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Username Post: chevyjay - 1951 Styleline        (Topic#309522)
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:05 AM - Post#2437200    

Hello all, ive been restoring/rebuilding/modi fying my '51 for about 14 months, i have a build thread over on the hamb but I am going to cut and paste it over here as the Hamb seems to be changing and i fear my build thread may disappear lol. So ill bring it over here as i prefer this site to the hamb anyhow.... here goes.....

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chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:06 AM - Post#2437201    
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Well ive had my '51 Styleline 4 door sedan for a couple of weeks and have got it in my head where im going with this project, im happy with the look of it (what we call over here Ratlook), not sure what its known as over in the States. shes got dropped front spindles up front, air shocks at the rear which im happy with for the mean time, i will be notching the rear chassis and bagging the rear later on in year but first want to get it up and running. The only way I could afford it was to let the previous owner keep the stock 6 and manual transmission as i want to fit an 8 anyway. Im not bothered about the condition of the body at the moment as just want to install a 350 sbc, turbo 350 and camaro rear axle.

Heres how it was a couple of years ago...





And how i bought it







As you can see it had been vandalised by some little poopsbut luckily not too badly, I had it transported down to my mates garage where i put it up on ramp and had a good look over it to see what i had got myself into lol...

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:07 AM - Post#2437203    
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I was glad to find that the frame is solid, with only one previous repair patch and only needing a small plate at rear...

The inner sills do need work tho, but nothing to worry about..









So after a good look over it the first purchase is going to be a set of sills/rockers from the USA, and to get a camaro 10 bolt rear fitted which ive located over here.

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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Reg: 11-20-13
03-20-14 07:09 AM - Post#2437204    
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First job i did was to sand the frame down and paint with zinc rich primer to hopefully hold the rust back...





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And the last picture i have for the moment and one that i think looks cool, as i got to say my chev looks very fed up in this one lol...




1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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Age: 41
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Reg: 11-20-13
03-20-14 07:09 AM - Post#2437205    
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So my list of things to do is as follows....

1) Get a set of rockers/sills sent over from the states as mine are too far gone to repair.
2) get my camaro axle, sbc and turbo 350 installed.
3) install the sills, and repair the body mount points and outriggers as needed.
4) Complete rewire as whats here is not to my liking so really needs redoing to make reliable.
5) get a column and convert it back to left hand drive as at the moment its been converted to right hand drive but the steering box sits on the inside of the frame rails in the engine bay and will hit a sbc as thats wider than the 6 cylinder.




1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:10 AM - Post#2437206    
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This is a citroen steering wheel and column thats been used to convert it but unfortunely I cant use it because it will hit the engine..

well thats enough for me to be getting on with but im sure new jobs will surface as i go!

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:11 AM - Post#2437208    
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Ok spent the day fitting my 2nd gen camaro axle in, had to use original u bolts because camaro axle didnt come with any u bolts, i dont have pics at the mo as left camera at home, but ill take some snaps tomorrow. Ive had a good day at it tho, and very pleased, doesnt sit ever so low with no air in shocks but does sit nicely, tomorrows job is to remove axle and strip it and prime, then remove front fenders and hood ready for engine install after my power rack and pinion comes over from the states, ive managed to get an ididit column and a mopar radiator that was missing. so got a busy few days but ill get some good progress done this week

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:12 AM - Post#2437209    
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Ok next i removed the torque tube rear end and got the 10 bolt camaro fitted, it was quite straight forward not causing too many headaches, unfortunately i cant seem to transfer the pictures over ill try and edit a few over later but now on with the build.....

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:17 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:18 AM - Post#2437210    
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next job was to strip the front end out, get all the bodywork off so i could see what i had to do, pictures dont seem to be coming over again so just have to take my word for it lol....

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:19 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:22 AM - Post#2437211    
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next job once i had the axle fitted ok i got it sandblasted and gloss blacked, it now sits nicely at a good height...


1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:22 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:23 AM - Post#2437212    
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Next job was to start on the trunk floor, it turned out to be a pretty major job but i got there in the end...

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:25 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:26 AM - Post#2437213    
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Next job was to tackle the front end and sort out the steering gear....



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:26 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:29 AM - Post#2437215    
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next job i started to mount the power steering rack, making up a cross bracket out of angle iron..



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:29 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:30 AM - Post#2437216    
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Once all the welding and rack bracket was in I gave it all a coat or rust preventative primer, somehow it makes it all look 100% better when its all bright grey lol....



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:30 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:32 AM - Post#2437218    
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I mocked up the column and made a plate where it comes through firewall to support it at the bottom, im very pleased with this as i think it suits the look im after...


It all worked out really well, turns fine with no tight spots so im glad with the way it all went!

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:32 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:33 AM - Post#2437219    
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Ok the next big job i had planned was to replace the inner and outer rockers, i knew this would be a soul destroyingly dirty job but one that had to be done lol, I took a week off work and plowed on with it all....



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


Edited by chevyjay on 03-20-14 07:34 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:36 AM - Post#2437221    
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Well ive had a week off work this week and made a nice bit of progress, my mission was to attack the rust around the windshield and if I had time look at the rear panel and maybe mock the engine in the hole, well heres how I got on......
Firstly I borrowed a set of wheels to move my car into my mates workshop, and was surprised how good they looked, give me some feedback as I may be able to buy them, and yes I know I have the front ones on back because the rears are 9" and slightly rub the inner fenders on rear....




slightly artyfarty shots...



