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1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... #1279740
Mon Sep 10 2018 07:05 PM
Mon Sep 10 2018 07:05 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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I purchased a '51 GMC 100 a couple years ago and I'm finally getting around to working on it. I'm getting some great help from this forum so I thought I'd start a project thread showing updates. I originally thought that I'd keep the truck for the occasional cruise around town or to the hardware store but I've managed to get my project list too large and will probably sell this truck when I'm "done". The reason I'm mentioning this is because it helps me decide how much to do to the the truck... get it roadworthy so the next owner can get a better idea of what they're buying (risk) and helps me put a little more in my pocket (I hope).

Here's a few pics from when I bought it...

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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1279759
Mon Sep 10 2018 09:43 PM
Mon Sep 10 2018 09:43 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Renovated an old garage on my property to use for a work space and a paint area. The GMC is the first one!

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garage.jpg (358 downloads)
51-garage.jpg (359 downloads)
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1280892
Thu Sep 20 2018 12:09 PM
Thu Sep 20 2018 12:09 PM
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Wow. That’s a clean ole truck! Enjoy

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1281388
Mon Sep 24 2018 11:02 PM
Mon Sep 24 2018 11:02 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Thanks, I'm starting to get a little more time available for it lately. I'm going through the fuel system right now, replacing the hose under the tank and cleaning out the old fuel. It started on the fuel that's in the tank but it's old so I cleaned it out. Just got the hose over the weekend so I'll install it tonight. It ran long enough that I was able to engage the clutch a couple times. Looks like that's in good shape too! smile

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1281675
Thu Sep 27 2018 09:57 PM
Thu Sep 27 2018 09:57 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Well today was productive! I went to the DMV and registered the truck and then at lunch I put fresh gas in the tank, started it up and drove it around the property. The clutch and brakes work great and the engine started running better as it warmed up. It runs rough, but I want to run it enough to know how it really runs before I start going through my "tune up" check list. More photos coming soon...

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1282354
Wed Oct 03 2018 11:28 AM
Wed Oct 03 2018 11:28 AM
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Cool truck. Love the work space!

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1283085
Tue Oct 09 2018 07:39 PM
Tue Oct 09 2018 07:39 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Creating a "patina" with the paint. Always wanted to try it and the paint on the truck is pretty lousy. I'm taking the paint off with acetone and a scrub pad and I like the effect. I plan on clear coating it when I'm done to be a little different, we'll see if anyone else likes it when I go to sell the truck. LOL

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patina hood 2.jpg (287 downloads)
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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1283086
Tue Oct 09 2018 07:40 PM
Tue Oct 09 2018 07:40 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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More photos... I've done more work on it since I took these photos so I'll try to take some more soon...

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patina hood.jpg (277 downloads)
patina fender.jpg (276 downloads)
hood patina.jpg (274 downloads)
front-old-new.jpg (272 downloads)
Last edited by e9coupe; Tue Oct 09 2018 09:52 PM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1283752
Mon Oct 15 2018 11:17 PM
Mon Oct 15 2018 11:17 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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A little more time spent on the faux-patina. I soften up the paint and scrub it off with a scratch pad then sand it lightly with 180g to take the edges off without making sanding marks. I'll wet sand it with 400g before putting on the clear and see what happens. I started painting the wheels also. I decided to use rattle can paint on the wheels so they can be touched up easier in the future. Went for the brighter red thinking that it will tone down a little bit once it gets a little use but they look pretty dang bright. With the hubcap on it's looking pretty good so I guess we'll see.

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patina 7.jpg (258 downloads)
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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1283829
Tue Oct 16 2018 03:31 PM
Tue Oct 16 2018 03:31 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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One thing I forgot to add was a photo of the bead surface on the wheel(s). I'm sure this has been discussed here in the past but thought I'd include it since it's part of my project. Some old steel wheels will be pitted on the bead surface and tube-less tires have a hard time sealing. These wheels are in pretty decent shape in that regard but I've dealt with others in the past that needed help and I've had really good success running a thin layer of JB Weld along that surface and sanding it down smooth. One car is going on 7-8 years with no issues.

