It’s a matchup for the ages as Tom Cotter takes a break from hunting roadside treasures and helps Davin tear down the ’37 Ford racer in the Redline Garage. If there were ever a perfect project for Tom, it’s this one—for a multitude of reasons.

First off, Tom was the one who found this particular car. Years ago, as Tom was traversing the countryside prepping to write his book about barn finds, Tom stumbled upon the property of Snowball Bishop. The grounds were packed with a seemingly endless supply of interesting cars, but something about this particular race car piqued Tom’s interest. It never really left his mind, and when he returned with the Barn Find Hunter camera crew, Tom made sure to discuss the vintage racer.

A second reason is the smorgasbord of parts which comprise the car. While we call it a ’37 Ford, that is a bit misleading. The chassis is from a 1955 Chevrolet, the solid front axle is from a Ford, and there is a smattering of race-car-specific parts throughout the chassis. The “wide-five” front brakes from Franklin, for example, are not a factory piece for anything.

Which is where Davin enters the scene. Over the last 20 years, Davin honed his racing skills behind the wheel of a dirt modified race car on tracks across the Midwest. Tom is no slouch as a racing driver—he holds his SVRA racing license—but dirt tracks are new territory for him. Davin plans to leverage both his and Tom’s knowledge to create a car that does more than just look the part—it also can tear up some dirt.

With a Chrysler 440 V-8 under the hood, the racer certainly won’t be lacking for horsepower. Davin also notes that viewers have asked for a car with a slick paint job, and that wish is about to be fulfilled. The Redline Garage hasn’t had something shiny on its lifts in awhile, and it time for that to change.

Tom and Davin get the car stripped down to its most basic components; next, the heavy lifting will begin. While it doesn’t seem like there could be much left hiding on the body and chassis, Davin is sorting out a way to blast off the remaining corrosion and paint so he can complete some reinforcement and re-engineering. To see this racer return to the track, be sure to subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel to receive updates with each new Redline Update that goes live.

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The Redline Update Chevrolet 3600 pickup is all but done, but Davin is not one to clean his tools and sit on his hands for any amount of time. That might be why there was already another project waiting in the wings, ready to spring out to center stage. This project has already gotten some screen time on our channel before. Tom Cotter found a great stash of cars including this racer on episode 44 of Barn Find Hunter, but this car stuck to everyone involved in such a way that is had to make a comeback.

Davin is tackling a late-30s Ford that lived life as a short track racer before getting stashed away on the property of Snowball Bishop. A wreck put the original build on its lid, and the crew put it out to pasture in the woods. That’s when Snowball schemed to rescue the old body and build a new frame for the car.

Bishop and his son got to work re-framing the car using a 1955 Chevrolet as the chassis, and powering it with a Ford flathead V-8. The then-aging flathead was Snowball’s engine of choice simply because everyone else was running small-block Chevrolets—and he could still beat them. When that tide turned, he starting calling friends to find a new powerplant. A Ford Y-block 312 took up residence between the framerails for a short time, but Snowball neglected to service the engine as the builder recommended, and the connecting rods let go and sliced the block to pieces. That was when the 440 Mopar that is currently with the car came into the picture.

The circle-track history of this car is the main part that brought this Barn Find Hunter and Redline Rebuild crossover together. Tom has spent time on track in a number of vintage cars, and Davin still tracks in the heavy clay from the dirt tracks around Michigan into the office on Monday mornings. This tube-framed Ford captured both of their interests and prompted Davin to hitch up a trailer and pull the car back to the new shop in Michigan.

Now, the only part left is the hard part; Davin is primed to get his hands greasy, and Tom is headed out on another hunt. The project phase begins, and if you want to see what Davin and the team has planned for this car, stay tuned in the coming weeks. The easiest way to keep in-the-know on the latest videos and updates is to subscribe to Hagerty’s YouTube channel and receive updates with each video that goes live.

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On last week’s Redline Update, Davin introduced the new Redline Garage space and invited you to comment in your questions and pressing curiosities about the how and why of our new workspace. The comments poured in, and Davin waded through and pulled the most popular responses and addressed them in this weeks video.

The questions posed gave the Redline team a bit of an insight to you viewers and what it is that sticks in your brains after years of watching these videos.

“Yes, we do have a bathroom,” says Davin when asked about the weirder questions that came from the request. “We haven’t had any reason to film in there in the past, and frankly I hope it stays that way!”

Other items were the compressor setup, what tools Davin has and why, and how the team keeps it all straight. Yes, there is a whiteboard off in the corner that tracks past, current, and future projects. The tools are a mix-match set of pieces acquired here and there blended with some very nice complete sets that Craftsman dropped off a few weeks ago. There are still a few big tools on Davin’s wish list though.

“I still need to find a lathe and a mill. those are two things that are really handy when doing larger projects. We have the space now, and those two items would allow me to take on some bigger items in-house. Plus, they are really fun toys to play with.”

The last point Davin address is one he has been hearing about for more than the last week. The questions and comments about the 1950 Chevrolet 3600’s oxidation and general lack of restoration. To that, Davin says that was never the goal–and that is fine. There are thousands of restored pickups out there and in terms of a restoration project, this particular pick would have been a terrible candidate.

“It was really too far gone to go through and restore. I would have had to replace 90 percent of the truck. However, it was absolutely worth getting it running, safe, and usable. Be able to drive it and use it is still way better than it’s previous life of rotting in the field. It just goes to show that you can rescue something like this, make it safe, and enjoy it.”

That 3600 pickup is not done yet though. The bed is still in process and a few eagle-eyed watcher last week noticed a small oil slick that appeared under the engine, two things Davin will need to sort out. What else is on the to-do list? You’ll have to tune in to future episodes to find out, so be sure to subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel to recieve notifications with each video that goes live.

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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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