yesterday I finally got some more done on the headers .
I still need to trim the collector length and add flanges . I'll likely run them awhile and then have them coated.
Here's the driver's side. Originally I thought I might have to get creative with the steering column and shaft, but it looks like it will be easier than I anticipated.
Today I made a couple of bed mounts. The through bolt is sleeved so when it's tightened it will not crush the frame. I need to make 4 more similar to them and then the rear ones will be quite a bit different. I'll finish welding them with the bed removed from the frame.
Great project! I just picked up a 46 Dodge cab and front end and also planing to mount them on a Dakota frame. The body came from a flat bed and I think a standard cab long box Dakota frame (1987-1996) should work without to much modifications. Do you know where I can get a copy of frame dimensions?
Pardon a really stupid question from a poor Aussie who's never worked on American iron. How do you address all that rust on that gorgeous body (the car... not you) ? Don't mind waiting for the updates. Most works of art made by blokes in their "spare"time with little $$$$ DO take serious time.
I'm being careful to not remove any more rust than required to get clean welds. For example I used a step bit to clean the edge of each round hole in the fire wall, so that the weld would be ok. I haven't decided if I'm going to grind the welds on the firewall or not. If I do, I've got way to get the rust to re-form quickly. It took 73 years for it to get this appearance and I don't want to ruin it.