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1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by seanbelushi, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. seanbelushi
    Joined: Jan 26, 2011
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    Morning all, I've been lurking here for a while now, posting occasionally, but figured it was time to show my build as it stands.

    Here's the scoop. I got a couple years back a 52 Styleline Deluxe that has been in the family since new. It was purchased in 52 by my Great Grandfather, it was the car my mom learned to drive on, and was retired in 66 when they got a "new" 64 Chevy. It was driven all around the Red Banks/Byhalia, MS area and then was used to drive around the pastures of our farm for the next few, until it was parked in Oct 1966 and forgotten.

    When I acquired it in March 2011, it still had the registration wrapped around the steering column, my Great Grandfather's galoshes in the trunk, and an old wool hat on the seat. Most every window had been shot out by various people throughout the years, but it was complete in every regard, so back to Memphis it went.

    Anyway, here are some photos of when it was unearthed:
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    Here's my mom overseeing the unearthing of her 1st car.


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    Back home in Bartlett, TN

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    So it needs some floor work...

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  2. BrerHair
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    Fantastic story! Love it! What are your plans?
     
  3. seanbelushi
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    Here's some more from the disassembly:

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  4. seanbelushi
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    So, I was lucky enough to find another 52 in the local Pull a Part, and managed to scrounge the doors, fenders, and deck lid from it. All my doors and fenders were rotten at the bottom, and the deck lid was pretty bad, despite the photos.

    Stripping paint from new trunk
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    Test fitting new door and fender
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    OK, I know the engine isn't traditional, but my wife and I wanted something newer and economical, so a 2000 Chevy 5.3 was found and is getting mocked up.
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    I worked for 10 years at a company making computer chips for cars, so the fuel injection stuff is a no-brainer to me. Here's stripping out needless wiring from the harness.
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    This is part of the pile of unneeded wires.
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  5. Thanks for sharing, I'm subscribed, I always liked the 49-52 Chevs. Good Luck with it.
     
  6. seanbelushi
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    Thanks Brerhair, I've been following your build for a long time now, and you've provided much needed inspiration.

    The plans are pretty simple, stock appearance with modern driveline. I'm looking at painting the car cream with a brown roof, with brown interior. Keeping the stock hubcaps/wheels with wide whitewalls. I want something that the wife and I can drive anywhere, get parts anywhere, and truly enjoy. It won't be a trailer queen, nor a show car. Anyhow...

    I did manage to paint the engine in a traditional color
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    Been cleaning up the inner fenders and firewall, getting them ready for paint. Once it's painted, then I can mount the engine.

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    I'm going with a 2011 Kia Soul paint, color is Dune. It's a nice vintage looking cream. Here's some shots of the base/clear going on.
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    I've also been working hard on the floors. From the earlier pics, you can see that it needed complete replacement. From the rockers in, everything but the braces got replaced.
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    And, just for fun and motivation, I cleaned up the gauges and replaced the faces. [​IMG]

    So that's where it stands now. I need to find a Jaguar front end, and then start the bodywork. We're looking at moving to Colorado in the next few months, so I'd love to have it where it can move under its own power by then. Hopefully this build log will keep me honest and motivated!
     
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  7. HUSSEY
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    Cool that you are saving that car. Funny how cars back then would just get parked and forgot.
     
  8. blyndgesser
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    from Georgia

    Very nice. The Dune paint is a very nice interpretation of a period color.
     
  9. motoandy
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    Nice work. EMS is a good source for panels. Nice that you have all the trim, dash clock, dash pieces. Look forward to watching this one. Also I sourced the left and right side lower trunk panel off ebay.
     
  10. motoandy
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    Here you can see the 2 pieces. I think they were about $30 each and had the curve and lip to bolt the gravel pan on.
     

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  11. seanbelushi
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    Thankfully EMS does have everything I need, now if I could only hit the lottery. As for the clock, I was surprised. After a good cleaning, it works perfectly!
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    And I've started on the bodywork a bit. Got one of the lower panels that was rotten.
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    Although I don't have any pictures, the trunk floor was completely gone. Replaced with new metal, just need to get the rear step-down where it meets the tail pan fixed.
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  12. seanbelushi
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    Where did you find those? I've looked on that site and can't find anything but the EMS pan. Would LOVE to get those
     
  13. toucan
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    from sc

  14. Johnnee D.
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    wow, congratulations, nice build... really like the color, good choice! any other cars in the family lot? ;)
     
  15. chaddilac
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    Wow!! Nice progress!!! Looks cool!!
     
  16. gsport
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    good job so far... i really like these early 50's chevy rebuilds
     
  17. jerseymike
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    except for the rust and shot up glass, looks pretty complete. and it's cool that the car has family history. good luck.
     
  18. 50 Ragtop
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    I just bought these on ebay this morning. Search item numbers 220513402381 and 220513410102. They're sold by Nat'l Chevy (651) 778-9522. These are listed for 49-50. I think they will work on 52's too. Right side is part # 4681R, left is 4681L.

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  19. BrerHair
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    Engine looks good Sean. Wish I could have used my Corvette headers but they wouldn't clear the frame. Can't wait to see how you wire up the factory harness and ECM without an aftermarket terminal block.

    Cowl looks great too.
     
  20. seanbelushi
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    I've had various things over the years. Mostly british junk, 1st car was MG Midget, had 1959 Triumph 10 Wagon, etc. I do have a few vintage jap motorcycles (1973 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore, 1974 Honda CB550K1). This is my 1st truly old iron. Did restore a '77 F100 stepside recently, nothing older.

    Thanks for the info on the tail pan pieces. Gonna order them today and see about finishing up the rear of the car.
     
  21. BadLuck
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    wow.. you're doing awesome work.. what a way to give that car a second chance! keep it up..
     
  22. seanbelushi
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    There is a site www.lt1swap.com that has complete how-to directions on modifying a stock harness. I added an aftermarket terminal block and relays for PCM power and fuel pump. So when I get ready to wire the car, the large red wire is B+, small red is switched 12v, ground is in harness, and fuel pump output. 4 wires and it's done.
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  23. dt50chev
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    What engine mounts are those you are using? Who makes them? Contemplating installing a 5.3 in my 49. Had a decent one with a new SRTA transmission but sold it to purchase the 49. Will have to part out another truck and get another one.
     
  24. seanbelushi
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    I'm using competition engineering mounts, with some LS1 adapters from the auction site. Everything fit great.
     
  25. dt50chev
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    Thanks for the info. I assume they are small block mounts and then you are using LS to small block adapters?
     
  26. seanbelushi
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    Yep, I did have to massage one of the strengthening webs on the block to fit the adapter plates, but otherwise no worries.
     
  27. dt50chev
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    Cool, thanks again. Will keep an eye on your build. Looking good so far. I like the 4 door, will be lots easier to haul the family around.
     
  28. n847
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    Nice build...I love that it sat out there all those years and still had the skirts on it! Are you going to go with a stock stance or drop it a little? Those things make great customs. Way to save a family heirloom!
     
  29. BrerHair
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    You make it sound easy! As much time as you've spent deep into EFI wiring, I guess it is for you. Cool.
     

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