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Work in the engine department.

Time for the engine to go back in. This time the clutch and pilot bearing slipped onto the transmission axle much easier, as we took our time to thoroughly align things. The clutch was adjusted, and tested for function. Apparently a V-8 and a heavy duty transmission requires more care to align than a light fourbanger with a like tranny. You learn new things every day in the shop.

When the engine was bolted to the transmission, the starter was mounted, as was the distributor. With the left hand side valve cover off, the TDC of the first cylinder was found, and turned to the correct amount of static pre-ignition. The distributor was turned such that the points just open, so now we're convinced that we'll get some reaction when the motor is cranked with some gas poured into the carb.

Here's a good source for torque values etc for the small block Chevy:
(January 31 2018)

Alternator mount

1. The alternator had been bolted to the drivers' side exhaust manifold, but the bolt hole had split. The mess is cut away in this pic (arrow).

2. The new mount made from 5 mm (about 3/16") sheet metal. Nut welded to the right uppermost hole.

3. Mount trial mounted to the head and exhaust manifold

4. The new alternator mount painted and bolted to the head and exhaust with four bolts.
The long bolt is where the alternator goes.

5. The alternator mounted to its new mount, and adjusted for belt tension.
(February 10 2018)

It finally runs!

After mounting the radiator and hoses water and anti freeze was poured into the radiator. A few squirts of gasoline into the carb, and suddenly it ran off the fuel in the fuel bowl of the carburetor.
New fuel pump, new carb, and everything new in the ignition system probably helps.
(February 11 2018)

The air cleaner is reworked for modern paper air filters. The welding and grinding caused it to look unsettlingly rebuilt, but a few squirts of black, beige, two browns and another black got the patina started. Dousing it with sand and dirt and scuffing it with a rag while the paint still wasn't completely dry, made it look suitably old and grimy.

When the front brakes were opened for a look, it became evident that someone had been working on this truck pretty recently. These brakes are as good as new. The bleed nipples came loose easily, the brake cylinders look new, as do the springs and brake linings. The drums also are in mint condition.

As we made all new brake lines and hoses earlier, the rest of the brake job consisted of mounting the hoses to the wheel cylinders and brake lines.
Easiest brake job in a long time!
(February 14 2018)

The new main brake cylinder will be bench bled before being mounted to the firewall. We learned the hard way, that bench bleeding a new main brake cylinder can be worth the while.
As almost all of the ¼ brake tubing was used on the brake system, one tube had to be extended with a bit of 6 mm fuel hose.

The main brake cylinder was bench bled and mounted to the firewall again. Time to bleed the rest of the brake system. Slowly the front brake lines filled with fluid, evident by the fluid trickling out of the right hand front brake bleed nipple. Immediately a connection at the T-joint to the front brakes started leaking. No tightening of the nipples worked, so a new piece of tubing was made. With a new tube it still leaked!
Sometimes it just ain't fun.
A new Tee was acquired. Naturally it had different threads, so the third pipe already made had to be scrapped as well, Two new brake lines were made with the new size nipples, and THEN the brakes could be bled.
The new T-joint in the pic.
We now have brakes. Another tick in the To Do-list.
(February 22 2018)

New mirrors were mounted to the doors. These cheapo mirrors were ordered from Amazon to a cost of $19 each. Now the right hand side door latch works as it should too, it only needed a little tweak and some lubrication.
And no, the rear axle isn't that wide. The outer wheel is a front wheel, and what looks like the inner wheel is actually the outer dual.
(February 25 2018)

Sometime in the past, someone has either tried to haul up the truck back up from a ditch, or tried to pull out a tree stump with it or something. Either way, the rear crossmember has had a real hard tug, which has all but ripped it out.

Some cutting, hammering, pulling and bashing later, the crossmember looks serviceable again, if not beautiful.
Nobody will see it after the bed goes on the frame anyway.

1950 Pontiac rear lights with blue dots will be used for rear lights, and are shown here, mounted to what will eventually be some kind of rear light and license plate holder. Licence plate lights will be mounted later, when the whole thing is mounted to the frame.

