Matt and I were excited to get started tearing down our new project.  We need to figure out what parts can be refurbished, what needs to be bought and what modifications we are definitely going to make.  Right now since we have a 383, TH400 and 12 bolt, a blower sounds good.  But, that whole life getting in the way thing…

We’re going to be working in Matt’s garage since he doesn’t have an HOA to complain, but right after we purchased the truck Matt’s long time hunt for a new home came to an end when his wife found the perfect place.  Good for them … but slows down project progress while they move.  The good news is the new place has no HOA too, so let’s make a mess in the new garage!!

Getting the bed off was just a bunch of grinding bolts every one of them was rusted and melded together into one lump of yuck.

 

We began disassembly of the interior and we found way more rust than we expected.  Cab corners are shot, rockers are shot, half the floor doesn’t exist, all the floor supports are disintegrated.  Whoever owned the vehicle before actually silicon glued new rockers over the rotted existing ones.  That was good for fooling us and capturing moisture.  We’re seriously considering finding a cab in a junkyard…

We felt a lot better after blasting the rust bucket with a power washer, and it’s always fun to hang an engine in the air.

Matt and I only get to work a few hours on Sundays so the strip down took a few weeks, but things are moving along…