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Re: 42 Chevy G506 382497-S Restoration

Post by Farrell Fox » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:07 pm

I finally had a chance to put in some work on my truck. Got most of the transmission and bell housing blasted. I wish I had a bigger compressor, I'd have this all blasted in no time! My little 35 gal. compressor only has about 3 minutes of good blast pressure before it has to recharge for another 5 minutes.

I was yanking the hose over to get a better angle, and ended up blasting a hole in my freeze plug. :shock: 🤦‍♂️...... So now I'm replacing the freeze plugs, which look paper thin, and on their last leg anyways. If it's not too hot tomorrow, I'll try and finish the mid section, and get it painted. Hopefully NAPA has freeze plugs in stock.

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Post by D.R.H. » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:22 pm

Wow Farrell, that is an unfortunate but good catch. It would be a shame to have that freeze plug fail on a trail ride or excursion, and then lose the engine. The rest of the work you're doing is looking great.
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Post by Joe Gopan » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:58 pm

Your later replacement engine may have a mix of two different Explnsion plug sizes and may be the same size as used on the earlier WWII engine They will be the CUP Type tho.
1-5/8" will be DORMAN 555-030
2" will be DORMAN 555-028
And it may take a 3 rd size that is a Shallow Cup.
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Post by Farrell Fox » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:21 pm

I was able to get the rest of the transmission blasted, and most of the engine. Each blast lasts about 3 minutes at best, and I was on my 3rd round when one of the neighbors started to complain she could see dust in the air...... :roll: They had no problem lighting off illegal fireworks in their back yard, and letting their trash blow everywhere, but I digress.

All that is left is the last two feet of the frame on the driver side, and my bumper. I'll probably buy or make a tent, and enclose my workspace. It will make it hotter than sh$#, but the thing is nearly done.

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Post by zippog506 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:38 pm

Hi Farrell,

I sympathise with you on the neighbor thing. I bought one of those 10 x 10 tents you see people selling out of at street fairs and the likes. They can be open on all sides or enclosed on all four, or anything in between. I got it from costco, well built and into my fourth year of using it. It especially came in handy when I was sandblasting my frame, cab, engine and front and rear axles. Kept the sand contained on my property, and out of the neighbors patio and hot tub, but still allowed for some ventilation. That sand does tend to travel. and it is easily moved by one person if necessary. It was $179.00 at the time, a little spendy but the frame work is sturdy and I am into my fourth year with it, and going strong. Well worth the peace and quiet it has afforded me from the one neighbor who could possibly complain. I have staked down one end, and raise it when I use it and then lower it when I dont so the wind doesn't take it away. That has never happened. Just an idea, but it has sure worked well for me. Good luck,

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Post by Farrell Fox » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:08 am

I was looking at maybe getting one of these 10x20 canopies from Wal-Mart. It's $139, only thing I'd need are side walls, which I'd probably make from white painter's tarps. Should be plenty big enough to enclose the truck, and mitigate the dust. All I have left are a few spots to blast, so really it would serve more time as a paint booth.

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Post by Farrell Fox » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:58 am

I found a video I uploaded years ago of the first time I started my truck.

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Post by johnwaz » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:02 am

Nice progress on the truck... Doesn't it always seems like the neighbor you seem to have to exert the most toleration with, is typically the biggest PITA when you're hoping for some (well deserved) toleration on their part? Good luck with a resolution, and moving forward on the restoration.

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Post by Joe Gopan » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:07 am

I usually lay a poly tarp under the area that I am blasting when outdoors.
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Post by Farrell Fox » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:10 am

Got some of the driver side of the frame mostly painted, as well as the transmission. I need to figure out if the bell housing is supposed to be grey or OD 🤔

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As I was waiting for the paint to dry, the UPS guy dropped off my PTO cover plate I ordered a few days ago. I can now remove the grease ball of a PTO, and install this nice, clean cover plate. I'll have to get to this tomorrow, as my morning is already packed before I start my shift.

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Post by Farrell Fox » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:50 am

Got the engine painted today. I found enough photos of CCKW engines with grey bell housings, so I assumed the G506 would be the same. It's not perfect, and it's a post war engine so it never will be. But it will look pretty close to being correct. If I install the radio supression shielding, it might hide more of the post war features better. I still need to add the water pump adapter plate. I also need to figure out if I need to shim the front motor mount. The engine seems to sit a little low. Perhaps when I replace the mount, it might solve that issue.

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Post by kelley » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:18 am

Looks Great! my bell housing was painted gray.
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Post by Farrell Fox » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:09 pm

I got a little bit of the front of the chassis stripped and painted. For the front of the bumper, I took the time to trace over my original unit markings. I plan to try and sand the surrounding O.D. plaint and blend it in with new paint, and preserve the original markings as much as possible. Some of the markings are too far gone, like the bridge weight numbers and the star, so those have to be reapplied anyways. But if the preservation process for the others fails for whatever reason, I have an exact duplicate stencil to reapply them with. I even plotted their locations on the bumper for future reference. The additional benefit is I can use these to mark the rear of the truck as well.

Tracing them out was rather easy. I used a straight edge wherever possible, but also whoever originally painted them on, did them pretty thick. This left a ridge along the edge of the numbers my ball point pen easily followed. Once I traced them out, I stuck the transparent sheet to construction paper, and cut them out with a sharp box cutter. I'll do the same with my hood numbers.

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Post by D.R.H. » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:27 pm

Your progress is looking better and better Farrell. Keep going!!
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Re: 42 Chevy G506 382497-S Restoration

Post by newc » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:09 pm

OK; Now it seems my turn to bring some rain on this fun. There is another freeze plug that is usually WORSE than those you can see! It is behind the flywheel/ bell housing, in the back of the block. I just bought a good engine [235] Cheap, because this plug was rusted out. Sorry, guys, but you can't trust this rear soft plug. Marine users have brass soft plug sets, fairly reasonable. Newc

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