The weather is starting to turn here so got the yard clean and could do some work on the truck. We have decided to call her Olive oyl. Shes a drab olive green caller and I'm retired outta the Canadian navy so it made sense.
Got the box off, strips will be here next week from midwestmilitary. Had to replace the cross members for the box as the strips that were in the box whe I got it were just flat steel with a bunch of holes drilled all over so the cross members had a bunch of holes all over too.
There was a rotten frame cross member right behind the cab. Was going to fab a new one but not gong for a restoration persay so just thru in a 2x4 tube 3/16" walls more than stiff enough.
The hood was missing a dodge emblem so I made a couple for the sides and one for the grille outta brass and tried to make the font as close as I could, and the gauges are newish so they didn't sit right in the trim piece. So I made new trim for the speedo and the other 3 gauges as well as the heater cover out of walnut also had to make a new glove box liner so did it outta walnut as well. The bed boards are also walnut and the running boards I am making out of walnut as well with brass inlays But as I said not going for a restoration. Want to add my own custom touches to some of the accents. Brass and walnut. The walnut came from one of the trees I fell a couple years ago and is now air dry. All heart wood no sap wood old growth trees so they are nice and dark. Making things is what I do so got to throw some flare I there. Also going to make walnut and brass inlaid knobs for the dash.
The gas tank is only a couple inches off the ground so going to relocate to the box and use this old snap on compressor tank.
I am sure this will ruffle a few feathers but it is what I can do.