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1oldtimer 10-15-2011 05:58 PM

'54 Panel, Road to recovery
I thought I should just start a rebuild thread and add to it as stuff gets done, instead of starting a new thread for each part. I'll just post links to the other threads to start and then post new things on this thread.

It started with just a steering column repair and then of course snowballed (I couldn't leave well enough alone). Now it's a new trans/engine, new wiring, rebuilding the steering, rebuild 9" center (2.47) to replace the 3.00 I have now, rebuild dash gauges, rebuild shifter, redo the stereo/speakers/interior lights in there now, new air deflectors, repair bumpers, replace and modify gravel pan to fit new trans cooler set up, repaint more as I find it :D.

So here we go.............

Steering Column Repair:

Gravel Pan Repair:

Header clearance - THE H.A.M.B.

Engine and Trans:
motor is back home - THE H.A.M.B.

more to come.

***EDIT*** new header link to the build, the last one was just to a posted question

1oldtimer 10-24-2011 12:16 AM

Finished painting the air deflectors today and the frame stubs on friday night. Put the gravel pan on saturday and primed the deflectors. Now next week/weekend is sanding the grill, painting the grill and turn signal bezels. I have to touch up the under side of the fender overhang above the grill, bad prep work (macco painted it I think the p/o said) and the light paint came off with the tape (you can see the black in the picture). Then back to the wiring and motor install finishing.

1oldtimer 10-24-2011 12:28 AM

The shifter as it turns out is from a mustang II or a mid 70's granada. If I used a mustang shifter with the bent arm I couldn't get 2nd or low. I took off the woodgrain sticker, painted the insert black, found an NOS shifter handle on Ebay (black handle), polished the plastic and replaced the bushings. They also used the stock shifter rod, put in a few Z bends because it was too long, so I sectioned the rod to fit.
Here's before and after:

1oldtimer 11-07-2011 11:52 AM

More set computer is feuding with the internet connection now. So weekends are the truck (when it's not raining) and week nights are trying to get back online. I have more pics and will post them............

1oldtimer 11-08-2011 01:22 PM

Computer is limping along now..... here's the grill after paint, still have more painting to do. Need to wait for no rain and now I have an under ground pipe leak at the house :-arrgh.

1oldtimer 11-17-2011 03:07 AM

painted the fenders above the grille, the tape pulled some more paint off the hood latch panel.......I hate crappy body shops that don't sand before they paint :-arrgh.

also had the lower hose made (I need to get a lathe and TIG......and learn how to TIG weld :o), so now I have plenty of room for the belt.

I also cleaned up the cal custom air filter and started to paint my '54 tab. Next is a car rebuild, which I need to find a bushing kit for the shaft and install the fan clutch and blade when they come in. Then headers, make some down pipes and fire it up!!!!.

1oldtimer 11-21-2011 12:59 AM

1 day without rain. I mocked up the grille it needs to go higher so the park light bezels can fit under.

Also installed the lower hose, no worries about the belt hitting the hose now. Installed the new clutch fan and blade.

getting closer to the road.

WALFORD'S 56 11-21-2011 09:13 AM

Nice paint work. Smart to paint it and keep it together.

1oldtimer 12-03-2011 12:48 AM

Hard to paint when I get home from work, not enough daytime for the paint to even start to dry (painting outside). Making the park light housing/bezels fit better now, then have to paint those. Having to work on other things on the weekends, but I did get the license plate tab painted, sanded numbers and now need to sand the rest and clear coat.

1oldtimer 01-10-2012 01:22 AM

Had another plumbing problem....which I hope is the last. I have the grille together and the lights in, still sorting out the turn signal bezels vs the grille adjustment but the bezels are painted. Still working on the carb rebuild and the interior wiring. I made a coil bracket, spark plug wire holders, carb return spring bracket and ran the spark plug wires. The headers are on, I ordered a tall K&N filter for CHEAP from amazon, the regular K&N filters ranged from $50 to $80 and I bought the 6" high one for a 14" air cleaner for $29!!!. Here's a picture to keep the thread going...........more to come.

DR Smith 01-10-2012 01:12 PM

looks good. keep pluging along.

old_dan 01-12-2012 11:14 AM

This is a very cool project! Keep us posted!


das54 01-12-2012 11:41 AM

thanks for making a great thread - and even better truck. I was wondering what my floor shifter was from. Now I know.

underthebridgejim 01-12-2012 07:53 PM

I like prodject threads, it makes it so easy to keep up with and lend help by people that have done it b4. You have a great truck in the works, thank you for sharing.

fordman75 01-12-2012 11:49 PM

Nice panel! You are doing some sweet work there.:-X22

But who de-fanged it?:D

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