The Roadkill Customs 1949 Studebaker Shop Truck

Day Eighteen: Keys! A simple universal ignition switch is being used as I opted not to use the Camaro steering column – it was simply too big and bulky and did not sit well with the spirit of the truck.  Light Switch, Wiper Switch, Ignition Switch, Exhaust Cutout Switch and Passenger Ejection Switch…

 

Day Nineteen: The fuel tank, in it’s final resting place. I wrested with which tank to use, but in the end, I selected ~ 22.5 gallons over ~ 17.5 gallons, as this vehicle is fully intended to be a road-tripper. And yep, it’s mounted “crooked”, or at an angle leaning towards the fuel outlet…




Day Nineteen: Starting to come together. This photo is just after fitting the driver door in preparation for installing suicide door hinges (driver’s side only). Also have the headlight buckets fitted here. Still hunting for wheels that will provide the proper offset (clearance) for the front end…

 

Day Twenty & Day Twenty One: Got the Camaro FlowMaster exhaust cut-up…

 

Day Twenty One: Spent some time cleaning things up a bit…

 

Day Twenty Two: Cut and tacked the frame boxing plates, and cleaned up the exhaust and readied it for welding…

 

Day Twenty Three: The frame painted Satin Black…

 

Day Twenty Three: The rear end cleaned and painted Satin Black…

 

Day Twenty Three: The engine cleaned up, exhaust manifolds removed for headers, and battery box…

 

Day Twenty Four: The second of two spare tailgates mocked up in the rear, near-abouts its future home…

 

Day Twenty Four: My buddy Philip Royal has opted to enhance the project with his own generous offering: a beautiful pair of exhaust stacks that will flank the back of the cab. Thanks Philip!




Day Twenty Four: The exhaust stacks held roughly in place, and with heat shields in place. These will be smokin’…

Day Twenty Five: Workin’ the wires…

 

Day Twenty Five: Dash panel

 

Day Twenty Six: The tailgate, basically fitted, subject to change when bed is constructed, and with tail lights in place…

 

Day Twenty Seven: Tach in place. Still hunting for the right speedo…

 

Day Twenty Eight: Final fit of the driver side suicide door…




Day Twenty Eight: Test fit – Feels good…

 

Day Twenty Eight: New plugs and wires…

 

Day Twenty Eight: Working to fit the radiator – loaner carb in place…

 

Day Twenty Eight: Stacks in place…

 

Day Twenty Eight: Almost done…

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