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Username Post: 1951 Deluxe daily driver project        (Topic#252202)
51ChevyDlx 
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11-05-10 08:28 PM - Post#2000256    

Hello everyone, I have been reading this wonderful site for about a year now and decided I better sign up.
I purchased my 51 Deluxe last January. It has not been driven in about 25 years. I am fixin it up to be my daily driver. I will post up some pics of my progress so far.

Here is what it looked like last January the day me and my dad went to pick it up. The guy I got it from owned it for 10 years. He said he got it in non running condition from a guy that had it setting in a field for 15 years.




 

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51ChevyDlx 
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11-05-10 08:42 PM - Post#2000262    
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After pulling the front clip and drive train I started patching the floors. I bought a cheap bead roller and a sheet of 18 ga metal and went to work.

This is after all the patches were done. Notice I am letting the new metal rust so that Por 15 will stick to it better.


Here is the beadroller from woodward fab that I modified to be stronger.





 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-05-10 09:00 PM - Post#2000264    
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After the floors were done I cleaned up the frame with a wire brush and painted it with por 15. I also installed the CE mustang 2 crossmember.



Next was the firewall. I cut the ribs off and cleaned the firewall to bare metal. I painted it the origional green color.











 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-05-10 09:09 PM - Post#2000267    
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I made a bracket for a camaro master cylinder to attach to the back of the origional. I coppied a bracket that some company sales on the internet.





 
DrScotti 
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11-05-10 10:10 PM - Post#2000282    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

nice, keep the progress reports coming!

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arnieg141 
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11-06-10 04:06 AM - Post#2000308    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

nice work

GET ER DONE .. AS I GET OLDER I LIKE FAST CARS I CAN STILL DRIVE. AND VERY SLOW WOMEN I CAN CATCH while still able..arnie garrison


 
Bob_Hayden 
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11-06-10 07:27 AM - Post#2000369    
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NIce!!! Keep us posted!! We like pictures!! LOL

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Seattle51 
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11-06-10 08:30 AM - Post#2000396    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

Nice work! Keep the pictures coming!

It's like my Grandfather always said, "We can take our time going, but we'll have to hurry back"


 
Gray Headed Mule 
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11-07-10 03:43 PM - Post#2000969    
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Welcome to CT as an active member. The work looks like a pro.

Did you use single stage or BCCC on your firewall? Really nice looking firewall.

Mule

I'm sexy and I know it!

My 49 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe Restoration Project


 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-07-10 04:56 PM - Post#2001001    
    In response to Gray Headed Mule

Thanks!
I used Nason 2k urethane single stage.



 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-07-10 05:11 PM - Post#2001013    
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I just came inside from working on the 51. I got the springs and spindles installed.
Then I put the mock-up motor and trans back in .


I am having some alignment issues with the trans crossmember. I need to modify it so the bolts will line up to the rubber mount.

The master cylinder mount and crossmember look like they fit pretty good together.




 
Keith_Knox 
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11-07-10 05:57 PM - Post#2001056    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

Good progress.


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dragginit93 
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11-07-10 07:01 PM - Post#2001085    
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what motor and tranny mounts did u end up using?



 
Coaldalecar 
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11-07-10 07:02 PM - Post#2001087    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

Looking real good. What are you planning on using for exhaust manifolds (headers). I am at the same stage and can't decide what to go with.

Alan Klassen, Alberta, Canada
1952 Chev 2Dr Sedan Deluxe (on the road, finally)
02 Chev Silverado Ext Cab
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51ChevyDlx 
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11-07-10 07:05 PM - Post#2001089    
    In response to dragginit93

I got the chassis engineering crossmember with their mounts already welded on. I got a Walton Fabrication trans crossmember.




 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-07-10 07:07 PM - Post#2001090    
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I am either going to use ram horn manifolds or block hugger headers. I would like to use the manifolds if the drivers side will clear the steering.




 
dongc1 
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11-07-10 07:55 PM - Post#2001131    
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That's your trouble with the transmount not lining up. The CE engine mounts are about 3/4" to the rear, compared to Walton's motor mounts. You should use everything from one vendor. I used Waltons motor and transmount and everything fit like a glove. I agree that the Walton transmount is much better than the CE mount.

