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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 19:33:13 (permalink)
Thanks so much.
 
Here is a shot of the side trim strips that I added.
I especially liked how nice the welds smoothed out.
You can see how nice it blended on the top right corner.
 

 

 
Not too shabby considering I don't really know what I'm doing.
 
I should polish up real nice.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 19:45:22 (permalink)
On any hood I have seen, including this one.
They all use a gray silicone in the seams.
Does anyone know WHAT kind this is??
 
Is it just your standard fire rated silicone??
Or is there something special for hoods??
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 19:52:55 (permalink)
Don't bother.
Google is my friend.  :)   duh
 
Here it is on ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/381017709204
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 21:41:04 (permalink)
Decent price too.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/20 02:49:38 (permalink)
I get my high temp silicone at Lowes. About that same price. Also, once again very impressive work
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/20 16:42:41 (permalink)
Forgot to add a shot of the EDGE of the hood after I split it in two.
Pretty clear why I had to ad an edging.
Double layers of heavy SS.
Cleaned it up, then took some SS and made a U channel with my handy dandy Harbor Freight shear/brake, and a little elbow grease. 
Welded it in place and cleaner er up.
 

 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/11 10:57:43 (permalink)
Here is a shot of the nice channel I made.
 


Not bad for never doing anything before.
The first side went great.
The other side, I kept blowing holes in the trim.
Found out I had my welder set wrong ( after destroying several pieces )
Not sure how I did that.
THEN ran out of SS welding wire !
And I had to go outa town the next day.
So it has been sitting for a while AGAIN.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/11 11:02:17 (permalink)
Just yesterday, got a break to go play some more.
The truck had big posts on the rear deck that held the propane tanks in place.
They were ALWAYS in my way.
Lots of bruises on my noggin to prove it.
Got sick and tired of it, and my buddy was home at the same time.
So off to use his plasma cutter.
LOVE that thing.
Probly the closest I will ever get to a laser gun !!
 
Yeah, it may not look like much, but now I have some room.

 

 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/13 10:26:52 (permalink)
Looking good man, I built a rear platform also to host my gen. and bottle. Have not installed it yet so we don't wang elbows, knee's, & noggins while working on the truck.... Now I see what you said about the condition of your truck.
At least you have an alum body, and don't have to battle rust! You have the same "curved" roof panals that have presented a challenge on finishing out the stainless for us. Nice work so far, much better than how you received it.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/16 13:56:18 (permalink)
Wish it WERE aluminum.
But alas no.
But it IS at least good quality THICK metal.
Pretty sure it's galvanized. So rust is not really an issue.
I do plan to skin the lower half with some aluminum sheeting.
I want to cover up some of that ugly, and make the wheel wells round so it doesn't look so much like its from the 70's.
The curved roof is more squared off on the inside.
So hopefully no too much trouble once I get to it.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/17 18:35:42 (permalink)
It looks like a Union City body, who also made the military contract vans (like mine). At least its galvanized...all they did to the mil spec was heavy red primer and a spritz of crappy undercoating. Pretty sure my truck was on a coastal base, because of the way it rusted in the roof areas. Drive on my friend its getting better all the time.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/17 23:59:03 (permalink)
Mine is actually a Boyertown body.  It's built on a Ford 3/4 ton chasis.
Mechanically sound, and my favorite drivetrain. 300 straight 6 and c6 tranny.
Can't wait to put in some power steering though.
Certainly notice that it's only a 3 speed tranny after driving modern vehicles.
Hopefully it holds up on the highway.   Just gotta take it easy.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/18 08:03:28 (permalink)
Used to be a Chevy guy until they decided they needed to be subsidized by the government...sold my GM's and bought a small fleet of Fords.
 
1995 Work van has the 4.9 (300) straight six, auto with overdrive. 200k miles and running strong despite being used and abused.
 
1984 F250 6.9 IDI Diesel with a C6 with 201K miles. Would get better mileage with overdrive but to rebuild the C6 is less than $1k and overdrive is $2-3k do I'm good with the C6.
 
1990 E350 Shuttle bus 7.5 gasser with overdrive and 86K miles...this will be my food truck someday.
 
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/18 10:13:54 (permalink)
Well I can't complain too much (I already have some) my truck was 6.2 Detroit ruined by p/o who ran it out oil.
The 3/4 chevy chassis is rock solid and converting to 5.7 TBI solved an expensive problem. Wish I had a 7.3 Ford.
Next truck will be diesel. As for the three spd trans...well I'm looking into an old fashion two spd overdrive that bolts on to the end of the trans (turbo 400). Engine roars going the road at over 60 mph!
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/18 16:24:51 (permalink)
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Well I can't complain too much (I already have some) my truck was 6.2 Detroit ruined by p/o who ran it out oil.
The 3/4 chevy chassis is rock solid and converting to 5.7 TBI solved an expensive problem. Wish I had a 7.3 Ford.
Next truck will be diesel. As for the three spd trans...well I'm looking into an old fashion two spd overdrive that bolts on to the end of the trans (turbo 400). Engine roars going the road at over 60 mph!


