10 Rules To Follow When Restoring An Old Truck


You can build a new house in about half the time and at about half the cost of renovating an existing old house.  The same applies when restoring an old truck.  For the novice restorer here is a list of rules to follow when undertaking the restoration of your classic old truck.

In the 1980's I thought about restoring a classic truck.  Back then my funds were minimal and after a little research I found, to my surprise that the idea was outside my financial means. Searching some more I began to think that maybe I could afford an old truck. I bought an 1957 ford in 1995 and once I brought it home I began to think about what do next.  I asked many questions of friends and work associates to help me find some information. Since then I have learned a lot of information about restoring a truck.

Here is a list of "rules" which need to be followed in order to avoid some of the "bumps in the road" when retoring a truck.

1) Clear a space and position the car carefully.  It will be there a long time, so think about which way it faces, access around it, etc.

2)  Record all physical data from the truck.  Manufacturer, chassis number, model number, load rating, engine number.  This is a starting point when looking for parts, specific information and  contacts. Also, If possible record any history/life story of the truck from the previous owner.

3)  Photograph the whole truck from all angles before dismantling and during each phase of the dismantling process.  This identifies which part goes where and in which order it goes when reassembling. You don't want to reassemble your truck after spending all that time, effort and expense to find you left off a vital bracket or panel which has now gone missing.

4)  Don't let someone else dismantle your truck without you supervising them. It's  guaranteed that they will get carried away with the moment and chuck everything into the one dark corner where it gets lost.  I speak from experience. The mechanic whom I entrusted with my truck lost the radiator and bumper bar - both items impossible to source in reasonable condition.

5)  Keep all related parts together.  Reassembly is much easier when all associated bits and pieces are at hand together in the same container.  Put the parts in a suitably labelled bag or in a box/container large enough to fit all the parts.      

6)  Keep a log of the process and photograph the progress.  This records the history of the restoration and it helps to keep things straight. If asked 'how's it going' you have something to show.

7)  Join online forums and take part in the quest for the information that's out there.  Ask questions.  If you need a part, or need info on how to go about doing something because it's rusted or it broke there is someone out there who has the answer and is willing to help you.  If you don't ask you'll never know.

8)  Go to online sites like Ebay, Craig's List etc. when looking for parts, parts trucks, manuals etc., any thing that relates to your truck and compare what's offered, compare prices,  watch and learn and if you like what you see, make a bid.

9) Budget.  You do need to have some idea what you are prepared to pay and then triple it.  That way you won't be too disappointed, when at the end of the day, you've spent far in excess of what you originally had in mind.

10) Have fun. Enjoy the journey as the restoration progresses, drive your finished truck with pride and share the knowledge you've gained with others who have yet to realise the dream you are now living.




Truck Restoration

Separate the total project into 4 parts: mechanical, electrical, body and upholstery. It is best to work on electrical and upholstery projects in a basement/home workshop and mechanical and body projects in a garage. If only one work space is available set up two separate areas. Then you can work on two different things at the same time. If the weather or parts availability stops progress on one project , switch to the other project.

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Reassemble Truck

If the body of the truck is painted and everything is ready to reinstall, start installing the mechanical parts first. If the car has a frame, everything probably is installed already, if not, install the engine, transmission, drive shaft, accessories, cooling system, etc. Be sure to test everything out before installing the hood.

Restoration Guideline:

Restoring a classic truck  is quite laborious and it can take a few months. You have to scour car part dealers and other car shops for the perfect restoration solution. Restoring your classic truck is definitely more painstaking than modifying a classic truck with new mechanical parts. Once you’ve successfully restored your classic car, the satisfaction and joy can be indescribable.

Classic truck restoration  is the process by which the truck is returned to its former glory and splendor. By following some of the basic guidelines, restoring classic trucks can be a memorable and enjoyable experience. One of the inherent qualities of classic trucks is that they always stand out among all other trucks on the road.



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