I have a 53 3100. Very good condition for a restoration or restomod. Only minimal surface rust on the frame, body in very good condition just needs paint.
Our skill level intermediate. Just finished a full ground up build on an early bronco. Turned out sweet. Kincer chassis, LAL body, 347 engine, AX15 trans, Atlas 2.
What we are thinking here.
1. Restoration by itself doesn’t make a ton of sense as the engine is a 54 235. Previous owner, 18 years ago, money shifted it and blew the engine. Didn’t keep the block. 2. Want a sporty daily driver that can still handle light pickup work. 3. Planning a V8. Would like to keep it on the simpler side. Looking at the LS engines. Somewhere in the 400-500hp range. Not a drag race machine. 4. Torn on whether to build off my existing frame or get a new one. Looking at Morrison and a few others. 5. Going to do a full blast and paint. One panel that needs replacing. Going to go with power steering, Upgraded brakes all round. 6. 50K budget, we are the labor.
So thoughts on this
1. Buying full rolling chassis (no engine or trans vs. upgrade it the one I have. I assume that the new frame would retain some of it’s value for when sold. 2. Thought on which chassis builder might make sense. (Looking at Morrison, TCI, Fatman etc). Thoughts on using existing frame vs new one. 4. Should I try and sell the old rolling chassis as is or part it out? 5. Planning on full paint for original body. 6. LS engine or 350. 7. 4L60 E good choice or should look at others. 8. $50k For chassis, engine, trans and paint seem doable? (AC, heat, power steering etc) 9 anyone have a “you are doing it all wrong, do this. .). I’m happy to listen to that too.
We are in the reasearch phase and intend to pull the trigger on aftermarket frame, vs original.
Sporty comfortable daily driver with some real attitude under the skin. I am using the search function to learn more, tuff with my ADD@
Last edited by Sunny2020; Fri Sep 18 2020 05:32 PM.
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
#1. The modifications you are planning will have little or no effect on a sale later down the road. Original is original and modified is modified. There is a market for each. With the money you are willing to spend putting a new chassis under it will keep the headaches down. #2. Morrison is the Cadillac of chassis. #4. There is a market although don’t expect to get much. #6. LS #7. That transmission beefed up a bit will be just fine. #8. If you do most of the work yourself.
Good luck on your build. You will find help in the HiPo Forum
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I have a '48 3100 five window. I did a frame-off rebuild. (I won't call it a restoration because it's extensively modified.) I acquired a 235 for $150, which was fortunate, because its head was cracked and my block was cracked. Made one good engine out of the two and had it rebuilt, bored .030 over, mild cam. The 235 I bought came with Fenton headers (the originals) and a Offy manifold for two one bbls. I had the headers and manifold ceramic coated and the valve cover, side cover, air cleaner cover, and radiator cover powder coated. I bought a special air cleaner cover that covers both carbs. I converted the front brakes to disc. Bought an Camaro 5-speed with overdrive tranny, and a Camaro rearend with disc brakes and a 3.73 limited slip rear. Lowered the rear end four inches. Bought new springs for the front that lowered it 4 inches. Had all the body parts cleaned, straightened, and painted off the chassis. Did some repair work to the floor and right side of the cab. Bought a power brake assembly. Installed air conditioning. Had the interior done. Bought all new door seals. New curved window glass. Bought new bucket seats. Bought seat belts. Bought a new tailgate and all new bed wood with stainless trim. Hydraulic shocks all the way around. New electric fan. Electronic ignition. Picked up a set of period-correct wheels and Goodyear radials for a steal. And on and on and on.
I spent about $20,000 for all of that. So, unless you're a sucker, that $50k budget of yours ought to be more than adequate for what you want to do. Even a brand spanking new whiz-bang chassis won't cost you $15,000.
Given what you plan on doing, I'd go with one of the new rolling chassis that are designed for that application. Mated with a modern V8 and auto tranny, you should feel like you're riding in a modern vehicle.
Here's some pics of my truck. The last ones are what it looked like when I bought it: