Karl Smith's

1954 Chevy 3100

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26 April 2005

From Karl: 

      This is my 1954 3100 pickup I bought in January of 2004. I'm working to restore it. I think I've spent my son's first year of college money on it and at some point, I'll have tell my wife.

      I did a frame off. Installed IFS with dropped spindles, disk brakes, power rack, 10 bolt Chevy rear end and new leaf spring kit from CPP in Buena Park, Ca. Also installed a bed mounted gas tank. Bead blasted and powder coated the frame and bead blasted the body. Filled the firewall holes. Installed an "Ididit" steering column and a new roll pan with lights.

      The truck is setup with a crate 350/350 and A/C.

      When I bought it, I just wanted a reliable daily driver. Now I'm caught in restoration hell and loving / hating every minute of it. Some days are better than others. Just took it out for the maiden voyage.

      I'll send more pictures once it's complete.

K. Smith
Orange, CA

      Wow, Karl -- for some of our Bolters, this is as "complete" as it'll get :) ~~ Editor

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