1950 Chevrolet Pick-up 3100
There are those Chevy pickups that are restored beyond anything that ever left a factory, and there are those Chevys that are made to look original with fake patina, and there are those trucks that have aged beautifully and allowed Mother Nature to do her own nurturing. This Chevy falls into the later category with over 60 years of organic degradation.
Having spent three weekend sanding the chassis and floors on a ramp, I can confirm that the chassis and cab floor are perfect with no repairs.
The cab corners have suffered, but they have now been treated and won't get any worse.
Under the skin, this truck is fitted with a Jaguar XJ6 front clip and power steering.
The engine is a V8 taken from a 1972 Pontiac Leman 5.7L coupled to a TH350 driving a Chevy 10 bolt.
Twin Vyair pumps
The truck has been completely stripped, and the following works undertaken:
Power steering completely rebuilt with new bushes etc.
New Poly bushes to lower and Upper wishbones.
New Poly bushes to steering rack. ( kellybraysteering [firstname.lastname@example.org] )
New transmission filter and pan gasket
Regular changing of all oils
Renewed sump and rocker gaskets (Victor Reinz 953398VR)
New prop centre bearing
Replaced axle half shaft bearings and oil seals.
Replaced axle pinion oil seal
Replacement axle cover gasket
New speedo cable
Replacement brake shoes to rear (AXS245)
New air bags to front (BAG-FREE-1 4-2500lb DeNominator) www.airbagit.com
Replacement upper and lower ball joints for original Jaguar parts
Replaced track rod ends
Replaced front air bags from http://www.airbagit.com/default.asp
Replacement lower wishbone shafts
Oil Filter LF222
Replacement header gaskets
New winder mechanisms
Replacement cab rubbers including the doors.
The cab floor has been covered in Dynamat.
All the wings removed, shot-blasted on the inside and painted with Hammerite.
Inner wings shot-blasted and powder coated - see pics
The complete chassis and deck floor has been sanded and treated to two-coats of Por15, and then sprayed with Por15 top-coat. Any cavities have been filled with was under-seal using a probe.
In summary, a great drive, super-reliable and fast, and turns more heads than a Ferrari. This is an iconic and powerful truck that does everything that Italian exotics do but at a third of the price - I know, I've owned both. Things don't fall off, you won't need a trickle charger, a cambelt change every three days, or a bloke with a B.Sc. to change the plugs, but you do get that awesome V8 burble.