Leno's 50. A Father/Son build
So this is the truck around the mid-fifties. Like I said in the my (our) introduction, I have owned this truck for 24 years and have done nothing with it. The motor was completely stuck. Now amount of magic fluid or clutch popping would break it free. The truck had been on blocks since 1962 when the owner committed suicide. It was on display at a local private museum. When most of the family, who ran the museum, died the estate held an auction and my Mom picked up this truck at the auction. The previous owner was quite a guy. As close to a local version of Ernest Hemingway as you can get. When my son was very little he would go into the back pasture where I keep my herd of iron and he play in the truck. He asked one day if he could have it. He was probably 8 or 9 at the time. I said he could and that was that. Fast forward 6 or 7 years and my son is in driver's ed. Now things are serious. He asked me one day if we could drag the truck up to "the shop". We hooked Leno's 50 to the tractor and after a 20 some odd year hibernation, a new life for the truck was underway. This is the ongoing story of the Leno's truck. I would like to thank all of you for ideas and inspiration. I would also like to thank my son for his passion for cars, life and school. I am not easy to work with. Both my son and I will be posting in this thread. Someone please let us know if this is a forum felony. Thanks!
The plan for the truck is to keep it real. It has major cancer, which is cool. It needs floors, rockers, kick panels, toe boards, inner and outer cab corners, A and B post patches blah blah. The bed is gone, easy fix. If you look at the picture above, the whole strange deal in the back was a surround that Leno built to haul his horse. Leno was a painter, diver, WWII veteran, stone mason, terra cotta artist. This truck was his work truck and some of his tools were still in the boxes he built on to the bedsides. There was a hat of his, numerous invoices for stone and fireplace work he did for local families etc. My son found a VW key in the truck as well that belonged to his other pride and joy, his VW Karmann Ghia.
At any rate, we will get some progress pics up here soon. The plan for the truck is straight forwardish. Fix the rust that is structural. Leave the paint(s) as is. Definitely save the art work. Set it on an S10 we got from another car guy for $0, Plug in a slightly used LS 6.0 that I picked up for $200 at an auction, clean up the interior so my son can actually talk a girl into riding with him, put it down low on the cheap and drive the hell out of it. This is a low dow show...
Pics of the S10 frame being modified to fit. We did a cut and flip of the rear shackle from side to side to lengthen the frame and moved the front spring mounts further back on the frame and boxed the whole thing. Warning I am not a professional fabricator!
Thanks for looking!
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