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  • New springs are in!

    The original springs had a 17” to center and a 19” to center dimension. Noting listed for a 1930 truck for that but….. 1939-1946 Chevy ½ ton has the very same dimensions. Keeping the same shackle design, the only difference is that Chevy decided to move the shackles to the front for that year range. No doubt they had their reason but I just couldn’t go there so I swapped the bushings, letting me keep the pivot point in the front.

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    The bolt size at the pivot point grew considerably on the 39-46 so after cutting rivets and removing the front mounts (that were real loose anyway), I put it in the press and drilled out the hole to accommodate bigger dimension. I welded the mounts back on- but couldn'’t resist throwing in some grade 5 bolts back in the rivet holes as well.

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    The rear shackle mounts were both worn and one was broken so new mounts were in order…

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    Not having anything for a direct fit for the shackle bushings, I took a larger piece of pipe, cut out a slot, pulled it together and welded it up. A small strip of ¼” went between the frame and the pipe to give the shackle grommets clearance.

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    Happy happy. More progress shortly...
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    https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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    • The ’96 parts truck gave up another donation. I took the battery tray and, with lots of modification, gave it a new location on the inside the frame rail on the 'ol '30. Keeping the original battery hold-down in place will make for simple removal when necessary and, even though change-outs will require rolling underneath, there is ample room to get it our past the driveshaft.

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      The first thing that came to mind when thinking about this mounting location was crawling under the truck (in good clothes and wet weather of course! LOL) to hook up cables if/when a jump was necessary for me or someone else. Regardless of conditions, I figured remote jumper terminals would be a much better solution. The terminals will be back by the receiver hitch which is only about 5' from where the battery sits.

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      Wiring this truck is getting closer!
      https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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      • Looks great! I like how you mounted the battery out of the way. Where'd you get the remote jumper terminals? I need some for my backhoe it randomly needs a jump at the worst times and you have to remove the floorboard to get at the battery.

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        • Originally posted by JWD View Post
          Looks great! I like how you mounted the battery out of the way. Where'd you get the remote jumper terminals? I need some for my backhoe it randomly needs a jump at the worst times and you have to remove the floorboard to get at the battery.
          Thanks man! I'm enjoying getting back in the groove. The remote jumpers I got off eBay for I think $13 each. Summit and Speedway has them also.
          https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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          • Things are coming together!
            so many things when building a complete vehicle from scratch hey!

            Originally posted by JWD View Post
            Looks great! I like how you mounted the battery out of the way. Where'd you get the remote jumper terminals? I need some for my backhoe it randomly needs a jump at the worst times and you have to remove the floorboard to get at the battery.
            Yep pretty common.. I ordered mine from Amazon.
            My build thread:
            https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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            • Ever feel like you've not been spending near enough time on the project? Hmm??? I know you have.... This coming August will be 2 years on the build. Need to work up some milestones and get rolling again! Let's see.... what am I doing between 10 P.M. and 6 A.M.?.....

              On the simple note- I just bought my rear shocks and made the upper mount brackets. Ah even the smallest progress- ha.
              https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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              • Progress is progress. I've seen great builds get done with the smallest of progress at a time. Don't get caught up in belittling the small progress, everything gets done one step at a time, the size of the step isn't as important as the accomplished step.

                There sure seems to be enough stuff to get in the way of working on the project. For me it was always a struggle between having money to buy parts but no time to install them, or not having any money, but lots of time. I figured out that when you had money, you bought parts so you had something to do when you had time to work on it. A to do list with the needed parts really helped with that. For me, stopping a project day to chase after parts is a momentum killer. It always worked better to have all the parts I thought I was going to need on hand, then work days seemed to accomplish a lot more progress. Gene

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                • Originally posted by Gene View Post
                  ................
                  ................ For me, stopping a project day to chase after parts is a momentum killer. It always worked better to have all the parts I thought I was going to need on hand, then work days seemed to accomplish a lot more progress. Gene
                  Amen and amen on all of what you said. I'm also a big fan of having a "to do" list on a big piece of cardboard/poster board as well. Helps keep me focused and not chasing squirrels!
                  https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                  • It's funny about the big "to do" list...
                    I never got it, i just finish one thing and move onto the next that i felt like/had parts to do.
                    ....
                    But then again, maybe that's why mine took 11 years to get on the road🤔

                    Just keep plugging away at it!
                    My build thread:
                    https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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                    • Originally posted by Burnin#2 View Post
                      It's funny about the big "to do" list...
                      I never got it, i just finish one thing and move onto the next that i felt like/had parts to do.
                      ....
                      But then again, maybe that's why mine took 11 years to get on the road🤔

                      Just keep plugging away at it!
                      Must be nice to still have a functioning memory! LOL!

