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Old 07-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Me & Gramps' '51 GMC 5 Window Project

My grandpa has always been a truck, tractor, and car guy. If it weren't for him I wouldn't have the love I have for old rides. He's been telling me he only has one project left, and since I've always loved the 47-53 5 window pickups, that's what we're doing. We started out with this '51 GMC LWB 3 window that I bought back in March.


The plan is to turn this 3 window lwb into a 5 window swb. Gramps did a little asking around and managed to find us a good short frame and 5 window cab.

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Old 07-08-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:07 PM   #3
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We cleaned up the "new" frame and installed a new MII front suspension and frame mounted power brake booster.


We cleaned up the stock rear springs and replaced all the bushings/shackles. I picked up a 9" Camaro posi disc brake rear, and we got it all temporarily mounted together so we could get it on the ground and move it around. We're gonna drop the rear with blocks and slide the axle back to center the tires in the wells.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:12 PM   #4
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this is awesome, great start
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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Next up was cutting the box down 9".

The stake pockets proved to be less than thrilled about coming off, but Gramps did a great job of getting them all off and back on.
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Once those holes are filled and the sides are blasted and cleaned up, it should look great.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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We spent the past couple days stripping down the truck and cab. We just pulled the whole front clip off as a unit, and then gutted the cab of everything.




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Old 07-08-2012, 11:42 PM   #7
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It's gonna be a slow going project, as I'm an hour plus from Gramps & the truck. This project is gonna test my patience and my wallet, but it's well worth it. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to spend all this time with my grandpa and to learn all that I can. I'm also thankful for the HAMB and the wealth of knowledge here. Between the main board and all the great guys over at the AD Truckers group, not a day goes by that I don't learn something.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:14 AM   #8
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Damn dude, that was a sweet truck to begin with! Gonna be nice. Also, both of those cabs look great, wish I was as lucky.

My gramps just turned 90. Still gets around ok but obviously not as good as yours. Nice project!
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #9
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I wish my cab looked as clean as either of those. At least you won't be investing a lot of time repairing rust!
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:35 PM   #10
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Cool project,enjoy the journey with your gramps and soak up all the knowledge you can, keep us posted with progress!
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for the kind words guys. Making a trip tomorrow to sell all the parts I'm not using back to the guy I bought the truck from. It's gonna be a big help with getting some $$ to pump back into the project.

Shadams- that's awesome he still gets around ok at 90! Scientists should probably study my grandpa, he's in his 70's and gets more done in a day than most guys a third his age.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:53 PM   #12
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So awesome you're getting to do this with your gramps. Wish I had mine around...one was a real deal hot rod houligan. Nice start on the truck!
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:36 AM   #13
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What a cool project. You are very fortunate to have a project with your granddad. My grandfathers were both awesome guys and I was fortunate enough to spend time with them. But for me this would be an ultimate experience, obviously you are aware of this by sharing with us. Congrats guys, it looks fab! ~sololobo~
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:48 AM   #14
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Looks like a fun project!
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:32 AM   #15
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Cool truck. I have always liked the AD trucks...
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:01 AM   #16
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Great work fellow's !!!!! I love workig with my Grandson on our cars.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:07 PM   #17
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Got a little more done this weekend. Pulled the 350 and mounted the 700R4 to it. Started to test fit it on our frame.



Realized we needed to make a couple little modifications to fit the steering and run the headers we already have. Made a small scallop on the passenger side for header clearance as well as a small scallop/tunnel on the driver's side for the steering to pass through. Since making that "tunnel" got into our boxing plate, we cut more plate and boxed the frame a little further back on that side.







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Old 07-29-2012, 10:09 PM   #18
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:17 PM   #19
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Got our motor mounts, U-Joints, and support bearing ordered and on the way. Gonna have 3 U-Joints and one support bearing making up our steering linkage. After adding lowering blocks and saddles to our stock springs, we're still not happy with where it's at height-wise or our scrub line. So, tomorrow morning I'm gonna call Posies and order their 440a lowering springs. I have read nothing but good things about them, and on top of lowering and centering the rear they should squash our scrub line worries and improve the ride quality.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #20
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Looking Great! keep it up look forward to seeing around.
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