Have you checked the rear end gear? Many of these truck were modified to maintain slow slows by changing the gear. The 400 is an excellent big vehicle trans and is most probably not the culprit. Way cheaper and easier to change the rear gear than the trans.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/19 10:05:05 (permalink)
I have looked into a ratio change to the diff. This truck is mil spec diesel so the ratio is looow...
I may get the OD unit cheap enough to avoid a messy gear change. (possibly $400 in parts and materials to change it out) Right now I'm not too concerned about that, mainly want to get the thing done and inspected.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/19 23:36:53 (permalink)
It's been so hard to get anything done on the truck.
I keep trying, but I am lucky to get a couple hours a week on it.
I WAS going to try do do some more work on the hood.
But I as I was cleaning up a bit, I just got started looking at the metal I picked up for making my bending brake.
 
Ahhh what the hell....
 
Not sure if this was the best design or not....
But I have looked at tons of different designs online.
I wanted to make it simple.
I got 3 pieces of 2x2 inch angle iron.
I figured that instead of creating my own hinges like I see everyone online doing, I would use a set of very heavy hinges.
 
Cut a notch in each end.

Welded on the hinges.

I could have done a nicer job on the notches and make them more even.
 

It achieves exactly what I needed.
The 2 pieces are lined up perfectly.
And the pivot point is dead center.
 
Notched the 3rd piece that will be used to clamp down the metal.

 
I tacked on another piece to try to stiffen the bending bar and tacked on a handle.

 
Gave it a quick test.
Seems to work fairly well on a sheet of stainless.
Should work great on the aluminum sheet.
 

Still need a couple of tweaks, but I think it will work well.
It's just for bending the 22 gauge aluminum sheet for the inside of the truck.
Its attached to an 80 pound solid wood door that is sitting on top a pretty solid workbench.
 
Soooo,,,,  it's kind of working on the truck.....
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/22 20:53:03 (permalink)
Guess today ended up the usual cluster ......
 
Been working at the store all dang week.
Then had to spend ALL day Friday helping the wife set up for a trade show....  On the opposite end of town of course.
Seems that I work for my wife WAY to much.  :)
 
Anyway, I finally got back to doing some work on the the truck today.
Went out to my brother's place to see if the truck would fit in his garage.
Lo and behold. It fits!!
Had to mostly flatten the tires, but I got it to fit.
He says I can use it to paint the truck.
Sooo...  woohoo!!
 
Got home later and got to do some welding.
It was even going pretty well...
Finally seem to have figured out some stuff.
Then suddenly  ....  
Not really the kind of sound you want to hear from a welder....
Then a poof of smoke from inside it.
 
Good thing it's under warranty.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/23 10:23:27 (permalink)
Seems that going with the name WTF?! was the right choice.
Just about every time I do anything involving the truck....
It ends up with a big ol  by the end of the day.
What The ForQ
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/10/31 02:29:26 (permalink)
Well it has been a productive week.
I got my welder replace ( thanks warranty )
The new one seems SO much more powerful....  Like,,,, scared me when I first tested it.
Maybe there was something wrong with it for a long time, and it just finally toasted.
Dunno, but it's way better.
 
I finally got my hood finished, at least the trim parts.
Still have to do a few things, but no rush.
 
The weather has been pretty warm this past week.  
So I figured it was a good chance to get some of the body panels done that I wanted.
I attached aluminum sheeting to the lower half of the truck.
It covers up a lot of the holes and dents and scrapes etc.
It also lets me round out the wheel wells.
I was trying to get rid of the "old" look.
Try to make it "appear" like a current truck, not something outa the 70's.
Was it really necessary??  hhhmmm
Probably not.
Probably didn't make that much of a difference.
But it was fun.
 
Here are the before and after shots.


 

 

 

 
A few tubes of adhesive, and a few hundred rivets later...
I like the results.
Kinda looks like I lowered it.
Can't wait to get a coat of black paint on it.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/11/14 22:55:33 (permalink)
We got some great weather for the last week or so...
I felt this was my last chance before the winter hits, so I started to paint the beast.
It JUST fits in my brothers garage.

For better or for worse, I chose to try plastidip.
It hides a lot of the flaws on this old truck.
Plus I don't want to spend 10 grand on a wrap.
 
I started out trying to do some of the trim and edges using this hvlp sprayer that I have had for a long time, but never used.
What a POS it was.
HORRIBLE !!
 
