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Posted April 16, 2012 - 07:39 PM

This is whats left after "playing" pretty much all day on it. Some bolts were deteriorated so badly it was impossible to get even a 6 point socket to hold on them. Some you'd think would never come out would back right out without heat or any PB Blaster!

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Posted April 16, 2012 - 09:21 PM

You got a lot done today. I would imagine the next step is the sand blaster. It will be fun watching to see how this progresses.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 11:08 AM

Looks like a good project. I can not wait to see progress and which way you go after all.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 06:55 PM

Pretty fast work getting it down to the frame that fast. Are you going to de rust and paint it now to preserve it from further deterioration?
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Posted April 19, 2012 - 09:44 PM

Great work and good, challenging restoration.
If you give up, then you can just buy a Smart Car for a donor.

Just kidding.

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Posted April 20, 2012 - 06:36 PM

Keep on doin' what you do, I think it found the right guy for the task...
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Posted April 20, 2012 - 10:14 PM

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Pretty fast work getting it down to the frame that fast. Are you going to de rust and paint it now to preserve it from further deterioration?


That was the plan but after everything was removed I found out the frame was bent on both sides. I figured the truck had been wrecked at some point because the front fenders were from different years. The right side rail was bent at the back of the cab and the left is bent at the front of the cab. So far I see no evidence the frame is egg shaped which is good because that might not be such an easy fix. I have already tackled the right side frame rail and have it straight. I used some heat only because it wanted to spring back when I released the pressure of the hydraulic jack. I only heated the flanges and not the upright part.
I am unsure about sandblasting. The original plan was POR-15 or Chassis Coat for the frame and if I remember right those products stick better to slight rust. I will have to research those properties before I know whether to blast or use a wirebrush wheel on an angle grinder.
Several people have seen this truck and all told me this project is beyond hope. There is no better pep talk for me.
Tell me I can't do something and I WILL do it - just ask my parents! :smilewink:
Thanks everyone for the interest!

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Posted April 21, 2012 - 05:09 AM

It doesn't look beyond hope to me but I've never tried to restore something like that. I'm sure it will be a challenging project and you are off to a great start. It's interesting how small the frame is on that truck compared to the ever larger and heavier modern pickup trucks.

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Posted April 21, 2012 - 05:58 AM

If its like a Model A frame, they have a lot of flex to them, and the frame stops at the rear axle. Everything after that just extends out with nothing to support it underneath.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 02:51 PM

The Model T frame stops at the back axle as well. Henry sure didn't want to use any more material than absolutely necessary. :spanka:

I had the frame sandblasted and it revealed a crack I didn't notice before. A major structural crack! I can't run my arc welder and the air conditioner at the same time [ too much current!!] so I had to wait until it cooled down some to make the weld. Also a guy at work got hurt so I been spending more time there than I had figured on.
Today I metal etched the frame and as soon as it dries from that I am going to attempt to paint it. I went with POR-15 and its UV safe topcoat. Pictures to follow.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 05:14 PM

I'll bet the front crossmember is cracked, it only has one spring at the front the crossmember carries all the weight.
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Posted August 14, 2012 - 05:17 PM

FYI, the front doors should be the same as a '28 or '29 Model A pickup.

Henry reused a lot of parts from year to year.
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Posted August 14, 2012 - 10:15 PM

I don't think the front crossmember was cracked but it was rusted mighty thin so I removed it before sandblasting. No use wasting time/effort on it. Most of those are the same as a car so if thats the case with this one it should be easy to find. I'll take the old one with me when I source a replacement to make sure. It was only in the upper 70's when I painted it today but I brush painted it and wanted the paint to flow out as good as possible so I had the air-co cranked in the shop. Prolly should have just used the dehumidifier from the basement but this way I was kept cool as well. The paint did flow out good and there are no brush marks visable. :bounce:

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Posted August 15, 2012 - 03:16 AM

I used to have a couple of Model A pickups, but it's been years.
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Posted August 15, 2012 - 11:27 AM

FANTASTIC project ! ! ! Frame looks great and just think, another few hundred hours and you be ready to mount the wheels ! :laughingteeth:
The POR-15, will keep that frame looking perfect for decades and then some. Tough stuff.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, right up my alley

My father has been working on a 1927 Chevy 1-ton truck for the past several years. Even build a shed JUST for the truck project.
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