He hinted at it in the last video, but now Davin can announce that the Redline Rebuild crew is moving into a new shop. The team’s projects and ambitions simply outgrew the single-stall garage that served Davin and the crew so well for just over two years. When the chance came to move into a shop with more floorspace, the group jumped at it.

“The space is more than just the ability to hold more projects,” said Davin as he walked through the shop as the team began to set it up. “It is also going to let us work more efficiently. We are going to spend less time shuffling things and more time getting work done.”

Beyond the second lift and extra parking spots, the new space also contains dedicated nooks for various tasks. Workbenches for electrical work, a room for dirty work like fabrication, and a clean room for engine assembly. However, despite the convenience of the new facility, Davin’s careful to point out that the extra rooms and benches are just that—conveniences.

“All the work we do could be done in a home garage. I restored my first car in a one-and-a-half car garage, and it turned out pretty well,” said Davin. “All this just makes things a bit easier, especially when juggling multiple projects and documenting it all with a camera crew.”

Davin spends today’s shop tour video explaining the whys and hows of the new Redline Rebuild garage; next week, he’ll be giving an update on the shop’s progress and a rundown of the Chevrolet 3600 pickup project. If you have questions about how Davin set up the new space or why the crew did it one way and not another, be sure to leave a comment on the video. While you are there, subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the future videos and projects that will come from this new space.

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The Redline Update 1950 Chevrolet five-window truck has been hanging around the garage for almost an entire year, needing work at every turn in the hopes that one day the mighty 216 inline-six will fire up and propel the truck out the door and down the road. That day has finally come.

“It’s been really fun working on this project and resurrecting it from the sad state we found it in,” Davin says about the green long-box pickup. “It is not quite done, but it is certainly ready to get to work, rather than get worked on!” (more…)

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It’s bed time for our 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup—but that doesn’t mean Davin gets to take a nap. Rather, our resident mechanic is spending more time repairing rust to get this workhorse back into good health. (more…)

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Davin is one heck of a mechanic, but he knows his limits and when to ask for help. That’s why he’s taking a field trip in this week’s Redline Update—and not to the usual place. Though the 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup has come a long way and is almost ready for its first drive, its bench seat is in pretty rough condition. Davin drops by a friend’s restoration shop in Traverse City, Michigan, to solve that problem.

The bench seat of this Chevy is one of the simplest upholstery projects you can tackle, but the project requires a few specialty tools and materials that even the well-equipped Redline Rebuild garage just doesn’t have. Adam Hammer and the team at Hammer & Dolly Restorations have both the tools and the skills, though.

The first step is simple, since Davin was able to source a reproduction seat cover. If you’re unable to purchase a new cover, be extra careful when removing the old one; it will be become your template for cutting and stitching a new one. With the old cover removed, the horsehair padding goes in the trash. The rough paint is a sufficient reminder of the field this truck sat in for a few decades—we don’t need the smell, too.

Hammer does reuse two components from the old seat, though: the springs and the wire-reinforced burlap that keeps the springs from cutting through the padded material of the cushion.

“We could put new burlap on to protect the cushion, but this is in good shape and has the wire already woven in. It would take us more time than it’s worth to match this,” says Hammer as he and Davin start to reassemble the seat pieces.

Springs, burlap, three layers of cotton, and a thin layer of scrim foam. The final buildup stacks like the worst sandwich you’d ever eat, but it makes for a dang nice seat. The cover pulls down nice and taut, and Davin and Adam put the completed seat base out in the warm sun to let the vinyl relax. The mild heat will help eliminate a few wrinkles, and in the meantime, they start on the seat back. That’s the same process as the seat base, so the crew switches off the camera and heads for a cup of coffee.

While the bench seat’s completion is another big step forward for this truck, there is still plenty of work to do on this Chevy. Be sure to subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel to get notifications with each video that goes live.

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In the latest Redline Update, Davin’s taking a quick break from the Redline Rebuild 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup and instead forging ahead on the Buick straight-eight. The tear-down has been long completed with plenty of delays, which kept Davin and the cylinder head away from the machine shop. Luckily, he made his way over to the Thirlby Automotive machine shop and is making headway—pun intended. (more…)

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With any big project, there’s a certain feeling of success when the project looks like a car again. That is where the Redline Rebuild‘s 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup currently sits. In our last Update, Davin tended to a handful of small projects to keep the project moving forward, but this episode marks a return to the “one big project” idea. (more…)

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There is a saying within the restoration and DIY community that it’s the last five percent of your project that takes 95 percent of your time. Davin hit the thick of this phase on our 1950 Chevy truck project, which means it’s time to buckle down and power through the home stretch.

With some focus and prep work it’s possible to cross off a lot to-do list items in short order. In just two days, Davin knocks out the final dozen or so needs for the Chevy 3600 pickup’s interior. Items like the dome light, speedometer cable, and glove box latch are prime “feel good projects.” If you need a pick-me-up, a task you can complete in just a few minutes gives you that feeling of progress and accomplishment. Keep knocking out all those little projects and before you know it, the whole thing is done.

