Introduction To Rusto-Mod

Discussion in '1947-1954' started by Chip, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. Chip

    Chip Member

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    I thought I'd introduce myself.... and the project truck.
    I was given the chance to get a 1952 project. Had a plethora of odd parts and a unique kit. It had a C4 Corvette kit to transplant the full front and rear suspension to the stock 47-53 frame. The cab was a rust bucket so a '51 cab with title was found in Montana (home state). It is a 6400 cab, but when going thru most titling/licensing, they look at the custom 'hotrod' outcome so I'm not concerned about that factor. Welding and patching of the rusty cab has been the most PITA. Already have a rare show truck that am affraid of driving in normal traffic so wanted a driver that I won't worry about getting rock chips...or getting rained on. This has been named the 'Mobil rusto-mod'. My grandfather had a Mobil station with a '52 Chevy fuel delivery truck. It is going to look like it has been sitting for 40 years. This is a tribute....with few modern day touches. With the usual rusty body patches, I've figured out how to mod the factory drivers side lock and have an outside key lock that works like the passenger side.
    Still learning every day. E3B454CE-0779-4F6E-9FAD-1B689B93F38F.jpeg 15700835-6654-4822-9DEE-5A6D4F63D7BA.jpeg 9C535070-1697-42A1-9195-0E3175D3EEEA.jpeg DDE251D8-B591-4E02-A769-0083EB2D09BD.jpeg When finished it will look like an old rusty abandoned truck that still has some life in it, but will handle like no other.
     
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  2. Lakeroadster

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    Nice... should handle like it's on rails.

    Welcome to the forum .
     
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  3. Chip

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    Worked on the fuel tank relocation.
    Forgot to get hardened tubing for the bolts so won't get done this weekend.
    Can't wait to mock up the filler tube outside the bed behind the fender.
    more to come.;) 7A0E48DB-E0A1-43FC-9A89-E74BD88CA86D.jpeg
     
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    Wow, this is quite the project .

    Thanx for saving one more rusty old junker from being crushed .

    I hope you encapsulate the rust else it will cause the metal to become paper thin and the entire thing junk .
     
  5. Chip

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    Oh yeah. I'm cutting out and replacing the worst of the rust and Por-15 encapsulating the rest. Painting stock colors....including interior. Won't have a/c but have sprayed 'Lizard Skin' to help with heat and sound.
    I like working with minimal to make look like 'one of a kind' but stock looking. I have a 1991 GMC S-15 extended cab that has Syclone cladding. I built the cladding so it looks completely factory stock. They never made a factory extended cab except for 1 GT that no one knows where it is at as of now. It makes it look like a one of a kind extended cab. The only one I know of to date.
    My goal is to have it look like it has set outside for 45 years but it will put you in your place out on the road. Patina paint 350 4l60 C-4 suspension. My grandfather had a Mobil station up til the 70's and had a '52 with a 300 gallon tank for fuel deliveries on the back. A tribute to him.... including red 'commercial' color and with period correct 'Pegasus' logos on the doors.
    With long hours at work, this might not be back on the road til spring... but will be more than worth it.
     
  6. Chip

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    Finished the tank brackets a couple of weeks ago, and back from vacation last night.
    Got the filler neck thru the bed today and like the results.
    Next is making the protective shield on the bed side. F763F40C-B8CF-44D1-A11C-14999824EB5E.jpeg F763F40C-B8CF-44D1-A11C-14999824EB5E.jpeg 158E4A5B-8247-4F43-A5C3-70E1464279AA.jpeg 0679FFFC-CFE9-484F-82C4-76A609068F2F.jpeg
     
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    Progress ! .
     
  8. Waveski

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    That rear end and suspension is extremely cool!
    What is the new wheelbase?
     
  9. Chip

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    A little over 116". Suppose to be close to stock.
     

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