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Old 06-25-2011, 04:01 PM
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not sure what happened to the pic link above, but...
co-pilot/photographer did a great job

my 2 favorite pics from hot rod power tour
55 chevy truck w/ baby moons, passing it at 60mph


i can't lie, speedo reading 12 over. we were cruising @ 90mph


more pics on photobucket

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[QUOTE=ogre]3400 miles in 10 days, aka hotrod power tour 2011.
detroit to cocoa bch and back to detroit.
truk performed flawlessly, 20.1 mpg with the cruise @ 80 and the ac on.
i'm still smiling.

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Don't know how I missed this post, but thats cool to participate in a power tour. It's on my bucket list along with a thousand other things. The hubcap photo is cool. Your shotgun rider did good. Bet ya'll had a blast! Nolan
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:00 AM
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next yr it starts in detroit and heads your way.
get your butt up here and i'll give you a place to stay for the night.

it was a blast
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IFS kit

Does anyone know if any companies make bolt-on IFS kits for '55-'59 chevy trucks? I have seen them for the '47-'55's.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:02 PM
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i've never seen a 55-59 bolt in, all weld in.
i think it has something to do with frame width and top spring mounts.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:07 AM
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Parts for sale!!

Hey guys, I have a few items that might be of interest for sale, I have a 55-59 gauge cluster, i upgraded and no longer need it. Its not perfect but looks decent. I took it apart a few years ago and cleaned it out, everything worked when I replaced it. The bezel is scuffed up, almost if the previous owner was trying to paint it. It would be great for a hot rodder or someone that just wants an original piece. Asking $150. Let me know if Im to high on the price.
The other is a set of early 2000's Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado seats they are gray leather, power, I believe heated, and they have the arm rests and seat belts built in. I'm also asking $150 for these. Drivers side is in pretty good shape, passenger side has the tears in it. Both should be recovered to match. call or text 256-797-4757 or message me back. Thanks.
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Hey Fellas,
I know there are numerous posts on here about rear ends and numerous links to charts that show various rear end widths. Was just curious as to what rear ends and gear ratios you guys have put in your trucks. I am looking at 2 possible rear ends for my '55 2nd series. A '74 Malibu which measures 58" and a gear ratio of 3.73 or a '78 Nova which measures 60.25" with a 2.73 gear ratio. Any thoughts on these 2 rear ends?
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Rearends

FireFighter128, I used a rearend out of a '70 Camaro. The factory gears were 3:42 but I changed them to 3:73 because of the close ratio Muncie 4-speed. I have. The close ratio Muncies have a higher first gear. The width was perfect!
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:34 PM
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i have an 86 trans am rearend.
stock 55-59 truck is 62'' wide, 82-92 trans am is 62'' wide also.
check out these charts on chevytrucks.org scroll down to see the rearend info.
lots of good reading on that page/site.

the 86 trans am also came with disc brakes and a 3.27 gear.
i averaged 20.1 mpg on the hotrod power tour.
most any rearend you choose will need all the 'stuff' cleaned off and spring perches welded on.
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:33 PM
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I'm trying to find me a Project PU '55 to '61 and I have located this '58. I would appreciate any input that you "Pros" could give me on this. He's asking $4500 - - it has new drum brakes, registered and drivable but that's about all I know. I'll probably go look at it sometime this weekend. Is this price pretty much inline with what these are going for these days?




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i have a 58 bed in grate condition , cab so so got some rust
straight six some fresh gas and an oil change and it runs
would take a $1000 for her. Im n South Carolina
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I have a 1957 Chevy Pick-up that i am restoring. This is my first rebuild project, and am looking to make it a nice show truck/ casual driver.
I have a Chevy 327 small block to put in it.

The question i have is, i have the original I-beam front suspension on it, i want to keep that but upgrade it. I have been told that you can get a power-steering box conversion and disk brakes for it. Is this a good way to go to keep costs low? Also will the stock rear end be able to hold up to the 327?

Any tips or information will be extremely appreciated.

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I have a 1957 Chevy Pick-up that i am restoring. This is my first rebuild project, and am looking to make it a nice show truck/ casual driver.
I have a Chevy 327 small block to put in it.

The question i have is, i have the original I-beam front suspension on it, i want to keep that but upgrade it. I have been told that you can get a power-steering box conversion and disk brakes for it. Is this a good way to go to keep costs low? Also will the stock rear end be able to hold up to the 327?

Any tips or information will be extremely appreciated.

Thank You
Michael
I'm going in the same direction with my 56. Straight axle, disc and PS.
Axle- install new king pins and check/replace tie rod ends for wear.
Disc Brakes- Speedway sells a kit for $250, but will give you a 5 on 4.75 bolt pattern. You will also need a dual master cyl and $80 bracket to mount MC. Also replumb the lines
Power Steering- $100 kit has steering arm and link. Mid 80's chevy truck box (g body pitman arm) with universal to tie steering shaft to factory column. Bottom of column needs a bearing installed at the bottom.
IMO the factory column needs to be shortened a bit to lower the steering wheel.
Rear axle has a 3.90 gear. You need an OD for highway driving. S10 T5 is an easy swap.
Or change to a 70-92 camaro rear axle. Welding spring pads is needed. 87 thru 92 6 cyl camaros have a 3.23 or 3.42 gear
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i have a 58 bed in grate condition , cab so so got some rust
straight six some fresh gas and an oil change and it runs
would take a $1000 for her. Im n South Carolina
lodown, let's move this to our PM's so we don't hi-jack this thread with a Classified, OK? Pics Plez but as a PM
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other than the obvious spray bomb engine rebuild, check for rust under the; headlite brows, cab corners (front and back), floor boards, rockers, etc... it does appear that he has done enough work to make the cab acceptable, see if it's filler, metal work or just covering up surface rust. serious rust around the drip rail and roof area would be a deal killer for me.

you guys in texas have the advantage of surface rust only. i'm in the rust belt, we get the serious cancer. every patch panel or replacement part is available for the short box 3100 trucks. you could build a new truck from parts catalogs...

58 is the sexiest truck of the task force (55-59) series (though others may argue this point). not your first hot rod so decide how far you want to go.

as for the price: they don't make them anymore but they are available. price looks alright for the condition.
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