While Davin certainly has more small things to wrap up, the next episode of Redline Update—in which we reinstall the front sheetmetal—is shaping up to be a big one. This truck hasn’t looked like a pickup since the engine was removed for the Redline Rebuild process. If you want to see that front end reassembly and eventual first drive, be sure to subscribe to Hagerty’s Youtube channel to receive updates with each video that goes live.

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Davin is still working from home, but that doesn’t prevent him from making progress on the 1951 Buick straight-eight. This latest Redline Update comes from Davin alone, with his only help standing behind the camera (his son Anders must have found something else to do). The straight-eight is still back at the shop, but the fuel pump and oil pump both need rebuilding and are perfect take-home projects.

You may think of assembly as simply putting things back together. At first glance, there isn’t much artistry involved; however, ask anyone who has tackled intricate projects like a fuel pump that doubles as a vacuum pump. They’ll tell you that assembly requires much more finesse than putting a gasket between two pieces and tightening the screws.

Davin uses a Motor manual as a reference. Though it provides him with an exploded diagram, the manual isn’t written for the straight-eight’s donor car (a 1951 Buick Special) or even for this particular engine.

“On things like this odd double pump situation, sometimes you have to think outside the box,” Davin suggests to those searching for the proper reference material. “Glenn over on the Carcierge team helped me find another application where the same pump was used, and we had a Motor manual for that [application]. A lot of parts are shared between various models, so before you declare yourself stumped, look for other vehicles that would be similarly equipped.”

Poring over a diagram and knowing how all the parts fit into the final design is only part of the process, though. Davin needs to study the parts in front of him and analyze their details as he puts them together. “The diaphragms in these pumps are fairly delicate,” he observes, “and the spring was quite heavy for the vacuum side. It took a bit of careful trial and error to get the two pieces together, but now they are together and look pretty good. I’m excited to get them installed on the engine. ”

Another task that will take a bit of trial and error is the engine on Davin’s run stand. Anders helped install some of the first parts into the block of the next engine destined for Davin’s nostalgia dragster, and now the engine is complete and ready to run. Unfortunately, it doesn’t crank to life when Davin tries to start it at the end of this video. Rest assured that he’ll get it running, though. If you want to witness it roaring to life, be sure to subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel to receive an update with each video that goes live.

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Our Chevrolet 3600 pickup has been making steady progress, but even though it now boasts a fuel tank and a new wiring harness, the heavily-patina’d pickup stranded on the two-post lift hasn’t seen any major changes recently. That’s about to change, though, because Davin finally has enough small-scale projects done to tackle something big. Engine-installation big.

First, Davin has to wrap up one more mundane task. While this pickup doesn’t have much snow driving in its future, Davin wants to have the heater functioning for those crisp fall mornings. Even a working defroster alone makes a serious difference—just ask anyone who has logged brisk morning miles without one. With the heater bolted back under the dash, Davin turns his attention to the powertrain.

With the hood, radiator support, and front fender removed, shoving the refreshed 216-cubic-inch inline-six into place seems like a simple task. At first, Davin tries to bolt the transmission onto the engine and install both as one unit, but that plan collapses because the transmission can’t fit through the opening between the floorpan and the crossmember. Instead, Davin is forced to install the transmission and engine separately.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, it’s a good time to remember that you’re most likely doing this installation the hard way; the factory would have installed the driveline in the chassis before fitting the body. Any other way of bolting in a powertrain fights the original design.

Even with the straight-six bolted in and looking like a diamond in a brass ring, Davin has gobs of work to do before the engine runs in the chassis. That to-do list starts with connecting the electrical and cooling systems, but it’s not long before this 3600 will be back on the road. If you want to follow along with the progress, be sure to subscribe to Hagerty’s YouTube channel to receive notifications with each update.

 

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When Davin’s manager told him he had to transition to working from home, he didn’t put up too much resistance; that meant Davin would have a second set of hands to help with projects around his home race shop. His 9-year-old son, Anders, becomes Davin’s co-star in our latest video.

There aren’t Buick straight-eight or Chevrolet 3600 truck parts on the workbench as the pair gets to work, though. While Redline Updates are delayed, Davin’s chronicling a few personal automotive projects. Before he and Anders start working on an engine, however, there’s some clean up to do. Davin knows that a well-organized shop is an efficient and productive shop, so Anders takes the job of sweeping the floor while Davin prepares the small table to organize the rivnuts rolling around his toolbox.

“I like using these rivnuts to make items easier to service. For body panels or heat shields on race cars, they are hard to beat,” Davin says regarding the handy expanding threaded fasteners. “The only pain is they roll away and become a jumbled mess real quick.”

Which is why he lays them out in a divided plastic organizer. The special tools for setting the fasteners, plus all the rivnut sizes Davin will need for future projects, fit into the handy case that he tucks away on a shelf. Then, the boys get down to the business of making progress on a more powerful project.

There are multiple engines hanging around Davin’s home garage, but only one is destined to be bolted into the nostalgic, front-engine dragster he races. That 350 block is in the early stages of assembly, so Davin and Anders tackle installing the various threaded plugs in the block before calling it a day.

Davin kept his hands pretty clean, compared to a normal day, but we would venture to guess he has other projects waiting just off camera that will be more involved. To see what those projects are, be sure to subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel to receive notifications with each new videos that goes live.

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