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Old 09-29-2010, 02:07 PM
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Anyone done a 51' Chevy 3100?

Hi guys,
I found a 51' Chevy 3100 that i'm thinking of buying to transform into a hot rod, Lose the fenders, hood, chop the roof a few inch and throw some big tires in the back. From the pictures i've seen it doesn't look like there is a bed so i'm trying to figure out what i could do with it. I though about shortening the frame unless that will bring alot of other work like drive shaft issues and stuff (First project). Anyways i'll try to upload the sketch i've drawn up, Since i probably lost you guys awhile back lol. Anyways I'm just looking for some ideas of any 51' 3100's people have done.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:03 PM
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Removing the fenders, sorry I don't go for that, they look like crap. But simply chopped and leave the hood off with a little flatbed? This is my truck from 1977, yep I was a "rat rodder" when rat rodding wasn't cool!

Yeah, call me the rebel.

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Since i probably lost you guys awhile back
You underestimate your audience sir, there are more than likely dozens of board members reading this who have done what you are planning more than once.

I know nobody will like me for this, but I just don't get it with all this top chopping. It looks like crap on most cars and trucks and to me, it just smacks of "monkey see, monkey do".

How about being a little original and leaving the top alone.
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At one time it was a "regional" thing. I remember seeing something about it in old car mags where the west coast chopping was more popular and the east coast channeling was.

It's funny you should mention that Tech, how things change with time. I chopped my truck in 1974 TO BE DIFFERENT! LOL, there were two or three of these trucks at my school and I wanted to be different. I had seen exactly two of them chopped at that time, the Rod & Custom "Dream truck" and another in the "little pages" don't remember the name but it was a GMC long bed. Still to this day they are the only two trucks of this kind that I have ever found that were chopped before I did mine.

But that was long ago and I certainly see you point. Today, it seems like every single thing is chopped! Not only that, all the repro bodies like 32 Fords and such, they are ALL chopped so yes, today chopped tops are like belly buttons and leaving one unchopped would stand out.

And yes, some cars just don't look right. I always did think I went too far and with the tall hood on my truck, it didn't "flow" at all. But I sure dug the heck out of it!

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I put a late model bed on mine. I would not recomend doing all the work I did, but maybe a S-10 bed.You can not remove the front fenders...it
would look weird.

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How about doing "neat ole truck" leave the cab and fenders alone and perhaps a Nova front crossmember and a 9 inch with a flatbed or later box and some good paint. I would even think about a 6cyl in it. I see those done around here and they are always attention getters and we all wish for a neat old parts chaser for future projects..

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Thanks guys,
Sounds like the truck is sold (not me though ) So i guess i'll have to continue searching, The only reason i though about the fenders and hood was to make it look somewhat like Milners 32' Ford, I know long shot but i kinda like that look with just the grill up front and 2 rods connecting it to the body, that way the guy beside you at the red light knows what he's up against when your about to blow his doors off .
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It sounds to me like what you really want is a T-bucket.
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Yeah I would love one but I though something like this would be different
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Different isn't always good. But you have to make yourself happy with the project before other people. Just keep an eye out and the project for you will show up. And even if it isn't the dream project you can learn a bunch. Just find something you like and work on it. Keep searching on craigslist, ebay, etc and you can find a project. If nothing else you will get ideas for your project by seeing what other people have done.
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If you do want a bed on it, I'm sure you could buy the sheetmetal pieces from aftermarket companies.
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If you do want a bed on it, I'm sure you could buy the sheetmetal pieces from aftermarket companies.
What I have seen a lot of lately is the use of a late model stepside bed adapted to the early trucks. Looks sharp and can be had for less than 500 bucks.
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Yeah I would love one but I though something like this would be different
Nothing wrong with wanting something different. I had seen a T-bucket when I was 16 and waited 41 years to get one . I bought mine for $7,000.oo and put $3,500.oo and many hours of labor into it to make it what I wanted it to be. You may want to look at speedway motors and summit racing and even corbin rods to get an idea what parts are out there for when you get ready to build your own . Their catalogs don't have near what their online stores have listed . Have fun .
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What I have seen a lot of lately is the use of a late model stepside bed adapted to the early trucks. Looks sharp and can be had for less than 500 bucks.
Can't say I agree with the looks sharp comment. I think the newer beds destroy the classic lines. But to each his own I guess.
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Tech inspector is a very active member & has a sharp eye for what looks good/bad. Just because something looks different does not mean its weird.

He helps a lot of people with his advice.

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