Columbus..the 1957 IH 4x4

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    well this is the rebirth of my dads old 1957 International A120 4x4...dad has owned this truck since 1960 or so...that's when he bought his farm and saw the need for a truck..he went to a farm auction that had 3 of these trucks up for auction...dad bid up to his limit on all 3 and didn't win any..on his way to the parking lot a guy chased him down and wanted to know if he still wanted one of the trucks...he said well yeah that's why he was bidding...turns out the guy bought 2 of them and only wanted one so he let dad have one for his bid price..when he got it home my mom laughed and said the truck looked like it came over on the boat with Columbus. ..hence the knickname that's stuck ever since..
    I'm trying to pull a fast one on him and mom and get his truck up and running without them knowing anything..
    I've bought a donor truck for parts ..that and his truck will make one...I hope. .so here we go..
     
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    right now I'm disassembling the donor truck at a friends shop...I can't do it in mine for fear that I may be found out before I'm ready...when the time comes I'm going to "steal" his truck for this build..this is the donor truck..
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    how's this for the back side of the grill support and grill and inside the fender wells...this truck is unbelievably solid and practically rust free...not bad for 60yrs old...original paint still under the fenderwells front fenders.png
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    couple of shots of the old 6 cyl...even its not all that dirty after 60yrs
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    don't know why people hook log chains on bumpers but it is what it is...time to bust out the anvil and big hammer. ..both ends seem ok..if I can't "fix" the center I may cut it out and make a winch mount while keeping the ends.. bumper2.png bumper1.png bumper3.png
     
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    worked on the bumper dents ,bends ,and twists...started out by knocking all the big stuff out on my steel welding table with a 2lb hammer...a little shop press work ,some c clamps and twisting and its getting close...I guess it pays sometime to be a packrat..one of the wheels off a old junk floor jack fit the edge radius pretty close for hammering..I would find the high and low spots by rubbing a piece of flat soapstone over it to mark it so I'd know where to beat the living crap outta it..need to test fit to see what else needs done and then some finish work... bumper5.png bumper7.png bumper8.png
     
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    pulled windshield and back glass out...hard to believe there's no rust here either..
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    I've decided to use this truck to replicate his..I went and had a long look at his original and there's very little that can be saved from it. ..to much neglect and abuse over the years..
    so the donor becomes the build.
    I will use every piece from his truck that I can on this within reason..
     
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    sandblasted parts in epoxy primer...
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    got started on some sheetmetal bodywork...here's all I could find on the frontend...one tiny dent in the hood...not bad for 60yrs old...both front fenders needed a little work where the front bumper got shoved into them...luckily nothing serious...and a couple in the grill and support...got it all filled and calling it a day...
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    some more
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    got the bed pulled and flipped over....very clean I thought
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    got my seat pulled and sent out to the upholstery shop
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    and got it back better than new..needs to sit out in sun to tighten up the fabric...
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    Dads original truck was a swb...the donor is a lwb...I was gonna use his bed but after looking it over its beyond repairable use..so im turning the lwb into a swb..im removing 4" from the rear and 12" from the front..

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    got the rear cross sill and rear crossmember welded in...nearly all the crossmember and sill spot welds were broke loose so I went ahead and pulled it all the way out and cleaned it all up...added a few coats of weld thru primer to it and welded it back in....I also added some "insurance" welds to the crossmember and sill..back half of bed shortening is done...on to the front. ..
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    started on the bed front..I was gonna cut in the middle of the raised panel but when I put a staight edge on it they don't exactly match..they were about a 1/16 or so off...so I moved my cut line back to the corner radius..I think it'll be easier to blend that way..
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    went ahead and cut the bed front off...I knew when I pulled the bed I had some rust issues there at the lower front corners (bed is upside down in pics while im working on it)..luckily the bed floor support is in good shape..I'm gonna cut out the whole section all the way across that has rust and spot weld holes in it and replace with new metal...got to pick up some 16ga for the repair...ill coat it good with weld thru primer and add seam sealer when I'm done...should last a long time
    that floor support sandwiched against the bed front was a water trap...hopefully the seam sealer will stop that.. bfr4.jpg bfr5.jpg bfr1.jpg
     

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