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Old 12-19-2010, 11:35 PM
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Ok. This is gonna take a little explaining so bear with me. Last February I scored a stripped out 1940 Chevy 1.5 ton truck off of Craigslist for free. I love Craigslist! I mainly wanted it for the cab which was in good shape but of course needed some work. I had a friend media blast it, built a body dolly to roll it around my garage and started my build. I cut out all of the bad panels and welded in fresh metal and smoothed the firewall. I really wanted to chop it 6" but I did the math and figured I couldn't live with such a small windshield so I chopped it 5". The cab had doors but was missing all of the interior trim. Then, late last August, a friend found a listing on Craigslist for a '40 GMC 1/2 ton. I just figured I'd buy it for parts but when I went to see it I immediately realized that it was in too good of condition to part so I bought it for $300.00, stored my '40 Chevy at my Mom's (thanks Mom!) and started back from scratch on the GMC. I cleaned out tons of garbage, disassembled the entire truck and reinforced the cab with 1" square tubing. Then I had my same friend media blast the new truck (yeah he thinks I am crazy!) and dove in! I started by welding up 42 holes in the firewall and cowl while pondering the chop. Since I always regretted chopping my Chevy 5" instead of 6", I decided that I'd chop the GMC 6". I made 72 sheet metal clamps, laid out my chop and started cutting!
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:50 PM
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Yeah, yeah, I'm with ya
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:55 PM
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Thanks for hanging through my long-winded story Snake! I am working on more pictures. Stay tuned!
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:07 AM
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Good looking start you got there. Wish mine was that good.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:02 AM
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Thanks Bob. The truck was in crazy good shape. It had been in the same family for 42 years. The owner learned to drive in it and it was his daily driver through high school! The strange thing is once I really started to like this body style and started searching for one I located 5 GMCs or Chevys within 10 miles of my house! I'd like to buy 'em up so they don't go to waste but I don't have the room.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:21 AM
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Before I laid a blade on the GMC I wanted to be really sure that I could live with a 7" windshield. I measured and marked the a-posts at the point that the windshield opening would be with a 6" chop. I cut a piece of cardboard to roughly the same contour as the top of the opening and clamped it at the 6" chop marks. I sat in the truck forever making sure I could live with the new opening. I left the cardboard on the cab for a couple of days to be sure I liked the profile. Every time I looked at it I smiled at how cool it was so that was it, 6" chop it was gonna be.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:00 AM
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That's the way to do it Mike, nice and low!!! It takes a bit of getting used to, but chops make the vehicle in my book. Lookin good too! Keep the pics coming please!..CR
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:54 AM
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That is a very nice cab to be starting with. Glad to see you decided to participate and share this build with us. Keep those pics coming.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:08 AM
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That is going to look so cool !
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:23 PM
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More pics!!!
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