Riz, Keep up the great work, Jim. I am almost even with you on a ’56 Stepside build. Your project is fun to watch. What are you looking at for the parking brake? Or are you? Parts for the old system are not available after the rear cables are hooked up. My brackets, levers that attach to the crossmember are missing. Are there any reasonable aftermarket levers (floor) and cable kits available? Are any salvage parts adaptable? Thanks.

Kent Funk 

Aberdeen, Idaho

Hi Kent, Yeah, I am going to use a parking brake on this one (between you and me it’ll be the first time in a while that I’ve included an e-brake in a project, though). The new brake conversion from Classic Performance Products that I used has provisions for the original lever. In your case there are a couple of options. You could go with an aftermarket setup like the one from Lokar, or I’m pretty sure OEM-style components are available through LMC Truck as well as other truck resto outlets. I’m confident you’ll find what ya need. RIZ

Hi Jim, Until six months ago, I was an avid reader of Street Rodder magazine. Then I came across a great deal on a ’55 Ford pickup and ’53 Ford pickup parts donor; I jumped at the chance to purchase them. Then I started to look at the magazine rack for some truck ideas and came across Classic Trucks magazine.

The very first issue that I looked at had an article on Cordoba/Volare frontends installed in mid-’50s Ford pickups. The ’55 pickup that I purchased already had a Cordoba frontend installed, disc brakes and all. I was ecstatic!

When I picked up my April copy of CT I was very pleased to find an article on installing power brakes with an underdash-mounted swinging brake assembly. The setup looked just like the unit I had in three boxes that came with the ’55. I read the article and decided this is something that I can do myself, which is just what I am doing.

I love your magazine! Keep up the great tech pieces.

Bill Martin

Hamilton, MT

Bill, if the kit you got along with your project is indeed the same CPP kit I used you’ll be extremely pleased. That was one of the easiest conversions I’d done in a while. Best of luck on your build; keep us in the loop as to how it progresses! RIZ

Jim, I am currently enjoying the articles on the build of your ’57 Chevy. I have a ’55 Chevy that I have had for about 16 years and have unfortunately allowed it to sit. I have decided this year that I am ready to take the project on. There are some things that I can do and other things that I know are out of my comfort zone. Your articles have given me some good ideas as I begin the project. I am starting with almost exactly what your truck looked like in the opening article. Please keep up the series on this, and I will keep reading!

Tom Parker

Chantilly, VA 

Hello Tom, I’m glad you’re enjoying CT—especially since you’re restarting your project. I know lots of my tech is not step-by-step, but that’s what manufacturer’s instruction sheets are for anyway. As long as I can both motivate my readers to try things themselves and to offer a bit of entertainment at the same time I’ve accomplished my aim. Have fun redoing your ’55! RIZ

Riz, Sometimes I feel like you are standing right beside me when I am working on my old clunker; imagine my surprise when I opened my June issue to see your article “ Nose Job,” and you explaining step-by-step how to put this monster back together. I can only wonder just how much you scratched your head on this one because this is exactly where I’m at on my build with my ’55 Chevy. It really helped me out when I started my assembly. Hell, I dismantled my truck and still had a hard time remembering how it went back together. This isn’t the first time you helped me out with my build, and I can only say “Thank you!” I look forward to every issue of Classic Trucks and Custom Classic Trucks each month, it’s my lifeline to the outside world of restoration, building tips, welding tips, and aftermarket parts. I can’t imagine doing the restoration without you. I am 52 and this is my first restoration, so naturally I had to do a complete body-off restoration. I am not one of those guys who likes to do things the easy way; sometimes I am my own worst enemy. But after two years and a lot of sweat I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I would love to see how you would put an ididit steering column in one of these trucks in the near future. Who knows, when I get to that part of the build you may surprise me again. So far you’re batting a thousand.

Ronnie Prevatt

Savannah, GA

Hi Ronnie, I’m happy my ramblings are of help! Best of luck with your project, as well. Oh yeah, I will be doing a column install in the near future—I only hope my timing is right and it ends up being a bit of help to ya. RIZ

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