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    33 Chevy

    It ain't a 4x4, and I don't care

    I picked this up last year, put on some new tires, exhaust, and tinkered a bit. Put about 4,000 miles on it last fall while deciding what I wanted to do with it, longest trip being 600 miles round trip.

    First up, get rid of the automatic transmission. I have a TKO 500 ready to go in. Also some aluminum heads, camshaft, and a few other things for the motor. Motor is a run of the mill 350 crate.

    The bigger issue I was having, was that it rattled and squeaked so bad when driving. The interior structure was all wood, with the sheet metal panels screwed, nailed and bolted to it (I'm guessing that's how it was from the factory, I'm not very familiar with these old trucks). With nails and screws popping out everywhere. I've started pulling out all the wood, and re-making the structure out of steel. It'll take me a while, it'll be a slow burn. But I was looking for a project. It won't be a "cage" per say, but it should be stronger than the old wood structure, and squeak less 😆

    I do have a hood for it.

    I'm gonna build it to be a daily driver. Nothing to crazy. Basically I want a comfortable driver, that's fun to drive around in.

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    Last edited by dnsfailure; 05-19-2020, 11:27 AM.
    - Buck

    #2
    Nice truck. I did not know they are wood framed? under the sheet metal.

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      #3
      I'm told that they had an all wood structure for the interior body. But it looks like someone has already made the A pillars and doors out of metal. Or maybe that's how it was, I don't know really. Folks on the HAMB suspected the A pillars should have been wood, but they aren't.
      - Buck

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        #4
        At first "ehh, dude's got a cool hotrod. Yawn."

        But then "...and I'm going to gut it and rebuild the entire structure."

        😎

        Don't forget the free pic hosting!

        We had part of a Slinky. But I straightened it.

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          #5
          Heads and cam are in, I'm waiting on pushrods and an oilpan gasket.

          Here's the current state of the interior. And got a start on the driver side B pillar. It has a slight curve to it towards the bottom, so I rolled some 1x2" tubing, cut it up and have it tacked in place, it fits the door pretty good.

          I also opened up the rear window, whoever chopped the top before me made the rear window like 4" tall. So I'm opening up the window to be almost as tall as it was before. You can see how short the rear window was in the first post.



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          Last edited by dnsfailure; 05-19-2020, 02:44 PM.
          - Buck

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            #6
            Here's the hood, which I've already cut out to fit the exhaust. I'll add a lip to it at the bottom later.

            Fortunately I didn't have to cut any of the louvers, that would have been fun welding back together... hah


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            Last edited by dnsfailure; 05-19-2020, 03:00 PM.
            - Buck

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              #7
              Awesome project! keep posting photos

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                #8
                Here's what I did with the window. I'm not really much of a sheetmetal guy, so fortunately there's no curves here!

                I found a usable non-chopped window piece, and cut out the sections that I needed to enlarge mine.

                I cut the window trim in half, moved it down about 4-5 inches, then took some good parts of the non-chopped window and filled in the sides of the trim. My window trim was in better condition than the one I found, so I used as much of mine as I could. Basically un-chopped just the window. I did this back at the end of 2019 or so, right now it tacked up, haven't fully welded it yet.




                Last edited by dnsfailure; 05-19-2020, 06:10 PM.
                - Buck

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                  #9
                  looks like fun.

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                    #10
                    You’re still not going to be able to see shit out of the rear window It will look a lot better with the bigger rear glass though.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Broncokyle88 View Post
                      You’re still not going to be able to see shit out of the rear window It will look a lot better with the bigger rear glass though.
                      anything will help.
                      - Buck

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                        #12
                        That’ll be a sweet dd!
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                          #13
                          Nice. Seems like a guy on the 4BT swaps had one of these. Probably not as fast, but gets good mileage. He had to rebuild a bunch of the wood too. You may want to look his thread up.

                          Anyways, I'm sub'd
                          Check out my project
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by WaterH View Post
                            Nice. Seems like a guy on the 4BT swaps had one of these. Probably not as fast, but gets good mileage. He had to rebuild a bunch of the wood too. You may want to look his thread up.

                            Anyways, I'm sub'd
                            Thanks!
                            Yes I'd love to!

                            Thanks for the tip, if nothing else it would be good to see what the interior of his looked like before tearing it apart. Hardly anyone does stuff on the Chevy's, it's all Ford on most hotrod sites. I know my truck has been worked on before me (it was chopped about 15-20 years ago), but I have no idea what it looked like stock on the inside.

                            (edit) I'm not finding any 31, 32 or 33 chevy trucks on there, I see a Ford or two, I'll look some more though :-)
                            Last edited by dnsfailure; 05-21-2020, 05:15 PM.
                            - Buck

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                              #15
                              Cool truck.

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