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Fingers are a bit tired after tapping out my Mustang's life story, so I'll keep this one brief !!

Bought through a contact in the Mustang Club, I bought this old long-wide over a year ago, but the seller has done some work for me before shipping

This is how it was when I agreed to buy it









Started off by getting a new screen...



Then, when pricing up the cost of an engine rebuild and bespoke 62 suspension parts, things got a bit more radical…!!

Donor 1977 C-20 (3/4te, complete with Goodwrench motor)







Mocking up





Some may say it's sacrilegious, but most won't spot it, plus it'll benefit me with power steering, power brakes, coil springs, etc, etc. Any tips on avoiding a Q plate are most welcome !!

Then, things started to go a bit pear-shaped with the builder's home life, so updates were few and far between. All of a sudden though, I got a call to say it was sat at California Connection's site in Ramona, ready to go.





It's since landed and been offloaded at their place in Derby and all seems well. I had hoped to get it lowered over there (notch and flip kit), but preparatory work has been done so shouldn't be too difficult once time and money allows.

It's got a 3' Lokar Radical shifter and matching handbrake, plus I've got the obligatory Mexican blankets, etc, etc to go on. No plans other than to lower it, drive it, maybe paint over the primer (and age it to match the weathered stuff) and then, possibly, tow the Mustang (Trans-Am tribute) to shows as a matching period unit…?

More to follow as and when…!!
 

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Finally got the Truck delivered on Tuesday and pushed into it's new home (not much room to spare going through the door!). First impressions are pretty positive - there's some fettling to be done, but overall it's bone dry and pretty clean underneath. Slight kiss on the leading edge of the hood to straighten, plus it needs an exhaust before it can be road-tested, so hopefully no nasty surprises there…

Then, just tyres, windscreen washers and headlamp conversion before MoT/registration (hopefully).

The truck came with a shiny chrome rear bumper that I'm looking to trade for a scabby one if anyone's interested…??



 

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FINALLY got a day to work on the truck - two steps forward, one step back as I keep finding more bits that haven't been done properly (or at all) :shake:

Oh well, we'll get there in the end. Bits just done;

Rear plate mounted and illuminated


Shifter properly adjusted


Amber (chrome) bulbs for UK indicators


Modified bonnet catch as no return springs


Headers on, cabling re-routed


New blades to wipers


New battery


Started to pull wiring as horn / oil pressure / charging light / temp gauge all inoperative :mad:


Handbrake - real fooker of a job as Lokar universal cables anything but...


As 1-ton rear axle is a full-floated had to get the axles out and hubs off to access brakes. Then back plates had to be modified for Lokar cables, etc, etc.

Took the opportunity to bolt on new rear wheels & tyres (thanks to TrevD)


Got bored after the handbrake so did some fun stuff to finish the day off :D;

New rear-view mirror and sun visors


Faux-patina'd STP sticker from a new one I had kicking around :whistle:


Offered up my storage chest


Mexican blankets waiting patiently to go in


Exhaust next...
 

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as far as registering goes stamp the '62 vin number on the current chassis nice and visible somewhere and go with the '62 paperwork. who at a dvla office will know the difference between early and late chassis'. neil
 

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Had a decent day on the truck at the weekend. Handbrake still not working properly, so out with the axles, off with the drums (received my special 6-pronged socket from eBay USA within 6 days) and adjusted up. Seems to grab nicely, but any minor tweaks on the MoT rollers can be done at the handbrake end.

Now time to make up an exhaust. Bought myself a pipe bender and various component parts and just went for it. I'm resigned to the fact that my skills are limited, so simple bends and clamps are the order of the day.


Managed to flatten the pipe on my first go, but swapping from the 2.5" to the 2" die produced better results, as the pipe (despite being 2.5") sat in it perfectly and prevented the sides from expanding. Go figure.


Thanks to those who responded to my question about the positioning of the silencers - I put them towards the end and, more importantly, beyond the edge of the cab to avoid any droning. System made up as follows; headers > gasket-less 'Header Buddies' > bend > straight > chambered silencer > turndown.




