With most of the 100+ fasteners removed, the front clips begins to come away from the cab....
Little by little - with a lot of muscle and finesse (if I do say so myself - lol!)....
It comes away!
The GM Stovebolt-like straight-6 is easily accessible now.
But the engine's tear down will wait for another day,
the rest of today was spent tearing down the front clip.
Below the grille insert on the bench, ready for final dis-assembly....
Other than a few bent bits and some dings in the fenders, the metal is in damn good shape - for a all 60 year old truck that sat beside a beach all its life. Next week I'll finish disassembling the cab and box and it'll all be ready to go to the sandblasters.
The front panel has a baffle attached that re-directs air to the rad. It'll come off to be prepped and be painted separately. I imagine it will look great black against the baby-blue truck.
Stay tuned for more teardown!