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My 47/52 one ton project
#1361842 Mon May 25 2020 03:12 AM
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I really should have posted progress pictures a lot sooner but I have a build that has been going in fits and spurts for upwards of 5 years. Even went through the loss of interest phase for a while.... This Covid thing Got the fire under me again to make progress.

This project started as a 1947 GMC 1 ton project with a completely disassembled truck I picked up for 500 bucks. The cab was way too far gone but there were many positives like a blasted and painted frame and lots of good parts.

Along the way I acquired a 100% rust free cab from Arizona by way of Long Island as well as another 52 donor truck. So that’s why I say it’s a 47/52. The motor and trans are from the 52 as well as several other parts and the frame is from the 47.

Fast forward to now and we have finally made progress. Motor and transmission has been redone and today we hit a major milestone and got it all mounted up in the frame.

Here are the progress pictures.

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Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1365513 Fri Jun 19 2020 01:53 AM
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Cab is in paint and has been mocked up on the frame. Progress is happening

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Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1365514 Fri Jun 19 2020 01:57 AM
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Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1365883 Sun Jun 21 2020 11:19 PM
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Congrats Chris for having a great project truck. Be sure and share with us pictures of the finished truck. Is it going to be a 9' bed pickup or a flatbed?


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Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1365946 Mon Jun 22 2020 01:17 PM
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I can see you have a 53 — 55-1st series 235.
I think you have a Chevrolet frame, not a GMC. The front cross member — where the front engine mount is looks like a Chevy. See attached link.
https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthread...gmc-1-2-short-bed-frame.html#Post1346359. You can see the difference between the cross members. They are different due to the GMC engine being longer than the Chevy and the radiator is more forward.
Do you have Chevy or GMC front sheet metal?

Last edited by Frank50; Mon Jun 22 2020 01:25 PM.

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Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1366585 Fri Jun 26 2020 10:47 PM
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I changed out the front crossmember from GMC to Chevy. All the front sheet metal is going to be Chevy.

Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Frank50 #1366586 Fri Jun 26 2020 10:56 PM
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Going for the flatbed stakeside look. I do have two 9 foot beds though but we want to go for farm truck look. Going to custom build the bed.

Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1366622 Sat Jun 27 2020 04:43 AM
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The greatest teacher failure is.
You will enjoy the big girl when she’s done. The ole one time sure draw people in at shows. It’s a very cool looking project. Welcome to the Bolt, by the way.

Maybe it’s a ‘47 truck trait, or my eyes are deceiving me, but do those front frame horns look really long? My 1ton’s frame horns aren’t that long.


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1951 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: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1366957 Mon Jun 29 2020 01:25 PM
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Your project is looking good Chris. I love the paint colors.

Rob


1951 Chevrolet 3100
Re: My 47/52 one ton project
Chris McKenna #1368549 Fri Jul 10 2020 06:39 PM
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Thanks Rob. Yeah, the color is kinda kick ****. I wanted the green but wanted to choose my own green (not stock) working with my local paint supplier looking over hundreds of chips. I settled on a few and in the end I let him make the final choice. Then if I didn't like it I could blame him.... lol.

AND I LOVE IT !! He nailed it

Last edited by Chris McKenna; Fri Jul 10 2020 06:40 PM.
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