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Old 03-10-2020, 02:56 PM   #51
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Re: 1951 GMC 3 window half ton

looks great........keep it going
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Old 03-10-2020, 07:36 PM   #52
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Thanks. I've been busy. My bedsides were really bad condition. I almost ordered new from Mar-K, but decided to make my own. A good friend made two bends out of 14 gauge steel. I transferred all the necessary holes from the old sides. Welded on the stake pocket channels, tubes, and added some teardrops.
I'm pleased with the results. Here's some more pic's.
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Old 03-11-2020, 08:22 AM   #53
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Re: 1951 GMC 3 window half ton

Looks good! What ride height did you specify to Scott's for the front?
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Old 03-11-2020, 12:56 PM   #54
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Gary,
I asked Scott's to try put the running boards at about 9". They came perty close. They sent me standard spindles and just lowered the cut out on the crossmember. I can always switch out the spindles for 2" drops if I want to lower the ride height. Thanks for looking.
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Also, I'm doing a little catch up with my posts, here's some more pic's.
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Old 03-11-2020, 01:15 PM   #55
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Re: 1951 GMC 3 window half ton

I have a Scott's front suspension on my 51 GMC also, always interested to see how others have installed their products. I didn't know what to ask for at the time, so I just took what they sent me. Mine included C- notches to cut the frame for the rack, but I did not want to do that. I lowered the crossmember in the frame about an inch, and the rack fit. Looks about where yours is. However, it seemed to me the front end was a bit too high, so I put drop spindles on with slightly heavier springs on the coilovers. This resulted in the front of the running boards about 8 1/2 inches off the ground. All the drop spindles seem to be 2 inch, which was a bit more than I wanted, but I'm going to leave it for now. Thanks for the info and pics.
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Old 03-12-2020, 12:15 AM   #56
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Good looking project!
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Old 03-15-2020, 09:01 PM   #57
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Hey Gary,
It does look like our front suspensions were installed about the same.
Scott's sent me Alden coil overs with 11 different settings. The springs are rated at 500 pds. Is my setup similar to yours and how do you like the ride?
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Old 03-16-2020, 08:58 AM   #58
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Re: 1951 GMC 3 window half ton

The shocks Scott's sent me have fewer adjustments than yours, but I believe I put them on the softest setting. Scott's told me the springs were 500 lb/inch, but according to the marks on them, Aldan identified them as 650. I wanted to use less preload on the spring collar, so Aldan recommended 750 lb springs. I installed these, and they worked out as planned. I enjoy the ride, steering, and stopping ability of this suspension, but alignment is difficult.
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Old 07-19-2020, 12:23 PM   #59
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Hello everyone,

been a while for posting, but I've been busy. Here's some pic's of progress. I'm getting closer to paint time. The wood in the pic's came from a local guy. It was kiln dried Michigan ash from a live tree. A friend of mine works at a local lumber yard and runs the mill room. I gave him the spec's and I'm pleased with the results. Total cost for bed wood was only $175.

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Old 07-19-2020, 03:39 PM   #60
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Re: 1951 GMC 3 window half ton

I just went through your build, nice work. The truck is looking great.
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Old 07-26-2020, 09:01 PM   #61
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Robert,
thanks for looking and the kind words. I've looked at your build also, very innovative ideas and looking great also.
Here's some more pic's of the fuel tank mounting and an original color I found under the cowl vent. It looks blue/gray. Not sure what it's called, but, I think it would look good with chrome. Be nice to know if anyone has used this color and how they like it.
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