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bonvos 56 chevy stepside
Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:25 AM
this is how i got the truck it has always been a california car so the 99% of the rust is surface for $500 with clean title and motor and tranny in it i couldnt pass it up:D
after i got it my priority was to stop the rust so i busted rump roast stripping the rusted parts back to bare metal and getting a good coat of paint on them
im still working on stripping the rust off of it and as im doing so i tell my grandma about my little project she asks me where i have seen the cheapest parts i told her about classic parts she told me make a list of parts i needed and she would see what she could do i did then i get a box with all the parts i need to make it drivable again!!! thank you grandma!!!she told me it was a xmas gift once the parts arrived i started cooking with gas
a buddy and i do a mock up of the body panels to see how its comming along
then i pull the drives door off i knew the hindges were bent because of the horror story of a trip to the weight station the po had told me (ask me if interested)
then due to my injured knee (ive had it all threwout this project) i couldnt put the door back on im waiting on some help to do that but i put the motor bits on it to make her fire again after 15+ years
well today i made it look like a truck again and i can actually get in and out of it pics
well finally got it out of the back yard hopfully there will be more progress soon im trying to get it ready for my move to oregon so i dont have to trailer it biggest thing i need is a radiator i posted a parts wanted thread but have gotten no reponces yet anyway here are some pics from today
Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:26 AM
well i did some work to her today not alot but i replaced the ballast resister and took a grease gun to every grease fitting on the ubderside of the truck ( holy hell theres alot of them) took some pics to show you guys what im dealing with
looking from the front axle
my "exhaust hanger" installed by a PO
mickey mouse wiring
master and lines that i dont want to deal with they have a nice amount of rust going on
and just cause i cleaned it
well the move to oregon went well had a trailor blow a tire on the way up and delayed up enough that we had to stop for a night now my chevy is parked at my uncles place untill i get my own place now im slowly pecking away at it i have swapped the coil and found that the condencer is toast busted out all my brake parts from our host and gonna start workin on that soon
looks right at home if you ask me
well got some parts today and they cost me nothing out of pocket
there alot nicer then the copped up ones that came with my truck
Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:43 PM
You staying with the 235 or do you have something else planned? My six is coming out for a Caddy 500/th400/np205 combo that I have in the shed.
When you do the brakes, switch to a dual circuit master. Power brakes would be even better and there's a kit sold for that. The brakes are gone on mine from sitting for 20 years and it was a bit sketchy driving across town with nothing but the handbrake on the back of the transmission.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:13 AM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:08 AM
I bought it in Newport News, Virginia for $1100.00. I later traded it for a '68 Z28 Camaro when I lived in Colorado. When I got it, came with a whole new clutch setup, Genuine GM 11" flywheel to pressure plate, as the old was slipping. I went through a few Muncie 4 speeds and one rear end while I had it.
It had a '68 large journal 327 CI./275 HP however...It had been dyno tuned by Motion Performance out in Long Island, NY. It had:
700 cfm Holley dual line double pumper, Eldebrock C4B intake, Erson 292 duration, 490 lift cam, ACCEL dual point distributor and Mallory coil, Hooker headers, 252 low gear Muncie with a 3:90 gear in the rear.
My BIL took these, a bit overexposed.
I ran an AC mechanical fuel pump on the motor but it wasn't enough. Added an AC electric pump to back that up when I was "on" it. It would empty the float bowls somewhere around the end of 2nd gear without the electric.
I dropped a '69 350 ci motor in it before I traded it.
Edited by Quidam, 22 May 2012 - 09:54 PM.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:05 AM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 10:47 PM
nice truck man that is almost the color i want mine lol to bad you traded it that thing was clean
Well, I missed driving it but I got over it. Here's what I traded for...everything you see there, I built.
I chem stripped and sand blasted this one. You're probably not going this far with your truck huh?
Thought you might like to see this. The V-8 bellhousing original to these years, was part of the motor mount deal, with the front up rights and rubber mounts on the bell. I had a chain from the left frame rail to the engine block to keep it in place.
I see your truck has floating rear axles and 8 lug, 3500. My daily driver now is a 3500 Chevy, but it's a "one ton" type truck with ten lug. I'm kinda sure they considered my truck a half ton...
Looking foreward to more pics:)
Oh, I had this one quite a bit longer than the truck.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:20 AM
mine is a 3600 3/4 ton thing can climb a tree with a granny low 4 speed and 5.88:1 rear gears
Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:45 PM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:25 AM
pulled thermostat housing to find this
whats left of the thermostat
concerned i pulled the water pump off to have this bleed out of it
but after getting it off i found this
so over all it looks like a good flush will be what this thing needs
popped the valve cover off to find this
over all it looks like the motor is gonna be very happy
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:47 AM
Man, that looks ugly. Looks good under the valve cover though. You plan to flush it? I had a Justy EF 12 looked something like that so I took the oil plug out and went at it with a parts cleaning brush and lots of kerosine. I had to change the oil and filter twice within a short time, then it was clean.
Just something about certain old trucks...like Brats.
I got paid 250 hrs work on this truck from California a few years ago. In the end with the motor, it had so much bore rust I couldn't get enough compression for it to run. I think water got down the carbs tho from a leaky roof.
283 CI with cam, springs, aluminum retainers. Power glide 2 speed auto, Pontiac rear.
Edited by Quidam, 06 November 2012 - 10:59 AM.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:32 PM
cleaned some stuff like the 2 halves of the thermostat housing water pump and valve cover
Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:45 PM
Had '51 & '54 Chevy 1/2t stepsides myself.
IIRC, the 2 spd electric wiper motor from a '57-59 2t truck will fit in yours. It fit my '54 & saved me from the vacuum motor blues. 12 volt of course.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:45 AM
as for the motor im surprised when i first went to start it years ago i spent a whole 30 bucks on points condencer and a carb rebuild it lit instantly you just cant kill these things
Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:09 PM
Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:03 AM
I had a `54 210 two door post that had the 235. Same old story, it sat for 20 years, and all I added gas and a battery and it started right up. I eventually did the carb rebuild and tune up, but you can't argue that these things were made to run!
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:03 AM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:11 PM
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