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  • New life for the '30 Chevy

    Who doesn't love a '30's flavor truck of any make??? Here goes t he journey. Hope to keep it simple but interesting, and hope you enjoy.

    When I firs t saw this I knew I'd be coming home with it...
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    Last edited by Old Stuff; 11-17-2019, 05:51 AM.
    https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

  • #2
    Loaded up and headed home...

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    More to come
    Last edited by Old Stuff; 11-15-2019, 05:37 AM.
    https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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    • #3
      Starting point...
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      • #4
        Awesome! What's your plans?

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        • #5
          A 1.5 ton truck, this thing was used hard in its life. Speedo had 57,000+ miles on it. Frame had been welded up on both side behind the cab, lots of front fender bang-ups and shows quite a few sheet metal crack repairs- all gas welds. Tops of the splash aprons gone, wood gone of course, etc, etc.

          Plans visually: to make it what I think of as industrial war horse. I will continue to gas weld all visible sheet metal joints, keeping in the original flavor of the truck's life. Steam punk purists (not gears gears and more gears) will see some things that would remind one of an "air ship". (think Mortal Engines movie). Rivets on the cab corners, rear and front window frames, and sheet metal joints, a triple pulley block and tackle with some killer old/good 1" rope to pick things up with on swinging arms mounted at the front of the flat bed. The interior with be full of functional gauges that aren't seen in most rides. Still back and forth on the steering wheel... a vintage ships wheel or wrapping the original wheel in some type of small cord. (Saw that done on a WWII valve shutoff wheel.) Will sit higher as opposed to most hitting the ground (which I like also- but not for this ride.)

          Performance: This will be used as my trailer puller (old cars, truck, etc) so fully upgraded drive train and suspension. Basically a 70 mph highway rig. V-8, automatic, ECI disc brake conversion in front, 9 inch Ford rear end, a back up camera for hooking up a trailer, ...................and AIR CONDITIONING!

          Will be posting more pics pretty quick on the work that has already been done.
          https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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          • #6
            Frame leveled out and ready to start...


            All running gear was removed- motor, trans, rear end and ll wheels. Splash aprons were mostly gone on the top side so I cut and replace with 14 gauge, then gas welded it up to keep with the original flavor of the truck...


            Front fenders were pretty rough including some splits. Those were beat back (somewhat) in to shape and gas welded the splits. Yes the fender fender pic is considered finished.
            Last edited by Old Stuff; 07-11-2020, 08:03 AM. Reason: Get lost pics back up
            https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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            • #7
              The frame and all the sheet metal has been or will be killed with Ospho, then spray bombed with gloss black enamel. I like the Ospho as it converts the rust and from my experience with leave the color anywhere from black with some occasional white/gray look, to a dark brown. Paint color choice right now (ha) is a distressed red.

              Time for the cab to start going back together. Wood is gone and 1" square tubing gets started...
              Last edited by Old Stuff; 11-19-2019, 02:23 PM.
              https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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              • #8
                Moving forward... then had to add height in the cab- 5" in front and 6" in back. Since this is slatted for pulling a loaded trailer I want height on it. Having been a truck driver for a handful of years way back, I think the extension gives the truck a more "big truck" look. Hey we're all about being different right? (That being said, I'll slam my next rat.)
                Last edited by Old Stuff; 11-19-2019, 02:26 PM.
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                • #9
                  I’ve been spending some time form-fitting the angle iron onto the back cab corners. The goal is to make this thing look like all the panels were put together with steel rivets. (Think: boiler plates, old steel building structures, ships........... Jules Vern! LOL)

                  The simplest way I have in “bending “the angle iron is to relief cut it where needed, temporary bolt it on the cab, then weld up the reliefs. Rivet holes were drilled both before the cutting started and after welds were ground off. To minimize hole penetration on the cab, most of the “rivet heads” (actually carriage bolts) will be simply welded and ground flat on the backside of the angle (no threads penetrating the cab), while others will go all the way through.

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                  • #10
                    A few more on the corners...

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                      I gas welded the corners together before starting the angle iron, but I will run a small bead of NP1 on the inside of that angle (specifically around the bolt holes that penetrated the body) to make sure we keep it dry on the inside. I do realize that this puts me at somewhat of a risk for water sneaking in but it’s worth it to get “the look” I’m going for. The bonus is that the vertical 1” tube in the cab corner that I’m penetrating is open at the bottom of the cab so, if any water does sneak in, it doesn’t get on the inside of the cab.

                      Next step before permanent bolting up is complete is to drag out the Ospho and rust kill/convert the back and sides of the cab.
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                      • #12
                        That looks awesome!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks JWD. If I didn't have to earn grocery money I could surely spend all day working on stuff like this!
                          https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                          • #14
                            The back wall is going good with the flat bar pieces and angle iron. I've put 260 carriage bolts on the grinder (taking off the lettering and zinc coating) and am liking the look. Actually got a couple more pieces of flat bar on the very bottom portion but didn't think about getting a pic before deciding it was time to take it all off in order to put on the Ospho rust killer. Next it was time to mock up an exterior sun visor. Gotta love cardboard...

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                            The more I look at the cab the more I'm glad I extended the roof. Dual wipers will tuck up there and I will say that the arms mounted up top will be something weird the first time or two they are turned on!

                            This is the kind of thing that leans me towards the rat community (though I have a solid appreciation of the other types of hot rods).
                            https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                            • #15
                              Really cool!
                              I think your probably the first person ever to extend your roof... but... it's looking right.👍
                              I'm following, thanks for posting!

                              What engine are you thinking..... diesel..
                              you should put a 4-71 in it...!!
                              If your an old truck driver you know what I mean 😁
                              My build thread:
                              https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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