I've been totally slacking on this lately. I did get out this weekend and tried to start putting fenders and stuff in place so I can get some measurements for wheels and tires. I still need to get some inner front fenders to get those mounted. Also still rebuilding those seat brackets, focused on getting that driver seat in first so I can then figure out where the steering column, shifter and pedals will go.
Not too much to post in way of updates, driver seat is solidly mounted so I can sit and slide etc, I want to change a few things on the mounting. Working on the steering stuff now while brainstorming ideas for the shifter to floor mounting.
A little update, we messed up when building the chassis by not ever mounting the rack and pinion, well that ended up being a problem.
That's pretty close to the harmonic balancer
Input shaft is running right into the motor mount
I don't have a welder here so had to wait for some help, we ended up cutting the mounting brackets for the rack and pinion and rotating it.
Now I can clear the motor mount, also debating switching to a 7" harmonic balancer just to give me more clearance and waiting for a bracket to be made so we can weld that to the frame to support the heim joint that the steering shaft will run through. Then I will go over the whole frame and make sure we are done welding anything and get it ready for powder coating.
Guess I haven't updated for a minute, the joints on the steering where still too extreme so we decided to rotate the rack and pinion even more by notching the cross member so the pinion housing could set inside the notch allowing me to get a better angle with the joints, instead of redesigning the header and motor mount. Just need to fab up some new heim brackets to weld to the frame. I think I have decided to paint the frame myself as I could use the experience.
Okay, I think we got the steering issue all worked out, probably add a little more support and welds, get everything adjusted properly then hopefully i can start thinking about prepping the chassis for paint.
I could of spent a bunch more time smoothing out the housing where we narrowed it before painting but meh, I honestly don't care. At any rate, I hope to mask off the rear tomorrow and clear the skull so it don't rust so I can toss that on.
Been slacking on my truck build but I am still collecting parts. I did inadvertently end up spending some time today with two family members who have lent a great deal of mentoring, time and assistance in the build of this thing.
My cousins 1940 ford coupe deluxe with a Hemi and my uncles 1954 Studebaker truck (daily driver)
If this isn't more motivation for me to get my truck done, I dunno what is? Some of my family and I got together for a car show yesterday taking 5 cars and 3 trucks, probably the most of us together in one place with some of the family history and the love for the automobile, some of the family is working on the third generation and hopefully they keep the "sickness" going.
I got to roll in with my dads old 59 apache fleetside. Those two 40 fords alone have been in the family for 58 years and my reason for wanting to do a 40 ford, the yellow one was my dads.
There are also not a lot of these trucks around here so I always get excited when I get to see one out and chat with their owners, this one was built for Sam T Evans out of Ogden. Pretty basic build but not a bad looking little truck.
I have much to deal with soon in learning body work, I have limited experience here and with help from family I am going to try and salvage the rear fenders, they are 80 years old and at least one tells a wrecked story, it's seen better times. They do not reproduce these except in fiberglass, I am opting to save as much Henry Ford as I can.
The trucks where modeled after the cars so it is just one reason I love these, It changed for 42 to look more "truck like" The U.S. enters WW2 Late 41 after the 42 was introduced. Ford truck production then shifted to the military effort and didn't resume producing civilian trucks until 46 or 7? Ford truck cabs are the same from 40-47 How many where farm trucks, how many where just beat to shit, how many where melted down? Every year I attend shows like Peach days and notice the 1940 section get smaller and smaller3
Rebar support, patches and old school welds.
I'm probably going to remove that dimple for the spare tire.
Something was welded to the rear of the bed on the stake pockets then torched off, both sides. I originally wanted to get rid of the tailgate chain and go with the hidden cable stuff but I might of changed my mind....
I'm also keeping the original look with the fuel hose in the driver rear fender.