The frame was cut about 8 inches in the rear. Part of the cut offs were welded back on to the frame at an angle to serve as mounting plates for the rear lamp ramp.
The bed will be about as long as the frame was. Much longer, and it would be all but impossible to get into the garage.

All the lamps and lights will be renewed. Here is a new front park/turn signal lens between the old pair. Funny thing these lenses are handed. That is, the right hand one won't fit on the left hand side. Hard to see any reason for this, they look totally symmetric. Wonder if it was pure luck, that the new ones happened to be one of each?
(February 28 2018)

A couple days ago the rear lamps and licence plate mount was bolted to the frame, and bridged with parts from a third metal box with rounded corners. These boxes have been mounted in the top of the windscreen on a bus with had back lit destination signs in them. Recycling at its best.
The lights are lit up and powered by a battery charger here, but they're all connected and ready for a test drive, as rear lights can be. The licence plate light will be mounted to the bottom of the bed, so there's only a wire to it for now.

New RedHots mufflers tried on the old cut exhaust pipe stubs. Some shopping will have to be done, before fabricating of the new pipes can be commenced.

After a trip to the shops the exhaust sytem could be welded and mounted to the truck with nice rubber hangers. As the right and left hand side tubes are of different lengths, it will be interesting to see what it sounds like. Small diameter 2" tubes were chosen to get an old style look, and hopefully sound too.
(March 1 2018)

Of course we had to start up the engine to have a listen to the new pipes. They do play a nice tune.
A bit of cranking caused by air in the fuel line.
(March 2 2018)

Due to problems wth the automatic choke on the new carburetor, a decision ws made to go on and rebuild the old one. It also has the advantage of being completely compatible with the original throttle linkage and choke wire.
The electrical system is all but ready to run too. The ignition lock has been changed to a new one, as there were no keys for the original lock. Also all wiring is done, except for the alternator circuit.
(March 4 2018)

Some scrap iron was welded into 2 meter (about 80") long beams for the new bed. The three of them will stand on the frame held up by short uprights cut from square tubing, and will then carry the planks that the bed floor will be made of.
(March 10 2018)

Six pieces of different lengths of 60 x 120 mm
(2-3/8 x 4-3/4") square tubing was cut to work as upright mounts for the three beams.
Old flooring planks left over from when our house was rebuilt in the nineties are going to be used building the bed. Our house is over a hundred years old, so these are some cool planks to build the bed floor of.
(March 11 2018)

Some testing, trial and error style was done to determine the best looking height of the bed. It now sits a bit lower than first planned, and there is room for about 10 cm (4") of suspension travel at the rear wheels, which probably is the lowest we can go.

The plank in the pic is a bit over length, plans call for a bit shorter bed planks, they'll over hang the rear lamps a bit, maybe 20-30 cm (8-12").

The carburetor was finally assembled after all passages had been checked and cleaned.
As the engine ran happily with this carb earlier, it'll probably be completely ok now, that the critical parts are changed and it's all cleaned out. The new accellerator piston will likely make the most noticeable improvement.
(March 13 2018)

The mesh sock on the fuel pickup tube was totally shot, and a new one was made from a sock for a newer car. it was cut off, and mounted to the tube with a hoseclamp and a piece of fuel resistant rubber hose. The hole in it was sealed off with a round piece cut out of sheet metal.
The fuel pick up tube was totally clogged to begin with, and actually had to be drilled out. The tank was checked and is in excalent condition and only needed a good rinse. it says:"1972 Chevrolet/GMC pick up" on the tank in black marker, so it's off a wrecked truck.
(March 14 2018)

William leant a helping hand, and is seen here changing the carburetor.
We also mounted the bench seat and bolted it to the floor in the cab, as it was easy when there was two of us.
(March 17 2018)

The old carb back where it belongs. It felt nice to be able to mount the choke wire too, so now it works from the original knob on the dash.