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Old 01-18-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 1954 Chevy - Restore...somewhat DIY

The day I turned 16 I drove my 1954 Chevy out of the body shop with brand new red paint job. Added rims and tires and had one if the coolest trucks in high school - in about 1994 or 95 the old 235 straight 6 blew and I decided it was time for big changes. Bought a 1978 camero that was running and solid and hotrod it around farm until almost wrecking it into a creek taking a pasture about 80 and hydroplainng about 50 yrds into brush
Took it home that day and stripped it down to subframe which is why I purchased it. Took it to local custom shop and had subframe installed - giving power steering, v8, independent suspension to old red - after doing all that - never finished it nor drove it on hwy again. Found a different truck - full size chevy extended cab - slammed to ground w tons of custom work and again had coolest truck in HS. Old red was left out in the field

Marriage
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.......all took priority but along way I picked up another 54 Chevy for parts for under a grand that was solid

Then found a 5 window 54 Chevy that was solid for like $400 -purchased it also.

So then there were 3. I have enough parts to put together two solid trucks but focus right now is just one. Trey wants black- I want red again
We will see who wins on first truck

So here is where we are. After watching all the gas monkey, and ricks restoration, etc I can stand knowing ol red is sitting - it's time!

First project will be bring over 5 window truck and remove cab, see what all it's going to need to get that cab back alive - probably cut and weld new corners(common rot) fill firewall holes, clutch holes, etc. Some I can do some I can't - find good guy to do some work

Phase 2 will be get old red over and take everything off to frame. It's already the one that has camaro subframe- rebuild suspension, new rearend probably(has old car rearend under it now )

As of this second my intensions are build a solid dependable ride again without going crazy $$$$$. We will see if that can be done. Not wanting a rat rod but not a "show" truck either.

So- today we begin!

This is how they sit today
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:59 AM   #3
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Sounds like fun!! I just agreed to purchase a 49 Chevrolet PU from a friend over here. I have a motor and tranny ready for it. I will definitely follow along with your progress. Is that old rearend 12bolt or 10bolt?

Man, that truck is nice. Good luck on the restore. Don't let it discourage you and keep that pic of the finished product posted!!!
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:02 AM   #4
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:10 AM   #5
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I'll check rear ends. One is out of a jag. None of the 3 have original - it's out by hay pin with trees grown all around it
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:23 AM   #7
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I am going for this look. Nothing too fancy.
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Have a 51 I'm gonna eventually do
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:32 AM   #10
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Boy thats going to be fun!!! Ive built a few old skol vw's but my dream truck is a 51 f100. My dad had one that was canary yellow when I was a kid!!
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:36 AM   #11
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I had a 58 in high school that I wished I still had, I've been mulling over building somthing this may get me started.
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:37 AM   #12
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:38 AM   #13
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Boy thats going to be fun!!! Ive built a few old skol vw's but my dream truck is a 51 f100. My dad had one that was canary yellow when I was a kid!!
I believe I know where one is sitting, if still there, in cleburne.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:05 AM   #14
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This will be great to watch!
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:08 AM   #15
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:56 AM   #16
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I love the old Chevys. I had a 57 step side with the wrap around back glass when I was in high school. Sold it when I started hot rodding a camaro I bought
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:03 AM   #17
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:07 AM   #18
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following, dad has a finished out 55 chevy cameo and is almost done with his 55 step side cant wait to see how yours turns out.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:36 PM   #19
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Slow start...day after posting this I went to San Antonio a few days for convention. Had a great time and I won 25 dollars and wife won 500 grand prize in drawings- . She wouldn't trade !

Finally pulled the 5 window cab over to the house/shop. It was at my old house across the creek about a mile away.
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I love English too . No idea where sticker came from. This is donor truck I bought
Will use cab and hood only from this truck. Maybe a fender

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Old 01-25-2014, 06:21 PM   #21
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Had a 59 for about 6 years, got divorce way back when had to sell to pay child support. Money well spent but I sure miss that old truck. LOOKING GOOD keep saving them.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:27 PM   #22
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:34 PM   #23
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54 has to be my favorite year for those old chevy trucks. Have one getting working on in san antonio right now. Worked on it for 2 years and got everything done but the body work and then it was over our heads. Subscribed and keeping track of this one.

Few questions though. You going to keep it original as possible on the outside with the styling or you going to cut on it and have it lowered, add modern tail lights blinkers,add a mirror to the passenger side? Fancy rims or old style stock? Either way it is going to turn out sharp but it always tears at the heart to see folks bust out the torch on those old trucks as they aren't making any more of them.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:05 PM   #24
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54 is cream of crop to me- grill makes them pop way more to me than the flat bar grills. No comparison to ME!

