Monday, April 16, 2018

Now It's Gettin' Real

Jason has been telling me that once we get started, the swap won't take very long. Sure enough, a couple hours after we got the S10 down to the shop on Saturday and started prepping for the '49 body, I stepped back, took a look and said "Wow, I guess you were right, Jason!" I was truly surprised at how much we got done.

The S10 chassis swap is fairly popular among owners of the '47 - '54 Advance Design Chevy/GMC trucks like mine, but while most of these swaps start with a completely bare S10 frame, we'll actually be dropping the '49 body on a running, driving '91 S10 chassis - 4.3 liter V6, 5 speed manual transmission, power steering and brakes, modern suspension, etc. At some point in the future we might go with a small block V8, an LS or maybe even a nicely done flathead, just because I've always loved that look. I understand the flathead is not a very powerful motor, but that's never been my focus with this project anyway. I'll be happy just to cruise, do some shows and of course live the lifelong dream of an epic coast to coast road trip.

Big thanks to my friend and coworker Darrin, who came by with his trailer first thing Saturday morning so we could get the S10 down to the shop. He's got a very cool '68 LeMans that he drives to work on nice days, and he's working on some nice upgrades for it. Looking forward to cruising with him.

Jason's shop is just a couple miles from our house here in New Milford, Connecticut. In addition to all the cool hot rod/custom work he does (check out the Facebook page here) he's also an expert mechanic. If you happen to be local to the area and you're looking for someone you can truly trust to handle your vehicle maintenance or repairs, he's your guy. I can also tell you first hand and with complete confidence that he'll be very fair on cost. Proud to know him and be working with him on my dream ride.

Also finished the horn button over the weekend (found on eBay for $13.75 with the contact plate!). I was going to leave it as is, but decided that with the completely restored steering wheel and the plan for a nice freshened up interior, it would look better painted to match the wheels. The paint is Rustoleum metallic paint and primer in one, and the color "Dark Steel." Love the look, especially with a couple coats of clear.

Much more to come, stay tuned! And as always, thanks for stopping by.

See y'all down the road!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Still Here!

Please accept my apology for the long period of inactivity here. No excuse, really. Just kept forgetting. I've planned on it a million times, then suddenly a squirrel would run by and I'd be off in another direction...

I've been helping Jason at the shop (Custom Conversions in New Milford, CT), where we'll very soon be swapping in new urethane bushings for the S10 chassis and setting the '49 body on the S10 chassis. I won't be able to do the epic cross country run this year, but the plan is to drive the truck out to our 50th family reunion in Ohio this August. Can't wait to rock the 4.3 liter V6 five speed, with modern suspension, power steering and brakes, heat and AC! It's gonna be a total blast.

Took this photo yesterday morning, to mark 21 days to spring. Then last night I was playing with different effects and came up with the "ink sketch" look, which I like...

Thanks as always for stopping by. See y'all down the road!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Destiny's Truck

The photo on the left features the tree that almost flattened my dream. The one on the right is the same tree after it fell. Had the body still been on the old chassis when it happened, clearly the dream would have been over. Please see the post immediately prior to this one for detailed photos.

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As I remarked to a friend the other day, only half-jokingly, I have to believe my truck was spared in this incident because it is destined for great things. Like my lifelong dream of an epic coast to coast road trip and a slow roll up Cady Run to our 50th family reunion in Ohio next August, perhaps...

Of course, such dreams are not realized without a lot of hard work, dedication and help from others. I've got those first two things covered, and hopefully that's where y'all will come in. The image on the left above is one of many designs available in my Tee Public store. All the picture designs you'll see there started out as photos taken by yours truly, and there are many different styles and colors available for each design. If you could check out the link and perhaps make a purchase and/or simply share the link with friends, I would really appreciate it. I hope you'll also check out and share the links on the right here to my full short story, which not only documents the history of this truck in our family going back to the summer of 1981, but also reveals exactly why this project is a tribute in memory of my mother. Please feel free to contact me directly anytime with any questions, via the email link on the right here.

Thanks as always for stopping by... See y'all down the road!