Don
51 Styleline 2dr Sedan


 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-07-10 08:21 PM - Post#2001144    
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  • dongc1 Said:
That's your trouble with the transmount not lining up. The CE engine mounts are about 3/4" to the rear, compared to Walton's motor mounts. You should use everything from one vendor. I used Waltons motor and transmount and everything fit like a glove. I agree that the Walton transmount is much better than the CE mount.



I agree,but I just wanted to use the CE mounts because they came already welded to the front crossmember. Walton makes his motor mounts to work with the TCI crossmember that he sells. I should just be able drill 2 new holes in the center plate and it will line up correctly.



 
Cruiserr 
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11-08-10 06:18 PM - Post#2001591    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

Your going about things in the right way, the pictures look real good. Your ride will make one fine cruiser.

CRUISER

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51ChevyDlx 
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11-08-10 07:04 PM - Post#2001605    
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  • Cruiserr Said:
Your going about things in the right way, the pictures look real good. Your ride will make one fine cruiser.

CRUISER



Thanks!




 
jetcycles 
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11-11-10 07:48 AM - Post#2002662    
    In response to 51ChevyDlx

Looks like you're on the right track, can't wait to see this thing cruising the streets of stinkadena!!!



 
73super 
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11-16-10 01:16 PM - Post#2005178    
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Lemme get this straight.. you're going to make this a daily driver? Must live in a nice dry area. (Oh wait.. Texas).. Here in the Northwest it'd be a shame to drive that beauty out in nasty weather.

LOVE the color. That is going to be sweet!



 
gsport 
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11-16-10 03:46 PM - Post#2005242    
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i agree with others.. you've got a fine looking start on things.... well, its been over a week, we're waiting for more progress pictures..

Jim
Salem, Oregon
1950 chevy, sport coupe. gone, but not forgotten
2011 chevy, SS camaro, synergy green
2011 silverado 4x4 crewcab, 3500 HD
2006 corvette convertible
2014 39ft. 5th wheel
2013 harley fatboy, sold
2006 JD riding mower


 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-16-10 04:24 PM - Post#2005254    
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Okay, I did not post because I did not get much done this weekend. I did manage to get the rear brackets for my Walton's Fab leaf spring conversion prepped and painted. I also did some figuring on the steering column and u joints.

I am having trouble with my steering u-joint hitting the crossmember. The u joint will not even turn a full rotation without locking up against the crossmember. I spoke to CE and they said I needed the short shaft rack. I will be sending this rack back and getting a new one shipped out to me.


Here are the brackets I painted for the rear springs.



I had to cover the car real good because it was too cold to paint outside the shop.




 
51ChevyDlx 
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11-29-10 05:34 AM - Post#2010957    
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This weekend I got the motor painted. I usually have red or orange but I decided to try this. It should look nice once all the trim gets on it.
before:


After:





 
51ChevyDlx 
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12-10-10 09:11 PM - Post#2016405    
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I had a couple of vacation days to use before the end of the year,so I got some work done yesterday and today.
First I cut the stock steering column tube to 30".
Then I made a plate to bolt into the stock holes in the fire wall.


Then I welded the tube into the bracket.


A friend of mine made this steel bushing with a brass insert. It turned out really nice.


Here are a couple of pics with it installed.
I am waiting on my friend to mill the stock steering shaft to double D so it will accept a u-joint. It should be done Monday.






 
51ChevyDlx 
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12-19-10 09:18 AM - Post#2020140    
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This weekend I was able to finish the steering.
The drivers side exhaust comes pretty close but it should work ok.
I made a custom bracket for the support heim joint that bolts to the factory steering box bolt holes. It worked out pretty good.






 
Seattle51 
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12-19-10 11:09 AM - Post#2020178    
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That looks great! Thanks for posting all these pictures, they're very helpful.

It's like my Grandfather always said, "We can take our time going, but we'll have to hurry back"


 
51ChevyDlx 
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01-16-11 03:15 PM - Post#2032801    
    In response to Seattle51

The other day my dad came over and helped me center up the rear end so I could tack the spring seats in place.


Then I fully welded them in.






 
51ChevyDlx 
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01-16-11 03:31 PM - Post#2032803    
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This weekend I got some stuff done on the car. I got the bracket made that will bolt to the fram and hold the gas tank. I did not want to weld the gas tank mount to the frame.

Nice weather


I made the frame out of 1" square tube and it is completely bolt in.
Most of the cars that I have seen with the Mustang tank just surface mount it. Mine is going to be covered by the trunk floor. I'm going to build a sub structure out of tubing over the gad tank and attach the floor to it.











 

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