                      If I didn't have a list of what needed to be done next, I know I would forget a step that needed to be done before something else needed to be done. Then I'd have to tear something apart, or figure out how to work around something that was covering something that should have been done before. I do that even with a list sometimes!

                      For example, my 49 has a cowl vent. I got the new gasket and figured out how to make the vent door open around the wiper and heat/ac box. Then I built the dash and installed it to be sure it cleared everything. Then I pulled the dash out, painted both sides and reinstalled it. It wasn't until after the truck sat out in the rain and I had water on the floor boards that I discovered that the cowl vent Dodge made had a really nice drain system to catch and remove any water that got past the seal. There is a hose the connects to the vent drain that is used to dump the water outside of the cab through a hole in the trans tunnel floor. Someone welded that hole in the tunnel closed when he was welding up the firewall and tunnel, and then he forgot to connect a hose to the vent drain. Now the HVAC box is in the way to drill a new hole for the drain, and the dash has to come apart just to install a hose to the drain. Then I'm going to have to figure out where I'm going to drill a new hole for the vent drain hose to get the water out of the cab.

                      My current list has 8 things on it that need to be done. I'll be able to get back on my truck later this week, so I'm going to have to prioritize that list so I can get the 4 things on the list done that are under the dash. Maybe then I won't have to take the dash out of the truck again.

                      Without that list, I'm the guy that will sit and stare and wonder what I have to do next. This old age thing is pretty tough, and I'm not really THAT old yet.... Gene

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                      • Oh, trust me. There is a lot of sitting on the chair staring at the damn thing, brainstorming and thinking about next steps when I'm working at a project...
                        but gene a build like mine is different from a build like yours.. I guess you could say mine is pretty hack, and relatively simple, some water/air leaks here and there... heater that might work, no side glass *yet...
                        the fit and finish on yours is next level.
                        🙂
                        My build thread:
                        https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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                        • Awesome exchange from Burnin #2 and Gene. LMAO!

                          I've never had a list doing this before but since I'm more of a play it by ear and "do what I feel like at the moment" kind of a guy- the list helps keeps me directed and motivated. Having said that, the only reason I played that card in the first place is because I want the '30 on the road!

                          Never had this kind of mental push on myself with a hot rod before. Hmmmmm....... Sounds like a camp fire conversation.. LOL!
                          https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                          • Campfire Conversation? LOL! Guess it does sort of have that drift.

                            I don't think I've ever built a hot rod without having a mental push. I'm not sure I can even wrap my head around that! LOL!

                            I think the mental push deal came from my early dirt track days. When the car got wrecked, it needed to be fixed as quickly as possible. It seems like we were always in the end of the season points race. Our track paid extra money for the cars in each class that finished in the top 10 in points. At the season banquet, that extra money was a huge kick start towards the next season. Even in the lowly hobby class, 10th in the point standings was worth $250, or nearly all the car's entry fees for the entire next year! We never got to 1st in the points (7 or 8 was our average) but roomer had it 1st in points paid around $1,000 in the hobby stock class. Missing a week of racing could have been costly for a team like ours that never had 2 nickels to rub together.

                            After the 1st year or two, I was the sole car owner, It was pretty obvious I was not the kind of driver I needed, so I put a new driver (as in never drove a racecar before) in my car every year. 15 years in the top 10 in points in a row meant a lot of lists to check every week. We had to finish in the money every week, and we needed to get as many points as possible to keep going. Yep, that was probably the start of the mental push for me...

                            Sorry to hijack your post! Your truck is coming along well. Gene

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                            • Well it seems it's been a while but life pushes on. I've been working on and off with the stake pockets on the bed frame. I also just ordered a universal clutch and brake pedal unit (bare) so I can get initial mounting location in order to finish up the floor framing in that area. Need all the leg/pedal room I can get there!

                              Some good pics should be coming soon!
                              https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                              • Hey Pal....glad your at it. There's always other life stuff that has to be done. Life, Work, Working Out, Kids, Grand Kids, Wife.... all that jazz. I've been working at it very hard over the last couple months. I'm finally in primer! And I'm starting to think about / mock up a frame. Stay Healthy!

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