Turned out okay (but looking back at the pics the silencers need straightening up, but that's just details) and sounds pretty good too. Done.
 

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Like what you have done here very much ! All the character of the older model with all the practical things like disc brakes and power steering from the newer truck .
If I ever have the spare funds [probably never] I would love a 60s chevy truck , they seem to get more out of reach with every passing year. Thanks for posting.
 

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Truck still needs fettling but finally has MOT !

Went straight to the DVLA office in Ipswich and, praise where praise is due, the chap couldn't have been more helpful - in and out in 10 minutes and, to my amazement, letter arrived two days later complete with registration mark and tax disc !

No inspection required (thank fook) but they did retain the title and guess who forgot to take a copy...

Pressing matters post-MoT are; upper ball joints (MoT advisory, which will be replaced over the winter along with lowers and hopefully new, lowered coil springs) and rust-proofing. Then, in time, I'll redo the bed mounts (hastily welded on in the States), plumb in a heater (ex-Mini), renew all of the cab seals, flip the rear axle (notching the frame whilst the bed is off) and various numerous little jobs.

Last couple of pics;

Alternator rebuilt - surprisingly easy with kit from eBay


Moon gauges to cover hacked-up radio hole


Trans tunnel relieved for Lokar kit - to be tided and plated over


And finally, Mexican blankets in (more orangey than they look) - note tax disc !


Fin.
 

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as far as registering goes stamp the '62 vin number on the current chassis nice and visible somewhere and go with the '62 paperwork. who at a dvla office will know the difference between early and late chassis'. neil
A vehicle such as this can be legitimatelt registered as per the donor chassis . The body carries no points in the identity on a CHASSIED vehicle. DVLA don't have to know the difference, if they have the slightest doubt they simply ask for you to arrange a confirmation letter from an owners club on their V765 Authorised list.

Full details here

Importing Modified vehicles - Association of Car Enthusiasts (ACE)

and here

Rebodying - A clarification - Association of Car Enthusiasts (ACE)
 

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Holy Thread Resurrection BATMAN !!!

Based on a link elsewhere.

How are you enjoying your truck Barney???
 

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Blimey - thanks for the bump Grizz :D

Nothing to report really - haven't driven her since the autumn and starting to divert time/attention/money to Mustang as fresh engine will be built this year and I've got lots to do before the car is ready to receive..

Truck continues to be fettled and also got new wheels and tyres (£60 off eBay and the tyres were nearly new!. I keep buying bits and pieces off the US Chevy Truck forum, incl a horn button and associated hardware which finished off the wheel nicely. And that's about it!

Shame you're not closer - you're welcome to have a good look round/drive if it helps with your research ;)



 

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Minor update - truck had a nasty habit of getting too hot in traffic, so at long last I've upgraded to an electric fan.

An original 1962 fan shroud was sourced a couple of years ago to help the engine-driven fan, but offering it up revealed that the chassis-swap plus larger-than-stock aluminium radiator meant it was unusable in its original state. So, fast-forward a couple of years and decided it really needed to be sorted, so after various recommendations on this 'ere forum I procured a 16" Volvo 740/760 electric fan off eBay, complete with box of relay tricks to aid the install, for £40 delivered.

Fan is not flat faced so a simple cradle was bent up from flat bar and mounted to the truck's vertical supports. The shroud was then offered up and found to cover the rad best laid on it's side - the unfortunate consequence being the mounting tabs now visible at the top but these will be sorted in time. Holes then needed cutting for the pipes and various reliefs were cut into the now bottom edge to clear. Top radiator bracket had to me moved over to suit.

As the engine fan would no longer fit, I thought the two-speed Volvo fan would be ideal, as I could use the low speed on constant, with the high-speed kicking in on the thermo switch if things got too hot. Ideally a two-stage switch would allow low speed to come on once the mechanical thermostat opened but maybe revisit that in time.

