If you’ve just finished going through the build articles I put together for the 32, this post will be timed impeccably. I realize the chances of that are small though, and I should mention there are about 7 years between projects. I’ve been thinking of doing a shop truck for about 7 years… my plateau was sort of high, I guess; hence the 7 year itch. I wanted to do no body work, sheet metal, paint, or interior, and the chassis had to be solid. I didn’t much care what make it was – whatever it was would look cool as long as it sits right, I thought. Sounds reasonable.
I knew my chiropractor/friend had this truck in his barn for many years. He bought it to use as a sort of prop for his adventure farm and I’d seen it when we brought the kids there in the fall. Recently, he sold the farm and actually asked me if I was still interested in that truck I had been bugging him about for years. Sure I was! I went out a few days later, had a peek, and told him I’d be back to get it. It rained hard the whole day I was planning on picking it up, but I didn’t want to reschedule and he didn’t mind getting wet, so off I went.
Fast forward a week or two and that’s about when I’m writing this post. Here’s the basic plan, which may change without any notice.
- Triangulated four link kit w/ RideTech Shockwaves on the rear.
- Custom width Welder Series Mustang II Crossmember Kit-Coil Springs with RideTech Shockwaves for the front.
- Use the 318/727/8-3/4″ combo it currently has. Maybe freshen up the engine but nothing unnecessary. I’m told this is a great drivetrain. I’m told the 318 replaced the factory slant 6 with 3 on the tree.
- Small block Chrysler engine mount kit. I’ll probably change the insulators to polyurethane.
- Transmission crossmember. There are a couple channels bolted to the bottom of the frame rails that I’d like to eliminate and replace with crossmembers between the rails.