The Roadkill Customs 1949 Studebaker Shop Truck

Day Thirteen: The cab came off the trailer and found its way to the chassis…

 

Day Thirteen: Currently, cab is 5 inches off the ground – a beer can. I will mock up tomorrow at 4 inches – just to see…

 

Day Thirteen: The tank fits and will feed the beast a few extra gallons. The exhaust, on the docket shortly, will exit behind the cab and just in front of the rear tires…

 

Day Thirteen: From the rear. I like the view…




Day Fourteen: The cab was placed yesterday, and now must be affixed, in this case bolted on. The last project was weld to frame, acceptable, in my book, but not for this project. These are the front cab mounts and the hinge halves for the front tit…

 

Day Fourteen: The hood tilts! This was done the first time I built this truck. Easy front end access – it does open just past full 90 degrees…

 

Day Fifteen: I am working to place the pedal (brake and clutch pedals) hanger…

 

Day Fifteen: Made some needed relief cuts so this would fit in the firewall and under the dash. I’m cleaning my work here with an abrasive wheel…

 

Day Fifteen: On the other side of the firewall – the master cylinder and brake booster attach to the end of the pedal hanger…

 

Day Sixteen: Not a lot of exciting photos tonight, just lots of trial and error getting the pedal hanger and the connecting brake booster / master cylinder to fit and also clear the clutch arm on the far side of the firewall. This is now mounted in the final location, and everything works and clears. Also dealt with tonight was the steering column support, and that simply bolts in with the same caps screws that affix the cab side of the hanger to the underside of the dash.


Tomorrow the steering gets connected. Its placement in the cab (slightly off from original, left to right) lines up nicely with the steering box on the Camaro front sub-frame and should simply need a knuckle or two and a support to meet and work without binding.

 

Day Seventeen: Got the pedals squared away, and…

 

Day Seventeen: …had to cut away a lot of floor and firewall. This will be looking better tomorrow…

 

Day Eighteen: The floor and firewall template are taking shape. This is mock-up for the floor…

 

Day Eighteen: The outside of the firewall with brake booster mount, clutch linkage, and steering poking through…

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