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Old 07-21-2005, 09:52 AM
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I am just starting this stuff and am looking at an 55 Chevy Pickup. Is there anything specific I should be aware of before I purchase this truck. I have never done anything like this before and just found this truck yesterday.

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Old 07-21-2005, 11:37 AM
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i would look at how much rust it has, if its running or not, if he has a title or any paper work at all. you also need to find out how much work you want to do and are able to do. post some pic of the truck if you can with a price, im sure we can tell you if its a good deal.

PS where are you in MI, if your close i can help you
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I am in Coldwater MI. South Central of state near indiana, ohio border
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Lay on your back, crawl underneath, and go over every square inch. Look at the frame, pans, bed, suspension, etc. If you have a bunch of rot, then you have to consider what your skills are, what you are capable of doing, the tools that you will need to buy, etc. Sometimes it is cheaper to spend a little more out of pocket to get something that is a little farther along than it is to start with a basket case. That is entirely up to you though to decide where the dividing line is. And don't let someone tell you that a rusted out hulk can be fixed for just a little bit of money. So many times I have heard other say..."all it is going to take is about $500 dollars to make it like new" or " I have a buddy that can do this for you for almost nothing". Plan on doing things yourself, have a budget in mind, and a plan set. Then plan on doing things yourself, pay somreone to help you at times, throw the budget out the window because you have already exceeded it x 4, and as far as a plan...forget it. The plan has already changed probably a dozen times.
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Old 07-21-2005, 02:43 PM
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I remember as a teenager I watched a neighbor do some body work in the driveway. I thought "I can do that" and tried fixing some minor rust. Screwed the car up bad....

Many years later, I have learned enough to do some things I couldn't do before -- and you won't learn if you don't try new things.

Just plan that everything will take two or three times as long as you think because you will find other stuff wrong, or make a mistake while doing something new.

My 9 month Jeep project with my sons took 20 months. But it was worth it.

It also helps if you have friends that can show you a few things... or tell you.... I work in a factory and for a cup of coffee I can get expert advice on almost any subject.
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don't know about trucks, but there are plenty of parts available for Chevy cars of that vintage.

The ability of aftermarket replacement parts, such as body panels, could potentially make the project a lot easier and come out nicer than if you were forced to "fix" things because you couldn't replace them.

My advice is to shop around for parts availability before you buy. That way you know what you're getting into.

A lot of drivetrain stuff, you might want to replace with newer, but body panels, trim pieces, interior pieces, etc. Know what you can and can't replace and keep it in mind when evaluating the project.
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Theres a company out there called LMC they have all kinds of vintage chevy truck parts.
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