you'll go for days or even weeks without any response! jmho
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