Little red truck, 14.0 – Final

At long last, we reach the final post about our farm truck restoration. This was a month’s long project and it came together the day we needed it to be ready to go to the wedding. Fortunately it wasn’t a photo finish like you see on those car restoration shows and I wasn’t screwing things together on the ride down. It wasn’t far off though!

Thank you for coming along on this ride with us. Enjoy the wedding pictures below.

1972 Chevorlet stepside restoration - Final result
The final result. Bales of straw in the back as requested. Cleaned and ready to go to the wedding.
1972 chevrolet stepside truck
Front view of the truck, ready to go. Note the Ninja Cow Farm front license plate.
1972 Chevorlet stepside restoration - Final result
My kids were also in the wedding. Here is Spork in his outfit, looking dapper.
McKay Wedding, Cassia and Johnathan along with my girls.
Here is Bok Bok dancing with the happy couple and other kids. Photo courtesy of Libby McGowan Photography
McKay Wedding, Cassia, Johnathan, and my girls.
The Princess and Bok Bok dancing with Cassia and Johnathan. Photo courtesy of Libby McGowan Photography
McKay Wedding
The girls, having fun while the adults do boring adult stuff. Photo courtesy of Libby McGowan Photography
McKay Wedding
Just married. Photo courtesy of Libby McGowan Photography
1972 Chevrolet stepside truck restoration, at the wedding.
The reason to get the truck ready. The big photo shoot.
1972 Chevrolet stepside truck restoration, wedding day.
The bridesmaids got in on the action.
1972 Stepside pickup truck wedding
The happy couple, ready to go and start their lives together. That is yours truly in the cab, driving them away. Photo courtesy of Libby McGowan Photography

Many thanks to Cassia and Johnathan McKay, the McKay family and the Lewis family for letting us be a small part of a really big day. And best of luck to Johnathan and Cassia on their lives together.

 

Little red truck, 13.0

1972 chevrolet stepside truck restoration
Two big dings in the door thanks to the window installation.

March 15th. Final check. The glass man, while installing the glass, was kind enough to ding my door for two big paint chips. I can’t worry about it now, nobody will see it so I’ll have to get it fixed after the wedding.

1972 chevrolet stepside truck restoration
Bumpers are not cleaned nor polished. Too late to do anything about it now.

I didn’t have time to wash and detail the truck after we were done. I had to go out-of-town for business so I had a friend who manages a car wash come and detail the truck for me. I asked him to just knock the dust off of the brand new paint and to detail everything else. The guy shows up and POWER WASHES the truck and doesn’t detail anything. Sigh. Nobody will see the scratches he put in the paint nor notice the bumpers have bug marks on them. Too late now to do anything about it anyway.

Bumpers are not cleaned nor polished. Too late to do anything about it now.
Sitting in the parking lot at loop road. We got a few compliments from the locals.

Last trip to Loop Road for parts to fix the few things that weren’t right. It’s time to go to a wedding!

 

Little red truck, 12.0

1972 chevrolet step side truck restoration
The bed is on, the wood hasn’t been started yet, and there is a huge pile of parts still in boxes.

Today we continue the series on our truck restoration. These pictures were taken on March 10th. The truck is mostly together, at least the big pieces. 5 days till the wedding. No pressure.

1972 chevrolet step side truck restoration
No interior yet. The seat belts haven’t been replaced with shoulder belts yet. At least the stereo is in.

It’s definitely getting more tuck like. The scary part is I’ve heard putting the wood in takes forever and who knows what part won’t go back on, or will break on install.

Today we continue the series on our truck restoration. These pictures were taken on March 10th. The truck is mostly together, at least the big pieces. 5 days till the wedding. No pressure.
Part way through installing the floor in the truck.

Installing the planking is a two-man job. Fortunately we have a car lift so between that and having air tools it only took Miguel and I a few hours and some limited foul language.

It's definitely getting more tuck like. The scary part is I've heard putting the wood in takes forever and who knows what part won't go back on, or will break on install. 
The finished product. Beautiful.

The finished bed. It did take a while, and it was a pain, but it sure was worth it when you see the result.

 

Little red truck, 11.0

1972 chevrolet stepside restoration
The bed, finished except for the tailgate. I’d make fun of the barrels as work surfaces but when we got home, we had nothing close to working as well as these barrels.

March 1st. The bed is done. The tailgate hasn’t been started on yet, the truck is in 1000 pieces, and we’re picking it up from paint. Stressed? Oh no. Not a bit. We’ve got entire days until the wedding. I’m sure it will all work out fine.  Let’s head to the barn and get to work.

1972 chevrolet stepside restoration
The rear view of the bed, minus wood and tailgate.
1972 Chevrolet step side truck restoration
Truck and bed loaded onto my trailer, ready to haul back to the farm to start putting things together.

At least we’ll have most of the pieces home where we can do the work ourselves. It’s hard to have everything waiting on you, but it’s even harder to have it waiting on someone else who is outside your control. Two weeks till the wedding day. It’ll be close, but it’s doable.

 

Little red truck, 10.0

1972 chevrolet step-side pickup truck restoration
The cab, fully painted on the outside

Somewhere along the way, the painter didn’t realize that the interior of the cab needed to be painted completely as well. He thought we had carpet to cover everything. Um, no. It’s all Tiffany Blue. So back into the shop for more interior paint and to the paint store for more paint since he’s running out. More time, more money.  However the end result was worth it. Perfect paint match, inside and out.

1972 chevrolet step-side pickup truck restoration
The fuel tank was equally clean. No spray, no missed corners that weren’t quite taped correctly.
1972 chevrolet step-side pickup truck restoration
The cab, fully painted on the inside. It’s impressive how well everything was masked off so no paint got onto the wheel or gauges.

 

Little red truck, 9.0

1972 chevrolet step side truck restoration
Now we move to the bed.

These pictures were taken February 24th, 2014. The wedding was March 15, 2014. This truck is PART OF THE WEDDING! I wasn’t freaking out by this point, but I was becoming concerned. We had to put the entire truck back together, plus a mountain of parts had to be installed, then the truck cleaned and taken to Pinehurst for the wedding. Not a lot of time for mistakes or things that don’t fit properly.

1972 chevrolet step side truck restoration
The rest of the truck. The paint looks great, but now the other parts of the truck are looking bad.

Engine bay covered in overspray. Sigh. At least they won’t raise the hood at the wedding.

1972 chevrolet step side truck restoration
Back side of the truck, minus the bed.

Frame rails the same way. Nobody should look under the bed I guess. At least we can work on the boards for the bed to make some progress. We hauled them to paint to test the fit, then varnished them 3 coats on top, 2 on the bottom and put them aside waiting on the truck.

1972 chevrolet step side truck restoration
Varnishing the wood for the bed.

 

Little red truck, 8.0

1972 chevrolet stepside truck restoration teal paint
Finally, paint on the front of the truck

Finally! Paint, and it looks good. After months of work, and wondering what this color is going to look like, it was rewarding to see the first coat of paint on the truck.

1972 chevrolet stepside truck restoration teal paint
You don’t realize how bad the red primer looked till you see it against proper paint.

Of course, the bed hasn’t been touched yet and we’re running short on time. Uh oh.

1972 chevrolet stepside truck restoration teal paint
Out in the sun, the paint looks even better