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RE: [oletrucks] New guy, Straight axel.

To: "'A.B.'" <bigfred@unm.edu>, oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] New guy, Straight axel.
From: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 12:46:15 -0500
This list is great for getting information on 'how to' do something but I
would not recommend asking 'what' you should do.  There are people on both
sides of the restoration fence here as well as some that are sitting on the
fence and everybody will tell you what they would do if in your shoes.  I
would recommend that you decide what YOU want to do to your truck then ask
the list how to go about doing it.  It seems to work better that way.

Terry Stellman
1949 3600
Missouri City, Texas

> -----Original Message-----
> From: A.B. [SMTP:bigfred@unm.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 9:22 AM
> To:   oletrucks@autox.team.net
> Subject:      [oletrucks] New guy, Straight axel.
> Hi all,
> I just joined up.  Thought I would say hello.  I currently own a '53
> Custom Cab 1/2 ton and I am hoping to learn something from you
> all.  Judging from the emails I have been receiving, this is a pretty
> active list, and this is a good thing 'cause I need all the help I can
> get.  I own a few old cars, old motorscooters (ok, stop laughing), and I
> have previously owned old motorcycles (I now only have newer bikes).  My
> '53 is my only truck, though I used to own a '60 1/2 ton.  I bought my '53
> in very good condition, someone had done a pretty crappy paint job, but
> there is almost no rust on the body.  It runs good, drives ok, and I plan
> on making it my daily driver.  I hope to put in a 327 (just because that
> is what I have) with a TH400, and maybe a later style rear end.  I also
> want to make this truck a good long distance hauler because I race
> motorcycles and tracks are few and far between where I live (Albuquerque,
> New Mexico).  Anyway... Here is my 1st question.  
>       I followed the last tread about modern straight axels with great
> interest, because I have been debating changing out the front end.  I
> don't plan on cutting up the truck, but was planning on using something
> like a pacer or an aftermarket front end.  Mostly, I want a good handling
> ride and good brakes.  My truck likes to wander, the way it is set up now
> (dropped straight axel) and the brakes kinda suck.  I definitely want disk
> brakes... Having said all that, I am wondering if it is taboo to switch
> out the front suspension... I am starting to get that feeling, the more
> research I do.
> -alfredo barrenechea (alfie)
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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