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I found this 1954 Chevrolet pickup truck for sale on the internet ... talked with the owner on the telephone a dozen times ... bought it and had it transported from Humble, Texas to Milltown, New Jersey ... it arrived January 18th, 2003 and you can see what I've done with it since, via the drop-down menu above.
Instead of buying a new car with monthly payments and high insurance rates ... and instead of driving around in something that doesn't make me feel anything ... I decided to buy something that would make me grin whenever I turned the ignition on, or whenever I stomped on the gas pedal.
When I got the truck, its rebuilt mid-70s Chevy 350 small block engine and 350 Turbo Hydramatic transmission had approximately 18,000 miles on them. The engine sports a new 4-barrel Edelbrock Performer 600 CFM carburetor with an electric choke, an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, a mild Edelbrock Performer Hydraulic cam, HEI distributor, K & N air filter and Block Hugger headers. The independent suspension front end is a FatMan Mustang II with upper and lower tubular A-arms, manual steering and front disc 11-inch brake rotors and calipers taken from a 1982 Monte Carlo. The rear end is a mid-70s Chevy 12-bolt ... the gas tank was moved out of the cab area; a 30-gallon tank is now in the rear, under the bed, where the spare tire mount use to be. Those are Cragar S/S wheels -- 15-inch rears and 14-inch fronts ... and the color was Aztec Bronze Metallic; 1966 Chevelle, but now it's a custom Candy Cherry with a fine metal flake.
After getting the truck, I installed an aluminum trans pan, new rear brake pads, new Cooper tires all the way around and an electric windshield wiper conversion kit. Other projects are posted above, in the red drop-down menu, as I complete them.
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Cool Articles :
Adding Air Suspension to Get A More Comfortable Ride - by Robert Lobitz
Books In My Ride Library :
One thing is true no matter who you are, it seems that we all enjoy comfort. We also all long to have the very best for what we pay for and when you put these ideas together we can often times be somewhat disappointed with what we get when we purchase either a new or previously owned vehicle. That is why some people are taking the matter into their own hands and utilizing the remarkable technology found in air suspension kits.
Custom Auto Interiors - by Don Taylor & Ron Mangus
If you want to know the procedure for making your own door panels or specialty interior panels, this book will rock your socks off with all the how-to stuff! From planning your interior, to making patterns, armrests, headliners, carpets, building your own seats and more! This is one book you'll keep reading!
Automotive Upholstery Handbook - by Don Taylor
This one covers all the basics involved ... from tools of the trade, to learning to sew ... and shows how to make and install bench seat covers, bucket seats, vinyl tops, Sim-con tops, Landau tops, Convertible tops, headliners, door panels and carpets, and a whole lot more. I like the book above most, but this one is worth having for the explanation of tools and basic sewing skills.
How to Do Electrical Systems - by Skip Readio
This is a practical electrical guide for beginners and pro's alike. It covers all the inportant issues and how-tos about wiring hot rods and automobiles. Learn about batteries, grounding, charging systems, ignition systems, fuses and breakers, fusible links, kill switches, relays, mini switches, panels, terminal strips, wires, connectors, soldering, and a whole lot more!
The Time-Line Pics (above) Are From Our Friends at Classic Parts!
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