When Mark said he’d be grilling this Sunday, silly me to think he was talking about a couple of juicy steaks on the barby, corn on the cob, maybe a dozen grilled jumbo shrimp. I blindly set out to make an awesome side salad to go with the grilled goods, but alas, I’m still standing here kinda hungry.
I should have known, Mark still has not recovered from a severe case of “truck rebuild on the brain.” I’m not dissin’ him. When it comes to this 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck Rebuild (1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project ), it may have started out as an “us” project, but it is most certainly a Mark project. Too many aspects of this project have required Mark’s wide and deep knowledge and life experience to make it all just right. I’ve been watching in amazement on the sidelines, oohing and aahing at his fine engineering and immense patience in working out the zillions of unexpected kinks in this once-in-a-lifetime project. (Mark SWEARS he will NOT be doing a project like this EVER again!)
Last you saw, she looked something like this . . .
NOW, she’s looking more like this . . .
With this rebuilt, re-engineered engine tucked neatly (if not SNUGly!) in the engine compartment . . .
One of the final pieces to the puzzle is the grill that Mark realigned and wet sanded today . . .
After sanding it, Master Mark gave the grill a spectacular paint job . . .
Soon (tomorrow?), the grill will finally find its way back home on the old 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck she started her journey on, only now she’ll look prettier than she used to. (Thanks, Mark! You know my heart was stuck on chrome, but now that I see her paired up with the rest of the truck, I think it’s a match made in heaven.)
Next, Mark will paint the underside of the hood, so we can reattach that as well. (Yeah, this is the rare occasion where I can say ‘we’ . . . I’ve redeemed myself on occasion by at least being of help lifting the bed off the chassis, or lifting the hood or fenders when needed. <“Right, honey?”>)
I’m so excited. My re-imagined, rebuilt antique pickup truck is nearly ready to roll!
As always, stay tuned for updates!
Happy Restoring, Re-using, and Re-purposing to all you builders and restorers out there!
Related Articles in this 1950 Chevy Restore/Rebuild series:
1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project
1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_2: Prepping Chassis and Engine
1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_3: Hard Body Meets Firm Foundation
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