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Username Post: chevyjay - 1951 Styleline        (Topic#309522)
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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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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...

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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.

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chevyjay 
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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...




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chevyjay 
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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.




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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!

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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

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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....


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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.

 
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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....



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

 
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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!

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

 
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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....



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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...




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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...







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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.....

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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

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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...



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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....


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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...





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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...


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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.....


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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.



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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,






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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...






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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.



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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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03-20-14 08:06 AM - Post#2437238    
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ok so maybe i wont be editing the pictures in afterwards lol, ill add a few here of the work ive done last year like rockers and steering and fitting axle, try and get them in some sort of order tho...

Rockers...



original rockers under the badly made plates...




new one ready to fit...





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03-20-14 08:18 AM - Post#2437241    
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Stripping front end and converting steering...
















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03-20-14 08:25 AM - Post#2437243    
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Next job was steering














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03-20-14 08:33 AM - Post#2437246    
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Outstanding work and looks good.

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03-20-14 08:53 AM - Post#2437250    
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  • Keith_Knox Said:
Outstanding work and looks good.



Agreed. Great work within a great facility to do the work


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03-20-14 08:55 AM - Post#2437252    
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old axle out and new one in...












sitting nicely...



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03-20-14 09:00 AM - Post#2437255    
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Jay,
Good to see that you got the rear centered in the wheel well. The earlier pics showed it more offset. Nice job so far. Keep up the good work!
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03-20-14 09:03 AM - Post#2437257    
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hey thanks for the comments, yes i am lucky my best friend has a great workshop that i can use. its coming n really well, i would like to get her ready for the shows this year, im not going to be painting the outside leaving her ratty just getting the driveline and underside all in order

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03-20-14 09:04 AM - Post#2437258    
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Hi cheers Pat, yes it was hard work getting it centred but i got there in end, just found a couple more pics of what ive been upto last couple of weeks..


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03-20-14 09:24 AM - Post#2437263    
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Few more pictures of where i am now, just a few getting power steering bracket built and few of dashboard before and after primer...
got pump mounted but needed a staybar as it moved a bit with a belt fitted.
ok firstly heres the firewall and dashboard getting sorted out..













next a bit of highbuild primer...










next job was to fit my power steering pump...






lined up with front pulley





just needs a bit of trimming then a coat of paint, im well pleased with this tho all worked out well, got to say another big thanks to Jon, who without him i wouldnt be so far on with my project!!!

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03-20-14 09:28 AM - Post#2437264    
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You've done a heck of a lot of work in a short time. Glad you posted the older pictures. Good job!

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03-20-14 09:35 AM - Post#2437267    
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thankyou its been about 14 months since i first started tho, and i dont get to work on her very often, i guess one to two days a week if im lucky as i work away.

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03-20-14 11:04 AM - Post#2437282    
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I APPROVE this build!!

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03-20-14 11:37 AM - Post#2437285    
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Thankyou cedar, she's going well, I'll be doing a bit this weekend, think I'm going to have a go at repairing my inner fenders as they are a bit sad lol

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03-20-14 07:10 PM - Post#2437355    
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You've sure done some nice work on that car. Congrats! Looks great. Keep posting as you progress. Love the DeSoto grill--those are getting very hard to find.

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03-20-14 07:36 PM - Post#2437361    
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You have got a lot done!!!! Looking very good!!!!

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03-21-14 02:17 AM - Post#2437411    
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Thankyou yes I think it really sets it off, it needs a good polish as it's gone a bit furry, but I'll soon have it nice again

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03-21-14 02:19 AM - Post#2437412    
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Thanks Bob, yes it's all coming together nicely, I've got a couple of days to work on her this week so hopefully make a bit of progress.

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


 
chevyjay 
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03-23-14 01:40 AM - Post#2437980    
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Ok I spent Friday and Saturday working on my car, now I decided to tackle the inner fenders which I have been dreading, and cannot seem to find any for love nor money over here, firstly I got them from my storage unit too see how bad they were, they didn't look too bad on first look....


And to be fair the drivers on is very good compared to what happened when I took the heater unit out lol...


When I flipped it I could see it would be bad


Once I had assessed how bad I had to start making new sections of the fender,



I then tacked them all into place for my mate Jon to weld properly as I'm not that good at welding ( seem to blow more holes than stick the metal together lol),


And how it looks now, I'm pleased with the result and when welded fully will have plenty of strength back in it.

Next job was to strip and repair the heater unit, it needed a bit of welding but now a lot, I found a makers plate round the back, it's a Harrison which I think is quite common on Chevys of the 40s-50s.


I have stripped the core out and cleaned it up and done one small bit of welding that needed doing, it's now ready for zinc primer inside and out!

Well that's what I've been upto this weekend all in all a productive one

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


 
chevyjay 
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04-30-14 09:09 AM - Post#2448939    
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Ok the next job I had seems I had a long weekend was to get the chassis painted and do the last bits of welding under the rear, I'm not the best welder in the world so I made the plates and I got my good friend and fellow rodder Jon to stick them in, when I had them welded and ground up ready for paint I cleaned and got it ready then run out of time so had to push it back in its resting place for the week while I went off to work




Ok so a week has gone by and I managed to get it on my friends ramp and get the frame gloss blacked


Well that's all I did this time round but so glad I've got past this big hurdle, next week I have to repair my rear arches and then that's most of the welding done!!!

