My 1950 Chevy Truck

1950 Chevy Truck Bed Wood Rails

Written By: Truck Owner - May• 07•12

I’ve been looking to build some truck bed wood rails for quite some time. I just couldn’t find the right look.

I was inspired by this 1950 red truck I recently wrote about.

So here’s my truck bed wood rail project.  I purchased Red Oak remnant planks (6 1/2 at one end and 8 inches at the other end) for about $15 each.  I needed 3 8-foot planks.  I had Ganahl lumber rip them at 4 1/2 and (more…)

Cheap and Easy Update Bumper Guards and Trim Rings

Written By: Truck Owner - Apr• 19•12

Here’s a cheap and easy upgrade you can do to your truck that will add lots of visual value. I added chrome trim rings and bumper guards.  Check out the before and after pictures

Before: Trim Rings and Bumper Guards      After:

     

Trim rings are outer rim inserts the dress up the look the the stock rim.  I bought all my parts at the Truck Shop in Orange, CA.  Four trim rings cost me $76.  Installing them was a snap…literally.  No special tools, just (more…)

Best Looking Chevy AD Truck – 1952

Written By: Truck Owner - Apr• 13•12

This isn’t my Chevy truck, but I came across this one and had to share it. Found it on Craigslist.  The guy was asking $30K.


1952 Chevy Truck 3100 (more…)

Dashboard Hula Girl

Written By: Truck Owner - Apr• 06•12

He’s the latest edition to my 1950 Chevy Truck – Dashboard Hula Girl. I know it’s not the most mechanically update to the truck, but it did seem fitting.

Next on my list: Gas tank sending unit and gauge. Any advice would be appreciated.

 

New Generator For My 1950 Chevy Truck

Written By: Truck Owner - Mar• 01•12

Just the other day driving my 1950 Chevy truck around…screeching noise from under the hood.

1950 chevy truck generator

First in diagnosing the problem was to figure out whether it was the front or rear generator bearing. Using the screwdriver to the ear trick (careful of the fan blades), I determined it was the rear bearing.

Resolution. First I tried dumping oil down the filler caps by each bearing. No luck. I let it sit for a day, no luck. So I decide to remove it and tear it a part.  What’s the worst that could happen?  replace it?  I figured the time, effort, and cost were not worth trying to rebuild it.

My first question in replacing it was: 6 volt or 12 volt. The truck had been converted to 12v by a prior owner, but the generator looked original.  Bad news and good news. Bad news, 6v generators are expensive. Good news, mine was a 12v.  No way to tell just looking at the generator, the guys at Topp Auto Parts in Anaheim CA help me deduce that it was 12v. They were right (great part store by the way, owner knows his stuff and the parts guys are good. Great prices too.).

Using the same bracket, I popped the the rebuilt generator (about $80 with core) in and adjusted the belt.  Nothing to it.

Thanks Topps Auto Parts.

New Truck Bed – Red Oak

Written By: Truck Owner - Dec• 21•11

I decided to replace the plywood truck bed with some oak slates.  So the first step was to remove the old wood.  How hard could the removal be?  Remove the bolts and slide the plywood out. Right?  NO!

Destruction.  After an hour of trying to wedge the plywood out, I decided to break out the skill saw.  Why not, I wasn’t going to reuse this wood.

After some not so gentle persuasion, the wood was out.  As you can see below, there was a bit of surface rust.  Now at this point, I could have just put the new wood in an no one would ever know…that’s not me.

I decided to take the next few week (working on this in my spare time) and repair the (more…)

Tire Swap – Passenger vs Truck Tires

Written By: Truck Owner - Dec• 10•11

In my continuation of the restoration of my 1950 Chevy truck.

So, when I bought my Chevy truck, it had 15 inch rims with passenger tires The front tires were p235 60R. The rear were wide rims with p235 50R. The ride was okay, but the steering was terrible.  Turning the steering wheel was difficult even when the truck was in motion.  My first thought was to put on whitewalls, but found out quickly the cost was prohibitive.

