THE OLD FORD PICKUP is coming apart fast now. I gutted the cab this week, getting it ready to pull off the chassis so I can weld in a new floor and shoot a fresh coat of acrylic enamel inside and out.You can see a big hunk of the right-side floor pan missing.
Big safety improvement that Ford introduced in 1948: Gas tank behind the seat instead of under it. That way you get blown out through the windshield instead of up through the roof. Heeey, I can see my hooouse from heeere!
I want to be able to run the motor this winter when the truck is stripped down to the chassis, so I bundled up the cab wires and hooked up the instrument cluster and water temp gauges. Separate gauge for each engine head.
Today I pulled the rear fenders off the box and ground the heads off the eight bolts that hold the box to the chassis. Ground out quite a few rusty bolts today. I was waiting for my beard to catch fire, kept smelling bits of hot metal in it. Should have worn a mask. My lungs feel like crud.
Tailgate, hinges, plates and brake light. Just one brake light in ’49. And one windshield wiper. Passenger doesn’t need to see in the rain. And no seat belts. Drive accordingly.
Tony DePaul, Cranston, Rhode Island, November 5, 2011