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Northern Illinois newbie #1334800 Fri Nov 22 2019 03:25 PM
Joined: Nov 2019
Posts: 7
51Gib Offline OP
New Guy
Hello everyone,
I've been watching this forum for quite awhile now and I finally joined.
I'm a semi-retired home inspector in the Rockford IL area setting myself up with a project that I've been dreaming about. My wife and I were both born in 51 and I'm a Chevy lover as well as a passion for pickups. So......I made the leap and bought a 51 3100 that I rescued from a hot rod project. I want a street driver that looks close to original but needs to ride good. This baby is in pieces and boxes. Even the frame is stripped down. I'll be seeking lots of help and advice from y'all. Let the fun begin!

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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1334802 Fri Nov 22 2019 03:34 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,802
Achipmunk Offline
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Welcome to the Stovebolt. You are now at the right place to get that baby together and running. Our forums here cover everything you can imagine...and then some!!
Just be sure to ask questions in the most appropiate garage forums (not here in the welcome center) and the experts here will give you all the help you need. We are here to help.

.......there are also other bolters in IL, that may be just around the corner. I can think of a couple like in Sandwich and Melrose Pk area, and others. Enjoy the journey.

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1952 Chevy Panel
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52 Chevy Panel

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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1334806 Fri Nov 22 2019 03:43 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
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Justhorsenround Offline
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Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure! shake
Remember, you rescued the truck from someone’s failed project. Don’t you be the “Someone” for the next guy. Even just a few minutes a day will move the project forward.

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'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe

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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1334810 Fri Nov 22 2019 03:48 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 447
Apache1 Offline
Shop Shark
Welcome aboard! Good fact you are much better off finding it this way...the adventure is just getting started. Its all exposed no hidden agendas. thumbs_up

Last edited by Apache1; Fri Nov 22 2019 03:50 PM.

1959 Apache 3100 Fleetside SWB (Shop Truck) (modified)

Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1334823 Fri Nov 22 2019 05:05 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,164
Rusty Rod Offline
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Welcome to the 'bolt. In reference to horsen's comment, I was talking to an olde feller about his sweet ride. He built it himself. I asked something along the lines of how long did it take? He said he worked on it for a MINIMUM of 15 minutes EVERY DAY... more often than not much longer though..

Another quality post.

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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1334868 Fri Nov 22 2019 10:05 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,544
J Lucas Offline
Shop Shark
That cab looks solid. Great score and welcome. thumbs_up


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1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1335056 Sun Nov 24 2019 05:56 AM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 2,027
69Cuda Offline
Big Bolt Forum Moderator
welcome to the site!


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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1336075 Mon Dec 02 2019 12:08 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 1,735
Frank50 Offline
Shop Shark
Welcome from another IL bolter. Quite a few of us from the Prairie State. Good luck with your project. Seriously, you're going to need it. As others have said, patience will be required, and don't try to do it all at once. You may get discouraged.

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Re: Northern Illinois newbie [Re: 51Gib] #1336162 Tue Dec 03 2019 12:51 AM
Joined: Nov 2018
Posts: 58
clarsen3100 Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Welcome! Another sweet '51 5-window 3100. Enjoy making it your truck, your way. Good luck!!


'51 3100 5-Window (Restomod in progress)

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