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Project by PopsHuckster posted 12-28-2009 10:00 AM 6254 views 28 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Ethel, the project that got me my wood shop and tools … the old guy holding himself up on Ethel is me. This appeared in Sears craftsman Club flyer last July. They posted it because the majority of large power tools in my shop are vintage Craftsman. My wood lathe, metal lathe and drill press are 1940’s vintage Craftsman/Dunlap. Still solid as a rock and working great.

The second pic is what Ethel looks like opened up at the car shows. The tools boxes contain antique and period tools that I display during the shows. It’s great all the attention the tools get too.

The third pic is how Ethel started. The inital draw was the complete truck I saw inthe front yard that day. This chassis was a bonus that the seller offered me when i told him I was going to try to restore the truck in stead of street rodding it. It turned out the chassis was in better shape then the complete truck inthe front yard.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 10:36 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!
A very nice first post indeed,I normally prefer more contemporary design but this is quite stunning…
Cheers for posting

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 12:07 PM

Wow, what a great project! How long have you been working on Ethel?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 12:49 PM

you made that from that??? !!!! WOW
and Ethel is beautiful. That box is something else.

(Welcome to LJ)

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 12:57 PM

I’m jealous and I hate you, that said, WELCOME to LumberJocks.

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 01:20 PM

This is something that I couldn’t imagine to be around in my place. If I can afford to build one, it surely cannot be parked outside. I’d rather sleep in the truck…ha ha ha ha!

Very very nicely built. It must be alot of work. Very rare creation – one in a million and really stunning. What about the insurance? Does it cover the contents?

Great job Pop!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 01:57 PM

That is an amazing set of skills you have there. Just an amazing piece of work…

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#7 posted 12-28-2009 02:01 PM

That is GREAT!!. In my shop, covered with saw dust, sits a 1949 International KB-6. I have kicked around all kinds of ideas to use it for. I found it in a barn where it resided for over 30 years. A time capsule, if ever there was one. What a great idea you had in displaying my pile of “old tools” Hope you wouldn’t mind my borrowing your idea? Of course it will take me some time, I have had it for years already. I would just make it a “utility body” out of wood. Wow, I am pumped!! Thanks for all your hard work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 02:17 PM

A stunning restoration. I too would like to know how much time you have invested in this recreation?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 12-28-2009 02:42 PM

Welcome, great job on the truck!


-- Guy,PEI

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 03:46 PM

I really cannot add anything to what others have already said, so DITTO. Excellent!

-- jstegall

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 03:49 PM

Welcome to LJ. What great eye candy!

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#12 posted 12-28-2009 03:53 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 12-28-2009 05:09 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! That is a terrific project. Beautiful.

-- Dan - Marion, Iowa - Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone

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#14 posted 12-28-2009 05:44 PM

I sure love that truck!

A great job of restoring it better than new.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 12-28-2009 05:44 PM

Welcome to LJ! I am truly jelous! I would love to see more pics of your Ethel

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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