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    • Mocking up the Bed on Pile House.

      Now that we have the cab and front end sheet metal mounted and they are a "bolt-on" affair, it's time to start tackling the job of making bed mounts, as well as stretching the bed to fit the chassis. I initially was going to shorten the chassis to match the original Dodge wheelbase, but after some time of staring at the truck, and pictures of other trucks, I decided that I think I dislike how "unproportioned" these old short bed trucks look. After some measuring of the truck, and looking at pictures of other trucks, I think the overall appearance of the truck will look more "balanced" with the front of the bed lengthened to meet the cab.

      So today we chopped out the metal that was fouling the chassis from the original bed floor first, then once we dropped the bed down we found that the S10 gas tank was hitting the bed and not allowing us to move it around freely. After removing the tank we got the bed sitting about how we wanted it height-wise, and tacked up some metal rods to hold the front part of the bed at that ideal height. We also added some cross bracing inside the bed to keep it from twisting while we are chopping it up and locking it into place. This should be a great exercise to hone my metal brake and bead rolling skills that I need some freshening up on! Check out the pictures below, and keep an eye here on the blog for a lot more updates to come.

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    • Project Pile House has a Floor

      Today is a big day for Pile House. It has probably been 20 years or more since this truck has had a solid floor. Since I decided to choose a less-than-common truck, there isn't much for replacement panels, and since it is a bit of a "mutt" anyways, I opted to just fabricate my own floors with some sheet metal from our friendly local metal shop.

      The floor from first glance didn't look that bad, I mean most of it was still there, which is pretty commendable for how this truck sat for 20+ years. But what you can't see well in a picture, is how thin the metal left was. So thin it would start to tear if you put any weight on the floor. Because the cab mounts are tied into the front floors, I choose to weld some new pans in. I made sure to tie it into the parts of the truck that are solid, like the firewall and B-pillar.

      After some work with the Angle Grinder and the Versa Cut Plasma Cutter I had the old floor out, and I was fabricating the replacement floor.

      After cutting out the metal to fit around the transmission and the back of the engine, I got it all welded in place with help from the Eastwood MIG 175. Now that it is tied into the cab mount plates I made, and the firewall, the floor is much, much stronger than before. Once the final drivetrain is in place I'll be making covers for the openings in the floor and firewall.

      Next I will be burning out the holes in the cab mount plates in the floor and in the cab mount towers so that I can bolt the cab on and off of the chassis, then make bolt-on mounts for the front end. Stay tuned!

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    • Pile-House- Somewhere to rest it's cab

      After another week span, I got a few minutes to work on Pile-House today. I began by measuring, aligning, and clamping the original '50 Dodge cab mounts to the chassis. It looks pretty close to the original holes in the cab. Therefore, all I should have to do is move the holes towards the outer edge of the cab a little more to align with where the cab mount holes currently sit on the brackets.

      After I had them clamped in place I used our MIG 175 to lay the first tacks/beads to hold the mounts in place. Once I get the cab to chassis height situated, and the front end mounts welded in, we will be removing the entire cab and front end to begin digging into the suspension, chassis, and running gear. Stay tuned!

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    • Parking Lot Gems- Original 50's Chevy Pickup

      Next to Eastwood there are a few fairly busy shopping centers which always provide a diverse crowd. With that diverse crowd you get everything from the businessman with his new sports car, to the moms with mini vans, customs, restored classic rides, and my favorite "original classics". I decided to start a series where I post photos of some of these interesting rides we spot in the parking lots surrounding the Eastwood headquarters.

      This gem looks to be a 50-52 Chevy Pickup. The split window and wing windows are what were a giveaway for Joe R.; our resident "Classic Car Encyclopedia". This truck was in pretty original condition. It must have been painted yellow at some point, but the respray had to be quite old, and there were many touch ups done (with a brush) around the truck. It seemed to be a "driver" as everything was pretty focused on function here, no fancy wheels, big brakes, upgraded exhaust, or anything here. It all looked someone had been just keeping it going all these years. The chassis and running gear looked pretty clean, and under the layers of paint, we reckon she is pretty dang straight. We reckon it could be a nice base for a resto here on the east coast. But in the end of the day, we are just happy to see unrestored classics like this still rolling around!

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