I ended up having to go buy a decent gun.
Trying to keep it within a reasonable budget, I went with the Wagner Flexio 590.

 
What a WORLD of difference.
I LOVE this thing.
It can spray everything from stain to paint with built in primer to Tremclad.
 
I got base coat of flat black plastidip on the truck.
It's very cool.
 
But it turns out that 4 gallons is NOT enough....
Just in case anyone out is thinking of trying this.
And its a small truck.
 
And of course I can't buy a gallon or two locally.
So I get on Amazon and order a bunch more.
It just sucks that I have to wait, and probably loose the grate weather.
Oh well, par for the course.
 
Will post some shots when it gets outa the garage.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/11/14 23:14:02 (permalink)
Really....REALLY??!!
How fricken stupid can things get ??
Well if nothing else, this thing is living up to the WTF moniker.
 
I have no idea why, but last night at 3 am or so...the thought creeps into my head....
 
What about the tank??     What tank??   The tank under the truck dummy!!
Oh yeah... it's fine.   Have you looked ??   hhmmm  not for a while...
Do you want to be crawling around under there in the SNOW... which is coming right away??
Or do you want to do it NOW while its in the garage??
 
So yeah.... the grey water tank....  I have not really looked at it.
And now that I have  ....MY GAWD !!!

What fricken moroon put this thing together???
I CANNOT believe this thing was actually a functioning food truck at some point.
I did up an image of what it is set up like below...

Can you see what's wrong??

I mean COME ON !!

Every connection on the sink was bass akwards to begin with, and then the waste tank is set up like THIS???
 
I was so hoping that I could leave in installed and just fix the connections....
But not with fuster cluck.
At least it came out without a fight.
 
AND it sits right beside the muffler... no heat shield whatsoever.
Cause plastic doesn't ever melt I guess.
 
As usual,,,,  WTF ?!
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/11/30 21:03:49 (permalink)
So it's been a couple of weeks.
Finally had time to bring the beast home today.
Still not sure what I think of the plastidip.
Only time will tell.
Here is a before and after shot.
Plus a few others.


 

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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/12/02 12:31:06 (permalink)
My experience with plasti-dip has been less than satisfactory. Just the right sort of nick results in a peel point. I havent tried it again.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/12/23 10:44:54 (permalink)
So it's almost xmas.
Truck has been home for a month now.
Had it here about a week and had to get everything in the yard cleaned up for winter.
Then BOOM...  got hit with big snowstorm.
Dumped 1 to 2 feet. -- had no snow before that.
Had 4 ft drifts everywhere.
Then we got 2 straight weeks of -35 c temps.
And yeah, that's friggen COLD!!.
 
Had the last week of nice temps.
Even made it all the way up to zero!!
Last Sunday was -29 ish, then Monday was -2.  Un freakin real!!
 
Then conveniently, half the staff at our store call in sick.
And guess who has to go work half the week....
 
So needless to say.... NOTHING done on the truck.
 
It's Dec 23.
The weather prediction is for a bigger snow dump than the last snowstorm on xmas and boxing day.  Lovely.
Somewhere between 20 - 60 cm. 
The weather model says we are right in the middle of 2 systems.  DEAD CENTER!
So I predict it may be a while before I get back to the truck.  
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/12/23 14:45:21 (permalink)
I could not live in snow. Glad I am here sweatin out Christmas in the 80's! I almost thought that you like most everybody else had given up on this site. I swear for a very long time it was downright crowded in here. Hoping you get a chance to do more and finally get this thing on the road.
 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
 
Post when you can, I am still checking in.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/12/23 19:28:54 (permalink)
Thanks bud!
Snow is not so bad.  It's better than rain.
But the cold.....   f-me   - 30's is tough.
Really good friend of mine moved from here down there in Ocala.
 
He regrets NOTHING :)
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/04 12:54:12 (permalink)
Just for you HPX
 
We just concluded our THIRD snowstorm in under a month's time.
This one was note quite as bad.
And today's high is a balmy -28c  with windchills around -43c
 
Had to get the snowblower out yesterday and after I was done I snapped a shot of the back of the truck.
Hard to believe I only parked it a month ago.
Have not been back to it since.
 
The truck is surrounded by a 6 foot fence on 2 sides, a 10 foot wall on the 3rd side, and my pickup in front.
And it still got THIS much snow BEHIND it.
 

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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/04 13:10:56 (permalink)
That is just insane, and I see there is much more in your forecast. And me running the a/c and wearing shorts . . . and bitchin about the heat! They are predicting in the low 70's this weekend here. Brrrr
 
Stay well
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/06 21:25:01 (permalink)
Thanks  ... that made me laugh  
 
Needless to say, I can't even get into the truck without digging through the snow.
Hard to not be discouraged at the moment.
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