Friday, December 14, 2018

A few weeks ago I picked up a motor for Nacho.  It is a 5.3 liter Vortec LM7 out of a 99 Chevy Silverado.  I snagged it for $300 bucks.  Going to have to freshen it up.  Need to find a 4l80e trans for it.  So that means that I am going to have to convert the truck to an automatic.  I am doing this because I want to be able to enjoy the truck for years to come and I have had enough medical problems. Just don't want to take the chance.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Got "Nacho" moved in January to our new place. Also some more updates.

Found a new house and it all worked out so I have a few pics of Nacho (the trucks name) from just before we moved and a few from after moving and getting to work on welding the bed up.  Also working on new inner and outer rocker panels on the cab.  I'll just share the pics and explain them as i go.  Feels good to get back going again.  Sorry for the delay.

These are the new mirrors that I got.  They are repro's so they are a little flimsy.  I do have an original for the drivers side but I wanted a set.  I eventually found an original passenger side mirror arm on ebay that is white and has all the right patina.   I will get the new ones one here some time.  The next two photos are of some of the new parts and patch panels that I am going to be welding into the cab.

These are some photos after doing a lot of work on the drivers fender stripping all the paint off of it, and also all the body work that was done on the bed side after lots of welding and then primer.  the front sheet metal is on to get ready for the move.  The picture on the trailer is when it pulled up to the new house.  I think it looks pretty good.  In case your wondering it is a static drop 4.5 inches (2.5" drop spindles, 2" drop springs) in the front, and 5 inches (5" drop coil springs) in the back.

So just last weekend I finally decided to do something about that brand new bumper that I had bought and painted black for my old truck that is no longer around.  So I painted it white before we moved with the intent of sanding through it to make some nice faux-patina or faux-tina.  I think it turned out great.

This will take a little explanation.  See, a few years back I replaced the glass in the truck and well I touched up the back with some killz primer to make it look white.  I have obviously lately decided that Nacho is going to maintain his patina.  So this is where I got to work restoring his patina with some rags and acetone.  It was hard work and it still needs a little more attention.

This may not look that great but its welded and the paint is stripped.  So that is a great start.  I had a work day with a few good buddies and they went to town welding and grinding everything smooth.  now a little filler and away we go.  Also two pics down is the bed floor and sides about done now.

This was actually today, I stayed home from work after the dentist and had some fun!  Well its a little stressful fitting panels but I think it will turn out well. The parts I am using are all tri-plus I believe and from what I can see are pretty good.  They are not perfect and need messaging but they are as thick as stock.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I know its been a while, so here ya go.

Alright, I know its been a while so I am going to upload some pictures that show my progress.  I have been doing a lot of welding on the bed, trying to finish up all the body work.  Its all welded, not super happy with it but a little filler will help it out.

I have also been doing welding and hammering on the front fender to make it more acceptable.  Its all stripped now and I will have to take some more photos and post them. 

These last few photos are of a motor that I have been on the look out for, for a long time.  It is a 292 inline 6 Chevy motor from a 1965 Chevy truck.  I am really excited about it.  It is going in Project 54'. Yes that's right, I have another project.  I acquired a titled cab that is rough but its a 54' and one of my dream trucks.  It is going on a 89' S10 chassis. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's Been a Really Long Time!

Things have been really busy lately, I haven't had time to get much done.  Yes I know it has been a while since the last post.  Believe me when I say that the project is still on track.  It is very slow now that I have gone back to school.  So the progress is, I finally got some time to get the tires mounted on the rims last weekend.  I know right, it's a miracle.  Here are some photos of what the rims looked like after paint, and on the truck with a mocked up fender. Enjoy.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

So I know Its been a long time.

Anyway, my truck has not changed much at all in the past year and a half.  Since I had surgery and all kinds of health issues. You know I have always thought I was really healthy but I guess not.

I have also been working on getting my driver fixed up and will throw some pics up of that too.
Maybe a little later.

So here is some attempt to get going on it again. I bought this truck this morning. I really wanted it for the doors but it has a radio! I'm pretty excited about it. Not really sure how I am going to be able to get it home but I'll figure that out. I will part out the stuff that I don't need or want. The cab looks pretty solid too. I just need to find a title for it. its been sitting for like 16 years they say. Not sure if that is totally accurate but oh well.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Slow Progress.

So yeah, I suck at updating things. I just have no time lately. I still work on my truck a  little at a time at the expense of other things in my life. 

A few things have changed. I am going ahead and doing the body work on the cab because I figure that my time is free. Body panels are relatively cheap in comparison to other parts.  So if i'm not going to get it going soon then I am going to keep going on something that I can do. So I have floor panels and I have new rockers and I find that I am going to have to get some more small panels after looking a little closer and taking off the old rockers. So here are some photos. they are not much but better than nothing. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Finally Some Real Progress!

So I can't believe its been so long since I have posted.  Well I recently went to the junkyard about a week ago.  I was looking for some parts for my other truck, but I thought I would look at what bed sides they had that I could snag a piece off of because of all the body filler and dent issues that I found on my front drivers side bed. To tell you the truth I have been avoiding the situation all together.  I found a piece that was pretty straight but had a hole for a fuel door. Not the most ideal but seemed that I could work with it.  So 75 bucks later I had a large piece of bed side that I trimmed down this morning.  I then started fitting it to my bedside. And well eventually I got it on there.  I thought it was a great accomplishment for a Saturday.  I ended up just leaving the metal from my bedside and filling in the fuel door with that as you can see in the photos.  Anyway I think it looks pretty good but I know it will still need a little filler.  Honestly I am really impressed with my self for a job I have been avoiding.  Well let me know what you think.