Stars in Rehab
STARS IN REHAB-RESTORING A 1952 3/4 TON CHEVROLET PICKUP...AS A DAILY DRIVER PT.3
Rik’s project got to the point in months that few do in years. The rebuilding and reassembly part. Nobody keeps Guinness records on this but Rik would have to be a contender, because after several weeks of full bore work, he was reassembling his large four-wheeled jigsaw puzzle.Even more remarkably –he knew exactly what he was doing.
Rik stuck to his meticulous, logical game plan and that powered up the productivity to unseen heights in most projects.
Most guys will take a basket case like this 52 Chevy and measure progress in decades-not months but Rik didn’t-he just had fun.
STARS IN REHAB-RESTORING A 1952 3/4 TON CHEVROLET PICKUP...AS A DAILY DRIVER PT. 2
Rik brought his new project home and immediately did an assessment. Basically it looked like, as the late Jim Croce said- in the 1970s song Bad Bad Leroy Brown, “a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces gone”.
Most of us have been there-stories surface about GTOs being strewn across forty heavily wooded acres in some kind of bizarre, sick ritual that seemed to involve the brutal sacrifice of vintage American iron.
Nobody really understands why these atrocities happen, but the aftermath takes a strong stomach.
Fortunately, Rik was a guy with a strong stomach and more… that priceless component of any restoration-a game plan.
STARS IN REHAB-RESTORING A 1952 CHEVROLET PICKUP...AS A DAILY DRIVER
Rik Runciman bought this 1952 Chevrolet ¾ ton pickup back in 2007. There is a misconception that early 50s Chevy pickups are still very common-Coors light beer common.
But Rik’s truck is the exception to the rule “it's a Chevrolet 3/4 truck 1424 Canadian born, built in Oshawa ON, production date April 29th 1952, has the same spec's as the US model 3604.Of the 838 units of the body style 1424 built at the Oshawa plant for the 1952 model year, body number 441 means my truck was 441st, the Dulux paint was Rideau Maroon”.
The Restoration From Hell Part Ten-IT'S OVER
THE FINAL PUSH
I’d done a competent job with the reconstruction of the finned refugee from 1959 but I had clear limitations. The interior was far beyond my rudimentary chimp-like manual skills so the thought of installing carpet and headliner was up there in the...
“what’s in the late Michael Jackson’s medicine cabinet” scary range.
The Restoration From Hell Pt. Nine
Getting into the game. The Famous Final Scene with Wally wasn’t as poignant and sad as the legendary Bob Seeger song with the same title-in fact it was a very uplifting, positive experience to take over the reassembly of the 59 Plymouth and know that every hour spent on the car didn’t come with another 4 figure invoice.
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