04 October 2015
1951 Chevy pickup 3100
From Chris :
About four years ago, I was driving through Wisconsin enroute to the in-laws house, when I saw a 1-ton 1947-55 1st Series truck sitting on the side of the road that needed my love.
I stopped to talk to the mechanic and he wanted more then I was willing to pay for the truck, by over $7K. Although I could only muster a shrug and "oh nuts," that is where I can honestly say the 'Bolt Bug' bit me hard.
I searched and searched until i finally found my truck. It is a 1951 Chevy 3100. After buying my truck, I debated a long time on how I wanted to proceed with it. A major debate in my head started: do I want to hot rod it, restore it or must modify parts of it.
After much debate, I realized that i could keep it stock with little touches that i would like to have for safety.
I upgraded to front disc brakes, seatbelts and blinkers. The front axle was modified and given a 4" drop (3" blocks in the rear) by Sid's Dropped Axle.
The rest of the truck is staying stock minus one fender that needed to be replaced. In the link above, you can see the pictures of my baby.
My truck is named Loretta after my Grandmother. The last week of my Grandfather's life, I told him, while enroute to see him one last time in full dress uniform, him one last time that I named my truck after Grandma. He said "My lands." He passed away while my family was in the plane. Everyone says that Grandpa knew, at that point, that I was coming to take care of Grandma so he could pass.
Now, I need to to get the truck completed and give Grandma a ride!"
In case you can't tell from the pictures, my little mechanic loves to help me and asks to go for a ride every day. We can't wait for the paint job to be finished so we can enjoy it together.
The future plan is to get a second vehicle that will be all his and WE will build it together so he can learn. I figure it will not only give us more time together, but give him a respect for everything he has earned himself.
Keep track of the restoration project details in the DITY Gallery and check for new photos to the Photobucket album. Any and all questions welcome! If you post in the forum, others can share in the discussion. Thanks ~ Editor
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