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Old 05-09-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default My 1941 Ford 1/2 ton pickup restoration

History.

10 years ago I bought 4 wrecks, a '40 and three '41 Ford pickups. The one I'm building is a combo of all of those trucks plus whatever I had found at the swap meets and other finds. Its been a slow build and actually I had stopped working on it for a few years. I am slowly tinkering away at it again.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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I'm at a similar point with my '36 pickup using a '38 frame and a '40 engine.

Do your pedals hang from the cab or mount on the frame rail? Mine are on the rail and the pivot in the center of the frame would have been extremely challenging to install if the trans and torque tube were in the way.
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That's what it's all about! Lookin' goooood!
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Looks good Relics,make sure you scrape paint off starter mount for a good ground through starter. ken ct.
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Thanks for the pics. I'm hoping to get started in the next couple of weeks & clear pics are much more help than most of the printed books etc.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:12 AM   #6
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Looks fantastic.

Great attention to detail.

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Old 05-09-2012, 05:50 AM   #7
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Outstanding!
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Looks really pretty. So much so you may not want to drive it when its done. Just kidding. You're doing very nice work on that one. Please keep us updated.
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Very nice!

Where did you get the paint for the engine?
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You've got a nice looking build going. I did the same thing with my present 40 p-up build (non-stock). Got 2 1/2 trucks plus another cab, culled through everything and sold off what I didn't want. And it does "wear you out" from time to time, I can agree with that, causing "lapses" in build time. Hey, it's a hobby and you do it because you love to do it - you don't "have" to do it.

Good luck on your project and keep us posted from time to time .....
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Truly a labor of love.
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Great detail on the undercarriage!
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Can anyone tell me about these hubs.



I have a couple like this, and they are neither the inside hub or outside hub.

The hub and drum are one piece.

What are these type known as and or what years were they used?

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Can anyone tell me about these hubs.



I have a couple like this, and they are neither the inside hub or outside hub.

The hub and drum are one piece.

What are these type known as and or what years were they used?

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I aways thought they were Canadian production, since thats mostly what I see up here. All three of my pickups have this style of hub/drum even on the rears. 1940 car/pickup and 1941 pickup only I believe. Rears VV




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Outstanding job! Good to see another one getting back on the road.
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If you use a new reproduction gas tank the holes to mount the new tank need to be re drilled. ( I think 5/8" forward ) This will let the fill hose go through the side of truck so it will connect to fill tube, still have my old tank if you need one. I would purchase a new one because of rust and new one has a baffle. New tank will also have to be painted. Need to think about your gas sending unit and gas gauge. Your work looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks for the info on the Hubs.

I saw a full set on a 42 that came from South Africa. I would guess the running gear for the SA car came from Canada.

It must be nice to have the pick of 3 donors when deciding which parts to use. I have a 41 on the backburner, but it's nowhere near as nice as yours.

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Very nice!

Where did you get the paint for the engine?
Just what I was thinking Zach. What is the color on that flathead? Scott
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Nice work, keep the photos coming.
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Got a little more done on the '41, a NOS fan, exhaust manifolds on, engine splash shields, anti-chatter rods, dipstick and got the starter and generator rebuild except waiting for a starter drive.









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Suggest removing those nice shiney new grease zerts at the rear axel bearings and replacing with a plug before someone accidently pumps the brake drum full of grease.
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Suggest removing those nice shiney new grease zerts at the rear axel bearings and replacing with a plug before someone accidently pumps the brake drum full of grease.

What? Are you talking from experience? Don't worry nobody touches my truck.
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No, Just a friendly reminder. It has been done in the past by unknowing individuals who upon seeing a grease zert decide it must be greased. This location was not one of Ford's better idea's. You have a great start to a real fine looking truck. Very good quality workmanship.
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No, Just a friendly reminder. It has been done in the past by unknowing individuals who upon seeing a grease zert decide it must be greased. This location was not one of Ford's better idea's. You have a great start to a real fine looking truck. Very good quality workmanship.

Thanks, and the correct term is 'zerk'
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what did you use for a cam--looks like you will need the adpter button for the distributer
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what did you use for a cam--looks like you will need the adpter button for the distributer
Its a stock cam and yes have the button.
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Just keeps looking better,
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:55 PM   #28
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Got the column and box in, pedals, clutch linkage.....







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Beautiful work!

