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Old 04-29-2013, 03:12 AM
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Need help 51-54 pick up rod? Low Budget? Realistic?

Hello im very new to this forum and Im looking to build a 51-54 Chevy pick up rod. I have good technical skills and have good welding skills as well as a lot of fabrication machines i have access to. So i have a couple questions...

Should i build a tube frame myself or any specific car frame?

What is the best steering set up?

Where should i start????????
Should i start with a chassis? Drive train? Body and bed? Please help. This is my first rod, im 18 and am very excited for starting my rod
Budget would be MAXED at 3-4 k. Is this realistic ? Thanks guys!

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first back up..
with a "budget"
I'd stick with the stock frame and work off that,,
if you have fab skills and the welders /etc aval to you.
you can build off that..
a lot of guys take the latemodel crown vic/grand mark front cradle(engin crossmember and a arm out.. and graft it to the older trucks to get IFS
If this is your first build, get it running and drive able.. you'll be more likely to finish it if you are able to use it while building it..
I'd get it running/driving even if that means use of the stock stuff for now..
then the chassis then the running gear you want, the body then interior..
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welcome to the forum.
I would start with looking for a truck I like.Personally I would look for something solid( little- no rust and driving)Then before buying I would look to see if any others exist in my area,always nice to see what has/could be done.
No such thing as a budget when you build from scratch
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The stock frame on that truck is super easy to modify with zillions of kits if you want to make it easy or make things from scratch modifying the stock frame is WAY better than throwing the wrong frame under the truck.

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That budget is going to go pretty fast. A lot depends what you consider a hot rod. I think our best bet is to start with a something running and go from there. Maybe get a older rebuild with bad paint or some body damage. But with that kind of money I personally say get ANY GOOD DEAL don't limit yourself to one kind of vehicle, you may have to wait years for a good deal on a 51-54.

A friend of mine just picked up a good running 64 falcon for $1250. Its got a 6 in it but you could do a junk yard Eaton supercharger for not much money if you did all the fab work yourself. You could easily flip this car for $3000 as it sits.

Here are a couple I found on ebay,
Chevrolet : Other Pickups 3800 in Chevrolet | eBay Motors

Chevrolet : Other Pickups 5 window in Chevrolet | eBay Motors

Chevrolet : Other Pickups Pickup in Chevrolet | eBay Motors
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