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Old 02-03-2011, 06:04 PM
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No news on this 55 yet I talked to the guy and he said he has not got everything taken care of yet. "PAPER WORK".
But i did spot another on today that i have been driving past for several years now. Don't know how long it has been sitting there and don't know for sure on the year i do know it's a 55 to 59, All i can see is part of the bed and cab from the road it's sitting under a portable car-port wit some other thing's all around it.


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Old 02-03-2011, 09:30 PM
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Hey Man, Looking good so far. Rear setup is unusual. Panhard bar? Shocks? Can't see them. olnolan
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:03 AM
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bagged w/ 4 link set up
next we have to put small tnnel thru cab for drive shaft clearance
she will sit on the ground at her lowest / 8" off ground for ride height

slow goin but hopefully I will be riding this fall.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:25 PM
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nice ride lowdown
58 or 59? i do like those wide beds...
do you have glass for your cab?
that's the hardest thing on a 55-59 chop
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I've got a 55 3100 that I'm builiding up
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nice ride lowdown
58 or 59? i do like those wide beds...
do you have glass for your cab?
that's the hardest thing on a 55-59 chop
gonna do the single glass in doors and bck glass just flat no worries
now the WINDSHIELD BIG WORRIES
theres a co in CALI that has one and says they can cut it and ship
VERY PRICEY THO!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey guys, I ahve a 55 chevy 3100 and it's my first project. I'm naturally dealing with quite a few issues but ultimately want this to be a daily rodder.
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Hey guys, I ahve a 55 chevy 3100 and it's my first project. I'm naturally dealing with quite a few issues but ultimately want this to be a daily rodder.
im not one that can do the work like most of the guys on this site but do know all the ins and outs of 55-59 chevy truck.

However if you run into any problems or have any questions, the guys on this site are extremely knowledgeable and helpful

Good luck w/ your project
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Glad to hear...my biggest issue is the frame swap done by the previous owner. It's sitting on a 72 c10 frame which actually fits and looks quite clean, except for the bed..Because those frames have a higher hump I'm trying to figure out how to attach the bed and still get a mean stance out of the truck(not a 4x4 stance). Anyone have experience with a swap like this??
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:46 PM
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gonna do the single glass in doors and bck glass just flat no worries
now the WINDSHIELD BIG WORRIES
theres a co in CALI that has one and says they can cut it and ship
VERY PRICEY THO!!!!!!!!!!!
Get a couple pieces of glass to practice with and try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl5nm48pYFc
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Get a couple pieces of glass to practice with and try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl5nm48pYFc
interesting
i think the extreme curve of the 58 winshield would be an issue and remember its tempered glass with a plastic like sheet in the middle
most i have talked to use a sandblasting method only sandblasting half way thru then flip an do other half
very slow very long
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Laminated glass is 2 pieces of plate glass bonded to both sides of a sheet of plastic.
The plastic keeps it intact when broken. It can be cut by scoring and breaking then using alcohol lit on fire to melt the plastic.

Tempered glass is 1 piece of plate glass that is heat treated to strengthen it and cause it to break into little bitty pieces. After tempering it cant be cut without shattering .

All the factory glass on our 50's trucks is laminated.

Cutting a curved windshield is doable but real scary. You may go through a few windshields. Best bet would be to practice on flat glass first then practice on a few junk but not broken windshields.

OR... you could cut and sink the stock window opening down into the cowl keeping the stock windshield and creating a pocket for hidden w/s wipers .

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Bowtiez84, post some pictures so we can see what you have to deal with. I'm sure it's nothing a die grinder and torch can't fix.
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Best low cost upgrade of the new year so far

I installed a Lokar Column Shift Cable Linkage kit PN ACA-1804 in my 59 pickup - WOW what an immediate difference in feel.

The install went well, took about 2-3 hours and I had to pull the steering column, which is not big deal, I have a 2" chevy tilt column out of an early 80's van that I shortened. I had no room at the base of the column for the lokar column cable adapter so I installed the cable stud to the firewall after determining the correct geometry; I will make a reinforcing plate but so far no issue with firewall flex.

The cable routing and transmission bracket was very straightforward but since I am running a 4-speed I had to use the hole closer to the pivot on the lokar trans shifter lever. Some minor adjustments to the cable sleeve nuts and the shift indicator on my column lined up fairly close and a minor adjustment to the neutral safety switch on the column and my backups lights and neutral starting work.

The best part of this project and install is that all the motion that was communicated from the trans back to the column from the previous, solid linkage is gone and the shifter now indexes with the same effort and feedback into each gear - it feels factory smooth.

I highly recommend this kit, best $120 I spent on my truck this year!
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