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  • Cutting out the fat.

    This past weekend I got some more work done on the donor chassis-vehicle. I started by getting the rest of the front end removed, then we unbolted the bed from the chassis to gain access to where we needed to cut. Next we moved to the moment my inner child had been waiting for, cutting the cab apart! I opted to use the Versa Cut Plasma Cutter on 220V to blast through the cowl above the firewall and the A-pillars. I also decided to zip through the door hinge brackets since I will be using all of this from the Dodge Body.

    After i got the main section of the roof cut off with the windshield and all, I cut the back of the cab off to get it in the basic configuration I will need for grafting the Dodge body into it. Next we test fit panels and begin a game plan on the best way to fit it all together.

    After a quick test fit of the front end, I could quickly see that the Dodge inner fenders had to be cut out quite a bit to fit over the chassis. I should have done this from the beginning really, as I plan to run some oversized wheels and install airbags.. so it surely would need the space to tuck the wheels anyways! Here are some before and afters of the room I freed up by removing the inner fenders on the front end.

    This week I am hoping to roughly cut-out the floor of the Dodge cab, and then lift it over the floor/firewall on the chassis and see what needs to be done to mate the 2 pieces. I am pretty excited to get it looking "Old" quite soon! Watch this space, the sparks have just begun to fly!

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  • Project Pile-House Gets a Donor Skeleton

    Since my last entry, I've been searching for a suitable, short bed, standard cab S10 or Dodge Dakota donor for my project. Unfortunately it seems so is everyone else! So everything I found was so far gone, or too nice to cut up and they wanted way more than my cheapskate budget allowed for. I went so far as to check in with some local junkyards, and even though they had the EXACT chassis that I needed; they wouldn't sell for legal/title reasons. I resorted to going back to craigslist and broadening my search for a long bed truck.These aren't nearly as desirable, much cheaper, and you don't have to look hard to find a beat-up one for sale on the web. I got even luckier when I found one that was approximately 5-6 miles from Eastwood headquarters for "pennies". I made my way over with a friend to grab the truck, and after a jump start we had it on the trailer, and on our way back to Eastwood.

    This truck has been sitting for a few years after a fuel leak, rust, and the need for maintenance became too much for the previous owner to deal with. I am happy it is safe enough to drive in and out of the shop under it's own power. That will save us a lot of hassle jockeying cars around the lot when I want to work on it. So late last week I began tearing right into it. The first initial goal is to test fit the front end of Pile-House over the donor chassis. Once I get the front end position of the body sorted, we can then start working on the cab position in relation to the front clip.

    I snapped a few pics of the process of the front end removal. Some parts just basically fell off due to rust around the mounting holes. Made for a quick job of removing the front end!

    I then jumped into the interior and got to removing the dash. This truck has been "messed-with" before, so a some of the bolts were either loose or missing for the dash. Needless to say it was pretty easy to get the dash out. With the dash removed I can start to eye up where I want to cut the cab to retain the donor firewall and how I will graft it into the Pile-House firewall/cab.

    After attending a Hotrod show in Philadelphia this past weekend, and chatting with a few guys that had done the same basic project with their old 50's truck.. I really have the itch! So stay tuned more to come this week!

    Oh and anyone need some spare S10 parts? I have a bed-full already!

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