1950 chevy truck 3100

So onto www.craigslist.com I went.  Tires galore.  But what to get?  What do I do about the back rims?

1950 chevy truck 3100 original rims

I jump on The HAMB discussion boards to ask (more…)

Cab Floor Surface Rust and Sound Proofing

Written By: Truck Owner - Nov• 22•11

The first thing I noticed after purchasing the truck was the noise level. It was loud, but not over bearing. After pulling up the original rubber mat (shredded in pieces), I noticed a lot of surface rust on certain areas of the cab floor. So I had to address the surface rust first.

After a bit of research and help from the H.A.M.B forums, I was introduced to a product called POR-15. Por-15 is a rust encapsulation paint. The idea is the paint is non-penetratable and seals the rust so no oxygen can get to it to cause further oxidation. There are all kinds of warnings about wearing gloves since it is permanent and never painting straight from the can to protect from contaminating it, best yet, don’t sweat into the can it will ruin it. The surface must be completely dry and grease free for best results.

So I started by removing the heavy rust with a wire wheel. It didn’t do a lot except create a bunch of dust. After a thorough cleaning and overnight drying I was ready to paint on the POR-15. Wearing gloves and poring the paint into a separate can in small doses, and using a cheap brush, I started in. Like their product material reads, “a little goes a long way”. I did two full coat with less than a 1/4 of a quart (the quart cost me $28). You can see in the picture the extremely hard finish it left. IT WORKED GREAT. The bad news is…don’t get it on you and always wear gloves. It two weeks for it to come off my skin where I accidentally painted myself.

Now that the surface rust is taken care of, it’s time to tackle the noise level. First, I had to replace the muffle and exhaust pipe. The muffler looked original and the pipe ended at the end of the muffle mid-way under the truck bed. The guys at A-1 Muffler in Santa Ana, CA did a great job and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. They replace the entire system from the exhaust manifold, to the exhaust pipe extending beyond the rear tire. They convinced me to stay stock and not get fancy with glasspacks or turbo muffler. I’m glad I listened to them. This helped reduce the noise quite a bit.

Now on to some real sound proofing. I decided to sound proof the floor og the cab. I went to the Truck Shop in Orange and purchased the double-sided sound dreading material (double-sided foil in picture about $25). I cut it to the right size and just laid it down. No adhesives. Next I needed some type of floor covering since the rubber mat was gone. A carpet kit was expensive and more money than I wanted to spend. While walking through Home Depot, I came across an area rug/carpet 8X5 (cab floor is just under 5 feet across) for only $15. It had a tight loop and was black.  Before is put the carpet in, I gave the lower interior a flat black rattle can once over including the interior firewall. Again, using the shredded rubber mat as a template, I cut the carpet and just laid it in. Did some adjustments and it fit perfect.

Now of the real test drive…amazingly quiet. For less than $75, I took care of the rust, sound proofed the cab, and put in a custom carpet kit. Does it look perfect? No, does it look good? Yes, but only I will know the imperfections. If it was perfect, the truck would have no character.

First Things First – Fix the Bench Seat

Written By: Truck Owner - Nov• 20•11

The bench seat in my 1950 Chevy truck was covered with and an old woven blanket.  A good look, but the seat was a mess.  It was time to rebuild and reupholster.

You can tell by these pictures the bench(right side with more fabric) and the seat back (left side) are in pretty bad shape.

    

I went down to the Truck Stop in Orange (CA) and picked up (more…)

My New 1950 Chevy Truck

Written By: Truck Owner - Nov• 20•11

I’d been looking around for a year or two for an old Chevy truck. I wanted something that was a drivable project but didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  After searching through Craigslist listing after listing, I came across this truck.  The price was right.  I was the first to call the seller and arrange test drive.  I took along a friend who was suppose to act like it was a bad deal (bad cop).  We test drove it and just about everything worked (except windshield wipers and gas gauge).  It drove like a 61 year old farm truck.  My friend couldn’t control his enthusiasm, the truck was a great buy.  A few days later we exchanged money and title, and I trailered the truck to my house.