Posted By: martynotneuman new 51 GMC owner - Wed May 15 2019 06:36 PM
new to this forum I have poked around a bit. I am a member of 67-72 chevy trucks site. I sold my 50 4dr chevy sold my 68 short step. I bought my dream body style truck. it is a 51 GMC. stock appearing (I like it that way.) it does however have a "newer" numbers say 55-66 283. it appears bellhousing was changed at that time. rear diff has new drums brakes work great however it still has single chamber master. short term plans are wipers, new (non holey) exhaust. find and install proper choke pull off. fix drivers door hinge and latch. replace in cab tank to remove beer keg tanks.
then for fun replace torque tube and dif preferably with s10 3.42 4x4 drum brake rear. and t5 trans. then a MII front end.. what of this happens first is yet to be determined. I may do MII first with brakes then rear and trans..... advice and encouragement accepted .. I even don't mind criticism. I LOVE the patina. it appears to have been painted 30-50 years ago. I rubbed it with 000 steel wool then a liquid "gold class" Maguire's wax.

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Posted By: Achipmunk Re: new 51 GMC owner - Wed May 15 2019 09:15 PM
Welcome to the Stovebolt. It appears you already have a "running driving cool old truck". That is a nice ride and I like it just the way it is.....but as we say here, its your truck and we are here to help you when needed.

Lots of knowledge here and if it ain't been done then this is the place to get it done. Be sure to ask questions in the most appropiate forum for better response and answers.
Also, watch for bolters around your area. They are here....somewhere!
Posted By: Frank50 Re: new 51 GMC owner - Wed May 15 2019 09:23 PM
Welcome. Great looking truck! Fix it and drive as-is. Please post some pictures of the V8 install: motor mounts, bellhousing, trans, torque tube...
I recommend spending some time behind the wheel before making any mods. Go slowly making changes. No real benefit to a MII front end that I can see. There are better choices for an independent front suspension.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: new 51 GMC owner - Wed May 15 2019 10:41 PM
Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure! Your truck falls into our HiPo Forum guidelines for your performance and handling upgrades. Lots of good folks there with hundreds of years experience building Hotrods. shake
Posted By: Fox Re: new 51 GMC owner - Thu May 16 2019 04:31 AM
Very nice truck! I love the patina look on this old girl as well. Nice find. I’ve been down the path you speak of. My advice echoes those above: enjoy it a little bit first! The rabbit hole can get deep very quickly.
Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: new 51 GMC owner - Thu May 16 2019 07:34 PM
Welcome to the 'bolt.
Posted By: Frank50 Re: new 51 GMC owner - Thu Jun 06 2019 12:18 PM
The OP made one post and hasn't been back. I know life gets busy! I wish he would return with more info on his cool old truck.
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