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Old 01-28-2005, 08:35 AM   #51
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What a beautiful sight! I wish there was a way to clear-coat a truck like this, leaving it looking just the way it is, without the rust going any further!

Have fun getting her ready, bro'! Mine's a driver ... we just had 18 inches of snow here in New Jersey -- I just cleaned her off, shoveled the driveway, and took her for a spin.
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Old 01-28-2005, 01:34 PM   #52
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Thanks for the support Alan!! We have actually talked about trying to scuff it very lightly and shoot it with clear ( and adding a dulling agent) so it can be preserved just like it is....The truck is amazing in it's original condition...


I have a buddy who owns a very nice 48 and he came over when this came home and looked it over ...He couldn't believe how unmolested it is...Even the firewall is uncut/ undamaged..Going to be fun....
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Old 01-28-2005, 03:11 PM   #53
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Keep it the way it is, except I would update the running gear and and the interior and drive it for another 50 years !!!
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Old 01-28-2005, 06:01 PM   #54
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Keep us posted, Crews! Don't you have to get rid of all signs of rust in order to keep it from spreading and getting worse??

I agree with solidaxel ... mine is a great driver because of all the mechanical upgrades -- makes it more road worthy AND more fun!
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Old 01-29-2005, 12:30 PM   #55
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....The truck is amazing in it's original condition...
It looks like it is! Great buy! I love seeing these old vehicles brought back. Although it doesn't really cause a dent in the industries thinking, it keeps the message out there that we really DON'T like a lot of plastic in our rides!
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Old 01-29-2005, 01:55 PM   #56
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It looks like it is! Great buy! I love seeing these old vehicles brought back. Although it doesn't really cause a dent in the industries thinking, it keeps the message out there that we really DON'T like a lot of plastic in our rides!

Yeah, I chose to resto-rod this truck as oppossed to go and spend 30K+ for a new truck that will be lucky to last 15 years, let alone 55!!!

I keep telling my kids that the reason this truck is so solid is because this was built back when they actually used METAL in the trucks!!
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Old 01-29-2005, 02:01 PM   #57
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Keep us posted, Crews! Don't you have to get rid of all signs of rust in order to keep it from spreading and getting worse??

I agree with solidaxel ... mine is a great driver because of all the mechanical upgrades -- makes it more road worthy AND more fun!

Actually my intention is just that...late model drivetrain, reliability, some A/C and tunes ( nothing radical- I'm almost 40!) and leave as much original character as I can...By summer I want this to be daily driver reliable..

As far as the stopping the rust, I am currently researching my options...if I can't stop it dead in it's tracks and clear it, I will just drive it a year like this ( with clear to limit it's exposure) and then I will reluctantly paint it.
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Old 02-13-2005, 05:54 PM   #58
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Hi new to form. My dad and myself are doing a couple of restros. Dads is a 47 chev five window 1/2 ton numbers matching stock truck. Mine is a 48 five window 1/2 ton going on a modern chassie with a small block. No pics at this time to post but will have some in near futher.
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:26 PM   #59
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Here's our 55 1st series, short step. Needs pretty much a total resto. I have already started to dismantle it. Hope to have it down to the frame this weekend, then it's going to be a slow go from there. Some rust in the cab and the bed is rough, but I'm trying to salvage as much as possible. I will post some pics of progress in a short time. Hope to be around for some time
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:48 PM   #60
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Hi new to form. My dad and myself are doing a couple of restros. Dads is a 47 chev five window 1/2 ton numbers matching stock truck. Mine is a 48 five window 1/2 ton going on a modern chassie with a small block. No pics at this time to post but will have some in near futher.
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:49 PM   #61
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Here's our 55 1st series, short step. Needs pretty much a total resto. I bought it Monday night for $400 and was offered $800 the next day. Turned it down, (of course), and have already started to dismantle it. Hope to have it down to the frame this weekend, then it's going to be a slow go from there. Lots of rust in the cab and the bed is pretty much gone, but I'm trying to salvage as much as possible. I will post some pics of progress in a short time. Hope to be around for some time
Welcome to the board. Nice project ya got there...I'm kinda partial to the 54 myself
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Old 02-18-2005, 03:58 AM   #62
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Looks like a fun project, bro'! Welcome aboard ... can't wait to see your progress as it ensues!
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Old 03-13-2005, 11:47 AM   #63
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Pictures

How do you post the pics to the site. I have some of my projects and would like to share if I can.
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:32 PM   #64
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You have to have your pictures on the web somewhere ...

1 - go to your picture on the web
2 - right-click on it and "Open Image in New Window"
3 - copy (Cntrl + C) the address in the top address bar of that new window

... then, when you click on the button, you'll see this button above the text box: ... click on it and paste (Cntrl + V) in the address to your picture.

... when you submit your post, you'll see your picture.

I hope that helps.
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Old 04-06-2005, 11:52 PM   #65
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Hey everyone. I am new on here and new to the world of 1947-1955 pickup trucks as well. My name is Jamie and I 23 and from Cincinnati Ohio. I have been around late 60's early 70's cars for about 10 years now and just finished a 1970 nova (after about 8 years). I needed another project so I just bought a 1954 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup. It has the 235 6 cylinder with the 3 on the tree, straight axle and a tow truck looking bed on it that the guy before me made I guess. I think I will stick with the tow truck theme and do the truck up around that. I just plan on putting new kingpins, disc brakes, power steering and a new rearend in the truck with better gears. Then maybe some new primer and some interior work. This will be my daily driver here in about 2 months if all goes well.
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:08 AM   #66
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Wow -- that's really unique looking, man! I like it! Looks like it'll be a fun driver, bro'! Keep us posted on your progress ... and keep the pics comin' -- we LOVE pictures!
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:27 AM   #67
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Guess I better show mine, too. 52 3/4 ton, bought from the father-in-law's farm estate. I've been driving her daily for the last year after wrecking my 69. Had 63,000 miles when I bought her in 96, replaced the 216 with a 235 in 2000, turned over 80,000 this year.
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:57 AM   #68
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Way to go, man -- that's a sweet ride ... Cool paint job, too!
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:13 PM   #69
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Finally got some pics of the truck laying down....
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Old 04-12-2005, 05:45 PM   #70
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Heatwave, your truck seems to have a problem. Did you let all the air out of it?
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Old 04-16-2005, 09:53 PM   #71
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here's my firme 48 homies!!


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Old 04-16-2005, 09:57 PM   #72
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Oooh, yeah! NICE ride, bro'!
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:07 PM   #73
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Nice ride!
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Old 04-17-2005, 09:33 PM   #74
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Thanks For The Compliments , Man I Tell You Im Glad To See Other People That Have The Same Passion As I Do Towards The Old Rides. It Seems Nowadays Everyone Sports The Same Cars ,trucks And So On... Keep Them Old Chevies Rolling!
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Old 04-18-2005, 04:29 AM   #75
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You said it, man. My truck is my daily driver!
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