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#1441423 Wed Feb 16 2022 04:26 PM
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Hey all,
I am looking for a '51-'53 Chevy 1/2 ton truck. '51 would be ideal as that is the year my Father was born, so it would be kinda neat to have that year, I like the wing windows in those years, a little torn between the push button handles and the swing down handles.👴 If you have one you would concider selling or know where one might be..... as complete as possible, please let me know, a running truck would be great! I'd still concider a non-running one though.
Thanks you all for the help.

Last edited by 53&Me; Sat May 14 2022 09:13 AM.
53&Me #1446827 Sat Apr 02 2022 09:40 PM
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'Bolter
Quick question
What makes the 3100 an easier build than a 3600.
I'm doing a 3600 and have had no issues finding parts and what not.
The 3100 and 3600 don't have any differences then bed length and hub differences.
What problems have you seen or trying to avoid

53&Me #1446833 Sat Apr 02 2022 10:23 PM
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As far as a 1/2 ton being a quicker build, I've been at mine since 2015. It MAY be done this year. It all depends on what shape they're in and how far you want to go on restoring/repairing.
I really don't think that a 1/2 to is any easier to build than a larger truck.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
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53&Me #1446990 Mon Apr 04 2022 07:22 AM
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Well, I guess I have that mindset because all of the venders I have called/contacted say that no it won't fit or yeah you could probably make it fit. Now when I ask about the 3100 parts it's "Oh yeah we have everything you need for that truck". I'm trying to stay with bolt on or plug and play parts. I hate it when things don't work the way they are advertized... not to say a little manipulation isn't needed occationally. One of my biggest shortcomings is that I don't really do alot of fabrication (yet) but I do intend to. I know these trucks take time to build, that unfortunately is something I'm short on, so I guess you might say a generic plug and play truck is the direction I need to go for now. Being a new-ish Dad of a 22month old and a four month old time is limited.

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53&Me #1447053 Mon Apr 04 2022 11:12 PM
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We'll see of I sell the 3/4ton or not,...possibly keep it as a future project to practice fabricating and welding... it needs new floors, corners, aprons, possibly dash (been hacked up for a buick radio), seat, wiring, guages, glass, radio, wheels that aren't split rim would be nice, kick panels....and the list goes on.

Last edited by 53&Me; Mon May 02 2022 08:34 AM.
53&Me #1447085 Tue Apr 05 2022 03:52 AM
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I wouldn't sell it until you find a replacement. Just my opinion.

Good luck

John


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J Lucas #1447355 Thu Apr 07 2022 07:45 PM
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That's a good opinion to have 👍. My thoughts exactly

53&Me #1449029 Fri Apr 22 2022 05:27 PM
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'Bolter
I restored my 49' 3600 over about 5 years and if I had one to do all over again I would go with a 1/2 ton. Many more options/parts availability. Some things for a 3/4 ton just aren't available.


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1975 W-25 Hurst Olds
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bztguy #1450223 Mon May 02 2022 02:06 AM
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Thank you for the confirmation, I'm glad it's not just me having a hard time with finding 3600 parts. For now...until I find a 3100, I'll just take it one thing at a time on my 3600.

53&Me #1450248 Mon May 02 2022 08:42 AM
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Sorry all, I got buisy with the littles and haven't checked in for a bit, I Am still looking for one of those elusive 1951-'52 3100 1/2 ton Chevrolet trucks.

Last edited by 53&Me; Tue May 03 2022 09:57 AM.
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