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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1285614
Wed Oct 31 2018 08:24 PM
Wed Oct 31 2018 08:24 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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I've just been working on the Faux-patina lately, it's pretty slow going but I'm starting to sand everything to prep for clear coat. Getting closer. I did manage to score a good set of used 215/85/16 tires today and picked up my valve stems! That's a big thing checked off my list. Now I have the wheels painted, valve stems and tires so I should be able to put them together this weekend. I'll wait to put them on the truck until after I'm done painting though.

EDIT: Photos added. One thing I did notice while putting the tires on was since my wheels are older style they don't have a safety bead. When I aired up the tires they just filled up with no "pop" that comes when the bead blows past the safety bead. The first one was strange until I figured out what it was doing.

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wheels-tires2.jpg (257 downloads)
wheels-tires.jpg (252 downloads)
Last edited by e9coupe; Thu Nov 08 2018 05:09 PM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1287187
Mon Nov 12 2018 06:43 PM
Mon Nov 12 2018 06:43 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Made more progress over the weekend. I made a big decision to NOT clear coat the faux-patina like I was originally planning on doing and just do a cut and polish. The biggest reason was because I'm not completely sold on the idea of clear coat and I think it might reduce the number of interested buyers, and, the truck is so solid and straight that if the next owner wants to clean up the body a bit and paint it they don't have to sand off hard clear coat to do it.

This is one pass with cutting compound. It will need two or three cuts and a couple passes with polish. Also, I sanded the paint off of the front emblem then blocked the face with 150g sand paper. I think it turned out good.


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cut and polish.jpg (245 downloads)
emblem.jpg (249 downloads)
patina11.jpg (220 downloads)
Last edited by e9coupe; Fri Nov 16 2018 04:58 PM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1288086
Mon Nov 19 2018 06:21 PM
Mon Nov 19 2018 06:21 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Another weekend of progress... Tubeless tires are holding air so far and I like the size of the 215/85/16's. These photos are with the front half cut a couple times and back half sanded ready to be cut. I like both ways so if the next owner likes the dull look they can just let it fade.


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side-right.jpg (214 downloads)
cut and polish2.jpg (192 downloads)
Last edited by e9coupe; Wed Nov 21 2018 04:17 PM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1290541
Mon Dec 10 2018 05:32 PM
Mon Dec 10 2018 05:32 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Used Rustoleum Enamel for the first time over the weekend. Sprayed in 50deg weather with a 50/50 Acetone mix. I like the results and it looks like it would be durable.

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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1290611
Tue Dec 11 2018 02:47 AM
Tue Dec 11 2018 02:47 AM
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My experience with Rustoleum which I mostly use, is it fades if in the sun, haven't tried waxing it to bring back the shine, yet.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: EdPruss] #1290671
Tue Dec 11 2018 04:12 PM
Tue Dec 11 2018 04:12 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Originally Posted by EdPruss
My experience with Rustoleum which I mostly use, is it fades if in the sun, haven't tried waxing it to bring back the shine, yet.

Ed


Makes sense, most single-stage paints I've used fade without maintenance. I'm going to use it on the running boards mostly because it would be easier to touch up as they get scuffed, versus a two-stage with a hard clear coat. Hard to say which would be better.

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1290692
Tue Dec 11 2018 07:08 PM
Tue Dec 11 2018 07:08 PM
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My 2-part urethane paint jobs have not faded (PPG Omni and, I think, DCC).
However, they are only around 15-20 years old.


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1291478
Mon Dec 17 2018 06:04 PM
Mon Dec 17 2018 06:04 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Running boards done. Three coats of Rustoleum put on fairly thick. Painted it when it was pretty cold and didn't have any issues with sags or runs on the vertical surfaces. 50/50 paint and Acetone.


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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1291582
Tue Dec 18 2018 04:52 AM
Tue Dec 18 2018 04:52 AM
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That looks pretty sharp!



In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1294999
Tue Jan 15 2019 11:01 PM
Tue Jan 15 2019 11:01 PM
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Lindsey  Offline
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Originally Posted by e9coupe
A little more time spent on the faux-patina. I soften up the paint and scrub it off with a scratch pad then sand it lightly with 180g to take the edges off without making sanding marks. I'll wet sand it with 400g before putting on the clear and see what happens. I started painting the wheels also. I decided to use rattle can paint on the wheels so they can be touched up easier in the future. Went for the brighter red thinking that it will tone down a little bit once it gets a little use but they look pretty dang bright. With the hubcap on it's looking pretty good so I guess we'll see.



