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Yes, you can still get them. They are unbelievably expensive, now. I've seen them for around $2400!!! For that, I would buy the supplies and make my own or buy a modern one for a hot rod and make it work. I bought this one back in 2006, when I thought I was going to start the restoration. They were much less expensive, then.

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OK, so the find story. Back then I was a Trooper assigned to the Aviation Unit, I've retired since. We had three Cessna 182's we did various things with, including marijuana eradication. Our Narcotics

Radiator Monday. It's complete, just need to modify a bracket for the shutters. I'll tighten everything again before it goes in. I'll leak check it when the weather warms too.

DONE, DONE, DONE!!!! Final patches on the lower windshield pillars installed and cleaned up the gutters. Test fit the doors and all is well with no rubbing. Obviously, I need to tweak a lot of li

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3 minutes ago, Mark T said:

You have to love the seeing the fan's reflection in that right side door.  Truck's coming out fantastic, nice work.

The paint really came out great. I try to keep the cab covered when I’m not actually working on it, to keep the dust off. But, I can’t help looking at it. I try to be so careful working on it so I don’t mess it up. No rings or watches and try to pad everything, two hands on the tools so I don’t slip....

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It really is! After all the work the last two winters and painting it in October, so rewarding to be at this point. I’ve had a few friends stop over, that saw it sitting when I took it apart to store it, and can’t believe how it looks now.

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yes you have certainly earned it,,,as well as very good inspiration for the rest of us....your making me anxious to start on mine....should be sometime spring.....thanks for sharing all your steps....bob

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1 hour ago, mattb73lt said:

It really is! After all the work the last two winters and painting it in October, so rewarding to be at this point. I’ve had a few friends stop over, that saw it sitting when I took it apart to store it, and can’t believe how it looks now.

(lol)  Can't believe how it looks ?   I'm not surprised how it looks. I think back to when someone questioned if parts of it were stored in the house. Your response was " the wife might get upset "  (or something to that effect)  so at some point you must have thought about bringing it in ? ??  (lol)  No surprise at all it's coming out nice

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6 hours ago, Mark T said:

(lol)  Can't believe how it looks ?   I'm not surprised how it looks. I think back to when someone questioned if parts of it were stored in the house. Your response was " the wife might get upset "  (or something to that effect)  so at some point you must have thought about bringing it in ? ??  (lol)  No surprise at all it's coming out nice

Well, yeah, considering how rough it was to start. Certainly things migrate from time to time into the house, especially when I don’t feel like heating up the barn. My wife is a saint with what she puts up with, at times. My skills have certainly improved over the years and I haven’t been this deep into a restoration in about thirty years. Everyone’s comments and insights are so appreciated as this progresses. I just keep thinking, it’s FINALLY getting done!!

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Bench work today. Starting to wire up the dash. I’m glad the whole thing comes out of the truck. A lot easier to get it all done, then install it as a unit. It would a lot harder to try and do it with it in. Still lots of sub-projects waiting to be finished as parts are still out for work and shipment. But, moving along and getting it done.

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A little bit at a time, thats the way I tackle things, why I'm waiting for something to be done or arrive and pretty soon with out knowing it I have achieved quite a lot while waiting for some other item 

Great stuff, I'm really enjoying this build

 

Paul

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Nice neat ... you will have an entire brand new truck when your done.. thanks for sharing Oh also went from vacuum to electric took motor from  a 55 Chevy put it in   49 Ford  years ago I do remember I had to modify something but the motor was pretty much identical... bob

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