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


 
chevyjay 
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04-30-14 09:10 AM - Post#2448940    
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Next job I did was to repair my rear arches, only got one pic of this but it did take me all day to do both sides

Next job I have is to get my firewall and dashboard painted up and then I can start to get it back together which will be a big relief as it's always nice to start bolting bits back together and start feeling like you are over the brow of the hill and on the way down lol...

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


 
chevyjay 
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05-03-14 11:30 AM - Post#2449730    
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Well I've had a good day today finally got my firewall and dashboard in paint so again made a nice bit of progress,







And also painted my caddy airfilter the same colour



All in all a nice productive day so I can move onto the next job which I think will be to rebuild my th350 ready for install...


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


 
aerosedan42 
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05-19-14 08:38 PM - Post#2454382    
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Great work. You have my respect for saving that car. It sure makes me in awe of the love for our American cars in other countries that you have. I love your car and how you are doing it yourself



 
chevyjay 
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03-31-15 12:30 PM - Post#2535668    
    In response to aerosedan42

Hi all, been ages since ive updated and i do apologise but been slogging away at project and not feeling like ive been achieving much, but in the last couple of months its really started taking shape, ive managed to get 70% of the wiring done, ended up using an ez wiring harness, not the easiest to fit but it was pretty straight forward even if the instructions left a lot to be desired. Ive also had the first run out of it which sounds really nice now, ive made a custom exhaust system which i brought out through the rear bumper as later on im going to fit a taildragger but i really want to have her on the road this year so im not going to get involved in doing the taildragger till ive had some fun out of it lol. Also ive fitted my wilwood front discs and master cylinder so as soon as i have bled the brakes i will be able to have my first drive in it.
My job at the moment is trying to repair my front inner fenders as they were totally shot but as im in the uk its near on impossible to get parts.
Lastly i couldnt have done all this without my good friend jons advice and help when i got stuck lol (which was a lot more than i'd like to admit lol).

here are a few pictures i have firstly of the wiring....




as you can see its a spaghetti nightmare lol but i got there in the end...

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


 
chevyjay 
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03-31-15 12:36 PM - Post#2535669    
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Next i fitted my new clocks, they fitted very well and can recommend classic instruments as an easy fit...










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


 
chevyjay 
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03-31-15 12:43 PM - Post#2535678    
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The next major job i did was to fit the wilwood front disc conversion, this again was a very easy task the instuctions were very clear and i can only say what an excellent kit this is....





I have this and the new master cylinder fitted plus all the pipework plumbed in.
Next I made the rest of the exhaust but did do one cock up where i made it too tight to the rear axle and had to remake a bit, You can see i have it coming out of the rear bumper and will make it rattle proof lol when i finally fit it and have painted the rear bumper...



and yes i know ones pointing up in the air but its disconnected underneath so flapping about a bit lol..
these are half way through making the over axle parts...



And i had to relieve the rear crossmember but welded in 1/4 half round pipe so its as tough as before...


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


 
chevyjay 
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03-31-15 12:47 PM - Post#2535681    
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Im also at the moment using the air shocks it came with so decided to media blast them and paint them gloss black...




a quick pass through my blasting cabinet and they came out looking great, although i forgot to take pictures of them painted lol...


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


 
chevyjay 
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03-31-15 12:49 PM - Post#2535683    
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Lastly here is a couple of pics of how she looks now please excuse the green wheels, im just in the process of getting some new ones ordered...



One other job which was a real pain in the rear was making the gearchange linkage it took so many fit and removes to get it to work just right you wouldnt believe lol.
anyway thats where i am at the moment im hopefully going to be getting on with bits and bobs and making more progress shortly! thanks for looking Jason.

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


 
chevyjay 
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05-20-15 06:29 AM - Post#2548475    
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Time for another update, ive been getting on well with car, got all the wiring in engine bay completed plus wiring to rear end for battery, also got my inner fenders fitted, they fit well but i had a few problems lining the front fenders up but got there in the end. I only have a few iphone pics at mo which ive uploaded below, ill get some proper pics as soon as i remember to take my camera to the workshop.







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


 
one4dad 
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05-20-15 06:59 AM - Post#2548482    
    In response to chevyjay

Nice, very nice. Some other good looking iron in the shop also. Keep us posted,
Bill

Bill Wilson 50 styleline deluxe 2 door sold,- 51 styleline Deluxe 2 door ,'56 235 with dual carter webers on an Offenhauser intake, Fenton headers, 56 chevy rear end and 700R4 transmission.


 
51Chevy Deluxe Styleline 
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05-28-15 10:46 AM - Post#2550430    
    In response to chevyjay

wow your really know what your doing here where did you learn all this? which books wold you recommend to learn this type of skills?



 
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05-29-15 07:34 PM - Post#2550801    
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Yes! Looks good!!!!

Bob Hayden's 54 Chevy, 350 Engine with TH400 Tranny and 94 4X4 Blazer Rear End with 3:23 gears.(FINISHED PICS) </a> My 54 Albums

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chevyjay 
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12-13-15 06:30 AM - Post#2595167    
    In response to Bob_Hayden

Well all it's been an age since I've been able to work on my car as had major family events this year and really need to get my head out of clouds and put this year behind me, I've really neglected my Chevy but I have been trying to get enthusiasm together to work on it. I have however managed to straighten out my roof as after stripping the paint found it quite dented but after lots of work I have got it so I'm happy with it. The next job is to get the doors sorted (which are rough as lol) but I'm sure I'll get there, I'll try and get a few pics attached off my iPhone lol

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