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Old 12-27-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Hello - New Member - 1st post!!

Hello All,
I'm a new member who just joined. I have recently had the fortune and financial means to start restoring my fathers 1954 Chevy 3100. Before he passed he had parked it and it has been sitting in the weather for almost 20 years now.
Without any knowledge of where to start, I came across this site.... WOW!!! I can't believe how much helpful info here and great restoration pics and knowledge spread by all the member's that I've seen since lurking around here the last few weeks, that I knew I wanted to join in.
I do not have the knowledge, tools, space, etc to do this restoration. I have a wonderful friend who I grew up with that has decided to tackle this!! He is the son of the 1st Funny Car World Champ in history Shirl Greer!!! He just lost his dad last year and he knows how much this truck means to me, and him, that he has taken on the task of making both our fathers proud!!!
I'm not trying to get all "SAPPY" here, I just wanted to say hello and I welcome any and all advice that you PRO's may have!!

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Old 12-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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Welcome!
What a great project you have. I'm a pretty sentimental guy myself, I think it's terrific what you guys are doing. This is a GREAT place to get plenty of help and info from some equally GREAT people.

You'll see...
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #3
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welcome.looks like a pretty good start.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
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welcome to the site an the most important thing to remember is to HAVE FUN, thats what its all about, an u will meet all kind of good people with that truck
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome. Here are all the pics I have of it right now, might as well post em.












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Old 12-27-2011, 11:47 PM   #6
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Thats not sappy, i love old trucks and good stories. Looks to be a great start.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:09 AM   #7
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the ones with stories are the best. looks like you are off to a good start keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:11 AM   #8
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welcome to the site an the most important thing to remember is to HAVE FUN, thats what its all about, an u will meet all kind of good people with that truck
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:55 AM   #9
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Welcome, remember these are relatively simple rigs to work on and there is a ton of information here. If you are going more stock than rod take a look at stovebolts.com too.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:53 AM   #10
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Welcome! glad to have ya on board - good ppl here and a LOT of good info to be gained.
Good to see ya keepin your dads spirit alive.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #11
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Great way to start the new year! So what's the plan for this one?

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:33 AM   #12
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Welcome!! You've come to the right place.
What's the story on the blue truck in the background? Is that an older COE? Kinda hard to tell.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:52 AM   #13
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Welcome, remember these are relatively simple rigs to work on and there is a ton of information here. If you are going more stock than rod take a look at stovebolts.com too.
look at stovebolts anyway in fact look at as much in as many places as you can find.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:27 AM   #14
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Re: Hello - New Member - 1st post!!

I appreciate the welcome!!!
The plan for the truck is to keep it as original as we can, once we find out if the motor is in decent shape we will just rebuild it and go from there. My buddy, thinks the motor in it will be fine. If not, then I can get all the luxuries of power steering, AC etc.
I don't particularly like the lowered look, and thinking one color paint - Crimson Red.
As far as the blue truck in the background goes, that was built by Shirl Greer to haul his funny car, and it's also a sleeper, I'll try to get you a couple more pics of it, it's bad!!

Of all the pics I've looked at on 54's I haven't seen the rear view mirror mounted to the dash like in my dad's, has anyone else seen this mounting spot before? We like that a lot and are def gonna keep it there!!
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:39 PM   #15
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Nice start to the project.

Keep that hood ornament, they're rare!
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #16
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Welcome, this site is awesome with awesome people. Hey is that 5 lug wheels on your truck?
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #17
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welcome,
theres snacks and beer in the garage, help yourself...
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:36 PM   #18
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but I'll glady enjoy a thanks!!
Yes, it was converted to 5 lug, not sure when that happened but my buddy noticed that as soon as he picked it up.
That hood ornament is sweet!!! The replica's I've seen run $250.
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hello and thats a cool looking truck love the way it aged
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:01 PM   #20
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Plan on the truck being Crimson Red, swatch PMS 201.

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:49 PM   #21
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I am looking at placing a pretty good sized order for parts for my 54 through Brothers. I'm sure they do a great job, just wondering if anyone recommends any other classic parts service.

Brothers has 15% off any order over $299.00 until Jan 31st. So far I have around $2K I'm spending, which with the 15% will take off $300. Every little bit helps

I'm just kinda wondering if anyone likes/dislikes any parts you've ordered through them or any good/bad experiences??
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:03 PM   #22
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caddieup

livin out here in sin city (las vegas) i go through Tuckers classics pickup parts .
- i've had good luck with them over the years -and they usually have some kind of special goin on .- never went through brothers - so i have nuttin bad to say about them.
dont know if this helps or not just my .5 centavos worth
great pics of truck you have - looks like a cool project .
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:08 PM   #23
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Awesome , thanks a lot!!
PS - I need another Vegas trip!!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #24
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yeah ! livin out here is a trip in itself !!!!!!!!!
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well... Brothers has a nice selection, but in my experience, they are priced high.

80% of their items that I have looked at are cheaper at Classicparts.com, a sponsor of this forum. if u spend over something like $350 shipping is free, except for oversize items. their oversize prices have been cheaper than Brothers as well, again... in my experience.

If you have the time, price out the same order from ClassicParts.com

I just placed an order from them yesterday, and it double submitted because my browser hiccuped... they called me directly this morning to make sure I wanted both orders and canceled the duplicate for me.

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