I love your build. If you're worried about how bright the rims are, I find whitewalls or beauty/trim rings on the rims help cut down the brightness of the paint.


1953 Canadian GMC 9314 w/ (factory) Chevy 235
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1296797
Wed Jan 30 2019 01:32 AM
Wed Jan 30 2019 01:32 AM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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A little more work done. Cleaning up the engine compartment. I'm repainting the air cleaner housing, it didn't turn out like I'd hoped. Wiring is next...

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engine paint3.jpg (176 downloads)
engine paint7.jpg (179 downloads)
engine paint6.jpg (174 downloads)
Last edited by e9coupe; Wed Jan 30 2019 01:36 AM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1298919
Thu Feb 14 2019 04:08 AM
Thu Feb 14 2019 04:08 AM
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Looking good e9coupe! The faux patina work looks awesome. Are you going to "rust" the bare metal spots with muriatic acid?


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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: sfeldma] #1298973
Thu Feb 14 2019 07:18 PM
Thu Feb 14 2019 07:18 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Originally Posted by sfeldma
Looking good e9coupe! The faux patina work looks awesome. Are you going to "rust" the bare metal spots with muriatic acid?


I did, but it didn't etch into the metal enough to stay when I took the edges off of the paint and then cut it with rubbing compound. It's been in my garage the whole time so it's not "weathering" at all right now. Instead of chasing it I'll just let the next owner decide what direction to go.

Here's a photo showing a little etching. This is when I was cleaning up the edges so you can see the "clean" areas on the metal.

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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1303166
Fri Mar 15 2019 05:47 PM
Fri Mar 15 2019 05:47 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Wiring almost done. Taillights added, headlight rings going on...

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engine comp wiring.jpg (125 downloads)
tail lights.jpg (120 downloads)
headlight ring.jpg (116 downloads)
Last edited by e9coupe; Fri Mar 15 2019 05:48 PM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1303372
Sun Mar 17 2019 12:39 AM
Sun Mar 17 2019 12:39 AM
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Nice truck and good work. U should be proud.

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1304619
Mon Mar 25 2019 09:28 PM
Mon Mar 25 2019 09:28 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Done with the engine compartment. Couple more things on my list and the rest is for the next guy...

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Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1309725
Sun May 05 2019 09:51 PM
Sun May 05 2019 09:51 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Done. I just came back from the gas station and had about five or six people walk up and check it out. Got good reviews. 😁

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Last edited by e9coupe; Mon May 06 2019 03:54 PM.
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1309788
Mon May 06 2019 04:24 AM
Mon May 06 2019 04:24 AM
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Ahhhh! More pictures please!

Very cool truck! It is a rewarding feeling taking them out. It’s sometimes hard to stop anywhere though...😁👍🏻🕘🕘🕘🕘🕘😎



In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: Fox] #1309823
Mon May 06 2019 03:57 PM
Mon May 06 2019 03:57 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Originally Posted by Fox
Ahhhh! More pictures please!

Very cool truck! It is a rewarding feeling taking them out. It’s sometimes hard to stop anywhere though...😁👍🏻🕘🕘🕘🕘🕘😎

That has two meanings. Mine gets stuck in third so you have to remember to shift out of third before you stop. It's not as big a deal as I thought it would be but still reminds you that you're in a 70 year old truck. More and better photos coming this week. My son is going to take some in high def and my daughter is going to print a few posters for my shop.

Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1309918
Tue May 07 2019 04:21 AM
Tue May 07 2019 04:21 AM
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Weird. My truck is doing the same thing. I haven’t dug much deeper but it is a ‘62 sm420. I aslo have to shift out of 3 before stopping. It’s a PITA. I want my wife to be able to drive it and until I get that straightened out, she can’t. I switched out the 62 top hat on the transmission so I could use the hand brake pivot from the ‘50’s top hat. I read somewhere that this frequently can cause the tranny to stick in 3rd. What transmission are you using? I suspect you likely haven’t done the exact same thing as me, so I look forward to seeing what issues you may be investigating. Thanks coupe.
Fox J



In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1951 GMC 100 Project Updates... [Re: e9coupe] #1310516
Sun May 12 2019 07:59 PM
Sun May 12 2019 07:59 PM
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e9coupe  Offline OP
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Out taking some photos.

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