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The engine pans....what did you use for hardware? Post a pic please....Thanks
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dist, looms, generator,belt, starter, rad......










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So, I fired it. Hmmm. Problems. Running like poo. Checking everything over again...
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I swapped out distributors and that made all the difference, runs like a clock now.. I'm starting on the cab now, rust free here we come.
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Glad you got it running nice. you're doing a lovely job.

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Are those exhaust manifolds 41 only? Also what paint did you use on the engine?
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Looking very nice Can't wait to start plumbing! Ken
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man, your truck looks great!
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Are those exhaust manifolds 41 only? Also what paint did you use on the engine?


Those are '40-'41 manifolds, and its Ford green from one of the vintage Ford parts vendors....
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great looking job.....looking forward to more good stuff.....Mike
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Those are '40-'41 manifolds, and its Ford green from one of the vintage Ford parts vendors....
Thanks! That sure looks like a blue color...maybe its just my computer. Good to know about the manifolds I have been looking for a manifold that clears my steering box on my AV8. Nice work!
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Cab is blasted and sheetmetal work almost finished. Lining up the doors also making sure they fit okay. More pics when finished the cab.

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My 1940 and 1941 Ford of Canada truck and commercial cars sales brochures show that the one-piece drum and hub was standard issue for those two years. The photos are from the 1941 brochure.
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your truck looks awsum ! WOW you do nice work ! Hear are the photos of the rear fender you wanted . 1938-9 pic-up . notice the one big "bump-out " I believe 40-1 have two of these (one is a little smaller than the other. hope this helps Sorry for posting them here but I don,t know how to get to them for here to e-mails Mike Peterson
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your truck looks awsum ! WOW you do nice work ! Hear are the photos of the rear fender you wanted . 1938-9 pic-up . notice the one big "bump-out " I believe 40-1 have two of these (one is a little smaller than the other. hope this helps Sorry for posting them here but I don,t know how to get to them for here to e-mails Mike Peterson

Thats all I've ever seen is fenders like that, anybody have a pic of the other style?
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Outer cab corners done. Most of floor done, have to put back the rear seat riser panel yet.









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AAhh, I remember when I was at that stage. Progress!!
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Nice work. I miss doing all that. Im on the assembly stage.
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Floor done and trial fit to frame before painting firewall and floor bottom.





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Looking great!!!!
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That is one good looking ride !

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Nice seat, like one I used for a while!
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Yep, and if I would have had a can of gas I would have taken her for a spin!
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Amazing work, I like the chassis and motor!
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Very Cool! Thanks for sharing!
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are you interested in selling those fenders thanx......joe 415-246-6082 txt or call
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W0W! super clean & nice. Beautiful!
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So, I took off the '41 bullnose off my hood and wow, virgin Cuyaga Blue!

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I appreciate the detailed pictures of the frame restoration... It answered a few questions I had about my 40 tudor and how things are mounted, etc. Looking good!
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Another fan of your build..looks great.
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Here's some pics of hood fitment, which was a real bear, it was trashed. I think I'm happy.











Next up? Abused drive by feel fenders.....
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Nice work. I've got to get to work on our 41. This is definitely motivation.
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Appreciate the great photos. Perfect illustration for those who trying to map out their assembly of a pickup. What a contribution to the Barn. Thanks.
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Spent many many hours already lining up fenders, hood and grille and its a BEAR, to say the least! Its close now. They are notorious for this and now I'm a believer. I'm getting a little burnt out, seems relentless some days.

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Sometimes you need to take a break. Walk away and enjoy something else. There are times when after you take a break and refresh your brain, you come back to your project and everything seems to work out well. I have felt the burn out but then I tell myself it is a hobby not a job. Most folks don't realize what a daunting task a total restoration is. They see your end product and pay you compliments. The real satisfaction for me is all the hours of hard work, perseverance, determination, problem solving and state of mind it takes to complete the job. It is a skill set that not everyone posesses. You have the ability to press on where others have given up. Take pride in that. In time you will be rewarded for all of your efforts and that is the ultimate goal. Just remember to have fun along the way.
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Nice gaps. I can't seem to get my hood to fit right. Yours is much better.

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Hang in there, getting close! Do you mind saying how you came up with such a fine looking steering wheel? Is it an NOS, or is it a recast? thank you
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Nice gaps. I can't seem to get my hood to fit right. Yours is much better.


