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Username Post: Restoration question        (Topic#367447)
Max210 
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01-12-22 09:54 PM - Post#2834467    

I have a 53 2 door sedan, I used to drive it around and then decided that I was going to "restore" and took off the entire front end. It's been sitting like this for a few years now, I've been kicking around ideas on what to do to it, how to pain it, etc. I plan to have someone else paint the body, but I want to put it back together, does the reproduction car manual have all of the information to put it back together? I'm pretty i've lost clips, nuts and bolts by now, and I'm not sure where they go. I have some random parts that I'm not sure where they go. I need some kind of guideline.



 


Keith_Knox 
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01-12-22 11:14 PM - Post#2834471    
    In response to Max210

You need a service and parts manual. Also a body assembly manual, if they made on.

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/

https://www.1953chevrolet.com/

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1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
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rrausch 
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01-13-22 08:30 AM - Post#2834483    
    In response to Keith_Knox

I've never seen a body assembly manual for our cars. The later models, especially the '60's cars have them, but not ours--that I can find anyway.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
rrausch 
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01-13-22 08:30 AM - Post#2834484    
    In response to rrausch

NCA used to sell a complete front end bolt/fastener kit for the '53 - '54 cars.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
RAM_51 
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01-13-22 09:15 AM - Post#2834486    
    In response to Max210

The '53s and '54s present a problem especially where the body is concerned. The 1949-53 Shop Manual with the 54 Supplement focuses more on mechanical information and not a lot on body information. Regardless, if you are going to continue with a restoration, I would highly suggest that you buy the Shop Manual.

All of that said, and as others have pointed out, Keith Hardy's web page is an excellent resource for filling in the gaps that the shop manual does not provide. I scanned the Index and put pointers at the Shop Manual and at links that will help you with body information. There are other Body by Fisher Body Service News for the '53 and '54 models that can be found at eBay. Here is a direct link to a December 1953 Service New at Keith's web page that describes getting proper gaps when hanging 1953 panels:



LINK:
http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/bulletins/53c...


I'm not sure if you car is a Belair, 210, or 150 2-Door Sedan. If you could provide that information, I can provide a clip information guide for your particular car.

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'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
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Keith_Knox 
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01-13-22 01:51 PM - Post#2834490    
    In response to RAM_51

Thanks Ram. You are so much better at this computer stuff than I am. rrauch, I wasn't sure about the body manual. Good information for Max210

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1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab


 
RAM_51 
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01-13-22 02:35 PM - Post#2834496    
    In response to Keith_Knox

  • Keith_Knox Said:
Thanks Ram. You are so much better at this computer stuff than I am.


Trial and error and having been a non-paying member also helps as I have that particular insight in how to get certain images posted. For instance at Keith's web sight, you can right click on any image and you should get a drop down that says, "copy image address". Paste that address in between this where the space is. [image]_____[/image]. The image will then appear in your post. That's exactly what I did with the Service News image above.


1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
Max210 
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01-13-22 06:02 PM - Post#2834505    
    In response to RAM_51

wow definitely a lot of good information here. I actually do I have the Shop Manual that I bought probably 15 or 20 years ago but its old and torn up. It's not that expensive so I'll pick up a new one. Another example are the wipers, I took them off but I don't remember how they go back together. Stuff like that. I have boxes of parts, I hope I'm not missing some random bolts lol.

Thank you all.



 
RAM_51 
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01-13-22 08:20 PM - Post#2834508    
    In response to Max210

There is some information on the Service News section at Keith's site, but I have also scanned these as the wiper system was changed to a cable system for 1953 and I think this information reflects a mid-production change to that system.

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
Max210 
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02-01-22 09:10 PM - Post#2835579    
    In response to RAM_51

yes, mine are cable. Wow good info thank you.



 
RAM_51 
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02-01-22 10:00 PM - Post#2835582    
    In response to Max210




1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
KoraB 
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02-28-22 10:40 AM - Post#2837146    
    In response to Max210

Ram 51 is a early chev MASTER... Wish i had the cable pic when i did my 53 210 wipers two days of trial and error. Then took it apart to do the windshield couple months later. Body on a rotisserie now after a year off to build cash. Retired a couple weeks ago, waiting for warm weather in UT., and its off the races to work on my time machine, Im back...Kora Bear HOPE ALL ARE WELL AFTER THIS COVID CRAP....

MB in SLC, UT.


 


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