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Old 01-09-2008, 10:11 PM
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Fenderless 51 Chevy?

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, if it is could someone move it for me?

I found a 51 Chevy in pretty good condition for the price (assuming pictures are real) I have not been able to see it in person because it is in a different province.

My question is how would a 50's chevy look fenderless with a stand along rad/grill? Would anyone have any pictures?

I searched the forum and googled it trying to find some pictures but I have come up empty handed.

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Old 01-09-2008, 11:31 PM
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My question is how would a 50's chevy look fenderless with a stand along rad/grill? Would anyone have any pictures?

I searched the forum and googled it trying to find some pictures but I have come up empty handed.

There is a reason why you won't find any pics like that....

That car without fenders would be uglier that a bucket full of frogs.

One question though,
Do you have to get the moose drunk first?
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Mike's right. It would look like a roundy round car from the 50's/60's. Guess it would look ok if ya put a big ole " number on the side and a bunch of STP stickers on it. Plus in Alberta you would not get it to pass inspection. You need fenders. If you need someone to look at the car for you go to www.canadianrodders.com and there will be someone on there that will look at it for you. Make sure you put all the info on your profile and then go to the introduction section and introduce yourself. Good Luck.
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One question though,
Do you have to get the moose drunk first?
Just Kidding.
No, you just gotta be nice and talk all about them, they'll relax to ya in time.



Thanks for the replies guys, I have a new question, has anyone shortened a long box before? (Like cut the box and shortened the frame) I am on a budget so cutting seems cheaper then purchasing/finding a short bed.
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Cut a box on what year/type box?

I looked at cutting down a 33/34 box one time, reconfiguring the bead lines rolled in the sides made me think twice and buy a shortened replica box.

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Cut a box on what year/type box?
Here is a picture.
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It looks like you could take some out of the front of the box, but check where the fender will wind up.

Check your measurements against where the wheel openings will end up, and also, see if the second stake pocket is positioned correctly to wind up at the end of the front of the bed when you cut.
It looks like if you shorten the frame to a stock WB for a shortbed, and only cut the front of the box, the fenders may wind up in the wrong place in relation to the wheels.

Also check the bracing underneath, sometimes the forward crossmember is the only one there, and you need to move it back. Remember also, the 3/4 ton truck frames are different in some ways from the 1/2 ton trucks.

Other than that, there doesn't look like there are any detail lines to mess with....I'd try it. Some careful pre planning is warranted with this project.

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.....My question is how would a 50's chevy look fenderless with a stand along rad/grill? Would anyone have any pictures?
Are you talking about a car or pickup?

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.... has anyone shortened a long box before? (Like cut the box and shortened the frame) I am on a budget so cutting seems cheaper then purchasing/finding a short bed.
You can cut your box but you will have to do quite a bit of adjusting. The short bed does not have any braces (uprights) along the sides of the box. You will have to remove them and fill in the holes. As well he short box is shorter both in front of the fenders and behind the fenders so you will have to cut in front and behind the fenders or move the fenders and fill in the old holes.

Here are a few links that could help you out with dimensions and construction details.

http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/6975/specspag.htm

http://chevy.tocmp.com/shop/1948_51truck/index.htm

http://chevy.tocmp.com/chevyowner/52tomindex.htm

http://chevy.tocmp.com/chevyresources.htm

http://www.stovebolt.com/

http://www.50chevy.freeservers.com/topics.htm#Topics

http://www.oldgmctrucks.com/
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Wow that isn't even a 3/4 ton, it looks like a 1 ton! That truck is LOOOOONGGG. I have to tell you, those frames are still cheap, I just bought one a while ago for $150 or something like that and it was from a dealer, so you can still find them. You are going to be swapping the rear end and driveshaft/torque tube anyway if you are rodding it, just get the 1/2 ton frame and swap it all over. Then on the bed, again, new repro beds are pretty cheap. And you would really only need to buy just the sides, the head board and tailgate would bolt on the 1/2 ton off that one.

Sure you could shorten it, and it really would be super easy. You would drill out the spot welds on the pocket, then shorten the bed side to the correct length and then plug weld the pocket back on. It doesn't get any easier than that. However, the bed is longer in the rear than a 1/2 ton I just noticed! That means the frame is probably longer there as well. Getting a "new" 1/2 frame and repro bed would be the way to go.

Now.....how about leaving it long......that sucker laying flat on the ground on 24s would look WILD!!! I would seriously think about leaving it long and taking advantage of it's unique look and making a stand out from the crowd truck.

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Jesus you guys have been a huge help in giving me ideas and help, thanks a ton! I will keep you guys posted with what I am doing.
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Jesus you guys have been a huge help in giving me ideas and help, thanks a ton! I will keep you guys posted with what I am doing.

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