What? Yours looks great from here! I had to get mean with my hood and had to show it whos boss......that and 16 hours of grief getting it to fit. I betcha I had that hood on and off 25 times!
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Its an original, and I 'panel bond' epoxied the cracks and the gray you see is primer! I have to sand and paint black yet.....
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Very nice p/u Barry.
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GREAT restoration work! keep on truckin!!!
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Very nice p/u Barry.
Thanks. Wish I could lay claim to the work. I bought it as a "restored" truck. The body and interior were beautifully restored, but the chassis was a worn-out hunk of junk. The PO had added 3 full width leaf springs in the front and removed 5 from the back. It was godawful to drive.

I actually bought it 3 years ago and stashed it when by wife was struck with cancer just weeks after I bought it. I became her primary caregiver, a reversal of roles. I put away my toys for almost 2 years. She's doing great so I tackled a mechanical restoration from front to rear, replacing every wear part, seal and every bit of rubber.

I was very pleased with my work, until I hit a substantial bump. With no rear shocks the rear end came off the ground and moved over a good foot before landing with a screech. I installed a rear shock kit from Joe's and it became a very roadworthy vehicle.

I'm not saying there was hack work done on my truck, but of the 30 or so cotter pins required to keep the truck together only 3 were installed. I thank my lucky stars that it didn't come apart the 50-miles I drove it.

The engine compartment freshening turned into this.



I have a number of old cars. Some of the technology is unfamiliar to me and are worked on by others. Not this beauty. I must state that, categorically, the Ford products of this era are the best candidate for a first-time restoration. Every single wear part seems to be available at an incredibly low, almost laughable, price. Parts for my '55 Porsche are made of unobtanium and cost 3-5 times what these replacement parts cost. It was my first experience in doing a mechanical that didn't take months to complete. I'd order stuff from Joe's, and others, and it would be at my doorstep in two days. That certainly helped the flow.

I wish I had seen this thread before I did mine. I guess you're supposed to learn from your mistakes.
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Your work is awesome! Keep at it. I spent over 13 years building my 40 Resto-mod but I too left it sitting for a while now and then. Never let the stresses of building it get in the way of the hobby aspect. Here is a pic of mine (not HAMB friendly, maybe not Ford Barn friendly) but I had a ball doing it



It's great to see others spending time making these classics live again.
BTW, your hood latch plate and the mating part on the upper grille support are from a 41 six cylinder truck. If your frame was from that same truck, it had a different front crossmember. Just stuff I have happened upon over the years.

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Your work is awesome! Keep at it. I spent over 13 years building my 40 Resto-mod but I too left it sitting for a while now and then. Never let the stresses of building it get in the way of the hobby aspect. Here is a pic of mine (not HAMB friendly, maybe not Ford Barn friendly) but I had a ball doing it



It's great to see others spending time making these classics live again.
BTW, your hood latch plate and the mating part on the upper grille support are from a 41 six cylinder truck. If your frame was from that same truck, it had a different front crossmember. Just stuff I have happened upon over the years.

Cool pickup, btw ALL (Canadian) '41's had the forward design latch plate and upper grille brace. Ford Canada verified all 3 of my '41 vins were V8's.
Also the non-deep X mem on one of the '41 was factory riveted (prob using left over parts from '40 - it had an early vin#).....

I've also noticed other variations comparing US-Canadian production.
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Oldrelics, Thanks for that information. Just one more thing for me to know about these beautiful old trucks.
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The fit looks excellent to me. I really like those 40/41 pickups.
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To 1941 Pickup:
I just jumped into this world of flatheads... definitely intrigued. Completed my first build project in 2012 which is night and day apart from my '41. This was a 7-year project. A professional builder did the paint/finishing work on the car. See photos. Engine is Ford 302.

My truck will be used to showcase my son's old school custom bike builds. He does joint artwork/design/build projects with Ducati as well- won the Ducati Monster Bike custom challenge in 2011 and unveiled a joint project at Indy Moto GP earlier this month.

Restoration on the truck occurred about 10 years ago so we are in the process of doing some touch up etc.
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I've got some color now! Palisade Gray from TCP in acrylic enamel. I'm painting in stages, making sure I have small pieces ready to spray with leftovers in the gun. The rest is still in high build with guide coat.


















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More color, now I can mount it back on. The rest will get painted assembled.....







