Having had my fun with a few projects over the last couple of years, I figured it was time to let our SIM Tech Center Manager Jason Scudellari in on some of the good times. It’d been a while since he had a project of his own to work on, but to say that he’s no stranger to working on vintage tin would be putting it lightly. His daily responsibilities range from keeping the company’s ever rotating fleet of hot rods in pristine condition to helping us magazine editorial types keep from hurting ourselves while we’re shooting tech stories in the shop. Day in and day out, he’s wrenching on some kind of hot rod, muscle car, or classic truck. But until now, they always belonged to someone else. And so, it was under these circumstances that he decided to become an official member of the CCT family by taking on a project of his own, a ’56 Chevy.

Sourced from a friend who found the truck on Craigslist, Jason scored the truck for a song. But as these things can oftentimes go, he was soon singin’ the blues. Upon delivery, he brought the truck over to our warehouse to sit for a few days before he tore it apart to send off to the sandblaster. It was at this point that we both had a good look at what he was going to be up against in the months to come.

The truck had quite a bit of cancer and its fair share of dings and dents, but the price was right and Jason was determined to fix the damage. Before he could get started however, he needed to get the truck cab and related sheetmetal components free of any previous paint, body work, and surface rust. This task was handled by Blasting Specialties and Powdercoating in Commerce, California. Using a combination of crushed garnet and walnut shells, they were able to strip the cab down to its original sheetmetal skin, exposing even more problems. This rather odd combination is actually quite common in the media blasting industry thanks to its ability to quickly strip rust, scale, and paint without damaging the sheetmetal with excess heat.

Undeterred by the ever growing torrent of body woes, Jason shot the truck in Eastwood Gray Primer to keep the bare steel from developing any more body cancer before bringing it over to the SIM Tech Center where the majority of body fix-its will be completed. In the coming months, we’ll be covering the various repairs necessary to get the ’56 straight and in a semi-presentable form, but until then, check out the original condition of the truck as we picked it up and some of the problem areas we encountered. I’m sure a few of you can relate and have come across similar trucks in your time! CCT

SOURCE
Eastwood
800-343-9352
www.eastwood.com
Blasting Specialties and Powdercoating
2937 Vail Ave.
Commerce
CA  90040
323-721-5020
www.blastingandpowdercoating.com
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