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#969241 Wed Sep 04 2013 11:35 AM
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This is my 1956 Chevrolet Task Force 3100 Pickup, It has undergone a 10 year complete frame off restoration. (2002-2012)

I originally got the truck from Oregon and moved it here to Michigan back in 2001, I drove it for about 2 weeks, then decided to do a Frame off Restoration of the truck, I had a local restorer of vintage cars take on the task of doing my body work on my truck like his Show Quality cars, he's older and slow but very good at body work and painting, He was very picky and so was I.

I assembled everything on the truck and put as many NEW OLD STOCK parts I could find to keep this a Numbers Matching truck,( Date code glass, Original paint colors etc., (The Original Numbers Motor was Blue from the factory, I was told they were Grey, but this one was Blue, it may get changed down the road) this was a very original truck when I purchased it, I tried to cover every detail from the front to the back, I hope the pictures show that, I like to keeps things as Original from new.

Back in the early 1980's out in Arizona I had a Nice Green 4-speed driver quality 1957 GMC 100 shortbox truck,I had it painted and the egine & interior gone thru, that sure was a fun truck to drive, I wished I would have never sold it, so 20 years later I found this Green 4-speed 1956 Chevrolet.

After Lots of Money and Hours into this restoration, I'm not sure if I'm going to drive it or take it to Points shows, I'm building a New Log Garage at this time to give it a good home for now.

I grew up across from a Salvage Yard when I was in my early teens and enjoyed running thru the Piles of Old cars and the further I went to the bottom the older they got, so when I got older and had to look for work, My wife and I moved to Arizona in 1980, WOW was there the Old car's out there! I bought numerous cars and trucks for the 4 years I was out there, when we moved back in 1984 to Michigan I lost interest in the classic car's, then one day we decided to go to a Big show in St Ignace Michigan and the Chevrolet Museum was there, they had a 1957 Chevrolet Pickup and it was Nice, I sad to my wife,(Remember out 1957 GMC?) and she said sure do, She drove it all over as well, So I went looking for about a year and found this 1956 Chevrolet, the same color as the GMC and with the 4-Speed, 10 years later and Thousands of Dollars, We have our truck back, only this time it's not FOR SALE.

As I get ever closer to Retirement, I might someday just say to my wife, (LET'S GO FOR A RIDE AND GET AN ICE CREAM).

I hope this post makes it to the BIG GALLERY...:)



Last edited by rooney3100; Wed Sep 04 2013 12:12 PM.
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Steve thanks for sharing. That's a magnificent job. Now, take the wife and get some ice cream!!

I'm sure when Peggy gets some time she'll put this in the gallery.

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Steve, fabulous job...fabulous truck! Congratulations, Matt

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She's in the Gallery now. Steve filled in some more data. So, if you haven't check on the main Gallery page ... go see now!


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I don't mean to brag, but ... I just put a puzzle together in one day and the box said 2-4 years. grin
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An absolute stunning truck! WOW!! I would build a new garage for that truck too smile

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Great build Steve!
Im doing the same thing right now with a 57 chevy.

How did you get the air cleaner decal to lay down so flat, mine just keeps curling up from the dome shape of the cleaner lid?

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Where did you get the floor mat?????
So far what I've seen looks real good.
Its so far one of the best resto's I have seen.
I'd give it a 90 out of 100.
Factory painted the wood in the bed, and never had any shiny bolts in there.

But it really is the best ever restored TF that I have ever seen. Looks real close to the Sherwood Green that a 59 has. I would not get it dirty, its a nice show truck. I'd research the white paint stick markings on the firewall. And fix the wood in the bed, and you have a super close to 100% perfect resto. Not sure about the heater color either for 56, its darker for 57 and up.

The firewall pad, should be card board. The floor mat tucks under it.
What kind of paint is used? How bad was the rust etc before you started? Yeah lots of work and time spent. Excellent work you did.

Last edited by Truckrolet; Tue Sep 17 2013 02:29 PM.

Kicking self for selling off my Taskforce trucks.
Still looking for an LCF or conventional big bolt in decent shape.

As of 10-26-2022, A 55.2 Taskforce long bed now the work begins
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liked the headliner great looking truck

57 3200 pickup 265 V8 with service tray
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The 1956 Chevy 3100 got put into it's NEW LOG GARAGE today, I have lots of OLD Car stuff to put around it to make it feel right at home.....just wanted to share, it's been along time waiting smile ........rooney3100

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Originally Posted by longbike
Great build Steve!
Im doing the same thing right now with a 57 chevy.

How did you get the air cleaner decal to lay down so flat, mine just keeps curling up from the dome shape of the cleaner lid?

Mine didn't lay flat either, so I left it off, I will try and do it again sometime in the near future....Rooney3100

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