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I was not happy with the stock sheet metal accelerator clip on the firewall so I carved this out of aluminum. Not to difficult.
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Looks like you could have posted my pictures, very familiar. Nice work
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I really like your color choice! You do very nice work! I've just subscribed to your thread.
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Thanks guys but its far from perfect, should shape up to be a nice driver. A lot of earned learning on this one.

The pics don't do the color justice at all, my camera bites....

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Started to get the wiring in and some assembly.







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Aw man that looks so good.
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Looks nice.. should have never sold my 40. Live and learn
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Your 41 is new again.
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Thanks guys, it seems endless some days. It will be a good beater! Can't wait to drive it!
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Nice work. It seems that everyone is restoring pickups these days. My son and I started out almost '20 years ago with a '40 project that included another parts truck. Ours were a lot rustier than your "wrecks", so we bought another parts truck for its frame and a cab with solid floors. I rarely see a frame that is not rusted out in front of the right kickup. Floors and cab corners also tend to be rusty. These are from Oklahoma and Kansas. I'd hate to see what happens to those in the northeast. Will post photo when I get a little further along.
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Pretty much buttoned up the engine/wiring stuff. Have to install the road draft tube and choke/throttle rods.
















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Very nice work! Thanks for the fine pics.
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Thanks. If anybody is interested in taking this over PM me.
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Thanks. If anybody is interested in taking this over PM me.

I'm holding my breath with fingers crossed hoping you are just kidding.

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I think the cap you have is an aftermarket type, or made up piece. There is no road draft tube, it is built into the pan. It should have a conventional oil filler cap/filter at that location.

Shame you are letting her go.

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I think the cap you have is an aftermarket type, or made up piece. There is no road draft tube, it is built into the pan. It should have a conventional oil filler cap/filter at that location.

Shame you are letting her go.

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Two of my '41's came with that style of cap, they are both identical. I've seen other trucks around here too with the same caps, maybe its a Canadian thing. The metal tube isn't on in the pic.

As for letting go, well, that's a bit of wishful thinking in itself. Nobody around here has any $$ to buy it, and crossborder always kills deals. I've tried to pay people to buy it (pretty much) and can't get it gone. I need a family car that seats 4.
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I need a family car that seats 4.
I've a '92 Buick
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Not quite what I had in mind
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Looks like shes about to be fired up? Love the details very nice work.
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Looks like shes about to be fired up? Love the details very nice work.
Thanks, it starts and runs very fine. Too bad its several years yet to drive on the road though.....

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I just read through all the pages,very nice work!!! The truck looks awesome.
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Just acquired a 41 that will need a total resto. Your thread will definitely be a useful guide.
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Congrats

Your work in excellent. My project Is light years behind you.

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is the color cloud mist gray? I like that color
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SixSeven, post some pictures so we can follow your restoration also
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I wish I were closer, I would come over and help.
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It is factory '41 Ford Palisade Gray.
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Yea, that would be cool.
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On post #85 you have a picture of the cab side of the firewall with a formed-to-fit sound or thermal barrier. What is it and if not original, what was original?
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Not quite what I had in mind


Ya, but my heater and AC work!

What ya got there...a pile-o-parts?

Lol...good times!

Sure hope you keep it and see it through, you've done so much with it...best of luck in your decision.
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On post #85 you have a picture of the cab side of the firewall with a formed-to-fit sound or thermal barrier. What is it and if not original, what was original?

It is a repro firewall cover. It sucks, doesn't fit right and hard to work with. Its fibreglass, the original was a heavy pressed paper that allowed some 'give' to where it needs to.
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Ya, but my heater and AC work!

What ya got there...a pile-o-parts?

Lol...good times!

Sure hope you keep it and see it through, you've done so much with it...best of luck in your decision.

Thanks, but I want out. I'm not happy with it, its taking too long, I hate dealing with inferior products.
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You can put it in my garage. Hang in there, take a break and then go back to it. You will be glad that you did.
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Thanks, Mark, I`m gonna have too. I just have to get the front tin hung back on. It runs and drives so it will be a good place for a break.
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Your work in excellent. My project Is light years behind you.

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Too bad your sedan wasn`t mobile, I need a family car....
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That '39 Tudor? Say the word and it will be mobile down to your place on the trailer!
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Nice day to pull it out of the garage....

