CHEVY'S ARE FOREVER.... AT LEAST IT SEEMS
I originally got the truck in September 1991 and
have worked on it "sporadically"
well it has been several years and time to get
started again on the hot rod
a lot of time is spent as web master for the specialty vehicle
association of british columbia
but that is no excuse....
here are the latest pics as we install a set of
dodge "mommy van" springs and hang the rear end.
box parts are on order and fenders and running boards have been found.
gm crate motor and
painless wiring kit have been installed.
update is dated summer 2002
I thought building the box from scratch would save me about $2500 (yes)
and I could do it in a weekend (not)
I have bobbed off about 9" off the stock length
otherwise all dimensions and shape are "stock"
March 31, 2003
fenders, running boards, inner fender panels,
all arrive from superior glass in Oregon....
damn Iraqi war increased the price of oil and in one month
the price went from $2300 to $2800 FOB old car centre, Langley....
oh well the originals were welded together with reinforcing steel and
APRIL 12,2003 SOME OF THE HARD WORK COMES TOGETHER
GOING TO HAVE TO LOWER THE REAR WITH A 2" BLOCK
AND DEFINITELY PUT 15" RUBBER ON IT
PROBABLY 235 70 ON THE BACK AND 205 60 ON THE FRONT
DAMN THE HOME MADE BOX LOOKS GOOD AND I AM HAPPY I BOBBED
OFF 10" OFF THE STOCK MEASUREMENTS.
PLASTIC FENDERS AND RUNNING BOARDS LOOK OK TO.
Kyle and Mason (two of the three grandkids)
Help Grampa put the finishing touches on the pickup box for the hotrod
There is six bolts holding the cab
down and two hinges on each door.
Would you believe it took two grown men about 12 hours to align the
body and doors
so they all line up and make appropriate "click" noise as the door is
It should progress a little faster now with putting on fenders and
So now we bolt it all together and blow it apart again so it can be
sanded and primered.
This is where Sue is put to work for the next few weeks of sanding
while I am at work.
The Pin striper since 1954 came out of retirement to do me a special
He apprenticed with Von Dutch and is a master in his own right
Boots came out of retirement to add his famous "dicky bird" to the
inside of my glove box door
for 72 years old he has a steady hand and a wicked sense of humour,
this is what you see when the
glove box is OPEN.
more progress we make on the truck the worse it gets, the more we do
the more behind we get
Remembrance day november 11 2003
A GREAT WEEKEND......Sunday January 18,2004 this is where we were going
to be at the end of September.
The truck gets a suit of primer grey and is all one color now matching
the box. Still a little rough but in great
It may not get any easier from here on, but it sure will get a lot
My buddy leroy is not only adept with a spray can but also pretty good
a HVLP gun too.
Can't see them too well but I scored a set of 87 camaro "iroc" style
15" rims for $50
15" 235 R 75 rear
15" 205 R 75 front
courtesy of Tom The Tire Guy......FOB delivered, installed tax in $428
MAY 30,2004 UP AND DOWN THE ROAD
STILL HAVE GLASS TO INSTALL AND TAILGATE TO MAKE
HAVE TO RAISE A BIT IN THE REAR AND ROLL THE PAN AND HIDE THE PIPES
BUT IT HAS PASSED THE MECHANICAL AND IS REGISTERED.
ON THE ROAD
NEXT TO MY BUDDY'S 36 FORD
STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A HOT ROD
IN THE FINISHED LOOK..... FRESH PRIMER ALL AROUND
BOOTS DID NEW PIN STRIPING ON THE TAIL GATE
JUST HAVE TO FINISH THE INTERIOR AND THEN COLLECTOR PLATE....
FROM SEPTEMBER 1991 TO FEBRUARY 2005 TO "SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION"
January 7 2006
4000 miles Truck gets a new set of Wheels
Torque Thrust Originals from Tom The Tire Guy in Surrey
I have wanted a set of these since I was 16
Does not get any better than this
middle of winter in Vancouver, yes it is wet and that is what
windshield wiper is for.
note lawnmower in front of truck, as soon as the lawn dries out Sue
will mow it.
at the BCHRA 50th reunion June 15-16 2007