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Old 11-12-2003, 09:29 PM
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1950 chev pickup

Just stumbled across a 1950 chev pickup. I am new to the classic truck world, and want to avoid the purist approach to restoration ie. HOT ROD. Any pointers in the right direction would be great.

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Howdy and welcome!

You'll find a few people hot rodding these old AD trucks here. I'm just starting a total frame off rebuild of a '54 GMC 1-Ton Panel van.

As far as pointers in the right direction are concerned, what are you planning? How complete is your truck? Is it running and drivable? Are you just upgrading certain things and leaving others stock?

I'm sure you've already found lots of sites for parts and home pages of fellow AD truckers, but let me recommend:

Chevy Trucks.org

It's a good place to start. You'll find all kinds of stuff there.

If you have any specific questions about engines, transmissions, body work, etc, feel free to ask them in the appropriate forums. Folks is friendly, and there is some real talent that hangs out here.

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The truck runs well, and is complete - well besides a rear bumper. The body has some rust but is complete and straight. I would like to find the chassis of a corvette that would fit under it. With mods of course. I really like the look of some I have seen at car shows. Most have significant mods to them.

Mostly, I am just excited as hell to have a project like this : ) .
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Old 11-13-2003, 11:22 AM
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I am also doing a 50 advance design truck. One of these days I will post pictures. These trucks are very well supported in the after market and if you are going to Hot Rod it just about anything goes. Here is a partial list of what I have done to mine so far:
Four inch chop
Moved gas tank to bed. Now a 32 gallon stainless tank fill through the bedside via a Hagan gas door.
New glass fenders on all four corners
Hagan Frenched headlights
Front and rear roll pans
Frenched license in the rear
Hagan tail lights (The 12 inch 3 blob units)
Hidden class 3 hitch
Mustang II front end
SBC with 700R4
3.90 P-track 10 bolt rear
Bucket seats with custom console
VDO Cadges
AC/Heat
EZwire harness
Color will be Silver and Green.

Problem is getting time to work on it
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The Mustang II front end comes up a lot in these forums. Why is that?

The Mustang II front end comes up a lot in these forums. Why is that?

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It is one of the easier ones to use.
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Have you run accross any docs to making that kind of a mod. I like the idea of having disk brakes and power steering on this truck.


This is the coolest site.
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I didn't want to steal anyone's thunder by listing websites and naming names (the guilty know who they are ), so I left things kind of vague.

If you're serious about Corvette suspension, Progressive Automotive sells frames for your truck that allow you to do just that. They have frames ranging from bare bones to complete rolling units.

Here's the link

I'll warn you, however, to bring the Visa Platinum. These ain't cheap.

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Thanks Centerlin

Thanks for the post Centerline!!!
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which one is best

Looks like there are several flavored Mustang II "kits" to choose from. Kits that require "C" notching and whatnot. Is there a good - better - best recommendation for these kits? Not something I want falling out from under me. YIKES!
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Thank you for NOT stealing my thunder!!

http://www.chevytalk.com/



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surface rust

What would y'all recommend for removing surface rust. I have heard that sanding doesn't completely remove rust, sandblasting can cause ripples long-run. Any suggestions.
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I have a 49 . The Mustang is a good way to go but the less expensive way is with a Nova or pontiac sub frame. The fit in the fender wells and the are plentiful in the salvage yards. the outside of the Nova frame willslide inside the frame rails of the truck rails. You have to have acess to a wielder and cutting tools but with a little knowledge and careful planning you can put them together.
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Sand blasting or media blasting is just fine as long as who ever is doing it knows how not to make the really easy mistakes. I.E. keep moving and don't over work one spot to long.

The worst thing about it is you then have to get all the sand out. Airgun and shopvac work well.
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