The project has begun! WD-40 has been freely sprayed, swabbed, and spilled, and the torch and grinder have seen frequent use. Dirt that has been riding around in nooks and crannies for almost 60 years and hundreds of thousands of miles from the Heartland to the West Coast has found its next resting place. As I remove parts and pieces, I think about the hands that held the wrench that turned those nuts and bolts; the hitch that has been a part of the truck since before I can remember or the antenna mounts that held the antenna for a radio that had been installed, died, and been removed before I was born. There have only been four people working on this vehicle since it left the show room. My Dad, my wife, a mechanic friend, and myself. My Dad did all of the work until I was old enough to start helping, except when a friend of ours replaced the timing gear set for us, and now my wife is helping me restore it.
Check back often for the latest progress.
I don't have a powerful enough flash on my camera for the distance I've been using, so I've been trying to brighten the pictures in software. With this last group I tried to get a little closer so they'd be brighter with just the flash. What do you think? Let me know here.
But... This can't last forever! Stay tuned...
Last Updated on January 12, 2005.