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.
It always helps to have an extra set of hands on a chore like this. Friend and neighbor Gr
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.
Wow, will you look at that body cancer! This is one of several panels that will eventually
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.
Here's what the full passenger-side floor and toe board panel looks like. Of course we don
Outlined in red is the area we'll be cutting out and replacing.
After a quick check underneath the truck to make sure we weren't going to cut anything vit
Here's another shot of the driver-side floor panel from LMC. The hard part of this install
After several test fits and more cutting, this is the exact size and shape of the floor we
Take you time in building up the tack welds. You can easily overheat and warp a panel if y
The power of Blue! The perfect welder for the home garage is this Millermatic Autoset140 M
After stitch-welding the panels, the welds are ready to be ground smooth.
OK, so I got a little overzealous on my grinding and had to go back and re-weld areas wher