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Old 11-01-2009, 11:01 PM   #1
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1956 las vegas or bust build

Hello fellow junkies

this is a 1956 chevy 3100 build. I have had this truck a little over a year, i sold it in february then bought it back in march because i couldn't see it go. Then i got a wild hair up my arse and decided to build it for the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly show April 1-4 2010.
MY plans for the build are a traditional hot rod/ rat rod:

Front suspension
* CPP's 3 inch drop straight axle
* CPP's 3 inch drop mono leaf spring

Rear suspension
* CPP's 6 inch reverse drop mono leaf spring

Engine compartment
* Original 235 inline 6
* Offenhauser dual carb manifold
* Fenton cast iron dual exhaust headers
* Manual exhaust cut outs

Well here goes nothing

currently not letting me upload photos but soon to follow
sorry

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Old 11-02-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Sounds like a cool project.
We do need to see pics.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:50 AM   #3
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

here are some pics of the truck:
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:52 AM   #4
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Looks like it has good patina. Are you planning on paint or not?
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

no paint thats how its going to stay as long as i own it
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:14 PM   #6
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

sounds like a whole lot of fun. should be a fast, easy, and "cheap" (if you consider this hobby "cheap") build. look forward to seeing this one
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:36 PM   #7
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Was it originally a military truck?
My 57 was a Navy truck and had a tag on the firewall.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:34 AM   #8
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yes it was an army vehicle.
My brother bought it from the old man that purchased it from the army in 1965. my brother has had it for 13 years and i aquired it last summer.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:57 AM   #9
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Very nice truck. Please keep the pics coming as you progress.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:09 PM   #10
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

alright did some work here are some photos
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:20 PM   #11
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

When i was getting ready to put in the mono leaf I noticed that the driver's side rear bracket had 2 of the 4 factory rivets, so I air hammered them off and put it back with grade 8 bolts.
Passenger side front bushing the goes thru the frame only took 2 hours but man prevails once again
Now on to installing mono leafs
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:24 PM   #12
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

yesterday i received a package from old dominion trucking company all the way from michigan
i was so excited but diesel didn't care
these i think will look SICK !!!!!!
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:31 PM   #13
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Today was a good and bad day. First the good
Starting the spindle and drop axle work, old king pins a breeze to remove. New king pins even easier so i installed them on the axle.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:54 PM   #14
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Now the BAD
after installing the axle on the truck i was looking over everything and noticed that the holes in the brass bushings no longer matched up with the grease fittings. After further investigation the bushing were spinning inside the spindle. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
well we all know what that means.... spindles are no longer good, i knew as much but i didn't want to accept the fact. but the show must go on and i finished installing the axle on the truck then called it a day, figured i needed to get on a computer and start looking for replacements.
I called every major player but to no avail then i remembered reading about a guy that converts straight axles to drop axles you might know him as www.droppedaxles.com or Nostalgia Sid's. I called him and he rebuilds worn spindles YAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!! we talked for a minute about how he goes about it and even told me how to do it but i thought this time around i would leave it to the professional and ordered me a set of rebuilt spindles.
now we play the waiting game
but there is still plenty to get done before they arrive
thanks Sid you rock
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:01 PM   #15
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

very nice work i like the old school approach to lowering. what's the plan for the bump stop? the original was very tall. i used a piece of conveyer belt rubber sandwiched between the ubolts. in an upside down u..
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:17 PM   #16
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

thanks
the bump stops are on order thru napa went with 11/16 of an inch from energy suspension.
the brindle is Diesel and the apricot is Semilla (ce-me-ya) they are both English mastiffs thats just long for lap dog.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:28 PM   #17
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

You, sir, go fast. I like the way you work. Can't wait to see it lowered with the new wheels and tires.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:53 PM   #18
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

Sid is an awesome man. I love this build, can't wait to see more.
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

This is going to be a very interesting build to watch! I can't wait to see more of it.
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

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yesterday i received a package from old dominion trucking company all the way from michigan
i was so excited but diesel didn't care
these i think will look SICK !!!!!!
Ok, I'm digging these wheels, care to share some info on them?

Thanks,
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:49 AM   #21
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Nice work.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:12 PM   #22
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

you must have a big lap if those are lap dogs!!!
keep the picts comming!!!
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:27 PM   #23
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Re: 1956 las vegas or bust build

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no paint thats how its going to stay as long as i own it
That's the way to do it. I wish I would have done that with mine. Oh well, live and learn.

From the looks of your thread so far your already half way done. You'll be driving that thing around even before '010 even gets here.

Keep those updates comin'!
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:06 PM   #24
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That's the way to do it. I wish I would have done that with mine. Oh well, live and learn.
Tell me about it. 10 years ago when I took my truck apart to start the build rat rods and patina were not a factor, everything was shiny. Looking at my before photos I could have just done the cab corners and lower hinge pockets, reprimered those parts and let the rest stay as is. I'm watching this progress too.
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Nice build! I can't wait to see it all come together...
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