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'55 truck bodywork

 
idrivejunk
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Posted: 04/26/13 04:56 AM

Wasup, Chevelle!

Once I remembered that the old truck beds will stand up on end, the gears started turning and I thought to just flip it over and stand on it. Necessity is the mother of invention, other methods were not working but that one did.  Smile

Right now, the cab is being buffed. We finally get to drop the body onto the actual chassis being used after that, so the flames will all line up right. Then we'll take the bolt on panels back off to clear it all real good.

By the way, the planned flames were described to me as "black ghost licks", meaning only the back edges of the flames will be painted, and only with a faint layer of black. So the whole truck is still the dark red color, and the flames just pop out in sunlight. Cool.
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Stay tuned! (Theres another one, a '66 Chevy, getting a wicked firewall shave and tons of other work at the shop right now too. Just not my job but I may take some pics.)  
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idrivejunk
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Posted: 04/26/13 01:13 PM

The loaded frame showed up today-

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chevelle83
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Posted: 04/26/13 08:10 PM

looks great!  whoever did the frame assembly did a fine job.  That type work is exactly what I got in mind for the chevelle or any of my projects for that matter.

It perfectly functional yet didnt take forever and tons of dough to simply be hidden and supporting the body.
 
My frame will have to be cleaned really good and painted with some automotive paint, replace the lines and hoses and it will be ready.  

I like the corvette ralley wheels but I wouldn't put them on a truck imo.
Trucks can tolerate such a much bigger wheel I have to score at least a set of 18" with some rubber band tires just to get out of the ralley rut.  

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idrivejunk
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Posted: 04/27/13 07:22 AM

Well, the truck was wrecked when it was blue. I hear it was a hard shot to the right front and that the truck rolled over! A tiny street rod shop with huge talent did all that work, they are good with the mechanical stuff. Whether those wheels even go with the truck, I don't know. It could certainly use something badder-asser, couldn't it? The body work has changed plenty since the job was started. First it was just going to be a red re-spray, then the show car conversations began I reckon. Somewhere somebody is shoveling money into it, and I'm sure the rest of the work will be forgotten when they are still complaining about how much it cost. When I hear that type of stuff, I sometimes have to remind folks that if they didn't want to spend so much they should have brought us a better starting point. In this case, they could have saved by just not running over a tow strap but thats the nature of this business. It costs a lot to do a little unless you can do it at home.

I think they are putting the grey interior back in it.  
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chevelle83
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Posted: 04/27/13 07:30 PM

True indeed,   after seeing so much of your work and discussing it, I now know why $300+ fenders are dirt cheap compared to paying you to fix a wrinkled up rusty one.

  The best way to do it is obviously start with the best body you can, then buy new parts when possible if the old ones are not reasonably fixable.

And of course keep your expectations to an affordable level.  Your good enough to stop at any point which is plenty good enough to shoot paint on.  But if you want those long smooth panels with no watery glare,,,,,, well brake out them benjamins.  LOL  

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idrivejunk
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Posted: 04/28/13 02:23 PM

Dang skippy, there are different levels of bodywork for sure. Sometimes its a real dance deciding how to handle something but if you give people two or three options, a happy medium usually rises to the top. Its not unheard of to take thirty hours on even a new part to get show car gaps on something. Glad I can do it myself! I like it easy.  
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idrivejunk
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Posted: 04/30/13 08:37 PM

Heres some sunshiny eye candy progress   Cool  Back on the actual chassis!

The doors and fenders are already scuffed and being installed, the hood has the flames masked off, this job is gaining momentum and will finish up soon!  Smile

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idrivejunk
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Posted: 05/01/13 06:06 PM

Something like this ...

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Bonus Chevy truck:

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idrivejunk
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Posted: 05/02/13 04:52 PM

More like this ...   Cool

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idrivejunk
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Posted: 05/11/13 05:41 AM

OK gents this may be the last post. Nine months in, we've delivered this baby.  Laugh

This truck just came here for the bodywork. All the chassis, powertrain, and further assembly will be handled by the hot rod shop that fixed the wreck and brought it to us. So this might be the last time we lay eyes on it. However, all the big jobs we do like this have the option of returning after their final assembly for additional buffing and minor touch-ups as part of the deal.

So here we go ... opinions will vary on any flame job. I wish they had left it plain but these do have a certain tattooed look if you're into that. My tastes are stuck in a different time. Anyway- the flame licks were applied and covered with a layer of clear basecoat to protect it during the unmasking step. Then it was all clearcoated. It probably gets sanded now then another application of clear before buffing.

Here it is, in the midst of that work:

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Now heres possibly our last look. I helped put the bed on for transport just in time, the black GMC with the big box trailer is her ride home.

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Here are the flamed parts that will recieve more clear and buffing before re-joining the rest of the truck at R&R restoration:

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So there you have it, guys. Another one bites the dust. Basic paint and body on a real sharp old Chevy truck, always a win! I'm glad to have been a small part of it, so thanks to the owner and both shops for having the opportunity, and thanks to you for reading and looking. Y'all holler if you need anything.

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68scott385
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Posted: 05/11/13 08:12 AM

That is one BEAUTIFUL truck. I think those flames are subtle and tasteful. Anything but '80s graphics & pastels. My son likes to tell owners of flamed vehicles that their car is on fire.  
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chevelle83
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Posted: 05/11/13 08:26 PM

I like it!  Id drive the heck out of it!  

I think the flames look great with the color.  I dont care for loud paint jobs, and the truck is radical yet not too loud.  It makes you want to get up close and check out the detail.  

 Another happy customer for sure from the shack, excellent work!!  

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