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Stewart's 1954 Chevy Shop Truck

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Post by Reb Stew on May 27th 2012, 2:07 pm




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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 7:48 am

I still need to clean the welds up but the tunnel is done. Next I need to finish up the firewall.

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Post by Cratethis on May 28th 2012, 3:06 pm

Lookin good! Truck looks pretty solid.
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Re: Stewart's 1954 Chevy Shop Truck

Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 10:58 pm

Master and booster work.




Circle is roughed in but I needed to do something about the body bead before cleaning it up. It needed it to lay flat. Amy used a sledge hammer on the inside to act as a dolly while tapped it flat.

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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:04 pm

For the ones who don't know, mounting the master and booster on the firewall of one of these older cars/trucks are not as easy as bolting them on. Your late model cars have braces and double walls metal in some cases. The firewall on an older car will flex. Easy fix is to brace it or weld in a plate. Most guys just weld a plate on the outside of firewall and it's good to go. I did not want the plate to show so I went a different route and put the plate on the inside.


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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:07 pm

Template is made.



Random holes are drilled into the firewall. These will be plug welded after the plate is in place as well as some welding on the inside of the cab.


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Holes for the booster are cut into the plate.

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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:12 pm

Fuzz-o-graph picture but you get the drift. This is just still mock up so nothing stays bolted on until all the other work is done.


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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:14 pm

I don't like the looks of this late model engine and booster in the truck but this is not something I'm going to be showing. This is just to drive and use it as a truck, tow and haul parts Twisted Evil

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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:16 pm

I need to pull the engine so I can finish up welding the firewall but since the engine was in it I figured I'd mess with the steering.
Here is what came with the truck. It's from a Dakota.




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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:42 pm

I didn't want all the turn signals and bulky late model junk showing in the cab so I stripped it down.



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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:45 pm

The hole in the firewall wouldn't work. It made the steering hit the engine. I cut a little away at a time until I got it to clear.

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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:50 pm

The steering rod where it goes through the firewall is 1". I didn't have a heim joint that big so the tube it came with had to be used. It has bearing in the bottom.


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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:50 pm

At the other end there is no bearing so the top will get a heim joint to hold the rod to the dash.

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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:53 pm

The angle of the tube didn't match the flange on the bottom to the firewall. It needed to have more of an angle to it.




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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:55 pm

Now that I have the right angle and placement for the steering the engine and trans comes back out.

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Post by Reb Stew on May 28th 2012, 11:58 pm


Another template is made to get the crazy lines right.



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Post by Reb Stew on May 29th 2012, 3:29 pm

Went back outside late last night and finished welding up the firewall and plugging a few holes. Time to clean the welds up and toss on some filler.

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Post by Lady rebel on May 29th 2012, 10:01 pm

It's looking good and coming together smoothly!
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Re: Stewart's 1954 Chevy Shop Truck

Post by Cratethis on May 29th 2012, 10:09 pm

Rolling right along. Better get on him about the 27 or this one is going to beat it to the streets. Laughing
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Post by Reb Stew on May 29th 2012, 10:42 pm

Very Happy It may if it keep rolling along like it is. It's funny how some cars fight you every step and some seems like they build themselves.

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Post by junkyardjeff on May 29th 2012, 11:38 pm

I will be going to Starks saturday to get a rear bumper for my 66.

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