I don’t know what else to call it, but I just haven’t felt like posting on the website for quite a while. I’m still driving the ’40s darn near every day, but I haven’t been logging the time other than when I stop and fill up the gas tank.
Today, however, I figured I needed to post the latest bit of excitement that has been consuming my hot rod brain.
Back in November, I had contacted a guy to look at a ’40 panel truck that was within a reasonable purchase budget. The thought was that if I could buy it right, I could use up a bunch of “driver quality” parts that I have collected and make a fun beater to drive.
The plan is to use the ’40 Ford Flathead motor that came out of the stake truck, back it with a wide ratio Saginaw 4 speed, and feed that into a 3.0 geared 8″ Granada rear end that I bought a few years ago. Anything else is to be bought on a budget, so whatever scrounging I could do to score inexpensive parts to get it on the road, I was on it!
My buddy, Mike Meeker, has been a HUGE help for me on this one, providing shop and storage space, and helping me with work that would take me a heck of a lot longer to get done if left up to just me.
Next items on the “work list” involve a trip to St Louis to pick up the transmission and some other assorted parts. Hopefully I can get the engine and transmission together and we can set them in to see how the extra weight will have the panel truck sitting and then decide whether to swap the stock axle with a dropped one or run with what I have under it already.
Now you are caught up!