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  1. Newest pictures first! https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/
  2. Ha! Well, I don't know any other way. 😆 I hope no one will be embarrassed, but perhaps inspired!
  3. Ha! Well, I don't know any other way. 😆 I hope no one will be embarrassed, but perhaps inspired!
  4. Hey friends, Thank you for indulging me here! I think I came across an interior paint solution. I am going to wait to reveal after I test it next week. So...stay tuned! My question today is about the headliner. My truck doesn't have one! Nothing - just the exposed roof. I hunted around this forum and Watts and discovered that headliner kits are available, but they are beyond what I'm willing to spend (more than I bought the entire truck for with shipping factored in). I'm wondering about creative solutions. As always, I welcome your experience and insight! Pictures com
  5. Both interior door panels have original green paint on them (everything else has been painted over). Good suggestion, Paul. Thanks!
  6. Got the fuel tank prepped and first coat of paint on last night! We stripped out wiring, took out gauges that need to be replaced, and continued the work to simplify the systems. We finally have all brakes lines that will no longer be used (since we're not hauling with her) removed and/or capped off. Piles of old wiring have been eliminated so we can build back as needed with the essentials. Installing the shut off switch on the battery so we don't have to keep disconnecting it, though the electrical fire hazards should have been largely eliminated last night. Thinking about painting the
  7. The spare transmission that came with my truck had a shifter. It is still being stored by the previous owner. We retrieved it last night. It was slightly longer and didn't work, but we were able to copy the end which was in excellent condition in order to reshape my original lever. She shifts! We also built a battery box and salvaged the original fuel tank! The top of the tank was pitted and had some small holes, so (after purging) we cut a hole in the top, removing the worse of the holes. I was able to really clean out the interior, which turned out to be in surprisingly good shape. I
  8. Check out the video. We got her running last night: https://youtu.be/O5UkI3qt17A
  9. Last week was a wash for the Mack. We spent most of our free time winterizing summer vehicles, and doing maintenance on our daily drivers! But last night we had a big breakthrough! The crew came together and we installed our manifold and got the carburetor back on, etc.. AND???? The old girl started right up! She ran beautifully under her own power. We were able to spend time getting her into gear. Discovered some binding and couldn't get into 1st, 2nd, or reverse. Ultimately, found that the end of shift lever that meets the shifting forks was all worn and had been previously repaired (
  10. The exhaust manifold is ready to go! The fit-up was spot on. Love our team of innovative problem solvers! We'll get it installed and fire up the truck next...later this weekend perhaps. I've got the pictures sorted from newest to oldest now to make it easier to see recent progress. https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/
  11. Thank you! I think we'll know more later this week, maybe as soon as Wednesday night, in terms of issues with either. I will let you know!
  12. I spent four hours today scraping grease and cleaning the rear end. She's really getting there. Hope to be painting the frame and rear this week. And...we fit up the exhaust manifold today! Installation and hopefully running her up on Wednesday. Progress!! https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/
  13. Thanks for all the insight. My husband, Dan, is an experienced welder/fabricator with lots of time logged on fuel tanks, specifically. Love seeing all the suggestions! My new exhaust manifold is being machined as we speak...check it out!
  14. Got the tank emptied so we can start repairs - and a wire brush with Purple Power is working on the rear end!
  15. Thanks, Mike. We anticipated that probably most manifolds of this vintage are similarly damaged. We are making our own. Fingers crossed that the plan works!
  16. Thanks for letting me know, Mike. Do you have engine parts available for sale?
  17. Frame is almost ready for paint - thanks to lots of elbow grease AND a needle scaler, carbine scraper, die grinder, and ScotchBrite. I've also scraped as much of the old grease and dirt that I can from the rear end. One inside frame rail had lots of gunk, too. Hoping that Purple Power, a stiff brush and hot water will get the rest off.
  18. Did a scrap metal run...and the original fuel tank stayed home! We're going to repair it. 😃 -Happy Girl
  19. Call us crazy, but I think we're going to proceed with a homemade header! Stay tuned. Good news is: my husband was able to successfully repair the intake, so we're only dealing with the exhaust. We're getting creative, as this is not a restoration to "original". I'm going to do a custom wood bed, so have been able to remove brake systems that won't be necessary. Removed the driver's side fuel tank this week, it can't be saved, realistically. The passenger tank was missing when I got it. I think we'll do a custom step and/or tool box on that side. Still debating about the driver's side a
  20. I did send a message to Mike Harbison tonight. My husband also is working out a plan to fabricate a solution, if need be.
  21. Friends, I need an exhaust manifold for the old girl. All of the flanges are broken. Not repairable. Can you direct me to a source? My husband is a skilled fabricator, and we're brainstorming alternatives, but the real deal would be a lifesaver.
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