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Newby from Colorado Springs
#1366745 Sun Jun 28 2020 12:54 AM
Joined: Jun 2020
Posts: 58
RobinCO Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
I have my grandfather's '51 3100 that I'm starting to restore. Looks like I'm going to end up doing a frame-off restoration but still trying to decide how custom to make it. I like creature comforts like disk brakes, power steering and EFI.

So far I've been able to get the bed, front fenders and grill off without too much issue. The engine spins freely by hand but it hasn't been running in 20 years. The interior is shot (used to be a home for mice and raccoons) and lots of rust in places. Planning on media-blasting everything and re-using what I can.


1951 Chevrolet 3100
Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1366775 Sun Jun 28 2020 03:49 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,150
RobinCO, welcome to the Stovebolt. Sounds like ou have a family Heirloom and it is definitely worth restoration. Your on the right track, take the time to make a plan and work on it at least 15 minutes a day (minimum) every day.

The guys in the garage forums will help you all the way be sure to ask any questions in the most appropriate forum. After you have made 4 post you can then post pictures and send PM's. Consider yourself home!

See you around the garage.

1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
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1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

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Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1366780 Sun Jun 28 2020 04:43 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,756
Shop Shark
Hello Rob, there are lot's of options for getting your '51 the way you want it.

Welcome to the Stovebolt


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1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1366792 Sun Jun 28 2020 11:23 AM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 8,781
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure! shake

We have some members from Colorado, watch out for them they are an unruly lot!

'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
ā€˜65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (Iā€™m #2)
ā€˜39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
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Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1366822 Sun Jun 28 2020 03:00 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 718
Shop Shark
Welcome to the BOLT, I love it when a Truck stays in the same Family. Take your time with making you decisions, there are a lot off options out there. I would check out some of the builds going on in the forums, Project Journals would be a good place to start. Many of the builds have disc brakes and power steering even a couple with late model drivetrains. Lots of options to make it your own. Welcome to the site.

Last edited by TUTS 59; Sun Jun 28 2020 03:03 PM.


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Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1366879 Sun Jun 28 2020 11:07 PM
Joined: Dec 2019
Posts: 56
Wrench Fetcher
Pretty new myself but more local (or loco) than some, just down the street (I-25)just south of Pueblo in Colorado City. Tearing down a '37. I plan on keeping it as stock as possible, if it hadnt been so complete I would have done more street rod t ype things. Everyone has to make those decisions and draw theirown personal line.If the old 216 kaputs I more than likely will not suffer through the rebuild of an old low pressure, babbit bearing engine but will not modify anything that cant be put back to stock someday if someone wanted. My dad had a 3100, kept it till he passed. He bought one for me when I was 16 that had the visor, interior fan mounted on the dash, twin spotlights and lighted hood ornament. A 20 year old pickup blinged out wasnt cool for a chick magnet in '72 and I got a '57 belair, but I sure wish I had it now! have fun, take it slow and you'll have a conversation piece to be proud of. Like I tell everyone, all you need is TIME, MONEY and PATIENCE. If one of those components is lacking; you'll have to double up on one of the others! take a look at the photo gallery to see what others have done.

Last edited by 37 GC; Sun Jun 28 2020 11:10 PM. Reason: added a sentence

All you need in life is TIME, PATIENCE and MONEY.
If you are missing one component, you'll need an abundance of the others two.
Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1366934 Mon Jun 29 2020 04:17 AM
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 52
Wrench Fetcher
Welcome from Fort Collins! I too am new to this game, and not smart enough to be "Unruly." Not yet anyway. smile

One thing for sure, there are some amazing people here that know what they are doing. You will also find this is a friendly place. Not like some forums out there...

Good luck with everything.


1953 2-Ton GMC

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Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1367283 Wed Jul 01 2020 07:12 AM
Joined: Jan 2020
Posts: 23
New Guy
Welcome and good luck with the restoration. Keep us updated.

Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1367411 Thu Jul 02 2020 03:45 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,664
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Welcome to the 'bolt. We are looking forward to seeing pictures of your truck.

Another quality post.

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Re: Newby from Colorado Springs
RobinCO #1367508 Thu Jul 02 2020 11:49 PM
Joined: Nov 2018
Posts: 92
Shop Shark
Welcome to the Bolt from another '51-3100 owner! Have fun making it your truck and enjoy it!!


'51 3100 5-Window (Restomod in progress)
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