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My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
#1366735 Sat Jun 27 2020 11:58 PM
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My grandfather bought this new and it was his farm truck. My mom bought it for me at his estate auction and it's been sitting in barns for almost 30 years. I started taking her apart last weekend and trying to decide how in depth to go with the restoration.

Rob

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1951 Chevrolet 3100
Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
RobinCO #1366791 Sun Jun 28 2020 11:02 AM
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Nice truck. Looks like your pretty much much knee deep into it already. What are your plans? Just get it running and safe to drive, restore to stock, or restomod?


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Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
RobinCO #1366793 Sun Jun 28 2020 11:30 AM
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Looks like a solid vehicle to start with. Hope you took tons of detail photos and bagged and tagged everything. If you have questions be sure to ask in the appropriate forum for whatever piece you’re working on.🛠


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Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
Justhorsenround #1366812 Sun Jun 28 2020 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Justhorsenround
Looks like a solid vehicle to start with. Hope you took tons of detail photos and bagged and tagged everything. If you have questions be sure to ask in the appropriate forum for whatever piece you’re working on.🛠
Yes, There are many ways to restore a truck, lots of good strategies. There are some good restoration books for this too if you havent done one. Like this one:
https://www.classicparts.com/1947-98-Truck-Restoration-Guide/productinfo/05-011/

I have always tried to do systematic restoration by doing component restoration piece by piece, that way you dont get left with a million bits if you take it all apart in one fell swoop.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
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305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
RobinCO #1366823 Sun Jun 28 2020 03:07 PM
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She is rough but a least she's all there. Compared to my 59' your's is solid as a rock.


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Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
olezippi #1366827 Sun Jun 28 2020 03:38 PM
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Olezippi - I want to make it safe and comfortable but not a trailer queen. I want to be able to drive it around town and not worry about scratches, etc.

Justhorsen - I'm going to end up replacing the majority of the fasteners because of the amount of rust on them. Even after soaking with lots of WD-40, ended snapping almost all of the fasteners in the bed and rear fenders. The front fenders came off a lot easier and I only broke off a few of them. The driver's side front pillar down to the bottom of the cab has a lot of rust so that will need to be replaced.

sstock - I decided to take it down to the frame to see what condition the chassis is in, right now it has a lot of surface rust but I haven't found any weak spots in the chassis, so hopefully I can re-use the chassis. I'll be a doing a lot of reading in the forums to try to decide the best options.

Tuts - She is all there and not too much rust from what I've found so far. The interior is going to take a lot of work though after being the home to various creatures.

Thanks guys,
Rob


1951 Chevrolet 3100
Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
RobinCO #1367007 Mon Jun 29 2020 05:26 PM
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Wonderful looking truck! You might try PB blaster in place of WD-40, I've had good results with it, but you're into way more than I have attempted to take on.

You have a really good point about being able to use the truck without worry of a few scratches or dents. Many of us (myself included) over-restore a truck, and are afraid to leave it out in the rain or haul a load of mulch with it. That's important because it greatly limits how you use your truck.

With your truck, my approach would be to keep it patina & original. Replace the bones that are not solid. Make the drivetrain and suspension operate like it should. New wiring & bed floor. Spray the interior, new gauges, seat, headliner/door panels/floor mat. Maybe consider reasonable safety upgrades like disc brakes and seatbelts. Clean up the sheet metal and keep the nice rustic patina paint and wheels. New tires of course.

Also...there are a couple of rebuildable 261's for sale in the For Sale forums...just saying smile

Last edited by Green_98; Mon Jun 29 2020 05:28 PM.

-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
RobinCO #1367144 Tue Jun 30 2020 02:35 PM
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Before you break off any more fasteners, you need to acquire a couple of things.

1. A supply of KROIL www.kanolabs.com [kanolabs.com]

2. A Propane torch

I like to buy KROIL by the gallon. It costs a lot less per ounce that way than in aerosol cans or quarts. If you store it in glass containers such as quart Mason jars, it won't creep through the seams of the metal can it's shipped in, and it lasts about 3 days past forever that way. A few ounces in a metal pump can oiler on the workbench will come in handy for all sorts of uses, and it's much better at breaking loose rusty parts than any other penetrating oil I've used in the past 50+ years. Warming up a fastener with the torch before applying any kind of penetrant is a good idea- - - -so is a liberal dose of patience- - - -penetrating oil needs hours, if not days to do its work. Have fun!
Jerry


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Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
RobinCO #1367153 Tue Jun 30 2020 04:09 PM
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Look up Hagerty's Youtube series on the Stovebolt rebuild. Your truck would be a perfect candidate for a bring-back story like that! I'm hooked on that series.


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: My Grandfather's '51 Chevy
Green_98 #1367827 Sun Jul 05 2020 12:46 PM
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RobinCO Offline OP
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Dang it Green_98, you got me sucked into the Hagerty Redline Rebuilt on their 1950... lol Thanks for pointing it out to me, I learned some things that I'll need to look out for.

Rob

Originally Posted by Green_98
Look up Hagerty's Youtube series on the Stovebolt rebuild. Your truck would be a perfect candidate for a bring-back story like that! I'm hooked on that series.


1951 Chevrolet 3100
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