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1949 Chevy Shortbed Truck Photo Gallery
This 1949 Chevy short bed two wheel drive half ton truck is from Wyoming U.S.A.

It is at our Spa for a total ground up/frame off rotisserie restoration.

This truck has been in the same family its whole life, our clients Grandfather purchased it brand new in 1949!

It arrived to our shop in the middle of a snow storm and landed safe and sound.

We began by dis assembling the front end of the truck. The headlights, marker/signal lights, hood, front inner and outer fenders, upper & lower front filler panels, bumper and bumper brackets, grille, radiator, radiator support were all removed. Once the complete front clip was removed, our attention moved to the bed of the truck.

The "spare" truck bed was removed from the frame and taken apart. The extra loose panels were sorted and set aside (damaged fenders, tailgate and running boards).

Next was the interior. The bench seat, fuel tank, and all dash components were carefully removed, tagged and placed into parts bins. All of the glass was removed and all of the original cracked rubber was discarded.

The engine and 4 speed manual transmission was removed from the chassis as one unit. The motor appears to be the original 216 "straight 6" the truck was built with. (We will probably be replacing this motor with an upgraded Chevrolet 235 "Stovebolt" engine). (Stay tuned for updated information on the motor).

We removed all of the components from the firewall and disconnected the parking brake cables, fuel and brake lines. The cab mount bolts were removed and the truck cab was lifted off the chassis and placed on one of our cab dollies.

The frame was scraped and degreased and was prepared for media blasting. The front and rear brake components were removed, along with the worn out old king pins.

We modified one of our chassis rotisseries to accept the '49's truck frame. With all the road grime and many years of grease and oil residue removed, we media blasted the complete frame from top to bottom. This step went smoothly and does such a nice job when it is done on a rotisserie!

The complete frame was wiped and washed down with a special degreaser and metal prep solutions.

The complete frame was treated to 3 coats of a special black two part epoxy. The frame now looks better than it did when it was new in 1949!

We removed both doors from the cab and completely dis assembled the glass and all components from them.

The truck was in a fairly heavy front end collision at some point of its life. There is evidence of heavy damage to the driver side front fender, front cowl and driver door sections. The driver door does not fit the door opening and the front cowl section of the cab is pushed back.

We drilled out all of the original factory spot welds to the driver side front lower cowl panel and removed it. Removing the rusted out panel exposed the damage to the door post section, door hinges, firewall and driver door.

The front cowl and firewall areas will be repaired before the door and hinges are replaced with new ones. We received a new lower driver cowl repair panel and new driver door shell from our supplier.

Now that the new upper and lower hinges have arrived, fitting of the replacement door was next.

It took a lot of adjusting and dry fitting to re align the door and hinges with the previously damaged cowl and floor areas.

With everything lining up as it should, the new cowl panel was welded on the driver section of the cab and the new hinges were reinstalled along with the new door.

The media blasted passenger door was coated with a two part black epoxy before receiving two coats of high build grey primer. The passenger door was then fitted to the cab of the truck too.

Numerous dents on the roof and rear cab sections were reduced by using hammer and dollies along with a dent puller. Once the dents were reduced, the cab was treated to two coats of black 2 part epoxy.

Lots of body smoother and block sanding was next. Using several sandpaper grits with coats of grey primer between grits brought the cab panels smoother and smoother until the complete cab and doors was final sanded with 400 grit sandpaper.

The interior of the cab received the same treatment with sandpaper grits and primer.

The complete cab and both doors are almost ready for finish paint!

Our attention now turned to the other body panels for the truck. We separated the inner fenders from the outer front fenders. All of the truck bed parts and rear fenders were all organized and set out for media blasting.

With all of the panels media blasted, we will begin repairing the dented and damaged panels before they are treated to the 2 part black epoxy and grey primer.

Stay tuned as this total frame off rotisserie restoration continues.......

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