Tins hung and lined up for the last time!
I am painting it assembled, the front half then the rear half. I know there is a ton more masking to do but I'd just rather do it that way.

New box subfame is just sitting on, I have new bed front and gate also but will be repairing the box sides.

Don't mind the radials, they are temporary till I repaint my wheels.

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You're keeping me inspired!! I hope you keep it up!!

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Nice day to pull it out of the garage....

Tins hung and lined up for the last time!
I am painting it assembled, the front half then the rear half. I know there is a ton more masking to do but I'd just rather do it that way.

New box subfame is just sitting on, I have new bed front and gate also but will be repairing the box sides.

Don't mind the radials, they are temporary till I repaint my wheels.

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That is very nice indeed. love the way the hood closes.
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I've said it before, you are inspiring me. Got another question though. The pickup bed frame looks like it is separate from the bed body, is that the case? I've posted on this forum and shown where my bed has been heavily modified with a steel plate on the bottom of the bed. Did you restore your existing bed or have to get a reproduction?

Another question. Post #85 in pictures 5 and 6 there is a post just to the right of your accelerator pedal, mounted to the floor. What is that?
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I see that you have also restored a truck that had character by having a painted name or business on the door. I am hesitant to restore my truck quite yet because of the uniqueness of the old business name that is hand-painted on the side doors. How long have you had your truck before you restored it? Any qualms about removing its' old identity?
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I've said it before, you are inspiring me. Got another question though. The pickup bed frame looks like it is separate from the bed body, is that the case? I've posted on this forum and shown where my bed has been heavily modified with a steel plate on the bottom of the bed. Did you restore your existing bed or have to get a reproduction?

Another question. Post #85 in pictures 5 and 6 there is a post just to the right of your accelerator pedal, mounted to the floor. What is that?

The subframe side rails are riveted to the bedsides. I haven't changed them yet that's why I have just the subframe on the back. The 'post' is the foot rest, so when you have your foot on the gas pedal your foot doesn't have to try and maintain a steady pressure(you put foot on pedal and rest at the same time)
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I see that you have also restored a truck that had character by having a painted name or business on the door. I am hesitant to restore my truck quite yet because of the uniqueness of the old business name that is hand-painted on the side doors. How long have you had your truck before you restored it? Any qualms about removing its' old identity?

No qualms, the doors are off another truck. Explained in the first post this truck is born from 4 plus trucks! We need to see better pics of yours but it would look cool as is.
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I have reread your post and see that you created a truck from several. You have successfully repaired rusted areas on the cab and left most of the cab exterior looking original in color. From your example I think I could do the same, leaving the old patina as it is called. thanks for your explanations.

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I have reread your post and see that you created a truck from several. You have successfully repaired rusted areas on the cab and left most of the cab exterior looking original in color. From your example I think I could do the same, leaving the old patina as it is called. thanks for your explanations.

Ken
The exterior of the cab, hood and fenders are in gray hi-build primer sprayed with a black guide coat for block sanding. Once I have it all blocked it is gonna get the same green paint that's on the inside(Palisade Gray), and I just haven't done any work on the doors yet.
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Do you have a picture handy showing your rear springs? The photos in your posts are from angles where the springs are blocked. A good one would be from the back of the cab towards the rear axle.
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Recently purchased oak flooring kit for 41 pick up need to protect it from weather and don't want to darken the color too much. My concern is that polyurethane might not soak into the wood and leave a clear film but overtime might lift and fog. what is your experience?
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water and the natural effects of wood absorbing and shedding water-swelling/shrinking can cause polyurathane to lift-it will not "breath" you will be better off using a spar varnish intended for wooden boats, which is what is on most wooden cars, you can get clear varnish
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Have you ever looked at the option of using fiberglass like the strip built kayaks? The fiberglass adds some depth to the finish which may be undesirable. But it is clear and shows the wood color and grain.
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I just got caught up on your project. Very nice. Did you buy the front cab corners? I am making my own and having second thoughts.

Also, what is the toggle switch on the bottom of the dash (to left of steering column).

Here is a photo of some door "art". I don't think I can paint over it.
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I spliced in the whole quarter section of the lower front that was completely rust free from a squashed cab. The toggle is the factory instrument panel lite on/off switch.
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i am in the assembly mode for my 41 pickup and would like detailed pics of the engine side firewall. i am not building a 1,000 point show car, but i would like a nice clean job. any help would be appreciated
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