I wanted to begin using this thread to document my build. I picked up a 1951 Chevy 3100 1/2 ton in late August in various forms of disassembly and I aim to get her back on the road by Thanksgiving!
I'm located in Omaha, NE so I figured this was the best place to document this build.
Here is a link to photos along the way: 1951 Chevy Project Flickr Page
There is a short backstory on my acquisition of this pickup. I first starting working on older cars around 14 years old when I got a 1972 VW Super Beetle (of which I just finished restoring - frame off in August 2015). I also at about 16 years old got a 1964 C-10 Fleetside that I completed a partial restoration on. I then completed a 1974 VW Super Beetle and after selling both that and the '64 Chevy - took a ~10 year pause through college and starting my career from working on old cars (but I never lost that itch!).
I have always been a huge fan of Advanced Design and Task Force Chevy pickups. They just have that look I love. Upon finishing my pan-off restoration of my 1972 Super Beetle
, I was already itching for another project (my wife was not however but she lets me pursue my 2nd love). I took my time and discretely started flipping thru Craigslist and Facebook ads of local projects for sale and was shocked at how readily available these pickups still are! Unfortunately, I had to weed thru lots of ads asking for what guys had invested in their unfinished project or projects that were just simply too far gone for me.
Then one day it happened. An ad showed up on Craigslist for a 1951 3100 that had no pictures and only a price - but the seller was responsive and very close in proximity! I grabbed a buddy and went to go see it one Thursday night. The pickup was all I wanted it to be. Solid and straight frame. decent body (although completely disassembled), a stock motor and transmission (that supposedly ran) and even a Mustang II clip included but not yet installed! I left knowing I'd buy the pickup and played the game with the seller. He needed it out of his storage shack to store another project, his son had lost interest in it and he just didn't have the time to deal with it. Lots of guys were making offers on parts and he just wanted it gone as a whole. I made a fair, yet lucrative offer and after about a 30 minute discussion, the car hauler was on it's way and I was the proud owner of a clean title 1951 Chevy 3100 1/3 ton. Let the games begin!
So far, I've completed the following:
- Installed the motor
- Installed the radiator
- Installed the transmission
- Pulled and cleaned the gas-tank
- Assembled the various bolt-on body panels
- Started the motor and tuned it to idle (first time since the mid-80's!)
- Began painting the motor
Items remaining before initial road test:
- Finish painting motor
- Replacement of motor gaskets
- Replacement of motor mounts
- Reinstall gas tank & sending unit
- Go thru brake system
Thanks in advance for everyone's thoughts and advice along the way! Looking forward to getting this old girl back on the road!