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18 July 2011
More pictures of my old truck
From Ericy :
As a high school kid, I always thought that trucks from the late 1940's to mid 1950's were just plain cool. Ford, Dodge, Chev, GMC, etc. ... loved 'em all. But I was particularly drawn to the looks of the Advanced Design trucks.
Now fast forward 25 or so years. I've owned more than a handful of vintage cars and motorcycles. I've also had about 20 or more vintage and antique bicycles ... but never a truck. My wife would tell me that I still get giddy like a kid every time I see one on the road or in a lot. "Catch up!" or "Pull over!" I'd always say.
Then one recent Friday evening, out of the blue, my wife tells me she found a truck on Craigslist and she had emailed the owner. She said I needed to follow up on it. I was blown away! She never much cared for the Stingray I drove when we first met or the '48 Schwinn I restored for her when we wanted to go for a bicycle ride back when we were dating.
Long story short, by that Saturday we had plans to see it and by Sunday morning we had our new 1951 Chevy 3100 at home in the garage.
The truck mostly, if not all, is still pretty much original and runs great. It was badly in need of a new clutch.
I will be doing 99% of the work myself including the body. I'm a wrencher, not a body guy so keep your fingers crossed that my welding turns out decent.
I'm actually really excited to do the cab corners (even tho welding near that big honkin' gas tank has me mildly concerned) but the inner cowls and right front floor look like they might be tough to get to given my facilities. ... the truck only clears my garage ceiling by less than three inches and the front door by only a couple feet.
I'm without a doubt pulling the gas tank when I get to that point. It's so easy to do so, I'd be dumb not to.
This is the biggest project I've taken on body-wise. The more time I spend with the truck, the easier it gets
...even tho every time I poke around I find a new issue or potential problem to deal with.
It's all part of the hobby.
I did picked up an older Linoln Electric WP HD arc welder ... now I just have to wait til the rain and tornadoes pass.