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Selecting a Truck!!
The truck of my dreams is a F100 1956. I also had a 1976 International
Scout II, which has been a great Jeep. I figured if I could
have both I would be a happy camper. So that's what I did.
I read a few articles about truck selection online and I decided to add
this note before I get started. I'm assuming your going to do your best
to complete your project.... because according to most articles....
people don’t finish a project where the truck is not almost done and in
Most men get more out of there classics if they can drive them while
there working on the body or whatever. I didn't do that.... I slammed my
truck out in 5 weeks I was laid off at the time and worked the project
just like a job. I was in the garage at 7:00 am and took coffee
brakes etc....but I worked the truck right-out to the finish.
Got it done....now I'm here working on this web site. My advice
work it like a job and finish it. I made sure I didn't turn into a jerk
when I had to quite working and help my wife or kids with something. I
always give them priority over my projects. When my family sees me
working hard on something they always try to....let me get it done.
I consider it a honor to help my kids because time goes so quick...one
day they'll be up and gone so hang out with them while you
can.....besides your projects will be the talk of town with them telling
there friends about it.
assuming you will be completely tearing down your classic there’s no need
to spend money on a truck that's already redone. Find a truck that is
in fair condition and has most of the windows and hardware. Such as
door handles, dash components, emblems etc.
I do have a edge since I have already rebuilt my truck once...I know how
it goes together.......you might have to get a complete truck and take
it apart just to get familiar with it. It's really not that completed
once you get into it.
Watch out for trucks that have been painted with a brush for storage
reasons. This method covers up a lot of bad bodywork and dents. Also
the chassis is not so important since you’ll be junking it or trying to
resell it. Or save it and rebuild another one that's my plan.
If you are going for the stock rebuild I will have information on
redoing that as well. I run mine in stock condition for a
year or so. There's really not that much to a stock rebuild.
The better shape the body is in the less work you’ll have to do. I
would also recommend getting a parts catalog for the truck you are
looking for ahead of time to see what parts cost. You’d be surprised at
what some things cost.
I paid $1800.00 for my 1956 F100 truck and rebuilt it as stock and drove
it for a year or so and then went for the change over. Getting it on the
road really did not cost too much. I did all the work my
self. Including the paint job which was my first. All in all it turned
So look for a low cost truck that will not need to muck work. This
takes time to find the right deal. It took me two years to find my
truck. It was mainly because I wanted an 8' bed........which were on
the F250 models.
The truck actually looked ok when I got it....it sat in a barn for
twelve years waiting to be redone. : The owner finally gave up and sold
Here's some things look for.
The roof drip edge around the top of the cab
Windows and hardware, door handles, emblems etc.
bondo or caved in roof or hood
Special editions models (Big Back Windows F100's-Custom Cab)
Extra parts-get everything you can from the owner
Original Title if possible
Look for badly rusted out spots
Remember that running boards on some trucks are $300.00 a set.
And fenders go as high as $500.00 for Steel. So don't be afraid to
try and deal about any extra parts no matter what kind of shape there
This is what the truck looked like once I took it apart and started
sanding on it..
Here's a picture of the truck while in the
The inside was original black. I ended up
painting it white.