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Hello fellow Tri-Five-ers! Since joining a few weeks back, I have met some great and talented people here. The knowledge base available here is incredible and will come in handy as my project gets underway.

Thought I would share the progress and invite your thoughts and advice.
With the help of some good friends, this ’57 will become my daily driver and a great hobby too. David Cripps of Westside Rods in Red Bluff, CA is doing the mechanical resto, I and another friend will do paint next Spring.

Some details:
It’s a 3100 Deluxe Cab built in L.A. with the 235 l6 and a 4 on the floor.
2:73 rear end
New Wiring, Tilt column with power steering.
5 lug Chevy pattern wheels, front discs, rear drums.
No rust, straight frame.

I’ll post the pics and progress and the details of the project soon. Wish me luck!
















 

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Very nice truck, doesn't look like there is much to do with it except drive it and enjoy. Have fun.

Barry
 

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the feedback!

I considered keeping the six in place, but for the amount of driving I'll be doing, I opted for a S/B 350 along with a 350 turbo AT, & A/C.

The truck is not wearing original paint. I plan on something original or very close to original as far a paint and trim goes. No shaving, Frenching, scraping, bagging, electric windows, etc.

The work has started:

Hood and fenders off



Bed removed


and powerplant out


Gas tank pulled and filler port patched


more to follow!
 

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Latest Update

Moving along steadily. The rear end was modified by a previous owner who installed 2:73 gears. It's like new and will work well with a turbo350 AT.

Thanks to all for the encouragement and kind words. Here we go:

Front suspension going in:





Gas tank and leaf spring kit installed:



Adding some axel clearance:





AC installed, goodbye glove compartment.



New tilt column to accommodate the AT shifter:


Fitting out the trailer hitch:



Patched all but the original holes in the firewall:



To be continued...
 
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