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1951 Chevy Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HensonSigns, May 28, 2012.

  1. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
    Member
    from Georgia

    Starting a 1951 Chevy build. Ive had it for about a month and I currently have it off the frame. Got a wild hair a few nights ago and built a car dolly. Took the body off the frame this weekend. I have a Gambino taildragger notch kit that Im gonna install this week, a ultralow fatman that will be going in up front as soon as it gets here, got some wheels and BFG silvertowns from coker. I will post pics as I make Progress. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  2. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
    Member
    from Georgia

    Brandi unbolting the front fenders. http://[​IMG]]
     
  3. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Out with the old. Making room for a Ultralow Fatman from Gambino Customs. Should be here soon.[​IMG]
     
  4. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    My Three Girls helping out!!
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  5. greasebandit0801
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    greasebandit0801
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    from houston

    Nice project you chopping it !!!!!!
     
  6. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
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    Boones
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    from Kent, Wa

    I want the wagon in the avator.. I had a 53 wagon with the FatMan ultralow set up and dropped spindles.. I am building a 51 hardtop right now, will be watching as I plan to do a MII next winter. (this winter was a motor/trans/ rear swap and 12v upgrade)
     
  7. please post pics of the notch kit and the front end. Thinking about doing this to my 49, so I'm interested in seeing this project unfold.
     
  8. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    The wagon in the avator is my 54 Handyman "Buck" Thanks for the post
     
  9. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
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    motoandy
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    from MB, SC

    off to a nice start.Cool to have the family helping out.
     
  10. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Not sure if Im gonna chop it its gonna be my wifes. Im leaving alot of the details up to her. Trying to get it driveable as fast as posible right now. Its a family project.
     
  11. droptop 63
    Joined: Apr 22, 2012
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    droptop 63
    Member
    from Texas

    Cool build. Good to see that more and more of the previously ignored old iron is being brought back to life.
     
  12. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
    Member
    from Georgia

    Sorry for the bad pic. This is the Dolly I built a few nights ago. Got the plans from one of the members here wish I could give him credit, but cant remember where I found it. Thanks anyway. Built it with 2"x2" - 3/16 Tubing for the long sections and 2 1/2"x 2 1/2" 11ga for the adjustable orange areas. Worked Great. Included Pics seperating the body from the frame
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  13. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Cleaning up the Frame
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  14. Nice build so far. What are you going to use for a drivetrain? Todd
     
  15. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    It came with a pretty crusty looking 1973 sbc and a T5. The rear is a s10 4wd. Not what direction im gonna go. I gotta decide in the next few weeks.
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  16. Just Passing Thru
    Joined: May 21, 2012
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    Just Passing Thru
    Member
    from SE Arizona

    Cool project! I can see all 4 girls getting together and planning this out, keep on posting the photos of your progress.
     
  17. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    chaddilac
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    I'll be watching this one for my 51 chevy coupe!! Subscribed!!
     
  18. sr808
    Joined: Aug 4, 2007
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    sr808
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    It looks good so far. I'll have to build a dolly like that too. Subscribed.
     
  19. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Started working on the rear notch last night. Got the kit from Gambino Customs, all of the parts look great. Welded the outside of the notch. Still trying to figure out axle placement. The owner before me had installed a s10 rearend with blocks. The axle looked two far forward with the body on the car. It has stock springs and the everything is in orignal place except the axle.
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  20. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Just got off the phone with Alex Gambino. I have the axle position figured out, but Im stuck late at work. I will try to do some welding Saturday and post some pics. Big thanks to Gambino for the help and having to deal with my southern accent.
     
  21. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

  22. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
    Member
    from Georgia

    Got my frontend parts in today! Hope to get to work on it tonight.[​IMG]
     
  23. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Installing the front crossmember. Thanks to Gambino for the install videos.
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  24. Too cool to see your wife and daughters working on it.
     
  25. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Ok finally got some time to post pictures. I have worked on it for a few hours the past nights. Really suprised at the progress I have made. I havent mentioned the fact that this is the first time I have a frontend install. The lower control arms are backordered and I have to fab some shorter Cups for the bags. Check it out.
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  26. HensonSigns
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    A few of the install pics. I have more in my gallery.
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  27. chaddilac
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    chaddilac
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    Awesome keep posting!!!
     
  28. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    I hope to post some progress soon. Hung up waiting on lower control arms, Backordered. Got some motor mounts from Gambino this week. I will post more as soon as I get parts.
     
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  29. HensonSigns
    Joined: May 25, 2012
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    HensonSigns
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    from Georgia

    Latest pic of the frontend [​IMG]
     
  30. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
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    teddyp
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    looks like a great start and pretty team working on it (great to see kids helping) hope you keep it v-8
     

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