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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage


Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

1952 Ford Pickup Truck

Read our beginning-to-end series on our 1952 Ford F1 Pickup Truck Restoration Project.

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 19: Making Some Adjustments

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We wanted to undo a earlier frame modification before continuing on with the project. …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 18: A Second Look

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After moving our garage, now is a good time to review our work and plan for the future of this project. …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 17: Test Fitting Cab to Chassis

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 17: Test Fitting Cab to Chassis

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We wanted to test-fit the cab of our '52 Ford restoration project to be sure that everything fits as it should. …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 16: Test Driving our Ford F1

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No, we didn't finish our truck project while you weren't looking...we just want to check things out before moving on to the next phase …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 15: We Tackle Some Sort-of-Forgotten Body Work

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 15: We Tackle Some Sort-of-Forgotten Body Work

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We decided early on that we'd be uncomfortable tooling around sitting on top of our gas tank. So we decided to move it elsewhere, but that left us with a big hole in the cab... …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 14 - Our Ford Truck Needs to be Cool

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We want our truck to be really cool.... Of course, that means air conditioning …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 13 - What Should Have Taken an Hour...

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To move along toward our next milestone, which is testing our chassis, we set out to rebuild the steering drag link and install the steering box. Simple, huh? Maybe not …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 12 - Progress Report (or lack thereof)

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The truck project has slowed down a bit. But now that summer's about over with, we hope to pick up the pace. Here's what we've done …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 11

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 11

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We haven't forgotten our truck project, although other things like press events, vacations, parts ordering and a host of other diversions have delayed work for awhile. Anyway, we're back in to the swing of things and got to work putting some brakes into the …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 10 - Rolling Right Along

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Whaddya know, the darn thing started right up! …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 9

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 9

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We're finally getting back to the truck project! After a brief delay while we installed a furnace in the Second Chance Garage annex, we trying to get back on track …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 8 (Sort of)

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We were going to publish the next part of our Ford truck restoration project in this issue. It was going to cover the final assembly and test-firing of the engine. It was going to be pretty cool...then it got cold …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 7 Making the Hood Ready for Paint

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Two-thirds of restoration is cleaning stuff, especially sheet metal! This part is tedious, dirty and otherwise unpleasant. That's why it's important to do it right …keep reading

1952 Ford Truck Restoration Part 6 - Body Work 101

1952 Ford Truck Restoration Part 6 - Body Work 101

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You've been asking when we'd start the body work, so here goes...Get comfortable, because this is going to be a long, dirty, smelly process. We'll show you how to do it right so you don't have to do it over …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Restoration Project - Part 5

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It's the "might-as-wells" that take all the time …keep reading

1952 Ford Truck Restoration Project Part 4 - The Best Laid Plans

1952 Ford Truck Restoration Project Part 4 - The Best Laid Plans

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If there weren't hidden surprises it wouldn't be a real restoration would it? …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 3 - Battery Box

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Our battery box was way beyond the "clean-and-paint" category. So we made a new one, using the original vertical supports. It was a great way to fill an afternoon …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Part 2 - Jumping In

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It's time to start work on our '52 Ford pickup, and there's no better place to begin than determining if the parts really fit together! Complicating this process is the retrofit to a 5-speed transmission, so here we go …keep reading

Ford Truck Project Part 1 - Assessing The Scope

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Join us as we check out our "adopted" truck restoration project. Something tells us that just because it's free doesn't mean we won't be paying for it …keep reading