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Old 03-20-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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My long term 57 project

I recently found this forum and have enjoyed reading about your projects. So I thought I would share mine. I bought my 57 Big Window Short Bed in Jan 1993 in Oklahoma City. I was completing pilot training for the Air Force and ran across an ad for it in the auto trader. I drove it back to SC pulling a Jeep CJ-7 with its long block in the bed!

Well, I got stationed in Panama South America for 3 years before getting to Charleston, SC. It sat another 3 years before I got the time to get started on it!

The first thing I did was remove the front sheet metal to get to the 428? Caddy motor and trans. My uncle gave me a Camaro clip and I hauled it down to Lawrenceville, Ga to have Mike Chesser weld it in. From the trucks I've seen clipped he does the best job of making it look like a factory install.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:07 AM   #2
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Re: My long term 57 project

After getting it home I pulled the motor and trans from my Grandfathers 71 Impala. It was a good runing 350/300HP and 350 trans combo and my Mom gave it to me. My Dad and I made a trans crossmember after one I had seen in a Classis Trucks article. I think we went a little over board, but it sure is strong!

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Old 03-22-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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I completly rebuilt the front suspension with all new components, poly bushings and powdercoated the A-Frames and springs and spindles.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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The engine was in and out a few times before I did a "Krylon" rebuild. I just planned to use it for fitment and to build around it, but I got carried away and fully dressed it out!
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:06 PM   #5
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Looks good. You also worked over the cab, any more pics of it.
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Old 03-22-2009, 02:14 PM   #6
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Re: My long term 57 project

That is a sweet looking truck you are building. That guy really DOES know how to put a camaro clip in and make it look almost factory. That is the best camaro clip job I have ever seen!
You and I must have bought our trucks from the same person. My 56 cameo also has a 429 caddy motor that was installed by one of the previous owners.
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:13 PM   #7
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Welcome, very nice work.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:34 PM   #8
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Thanks JML55, your work is very impressive!!

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Old 03-22-2009, 06:39 PM   #9
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I have done a lot of work on the cab, I'll put up more pics soon! Thanks, JJ
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:48 AM   #10
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Re: My long term 57 project

I bought a mig to do the welding on the cab myself. I had never done any before but thought this would be a great way to learn! There were A LOT of holes to fill including a very large one from the PO who put the Caddy motor in it. They had just covered it using the famous license plate trick! So I cut a section form one that had been rolled. I cut a larger section from mine to make it easier to line up, using as many flat areas and straight cuts as I could. There's probably a 1000 tacks to hold it in place!!

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Old 03-23-2009, 11:14 AM   #11
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welcome >>>>nice work keep it up...
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:35 AM   #12
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I would love to see a technical write up on that camaro clip installation.

That really is the Best Job I've ever seen on a clip installation.

Is there any chance that we could see some more in depth photos of that front clip?

Maybe even a tutorial on how to install it like that?
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:46 AM   #13
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Nice work JJ. Keep the pics coming, we love pics.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:08 PM   #14
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Re: My long term 57 project

Ezekiel, I didn't do the clip. It was done for me by Mike Chesser in GA. He did a great job making it look like it grew there. I can supply a few more pic's, but I can't take credit for it. I'm sure if you contact Mike he would love to do a story on it. He has a web site showing a lot of his work.

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Thanks Kim, I'll get more out there!
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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Re: My long term 57 project

Here are a few pic's of the rear suspension. I want to run a wider tire and rim than stock and keep them tucked under the fenders. I saw an article in Classic Trucks a few years ago for a mono-leaf kit that I think fits the bill perfectly. It's been so long ago when I bought it that I don't remember who I bought it from. I do have nearly 10 years worth of magazines that I would have to look through to find the article. Maybe someone here will recognize it!
It was very easy to install and came with everything needed to put it in.

The rear is from a 69 chevy car and it's a 12 bolt. I've since had it shortened by Moser who also added a 373 gear with a Tru-Trac Posi. It also now has Ford big bearing axle ends and faxles.

I also put a big brake kit on it from Master Power brakes. And ran SS brake lines.

Here are the pic's!!

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Old 03-25-2009, 08:47 PM   #16
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Nice work...


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Old 03-25-2009, 09:45 PM   #17
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Ezekiel, I didn't do the clip. It was done for me by Mike Chesser in GA. He did a great job making it look like it grew there. I can supply a few more pic's, but I can't take credit for it. I'm sure if you contact Mike he would love to do a story on it. He has a web site showing a lot of his work.

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Is this Mike's webpage?

If so, I sent him an invitation to speak to his adoring fans

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Old 03-26-2009, 03:46 AM   #18
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That's the one. Sorry for not posting the link myself!

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Old 03-26-2009, 05:12 AM   #19
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That looks good but why did you do the front and rear of the frame different colors
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:32 PM   #20
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Re: My long term 57 project

OARNGESI, You've got a sharp eye! It is two different colors. I primed the entire frame using Rustolem that I brushed on, then I painted the rear half and re-installed the rear suspension. It was a few months before I got to the front and I didn't like to color on the rear, to light, so I went a shade darker on the front. I used duplicolor and Plastic Kote spray paint, because I plan to blow it all apart sandblast the frame and paint it one color with a quality epoxy paint or maybe powder coat!

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Old 03-29-2009, 04:05 PM   #21
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Trying to upload more pic's, but they want re-size? Haven't had this problem before, is this an issue with the site?
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:38 AM   #22
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I thought it automatically resized them when you use the "manage attachments" link. If not most editing programs have a resize feature with an "internet" option that sizes them for web pages.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:21 AM   #23
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Nice job!!
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:37 AM   #24
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Great job on the truck so far, too bad it had to sit for 3 years, imagine what would have been done, it looks like you have the same brackets and pulleys on your engine as i do, from Bills hot rod company, nice stuff.
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Re: My long term 57 project

Thanks nuke1!

Yes the three years it sat did slow down the process but i'ts been worth it. I really enjoy working on it when I get the time between work and family.

The pulley's actually came from Summit and the brackets are from Alan Grove. The brackets fit perfect!! I need to get going of the AC and I'll be ordering the brackets from him as well.

I've been trying to add more pic's but they want resize for me and I have no idea how to do it myself.
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