Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shop Truck Update.

With the weather turning comfortable in the last week, we've gotten a bit more work done on our 1950 Chevy shop truck project.  The front end suspension has now been rebuilt, complete with new front springs and shocks.  The old spring broke while I was testing the brakes, thankfully in the parking lot!  The truck is now back to normal ride height, and it should ride like it was new.

This morning I finally got to drive it on city streets, it only for a short bit.  The engine was literally coated with nearly a half inch of old oil and dirt.  We soaked the engine compartment with degreaser for a day or so, and drove it to the car wash this morning.  The engine cleaned up great!  It's down to nearly bare metal now, so it'll be ready for primer and likely paint with some detail work.

Any thoughts as to how old this spark plug is?!  "Wizard Twin-Fire!"  This one is different than the other five. I hope that not because this one was too stuck to remove when they replaced the others!  You can see the remnants of the oily buildup just behind the spark plug.  The whole engine assembly was covered in a quarter to a half inch of that stuff.  Still a bit left, that'll clean up easily enough now though.

The truck drives wonderfully, I can't wait to drive it regularly.  It's close to that now.  I need to install the tail lights, and update the tabs.  It'll be legal to drive then!


Paul P. said...

Awesome. Is it a 216? You are making me want to pull my '46 out of mothballs. The poor thing sits on stands in the garage full of fishing poles and bike parts.The old Chevys had the best styling.

Ben Witt said...

Paul, it is the stock 216. I'm having a great time with it so far. There's minimal rust anywhere on this one, and the interior is near perfect as is. Mechanically this is sound, so there's just a lot of painting and fluff work to be done. The box will be a fair amount of work, as that needs quite a bit of body and metal work.

You should definitely get your's out and going! As they say, they don't make them like this anymore. I'm a huge fan of using old cars. There's just so many things about them that are missing in today's vehicles.