Keep on Truckin' - Chevy Truck Floorboard Replacement

Mike Harrington Jun 25, 2008 0 Comment(s)
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After a thorough gutting, the only thing left on this truck is the cab frame and wheels.

Besides all the cool musclecars and classic cruisers that Chevrolet has built over the decades, let's not forget about the working man's truck. These former hay-haulers have long been a favorite of the restoration/hot rod crowd. Just take a look at most any Super Chevy show across the country and it's a safe bet half the vehicles will be Chevy trucks.

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It always helps to have an extra set of hands on a chore like this. Friend and neighbor Greg Smith jumped right in and is helping with the project. He's suggesting that I chop the roof down a few inches, but I'm not sure. What do you guys think?

The truck I'm now working on in my driveway is a '58 Apache Fleetside longbed. I've wanted one since I was 15 years old, and now that I've got one, I have no plans to sell it. This truck was my daily driver for a long time, but problems arose and I parked it for more than five years.

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Wow, will you look at that body cancer! This is one of several panels that will eventually need replacing. If I let it rot any longer, I'll be stopping this vehicle like Fred Flintstone.

In piecemeal fashion, I've been bringing the old gal back to decent running condition. A huge part of that process is the suspension and rotted sheetmetal. More on the suspension in a future web article. Today, it's high time to start replacing the rotted metal in the truck, beginning with the floors. This is only the first step in about 20 required to bring it back from the grave. One the greatest things about these Chevy trucks is the amount of aftermarket parts, sheetmetal, etc., that you can easily find and purchase. After spending days looking over the LMC catalog, it was time to get started on the floors and toe boards. LMC has it all, so here we go.

SOURCES

LMC Truck
www.lmctruck.com

Miller Welders
www.millerwelds.com

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