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Old 04-20-2003, 02:37 PM
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Post hmm... what should i do?

ok heres the deal i got a 52 chevy pickup im starting. its got just about everythign original, engine is all original so..... what should i do just restore it or turn it in to a hotrod? just looking for some more opinion cuz im getting mixed responses with my friends and stuff so i dont know what to do. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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It's OK to ask for opinions but when it comes right down to it, you need to build what YOU want not what someone else wants. If you don't build it that way you'll never be happy with it.

Decide how you want to use the truck and what comfort level you're looking for and make your own decision. Remember if you restore this truck it will drive, ride and perform like it did in 1952, and there's nothing wrong with that. If you decide you want better reliability, ride, and performance then you probably want some degree of drive train modernization and added creature comforts.

Remember it's totally up to you, not someone else. It's your money and your truck.

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Centerline is absolutly correct! Build the truck the way you want to build it. Don't build it like someone else does. Is the truck a driver? If it is, drive the truck and fix or restore it while driving it in order to get a better feel for what you want to do.

Do what you feel comfortable doing. when I first got my truck it had a 250 6cyl in it. All my friends and associates asked me when I was going to put a small block in it? I got to thinking and I decided to keep the six because no one else does. Now when I pop the hood I get all kinds of Oooohs and Ahhhs The enginge looks great.

Once again, it's just a matter of personnel preferance. What ever you decide to do just enjoy the experience

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well thanks for ur response but i honestly dont know what way i want it either thats why im looking for any ideas or anythign to help me out with my decision.
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Old 04-21-2003, 12:53 PM
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I agree that you need to build it like you want it, but if you do not know what you want that is very difficult. The first thing that I would do is to decide what I wanted to use the truck for. That will kind of give you an idea which direction you want to go with it. Both going original and street rodding have positive and negatives about them. Just remember one thing is that it is your truck and do not let someone else tell you what to do with it. Just build it safe and reliable. I am street rodding mine but that is what I like.
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iF it were a rare truck and something would be lost if it weren't restored, i.e., a one of a kind Duesenberg, I would sell it to a restorer and get something not as valuable to rod. In your case, no matter how nice your truck is, they are so common there is no danger of sinning buy doing what ever you want to it. There is no chance of your being ridiculed for turning it into whatever you want it ot be. There will always be hundreds if not thousands of museum quality Advance Design pick up restorations around.
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Put a big block in it, 9"ford rear end , must.II front end, coil over all around, pro street it and slam it in the weeds..... But thats just me... ...GlennK
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I know what I want, A mustang. :o )
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Its really up to you, do you like hot rods or slow antiques. I would just build it a little, dont go over board, those older trucks are really nice when there low to the ground with a good paint job, and a nice set of wheels,with a mild engine.

do what you want to do not what your friends say, trust me i let my friends talk me into to much, and then after i was done building my car i didnt like it. have fun man let me know how it goes
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I hot rodded my 51 Ford and am very happy with it. I didnt have much choice as I got it as a basket case and it would have taken forever and lots "O" bucks to restore it to original.
Saying that, if my truck had been complete and still original, I probably would have restored it.
It costs much more to restore a truck to original than to hot rod one......something to think about.
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Old 11-06-2003, 07:11 AM
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DOWHATCHALIKE!!!

Look around the net for your particular year and make truck and compare what you see to what you like and remember the likeability factors you find.
Combine all the likes and find out what it'll cost you, then start from there.
If you can afford to, go custom from there.
This is how I came to NOT own a 4-door Malibu drag car, I did the little tweaks and changes but it still retains the essence of what came off the Generals' line back in 1981.
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I'd hotrod it. You'll probably enjoy it more. Plus you can keep all the original stuff, but i don't think on that particular truck being all original is gonna give it more value.
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