I brought the bed of the truck home for a couple days to build a floor. Made it out of 1x6 oak planks. Turned out pretty good IMHO
Back at Fullerton Fabrication, Rudy installed the gas tank tail lights and license frame. Planks in the bed are misaligned as they aren't tightened down. Love that original 1935 California plate. Thanks to the DMV for letting car collectors run the originals
Once the bed was installed Jasper rolled it outside for some pics. Man, it always looks good when its down on the ground. Killer rake, what attitude!
These Guide headlights were one of the first vintage parts I bought for this build and I still love them. Going to use these running lights on top as turn signals
Let there be light. Rudy at Fullerton Fabrication testing the wiring to the headlamps
Final assembly has begun. Killer to see the body back on the frame again. Rudy & Jasper at Fullerton Fabrication are pouring it on now to get the truck ready for it's official debut at the Grand National Roadster Show at the end of January.
There's no doubt, the blue pearl and gold paint combo looks great
I'll never get tired of seeing those carbs poking through the cowl. One of the many detailed touches Rudy has made to this build
Headers, generator, plug wires and steering box installed
Since I plan on keeping the truck rubber side down, this'll be your only opportunity to see the detailed underside of the build
To all the frequent visitors, sorry for the lack of updates. The past five or six weeks the cab & bed have been in Riverside getting the full treatment of bodywork & paint. I'm told that's a pretty quick turnaround for a project like this but admittedly, this seemed like an eternity where we've made seemingly little progress on the build. Once I got a chance to see the end result however, I couldn't be more pleased. Good things come to those who wait.
Special thanks for "Merc John" who handled all the bodywork and custom paint. Also to Rudy Rodriguez yet again for persuading me to spend extra time & money on a proper paint job. In the end, this little truck is turning out much nicer than I ever expected it would.
Here's a little photo essay of the various steps the build went through before arriving at the end result.
As a brief refresher, here's what the truck looked like on April 30th. At various points in time we considered running the truck in this original patina. With two cabs being melded into one, a roof panel from a late model Olds and a freshly sandblasted bed I thought it looked too much like a patchwork quilt to leave it this way
After deciding the original patina wouldn't do, I tried cleaning up the doors to see if we had a nice coat of original Washington Blue under all the oxidation. No such luck, buffing the door out only uncovered the original primer under the blue paint
And here's what the door looked like on the rest of the truck. Wasn't a good look in my opinion so it was onto the next step...
Here it is folks - the best $100 paint job you'll ever lay eyes on. Basically what I did here was spray some Rustoleum midnight blue over the original patina. I scuffed it up with some ScotchBrite to give it a weathered feel and even exposed some of the original rust here and there to age it further. The truck sat this way for a couple weeks until Rudy and I had a heart-to-heart at Fullerton Fabrication. After Rudy talked some sense into me we abandoned the Rat Rod look I had achieved in favor of a proper paint job
A proper paint job meant sandblasting my rattle can paint job off. Rudy took the opportunity to do a bit more metal work, gap the doors and finish the rust repair. This image shows some new rocker panels installed and various other small fixes such as filling in all the screw holes around the cowl. From here the truck was transported to Riverside where Merc John worked his magic. The resulting body work was amazing. He even mixed a custom blue pearl color for the final truck
Here you go, the final paint laid down. Seriously great bodywork and that color!
The pearl in the paint shows off different colors in different light. The color ranges from dark blue (almost black) to blue with dark purple highlights in full sun
The truck bed looks nearly factory fresh after the detailed bodywork
An extreme close-up of the roof. Check out the ever so subtle flake in the paint