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Front End Parts: 1938 Chevrolet Pepsi Truck Custom Build Part 2

This is part two of a series of posts on this highly custom 1938 Chevrolet Truck restoration, in post one we introduce you to the project and the custom features to be fabricated.  In post two, we look at the individual truck parts that make up the front end build In post three, we cover the chassis build and drip rail removal In post four, we show you the process of metal finishing the fenders. Post five takes us through the panel restoration of the original inner grille housing panel and a custom touch of deleting the cowl vent panel.  Post six takes care of the lower cowl metal and left hand front fender.  Post seven covers the toe board panel, door lock upgrades, and mainly the upgrades to the inner fender support panel; this panel has to be heavily modified to take the new location of the hood side panels.  Post eight looks at how the custom hood was created to open by pulling forward instead of the original butterfly design.

The sheet metal was media blasted and primed before we arrived in Newberry, Michigan, for protection from the natural elements.  Per the client some areas will repaired in a custom fashion, i.e. the cowl vent will be smoothed out, since we are installing AC, and the drip rail will be deleted, both giving a sleeker look.  The other areas shown below will be rebuilt to original specifications.

Chevrolet Truck front end before metal work restoration

The cab after complete disassembly, media blasting, and primer for protection.

The drip rail to be removed, just a bit rusted.

The belt line.

The front corners of the Chevy cab need some attention, this is the driver side.

Passenger side of the front cab.

The cowl vent will be modified to accommodate the modernization of the Chevy truck.

Another shot of the cowl/ front of the cab.

Chevrolet Truck grille housing before metal work restoration

The grille housing.

Top angle of the grille housing, where you can see some heavy decay.

Angle from the bottom of the grille housing.

The grille frame.

Chevrolet Truck fenders before metal work restoration

A front fender, these always seem to need lots of attention.

Another angle of the Chevy front fender.

And finally, driver side front fender.

This is part two of a series of posts on this highly custom 1938 Chevrolet Truck restoration, in post one we introduce you to the project and the custom features to be fabricated.  In post two, we look at the individual truck parts that make up the front end build In post three, we cover the chassis build and drip rail removal In post four, we show you the process of metal finishing the fenders. Post five takes us through the panel restoration of the original inner grille housing panel and a custom touch of deleting the cowl vent panel.  Post six takes care of the lower cowl metal and left hand front fender.  Post seven covers the toe board panel, door lock upgrades, and mainly the upgrades to the inner fender support panel; this panel has to be heavily modified to take the new location of the hood side panels.  Post eight looks at how the custom hood was created to open by pulling forward instead of the original butterfly design.