First job I removed the broken windshields and straightened the centre bar, then I had to push up the wiper spindle holes where the bonnet hinge was loose and before I owned it it went to a car haulers yard and the workers opened the hood to look what engine was underneath not knowing you had to pull the hood towards you when closing it, so the weight of the hood hammered the wipers into the scuttle panel....doh.....

still got that done ok...





next I run a wire wheel around the inside of screen aperture to get the rust out of way...




1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:37 AM - Post#2437222    
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Next job I cut out the rust around screen corners....




Then it was the long job of making plates up to repair the holes, these are only temporarily tacked into place but I think they will do the job...


I spent Monday and Tuesday this week doing the screen, next job was the rear panel below decklid...

I attacked it with a hammer and chisel and as I guessed a lot of filler and not a lot of metal has fallen out lol....









I run a grinder over the lower rear quarters to see how bad they were too...





then I drew a line line across above the rot and below the new trunk floor I made and welded in and then cut it out its somehow very satisfying cutting out rotten metal knowing it will never infect the car again lol...







1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:38 AM - Post#2437223    
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Next I fabricated a rear panel repair section, it wasn't too hard to do just working out the length and followed the lovely shape of that rear!!....






next I cut out the rot in the lower rear quarters and plated these....







This is how it stands tonight, tomorrow my good friend Jon is going to be welding all the plates properly and ill give it all a good coat of anti rust paint to keep the rot at bay lol.....

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:40 AM - Post#2437224    
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Anyway ive had a chance to do a bit of work on her today only laying the engine and dummy box in the hole to make engine mounts and make a rear crossmember to drop the rear of box slightly....











Well im pleased I got a bit done today had to trim the uprights on the firewall just mocked in the hole at the moment, but pleased ive took a step closer to her becoming a V8 lol

1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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Reg: 11-20-13
03-20-14 07:41 AM - Post#2437225    
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Ok been a few months since I had an update to do, but been busy on it as and when I can!!, apologies for poor photos but kept forgetting my camera so they are from my iphone...

First job was making the motor mounts and gearbox crossmember, I got this done over a couple of days...



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:42 AM - Post#2437226    
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Next job I refitted the engine and transmission and then realised I had to alter the pinion slightly, I did this with metal wedges and got it so I was happy, I then measured up for the propshaft and had a local firm make this for me (well done JW Engineering), while I had the axle hanging I rebushed the rear springs and painted them...


then I refitted it all ready to put it away for a few weeks while I decided what to do for a brake pedal....


1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:43 AM - Post#2437227    
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While the engine and box were out I decided to tidy up the firewall by getting rid of the many holes that were there...


I also trimmed back the bits on the firewall that were a bit close to the motor now I have fitted the v8..

I tidied these with some 6mm steel bar...





1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:44 AM - Post#2437228    
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This weekend I have been building a pedal box, I decided to make one from scratch as if I ordered one from the US I would have to wait upto 6 weeks for it to arrive and then have to cut it around to fit what I need, so after a day I managed to get the main part built that goes from the firewall to the top of the column, I just have to work out how long to make my pedal then I can get it made next time I get a chance to do some in a couple of weeks, so far I have made a new plate for the firewall as im going for a firewall mounted master with booster...


1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:45 AM - Post#2437229    
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Just a couple of my pedal as I was building, it's not done yet as need to finish the assembly but it's coming together well....




P.s the M10 bolt across top is temporary to hold everything together while I worked out pedal ratio, I'll be making it of stronger stuff when I come to put it together for real.....


1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:46 AM - Post#2437230    
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Ok heres a couple of pics, not alot seems to have happened in them but i have been busy, ive managed to get a first coat of primer on the firewall, still lots of work to do but at least this gives me something to work with...



Not alot but progress is getting made, in the next picture is the intake im going to use its a lovely period looking intake that will allow my alloy valve covers to be used.



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:47 AM - Post#2437231    
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Ok like I said I've been very busy with my build it's come on leaps and bounds, here's a few pics of what I've been up to....

Firstly I overhauled my engine gave the heads a slight porting job, gasket matched them etc,






1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:49 AM - Post#2437232    
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Steam cleaned and dried then degreased ready for paint, still needed to get a new oilpan at this point...



Next painted block Chevy orange to make it look like a 67-69 corvette/Camaro/chevelle. Had this in mind for the end result...











Next mocked up water pump and made bracket for the alternator, big Thankyou to my mate Jon for the help in making up the following brackets for the alternator and power steering pump.



Excuse the fat hand lol...






1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:50 AM - Post#2437233    
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I got the alternator bracket made up and painted, also painted alternator and water pump gloss black and fitted a gilmer pulley drive....







And this is how it is now with the rams horns mocked up





Next job I did was to repair the dashboard as where the car had been converted to right hand drive the glovebox had been cut about and looked terrible....



She is now in primer and ready for colour on the firewall and dash, but I have a few other jobs to do before I start doing topcoat.



1951 Chevy styleline four door, getting the 350 sbc treatment....


 
chevyjay 
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03-20-14 07:51 AM - Post#2437235    
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Ok thats all for now ill just go back and edit the earlier posts and bring some pictures over. hope you all enjoy up to now ill be keeping this updated as i go..

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