Spare tire cutout has already been flipped and filled on old red, - gas tank removed and filler filled from cab on old red. Will do same with this gas tank and remove from cab for sure.

No desire to chop it. Friend recently did that and chopped cab and doors and lost interest and sold like a 49 or so. Love the old fat fender look -

I been reading and watching tons of videos, etc.

Where I'm at is thinking ill tear down and strip/ dip whatever to save a lot of labor. Take to pro for finish paint and body in pieces for under side etc then again when all put together-
I'll do frame clean up, firewall fill, mechanical etc
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54 five window was my first truck - hope to have another one some day. Looking forward to watching yours come along.

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Old 01-25-2014, 07:46 PM   #26
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:48 PM   #28
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Default 1954 Chevy - Restore...somewhat DIY

Today we got the donor cab truck into the shop. Amazingly the tires held air but the rear wheels are locked up - will invest or make some veh dollies this week

Kate pulled it in shop since my 1/2 ton truck wouldn't move it
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Trey pushed it in with tractor as lifting rear with loader forks -

Once in shop we started cleaning it out - Tons of nasty crap in there -
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Pulled the factory seats and mounting frame. Won't be using any of that. Trying to decide to scrap, throw in another old cab to keep or try and sell some of this stuff I will never use. Don't know if much demand or not. Tank has holes in it
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Yanked doors off
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We then pulled glad off corners and rear - there were extra corner glass in the truck already also -

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Wire brushed a few iffy spots and still solid good steel. Floor board needs some work but will address all that once cab off completely

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That's awesome!!
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:29 PM   #31
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I know your feeling.

Time and money.

Restoring a 67 charger. Now I know why body work is so expensive.

Sanding down every part I can salvage before buying/having someone else do the work.

Great project!!
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:15 PM   #36
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Man I envy you shop mine isn't quite that big My 81 CJ7 project is taking up a pretty good bit of it hopefully this coming weekend Ill be puling the body off of the frame good looking vehicles and remember take your time do it right!
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you have 3..build treys..Black....the your daughter...hers can be what ever color..then yours..again..red...let the kids build their own/drive past( cause as your cool ride kida sat.......don't have them drive your past...you will be beaming with pride even if if went pink!
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So.....just found out this truck is actually a 1955 - 1st series -
Don't know how I feel about that. Anyone that knows these trucks realizes there is no difference at all - but - still will end up with most 54 parts and be titled as my original titled 54. Same exact cab and all just yr produced-

Shop is nice. Wife wasn't happy to come home and see truck but it takes up no veh room. All vehs are still inside tonight
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So.....just found out this truck is actually a 1955 - 1st series -
Don't know how I feel about that. Anyone that knows these trucks realizes there is no difference at all - but - still will end up with most 54 parts and be titled as my original titled 54. Same exact cab and all just yr produced-

Shop is nice. Wife wasn't happy to come home and see truck but it takes up no veh room. All vehs are still inside tonight
How did you not know it was not a 1954? Did you not check the serial number or title before buying??
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I am following this one. I want a 60's ford so bad!!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:07 PM   #41
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Default 1954 Chevy - Restore...somewhat DIY

No title - bought it for parts. There is not a single difference in a 54 and 55 1st series No difference in any of the parts on these. Fenders, hood, grill etc. All identical. Only bought it for parts paying hardly nothing for it
The frame and front end and bed and all will be off my red 54 Chevy that is titled clear to me

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The one I had was titled as '54 but several people told me it was an early '55 - but as you said, no difference. Mine actually had a '53 grill (which I prefer anyway).

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I would keep that old Bench seat, you may be able to sell or trade it one day,that is if its still solid,.Thanks for posting. Dave ><>
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Beautiful trucks to come .....
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:41 PM   #45
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I would keep that old Bench seat, you may be able to sell or trade it one day,that is if its still solid,.Thanks for posting. Dave ><>

Yeah I kept it , just couldn't trash it even though I had zero desire to keep it. There is hot rod shop that does upholstery close to me. He may want it or swap out some work - discount one day. Never know ..... Put it in cab of one of the others to store
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Been slow. Trey has baseball, track, and Kate has volleyball and softball. Every single night....add in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and omg....
Been slowly taking parts off to get cab off.
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That's pretty boss right there! Can't wait to see it finished.

I've got a 1950 Jeep Willys being restored right now. It wont be a show piece, it will be more hunting utility.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:02 PM   #48
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Man, this is awesome...just found this thread.

Keep the updates coming, look forward to following!
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:06 PM   #49
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I would love to find one for $400 like you did. Looks good
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:02 PM   #50
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Can't wait to see it when your done. Thanks for sharing.
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