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51 Styleline Special 4dr project

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by garagebuilt51, May 7, 2010.

  1. garagebuilt51
    Joined: May 4, 2010
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    This was my great grandpas 51. just picked it up from my grandparents in New Mexico. I plan on swapping the motor for a newer straight 6 and bagging it then driving it. ill slowly fix the rust and do body work while i drive it.
    heres what i have so far.

    here is where it was
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    ended up having to pull it out with backhoe
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    the stock motor
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    grandpa had this laying around. ill use it for the air ride
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    I may run these but not sure. some cragers my dad bought for $20
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    the interior
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  2. garagebuilt51
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    started working on the front suspension
    stepping the lowers.
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  3. Ctm_motortrends
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    from Ontario Ca

    Good start keep us posted, looks like a solid car.
     
  4. Dave K
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    Keep the pictures coming. My son is building a 1950 4 door so we will be watching yours for ideas.
     
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  5. thechondro
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    from silverlake

    Congrats man! looks so sweet in that garage........Nice garage 2. :)
     
  6. Shadetree
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    from Va USA


    Great project you have there, especially sence it was your grandparents car.
    Prabadly a silly question, but I will ask anyway!!You are going to gusset the lowered step, on your aframes, arent you???
    I have a 51 also, and I am thinking stepping mine also.
     
  7. fitzee
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    Another cool more door project.I`ll be watching!
     
  8. garagebuilt51
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    gusseted the steps. the upper arm is hitting the inner fender now
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  9. garagebuilt51
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    here is the motor i just picked up.
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  10. Hdonlybob
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    Great project, and nice job on progress.
    And your Great Gramps to boot.
    He will be proud of you...
    Good luck, and keep the pics coming....
     
  11. Hot Rod Pat
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    Fantastic start bud. I'll be watching this one. Keep it in the family, great car.
     
  12. low-n-slo54
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    Nothing like droppin great grandpa's car! I'll be watching. Congrat's on the score.
     
  13. Wikster
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    very cool man. Another one here with a heirloom 4 door. :)
     
  14. garagebuilt51
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    thanks everyone.
     
  15. garagebuilt51
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  16. captainjunk#2
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    projects with family history are way cool , thanks for sharing your build
     
  17. aldixie
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    Like the project. Keep it up.
     
  18. fbama73
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    Great thing about a special is that it comes pretty well factory dechromed. Love the clock delete plate, too- That's only the second car I've seen with one.
     
  19. garagebuilt51
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    Alright i got to this point to get the front to sit where i wanted it. then stood back and looked. i decided it looked horrible. i will be ordering some 3/4" heims to build new lower arms.
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  20. 31flatbed
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    Good job! This is a picture of my brothers 51 Chevy. It was my granddads too. He used to pull the back seat out and haul calves to market. My grand dad drove it till he blew up the 216 in it and pushed it out to the field. We lost track of it when the farm was sold. My brother found it about 2 years ago and brought it home.
    Hes put an S10 rear end under it and getting ready to put in a Chevy small block V8 and turbo trans in it. The old car only has 70,000 actual miles on it and probably never saw over 50 miles per hr. Boy is it in for a surprise. Its fun to remember the history you had with these old cars as your bringing them back to life.
     

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  21. kingpins
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    i loved my 4 door 50 chevy. piled all the boys in it and head out to down town raleigh babbits screaming! lol best damn $1200 i ever spent
     
  22. motorgod7
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    more suspension pics please, looks like a inexpensive way to slam it in the weeds! What about the upper arms? same thing? i.e. cut an relocate the mount?
     
  23. garagebuilt51
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    It looks like the uppers will work. ill build in some extra adjustment in the lowers that way i can fix what little camber there is. i wanted to raise the inner mount on the lower arm but that will just make more problems. ill just have to see. im sure ill do 50 drawings before i decide what to do.
     
  24. garagebuilt51
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    here is where im headed with the lower arms.
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  25. garagebuilt51
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  26. garagebuilt51
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    been a while since i updated but i only work 2-3 hours a week on it. i got some 18" boyd smoothie IIs got the lower arms finished and all the suspension back in. i will be building adjustable uppers to fix the camber.

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  27. JVK54
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    Love this build. Keep us posted and have a blast.
    More doors=More fun!
     
  28. garagebuilt51
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    Thanks. I plan to have the motor in by Saturday after the holiday
     
  29. Cruiser
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    I think it's fantastic that your grandad owned the Chevy, the new motor is looking good. What year and size is the new engine 216,235 or a 250? Just below the radio delete plate there's a add on with a chrome door, question what is that unit? :D

    CRUISER :cool:

     
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  30. robleticia
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    Nice job on the a-arms! I will be watching this one!
     

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