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Username Post: Mdlucas1 1951 Styleline Deluxe 2 door        (Topic#311127)
mdlucas1 
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05-02-14 01:52 PM - Post#2449504    

Well folks here goes....
1951 Styleline Deluxe. I plan on doing a frame off semi-custom restoration and want to document everything as much as possible with lots of pictures. this will be my first frame off but not first restoration. My name is Mike, I am 32 years old and Im an Anesthesiologist by day (and sometimes night) but really just enjoying working on cars and anything mechanical I can get my hands on. What ever I haven't learned from my Dad I have taught myself through books and places like this awesome forum. I am in no means a pro but just love these and all old cars/trucks.
The body is very straight with only a few small dents that have a small amount of filler. All rockers and trunk and floor pans are in excellent shape with only surface rust in some areas.

The Plan:
Take body off, grind/sand/blast frame. Paint POR 15
Mustang II front with shockwave air ride, disc brakes
4 link rear with air ride
10 bolt diff (gears?)
383 stroker, mild build (will do myself)
TH350 transmission
thoroughly clean/sand/blast underside of car then POR 15 paint
POR 15 to inside floor/ceiling/doors then dynamat (or similar)
Paint (shop in town not me) Matte Black (original car color is Black)
interior- not sure but semi original looking
wiring (painless or equivalent)
all new glass/weatherstripping/se als
refurbish/chrome all trim and bumpers

I plan on doing all the work/building myself except for the paint and interior. This has also become a project for me and my girlfriend! Im teaching her as much as I know and Im excited to have her as an extra set of eyes/hands!

Please give any comments/questions/concer ns/suggestions/criticisms as I need all the help I can get. My timeline is 9-12 months but we'll see...



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
mdlucas1 
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05-02-14 02:25 PM - Post#2449519    
    In response to mdlucas1

I am still learning how to post things here...
We are getting ready to get the body off the frame.



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
mdlucas1 
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05-02-14 02:28 PM - Post#2449521    
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that body was pretty precarious sitting on the only blocks I had. I built a much better car dolly



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
mdlucas1 
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05-02-14 02:33 PM - Post#2449526    
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now on to pulling the motor and tranny



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
Keith_Knox 
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05-02-14 08:11 PM - Post#2449610    
    In response to mdlucas1

Outsanding tear down. How long did it take? Might tell your GF to watch out for grease and dirt on her
white tee shirt.

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pm5471 
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05-03-14 05:33 AM - Post#2449672    
    In response to Keith_Knox

great job you are doing.





pete



 
mdlucas1 
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05-03-14 07:23 AM - Post#2449696    
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Thanks! took a few hours to get the front clip off. Then another hour or so for the body mount bolts as some were pretty rusted good. one afternoon to get the body off and the engine pulled and making the car dolly

Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
chevyjay 
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05-03-14 10:38 AM - Post#2449733    
    In response to mdlucas1

Great looking project, will be great when done, check out my build thread, I'm doing a '51 more door, one thing I would say, please don't paint the outside, that is a great patina that I wish I could get on mine, it took 60 years to get there why not do it immaculate underneath with the body like it is, I think it looks great!

But whatever you choose I'm sure it will be a great and enjoyable project, well done

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


 
mdlucas1 
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05-03-14 04:51 PM - Post#2449793    
    In response to chevyjay

aagggh I know! Im having serious debates with myself on whether to paint it or not. I love the patina also and the body is super straight...

Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
mdlucas1 
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05-03-14 05:03 PM - Post#2449798    
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32 rivets later and the rear leafs and the factory trans crossmember are out



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
mdlucas1 
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05-03-14 05:07 PM - Post#2449800    
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now onto prepping the frame for the new front and rear suspension and then paint. It was 95 out today and those rivets ill remember those rivets for quite a while.
I found that grinding the tops off with a 40 grit flap disk, then center punch, then 1/4 inch drill bit through about half of the rivet did the trick. They punched right out after that



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
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05-04-14 08:50 AM - Post#2449947    
    In response to mdlucas1

Mile & Girlfriend,

You're doing great work. Wish I had a guy like you to chat with, before you put me to sleep .... we would probably delay the operation.

For a body sooo good, I would have to paint it and make it sparkle.

Nice work, be certain to take the girlfriend out to dinner and buy her chocolates and flowers ..... good help is hard to find.

Bob G.

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pm5471 
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05-04-14 02:44 PM - Post#2450015    
    In response to bobg1951chevy

what Bob G said



pete



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mdlucas1 
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05-06-14 09:08 AM - Post#2450603    
    In response to bobg1951chevy

Thanks for the encouragement! I just started ordering front and rear suspension stuff and cant wait to get started. Still have lots of ground to cover, but thats part of the enjoyment!

Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
mdlucas1 
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05-15-14 09:32 AM - Post#2453232    
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started getting some of the delivery... I have a lot of work and figuring ahead of me but Im really excited to tear into things



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Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
dent 
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08-13-14 04:10 PM - Post#2476601    
    In response to mdlucas1

can you Please call me.I have a 51 and got the tci front end and my frame is not drilled for the back two studs. Did you have the same problem.I would like the dia. for the car dollie.

dennis
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z28summit 
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09-18-14 01:03 PM - Post#2484954    
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What would you say the body weighs by itself?



 
mdlucas1 
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10-03-14 11:46 AM - Post#2488393    
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I had the same problem and their instructions were not very clear to me. I had to drill the holes

Mike L. 1951 Styleline Deluxe Tucson, AZ
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS
1972 K5 blazer
1971 K5 blazer
1975 GMC k10
1959 VW beetle


 
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11-09-14 09:19 AM - Post#2497286    
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What did you do with your old motor and trans.? I'm in need of the rear mounts that attach to the bell housing. Would like to buy them if possible.

1950 Styleline
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1978 Camaro
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11-10-14 01:50 AM - Post#2497453    
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You might want to ask about the frame brackets too. Those aren't reproed either.

Ray

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11-12-14 12:28 PM - Post#2498087    
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I believe I bought mine from NCA. Your car is going to be really nice, you were lucky to find one in such great shape to start with.

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06-09-15 02:45 PM - Post#2553402    
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Any updates on your project? I hope everything's alright.

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miz-10 
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01-17-16 05:16 PM - Post#2602849    
    In response to mdlucas1

x2 on the updates - would love to see how this has turned out! I also have a 51 2 door deluxe, which I have recently imported to Australia - we have pretty much the same plans in regards to our build too!



 
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