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The Search for Parts

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Parts Search

Obviously, not all of the parts for the truck are in the pile of boxes I bought, and also being I am going to use a modern drivetrain and suspension, I'm going to have to be on the lookout for those parts. Parts hunting is always a major part of car-building... at least if you want to try and keep the cost of the project down by not ordering all new parts out of the catalog (when and if you can find them that way!). There are always good sources for searching... Keep friends and relatives aware of what you are looking for, keep an eye out on the local craigslist and classified publications if you have them, and talk to other car builders you know in the area. A bit of research goes a long way here - both in getting the right part and in paying the right amount for it.

Drivetrain Parts - Rear End

One of the first things I will be doing will be the chassis, so it makes sense to look for the parts I'm going to need first - such as a rear end. Looking through the local craigslist, I located a Ford 9 inch rear end out of a 1977 Lincoln Versaille, which while it doesn't have Traction-Lock (posi), and a pretty tall gear selection of 2.75, the width is about perfect for the frame - 44-1/2" across at the centerline of the rear end - which happens to be the same width the tabs on this rear end are located. So, hopefully I won't even need to remove them, and I can simply bolt this rear end into the frame when the time comes. We'll see...

1936 Ford Cab

There is a lot to figure out when it comes to these rear ends.

 

Body Part - Dash

An older vehicle like this won't always have reproduction parts available for it, and if they do the price might be outside of your budget. The only solution to this is to get out there and find somebody who is selling the parts you need off of an original vehicle...

The first part I fretted about finding was the dash panel. There was none what-so-ever in the pile of parts I had. I then checked companies that sell reproduction parts to see if one was even made for this old truck, and couldn't find any. Luckily, I found an original one on ebay:

1936 Ford Cab

They seem to pop up every once in a while. I watched and or bid on a couple that either went for too much money or were too rusted to be usable until this one came along. A little patience got me this dash for about $40.

Body Part - Running Boards

Another thing missing from the pile - running boards. These would be tough, I thought - but ended up not being as tough as they were simply expensive:

1936 Ford Pickup Frame

These were off of a Nevada state vehicle (less rust in the desert)I was fortunate that the running boards were in pretty decent shape, though:

1936 Ford Parts

The only real damage is some pitting, which should be easily fixable. You have to watch that you are getting what you pay for with parts like this - I saw a couple running boards sell for nearly as much as these that were almost completely rotten from rust - totally unsalveagable in my opinion, and good only for maybe use as a patch panel for another set - and iffy at best for that. I also saw at least a couple that were for a 1-1/2 ton truck - while they look somewhat similar, they won't work on the smaller pickup.

Drivetrain Parts

One of the first things I will be doing will be the chassis, so it makes sense to look for the parts I'm going to need first - such as a rear end. Looking through the local craigslist, I located a Ford 9 inch rear end out of a 1977 Lincoln Versaille, which while it doesn't have Traction-Lock (posi), and a pretty tall gear selection of 2.75, the width is about perfect for the frame - 44-1/2" across at the centerline of the rear end - which happens to be the same width the tabs on this rear end are located. So, hopefully I won't even need to remove them, and I can simply bolt this rear end into the frame when the time comes. We'll see...

1936 Ford Cab

There is a lot to figure out when it comes to these rear ends.