As for the wiring, the relay box (at an angle for clearance) made things nice and simple but I only realised after running the trigger wires into the cab that all they need to do is earth, not be powered! Oh well. What this means for now is it's not ignition controlled but I'll sort that in time, as it can run on for a while if hot as the thermo sender just sits in the top hose. Thermo dial can be seen just below the fused relays for the headlight harness. Low speed is linked to the switch on the dash, mounted in one of the radio holes. 30 amp supply and a good earth and she fired right up and it really does shift some air!

Please excuse the state of the engine bay - plans afoot to pull it all out for detailing, including hiding the wiring and fitting parts acquired to date; low mount for the alternator, original air-cleaner adapted for 4bbl, script valve covers, ram horns, etc, etc. I like my stuff to look in-period where possible, so the shroud's primary use is now to hide the plastic fan!









 

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The truck has been festering since developing a hefty oil leak from the back of the motor on the day of its MoT in August last year.

I'd planned on fixing it during June but with the 205 taking longer to finish than expected it was shelved. However, some added motivation in the form of a car show on the local USAF airbase this weekend, to celebrate the 4th July, made me think I can fix it this week, snatching a couple of hours a night (workshop is 40 mins away..).

Having sold the stock rocker covers and chrome air cleaner during the year, I sourced some more period looking pieces from a contact in the States, but being a later engine these were never going to bolt straight on. Thankfully they're not difficult to modify - the air cleaner slips over a standard 14" filter element and base, and I'll be drilling the Chevrolet script covers for the pcv/breather in a discreet fashion. Oil filling will necessitate a cover off, but small inconvenience to pay.

Rear main seal is a messy, horrible job with the engine in situ, so I ended up wearing quite a bit of oil and ears full of grime. Still, nice surprise uncovered in the form of four bolt mains. Truck is booked into Nobody's place for some fabrication work later in the year, which will also include a healthy drop but in the meantime it doesn't need jacking up much to slide underneath!

Oh, and the headers aren't staying - got some ramhorn style shorties to replace those in time, and will all be pulled for detailing once back from Wayne's place.



Decent clearance between the subframe and sump, thankfully.



Bought one of these single-piece sump gaskets (plus new oil pump, etc) which with it's 'Snap Ups' will make refitting a breeze..



Period cleaner slipped over modern element / base



Script covers will be drilled on the inside edge or rear for the pcv (baffled grommet shown) and breather (via the bulkhead fitting)



Straightening to guarantee a decent seal, hopefully..



Saturday here we come! Hopefully..
 

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early motors with no filler/pcv holes on valve covers had an oil fill tube in the inlet by the thermostat housing. similarly the rear of the inlet can be drilled for the pcv for neatness.
 

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early motors with no filler/pcv holes on valve covers had an oil fill tube in the inlet by the thermostat housing. similarly the rear of the inlet can be drilled for the pcv for neatness.
Yeah, I did consider sorting the / a inlet for both but am going through the covers for ease and speed!

The lack of an oil fill tube will probably force me to revisit that in the future..!

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That'll teach me to trust someone else's diagnosis, as after replacing the rear main oil seal it still leaks. Oh well - at least I got to replace the oil pump and screen whilst I was in there, and inspect the main bearing which shows they'll need replacing soon. Thanks to Kev for spotting the obvious signs of a leak at the back of the motor near the inlet manifold join. Will investigate further..

Finished off the rocker cover pcv/breather - sorry for the poor quality pics but here's how I did it. Will pull apart for detailing once back from Wayne's place, but starting to look much more like I want it;

Bulkhead fitting at back of driver's cover to draw fresh air from air cleaner (angled to clear throttle linkage);



Passenger cover has baffled PCV grommet then to base of carb - put this in the middle as opposed to the rear to aid baffling and the slight angle helps with the PCV gravity valve;



Getting there with the period look - ramhorn type manifolds to fit along with low-slung alternator bracket, black leads, etc, then detailing.

 

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Hands up if you hate Photobucket.. :wave:

Thought as this thread was now over 10 years old I'd better give an update - found a little more love for working on the old girl (lots of life stuff inbetween), so edging closer to getting back on the road.

Work summarised in pictures, from where I left it to where it is today:

























Like I say, should be back on the road in a year or two.. :lol:
 
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