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First Project. 1956 GMC Pickup

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Re: First Project. 1956 GMC Pickup

Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 3:49 am

A ton of measuring and marking up the concrete to get the front end back in place. It's typical on some of these early cars/trucks that the wheels don't line up in the wheel well. It drive me nuts. We set the frame a couple inches forward from the stock location to center it in the wheel well. Marked on the concrete, measurement written on paper and rechecked many, many times. Then it's time to cut it up!







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Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 4:00 am





I welded a piece of metal across the front of the frame for a place to support the frame with the jack stands



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Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 4:04 am





Frame was cleaned off good.

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Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 4:06 am

Time to make a template to follow the curves of the Nova frame.




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Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 4:13 am

After getting everything where it should be we double checked everything again and did a few spot welds. At this time we run the tape measure from the back all the way to the front, crossing left to right and then the other way around. This gives you the longest reading so if you are off any it will show. We double check left to right front to back on anything and everything that where the same on both sides. Like left rear leaf spring hanger bolt to right front sway bar bolt. If it's out any you need to redo your placement of your clip or you will be running dog legged down the road. Frame was spot on so lastly we did the front clip to stuff on the firewall of the cab. Everything was dead on. Time to weld some more. The frame mates to the stock frame perfect! There is plenty of frame to weld together too so it will be very strong.




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Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 4:14 am

Next it's time to get the cab bolts loose so the rest of the frame can be welded.






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Post by Reb Stew on March 22nd 2014, 6:42 am

Getting older and working a lot by yourself you figure out strange ways to do things. A couple 2x4 with a hole drilled in them and loosely mounted to your cherry picker is all that is needed to get the cab back far enough to weld the rest of the frame.





We finished off the night by getting rid of the stock master and brackets that were on the frame.

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Post by Chris55 on March 22nd 2014, 10:33 am

Lookin good, nice work all.
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Post by 911TAZZ on March 22nd 2014, 4:55 pm

Very nice, he's catching on quick.  cheers cheers 
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Post by Nanook on March 23rd 2014, 5:58 am

Wow, that is some awesome work, crew! cheers  I love seeing this come together like it is.

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Post by Reb Stew on March 25th 2014, 1:37 am

Made a frame with some casters on it so we could move the cab around and work on it a little easier.







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Post by Reb Stew on March 30th 2014, 5:35 pm

Here is a picture of a truck with the grille mouth molded in. If you wanted to do away with that chrome part of your bumper that is what it would look like. Or you can keep it like you said and do a portion of it where you are missing the chrome. Just tossing out ideas.


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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 4:06 pm

Earl was off school and didn't have to work yesterday, that's a rare thing so the whole day was spent of his truck. We drove to the paint shop to get some primer only to find out it had closed down. Had to go to the one that was further away from the house to get what he needed. That took some time away but other than that he works all day and into the night. Even using a flashlight at time to see what we were doing.

There were still a ton of bolts and rivets holding brackets on not counting the gas and brake lines up in the frame. Earl got the whole frame cleaned up while I finished welding the front clip on completely.

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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 4:25 pm

We cleaned up our mess and he ask what now? I thought about the rearend so I took some measurements. The truck was 57" backing plate to backing plate. He wants some tall, fat meat up in the rear fenderwells. I measured the rear end we had in another car and it was 51" BP to BP. That would work if it fit within the frame and springs. Measured them and we have a winner! He can stick on some wicked back tires on this truck when it's all said and done. We turned the frame around close to the garage door and yanked the rear end out of the truck.


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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 4:31 pm

Next we jacked up the car and he cut out the 5 lug rear end he's using and moved it to the parking pad. Where the car was it would be a pain to unbolt everything and the springs where shot anyway so I told him to just cut them. After it was on the parking pad be got the leafs and old saddle perches off.

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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 4:44 pm

What's funny but he's never ask is that we are right next to a garage. My gasser project is in it but we could move it out. There is a lean to next to it we could use and there is a pole building that has nothing in it that we could use. We are building this on the driveway in a section where it's paved and some of it is gravel. Why?? It's his first build and I wanted him to see what it was like back in the day. A true shade tree, back yard build. Sun on your back when it's shining and water under your feet when it rains. If he can build this truck like this he should not have any issue when he gets older and has a garage. After laying in the dusty dirt when it's hot and mud when it rains for many of my cars in my youth I feel lucky I have what I have now, not that it's great but tons better than when I was a teenager. If you remember the sting of grease, grime and sweat running into your eyes on a 100 degree day and not caring because you were wrenching then you get it.. Can anyone relate to that?

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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 4:57 pm

Truck axle sat under the spring. We dropped the rear of the leafs down to flip the axle on top of the springs. That should drop the back 5" alone.

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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 5:13 pm

Cleaned the saddles up and getting ready to weld them up.


We will have to C notch the frame but I knew that going in. No biggie. By the time we got the rear end back together and on the ground it was dark. Good days work. Poor Earl was dragging but I was proud he kept up.

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Post by EarlleonVI on April 2nd 2014, 5:21 pm

Yeah I was running about 5 mph all day yesterday
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Post by Reb Stew on April 2nd 2014, 5:43 pm

You did great!  Very Happy 

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Post by Marty042 on April 2nd 2014, 5:47 pm

At this rate He'll have that truck on the road in no time... Looking good Earl!
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Post by 911TAZZ on April 2nd 2014, 7:28 pm

Great job Earl!
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Post by EarlleonVI on April 2nd 2014, 11:51 pm

Thanks fellas
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