Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

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Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by Pumpkin » Thu 20 Feb 2014, 22:05

As per my intro thread, we have recently acquired a 1948 Chev Pickup:

Previous owner had the vehicle for 15 years and it is 90% complete:

Mechanically it has:

350 Chev V8
Turbo 350 Gearbox with Hurst shifter
9in rear
XJ6 Front suspension

Following needs to be done: (this list will get longer)

Rims - Done
Better interior (Want a bench seat)
Suspension needs to be setup properly
Some wiring work
Better taillights
Normal Shifter
Rear Bumper & Chev Tailgate(To be sourced HELP!! )
Tuning
New exhaust (loud and proud)

Time limit: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Budget: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Here's a few pics

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1948 Chev 3100 - 350 V8
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by Pumpkin » Thu 20 Feb 2014, 22:06

Rims Done

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1948 Chev 3100 - 350 V8
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by gordini » Thu 20 Feb 2014, 23:06

Naaaaiiis 8) 8) 8) :D :D
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by craigd » Thu 20 Feb 2014, 23:58

^^^^^^^

very very nice...

enjoy her

cheers
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by Garage » Fri 21 Feb 2014, 04:36

Cool!!!
Pretty much agree with your list of things to do.

I'm not nuts about your wheel choice - I think something more period would suit the lines better (solid steelies/smooth caps). Still better than what was on it, or putting modern mags on though........... 8)

I do think you need to address the stance - front end sits too high. Unfortunately most people seem to throw the Jag cross-member under the stock frame. Some notching is normally required to get the right ride height. Not sure how yours is done? You may be able to get it sitting better by cutting coils.......half a coil at a time, reinstall and drive it to let it settle - it's easy to go too far 8O

Also that fuel filler/breather pipe stands out like a sore thumb - not sure if you could make the current setup look better?
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by shoedoos » Fri 21 Feb 2014, 06:24

drop the nose, get rid of the white letters on the tyres, put a 60 profile on the back and keep the Ralleys....

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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by Pumpkin » Fri 21 Feb 2014, 12:33

Thanks for the comments

Yeah, stance will be looked at, suspension is on the list.

Smoothie rims were my first choice but these came up for a good price and its grown on me. Rims and tyres were on a Camaro, just slapped them on like we got them.

Also don't like that filler, will come up with ideas, for now its just to get it running properly and then we can tweak and mod.

Mechanic is doing a bumper to bumper and will take it from there. At first look it won't need too much.

Do need to get the gauges sorted, any ideas/suggestions. Can I source these locally or ebay it?
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by ROBBINATOR » Fri 21 Feb 2014, 18:39

350 Chev V8
Turbo 350 Gearbox with Hurst shifter
9in rear
XJ6 Front suspension

Following needs to be done: (this list will get longer)

Rims - Done
Better interior (Want a bench seat)
Suspension needs to be setup properly
Some wiring work
Better taillights
Normal Shifter
Rear Bumper & Chev Tailgate(To be sourced HELP!! )
Tuning
New exhaust (loud and proud)
Great truck.... :)
PM me if the Hurst shifter is on the market please...........thanks bud.

Cheers.....Robbie
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by Pumpkin » Sat 03 May 2014, 21:48

Update:

Phase 1: Getting Pumpkin 100% Mechanically

So Pumpkin has been with the mechanic since March, He did a bumper to bumper and picked up a few issues.

This is what was addressed so far.

Electric fan wasn't providing enough airflow - Replaced
Fan switch on Radiator was too high up - Relocated
Radiator not secured - Relocated and secured
Slight leak on water pump - Replaced
Engine mountings secured properly
Gearbox mount redone without the use of 100 washers 8O
Prop shaft too short, wasn't going into the gearbox fully
Battery cabling too thin - Upgraded
Battery not secured
Crank Pulley damaged

All the Gauges weren't working, these were replaced with units from VDO, Speedo still needs to be re-calibrated

Apart from the issues that were addressed the following was also done

Engine Repainted
Dress-Up kit installed
New Plug Wires
New Plugs
New Filters
All Oils replaced
Welsh Plugs Replaced
Alternator Replaced
Flexible brakelines from booster replaced with metal lines

Some other issues that need to be addressed in the near future

Shifter bushings are worn (some play when shifting and in gear) - Will probably replace with a column shifter
Exhaust is cr@p 50mm mild steel (Going bigger and better)
Front Jag suspension has a rubber spacer between it and the chassis, this is raising the front

Here are a few pics:

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Motor has been re-installed, just a few small things to button up and it will be on the road again :mrgreen:
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Re: Pumpkin Rising: 1948 Chev Pickup

Post by jlebenon » Sun 04 May 2014, 11:20

What a difference hey .... Looking very neat
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