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Old 07-11-2019, 08:30 AM
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Well it finally happened, I was finally able to go pick up the 1945 Ford pickup truck that my wife's father gave her after he passed away. I said I would start posting pics and so here they are. My plan is to restore this truck as close to original as possible, and keeping it original , but sometimes plans change . I know a couple of you guys have already given me some great advice and help and I'm sure I'm going to need more... if there's anything I can do for anybody I would love to be able to help also! Anyway, I'll be posting pics as things move along... at a snail's pace... enjoy
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:32 AM
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The body looks in good shape as do the grill bars. Looks like a great start.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:46 AM
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The body looks in good shape as do the grill bars. Looks like a great start.
Thanks, yeah, there are some places rusted through bit overall great shape. Excited about getting it off the trailer and getting started on it. All original flathead v8, 6 volt system. Was running about 15 years ago.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:15 AM
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Chris, great looking truck for sure. Good luck with your restoration adventure.
Just a heads up, that really isn't the stock rear, looks like it's been swapped. The original would have had a nut in the middle of the hub.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by 46fordtruck View Post
Chris, great looking truck for sure. Good luck with your restoration adventure.
Just a heads up, that really isn't the stock rear, looks like it's been swapped. The original would have had a nut in the middle of the hub.
Thanks for the info, do you mean the Hub where the back wheel mounts to? I was told that the bed was swapped at some point back in the sixties...it originally came with a service bed on it and they thought that the bed it has now came off of maybe a 46. Maybe when they swap the beds they swapped the rear axle?
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:26 PM
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The left front fender is off of a big truck also.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:28 PM
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The left front fender is off of a big truck also.
Wow, how can you tell? Looks identical to me.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:32 PM
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I may be wrong, but the wheel opening looks to be larger than the one on the right side.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:43 PM
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I may be wrong, but the wheel opening looks to be larger than the one on the right side.
Interesting, when I get home this evening I'll give it a measure... I'll let you know. Thanks
 
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Interesting, when I get home this evening I'll give it a measure... I'll let you know. Thanks
You called it. Good eye. The driver side wheel well is about 2 inches bigger than the passenger side. I guess a correct fender is on my list of things to be watching out for. Thanks rustwrangler, that's just the kind of info I need to make this project a success.
 
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Originally Posted by Rust Wrangler View Post
I may be wrong, but the wheel opening looks to be larger than the one on the right side.
You called it. Good eye. The driver side wheel well is about 2 inches bigger than the passenger side. I guess a correct fender is on my list of things to be watching out for. Thanks Rust Wangler, that's just the kind of info I need to make this project a success.
 
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nice truck ! keep posting as you go,i know what snail pace means !!!
 
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nice truck ! keep posting as you go,i know what snail pace means !!!
So I was able locate some rims with tires off of a 66 Ford truck to get it off the trailer. Of course the brakes were all locked up and I had to remove the front shoes because the wheel brake cylinders were frozen in the out position. Looks like to me that the rear fenders need some kind of brace that is missing....anyone know about this?

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Old 07-13-2019, 07:31 PM
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I needed braces on both sides and bought them from Mac's. They're Mac's part number 21C-16430-C. They may be available from other parts outfits, I'm not sure.

https://www.macsautoparts.com/early_...kup-truck.html
 
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Thanks Rust Wrangler.
 

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