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Re: [oletrucks] Original or Custom

To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Original or Custom
From: MarkNoakes@aol.com
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 10:57:53 EST
This topic tends to head in the direction of a religious war every time it 
comes up, and it comes up often and it's relevant to the list.  Besides all 
the other reasons that are all valid, there's the way people use their 

Not too many of the stockers drive their trucks several hundred miles a week 
at interstate speeds and/or in heavy stop and go commutes.  That's how I lost 
the engine in my once stock Chevy Sub.  Most stockers that drive their trucks 
regularly don't go too far or fast.  Brian's original 57 farm truck is driven 
every week but usually not more than 20 miles and almost never over 45mph.  
He has newer econoboxes that handle his 800 mile per week commuting.

I like it both ways.  The Chevy Sub is getting a mild restification for 
commuting and trips.  The GMC Sub will be a straight stock 
V8/Hydramatic/NAPCO if I can ever get the Chevy done.

Mark Noakes
Knoxville, TN
58/56 Chevy Suburban
59 GMC Suburban

In a message dated 3/17/01 8:36:53 AM, chevy1@jps.net writes:

<< <It is easy to customize a vehicle, just throw money at it.  >

I had a good laugh with that one.

Joe Garcia
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From: dcvjrv@covad.net <dcvjrv@covad.net>
To: Sean Nygren <spnygren@visto.com>; oletrucks@autox.team.net
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2001 8:14 PM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Original or Custom

>I would vote for restoring to original.  This is just my opinion.  It is
>easy to customize a vehicle, just throw money at it.  But, to restore one
>it takes a lot of work especially in finding parts for vehicles that are
>not mainstream.  You are right in that you will surely discover many more
>things that will need to be done and parts that need to be found.  This
>list is an excellent source for parts as well as Jim Carter's, Gilbert's,
>and The Filling Station, and many other vendors.  Make all of the swap
>meets that you can and you will be rewarded.  Take a look at my website,
>http://www.angelfire.lycos.com/mi2/jrvvehicles and you will see what is
>possible with work.  I am in no way finished but am making progress.  I
>don't know what is missing on your motor but parts are available for it
>from various sources.
>Good luck in whichever direction you decide to go.
>Jim V.
>1958 GMC Suburban Carrier Pickup (Cameo style) - V8 Hydramatic
>At 10:25 PM 3/15/01 Thursday, Sean Nygren wrote:
>>I'm torn between customizing or keeping original the '57 GMC C100 project
>>truck I have. The body is pretty straight with very little rust.  Most
>>parts are there with the exception of the hood which I think came from a
>>Chevy- it doesn't have the indent where the GMC hood ornament would fit
>>in. The grill and bumper work is pretty much shot.  The bumper pods are
>>rusted through. The original 347 runs but the exhaust is shot. I'm having
>>difficulty finding parts for a '57 GMC motor or otherwise.
>>Should I consider even trying to get close to original or should I just
>>customize the beast?
>>I haven't driven it so I don't know what other suprises may be waiting.  I
>>do know the drum brakes seem to be working great!
>>Anybody know of a good place to get parts for it?
>>Any advice as to what approach I should take would be greatly appreciated.
>>Sean Nygren
>>Memphis, TN
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