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Popped the seat frames and original seats in tonight so I could sit in my truck for the first time on something other than a milk crate!  Don't mind me...I'll be here making "vroom-vroom" noises and g

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 be

Ya'll - I have paint!  Doors are done.  Goal is to have the cab done by the end of this weekend.  I'm one happy girl - I think the truck is, too!  The rest of the truck will be this color with a white

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What I've seen done before is to rinse down from the top with mineral spirits or other petroleum solvent. If it's dirty enough you could even soak in a bucket or cutoff barrel of solvent. Blow dry or allow to air dry.

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OK Skippy I have made a decision you need to hurry up and finish the truck and come over here and restore mine that way I can just fire up a cigar and drive it beautiful job on the dashboard I painted a 62 impala the same color back in 1973 keep up the good work... bob

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Hello friends!

If you celebrated Christmas last week, I hope you had a good one!  I took a few days off from the Mack project to enjoy some much needed downtime and the holiday.  It was a "Mack Christmas" as my husband and I agreed we'd only do things for each other that helped our truck projects move forward.  I got so many "treats" including all of the wiring, switches, and lights I need; a new muffler; vintage air and electric horns; and the last indicator lights I needed.  Tonight I pulled the air tanks, cleaned, prepped, and painted them; finished painting the rear end and rear frame; installed the freshly painted battery box; and painted the newly installed rear light panel.  Lots of progress being made this week!  Tomorrow night we'll install the new exhaust and may start on the interior floor.

Most recent pictures load first: https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/

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7 hours ago, Hayseed said:

Merry Xmas Skippy (& Mr Skippy) What do you Plan on Towing with SkippyMack ?

 

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At one point she had a dump body.  We're building a custom bed for her.  No fifth wheel.  The plate on the back has some really gory welds that will be grounded down and repaired, as you can see it's not worthy of towing anything right now!  She'll get a receiver hitch when that area is repaired and reinforced.  I think I'll cap that back with diamond plate.  Stay tuned!

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Wow truck parts for Christmas Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarite I got mostly candy and cookies but wife did buy be a brand new air compressor.... happy New Years to you and yours skippy  keep up the good work... and thanks for keeping us posted... bob

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15 hours ago, terry said:

Says you have to log on to see, your other pics you don't have to.    terry:MackLogo:

I got the same thing... bob

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We're beginning to bring body panels home to the shop.  Wondering if anyone has a diagram or clear explanation about how the fenders/hood attach to the chassis.  

Cheers!

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Truck really look like it coming together.It looks great,keep the pictures coming.Both you and your husband should be quite proud of all your hard work.It really show in the quality of the work.When I get back on my b87 I’m going to do the same as you are doing taking plenty of pictures and posting them here.

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Yes, assembling the front of these trucks are a jigsaw puzzle of sorts.  The few times I have had mine apart, it took a bit to remember the sequence to get it back together.

From bad memory, I think the fender is the last piece on.  Inner headlight panels and inner fenders, then outer headlight panels, then fenders?  If you get it wrong, you won't be able to bolt things together because certain bolts will become hidden.

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Hope everyone is doing well.  It's been a couple of weeks and I'm still making good progress!  The cab floor is the part of this project that my husband has been dreading.  If this was going to be a pristine, "back to showroom" restoration we would have started over - we agreed to a route that repaired the rotted areas around the doors, and reinforced the floor for stability and safe installation of the seats, etc... After several really annoying nights of cutting, grinding, fabricating, and welding, my "Frankenfloor" is done, strong, and functional.  I scuffed and painted it and the firewall this morning.  I'm pretty confident I can reuse the floor liners (one was like oil cloth and the other rubber) that were it when I bought it - and add some floor mats and be good to go!  Tomorrow I'll paint the rest of the cab interior.

I have also removed the cushions from the seat frames, cleaned up the frames and painted them.  Reupholstery looks like it's going to be a straight-forward project to complete by the end of the month.  Other little details like painting the shifting levers, and exhaust brackets is also done.  This old girl is going to start "turning a corner" really soon.

Cheers!

Most recent pictures load first: https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/

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Very good patchwork on the floor, will look real good with some paint on them. your doing some real nice work there.  👍  terry:MackLogo:

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