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Re: [Oletrucks] My 1951 project

To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Oletrucks] My 1951 project
From: mark <ccpanel@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:47:31 -0800 (PST)
sorry to hear about S-10.  hmmm.. i still think mustang II for a truck or OEM
with disc brakes and PS conversion. if diesel you gonna have to swap your
springs to ones meant for a 4.3 motor or drag the ground. if 4x4-then youre
gonna have troubles with wieght of anything other than 4cyl... swap torsion
bars to aftermarket...
does that mean you ahve to shorten your bed/run boards? is it same wheelbase?
oh well...

if you are set on diesel there are a few choices for you.
the GM 6.5 is a real good option. its a diesel specific motor and quite
common. also about same as SBC for wieght.
im gonna use a cummins 3.9l 4BTA inline 4. its about 120hp and 345tq and
within 25 pounds of OEM 216 motor wieght.

a common third option is a isuzu 4 banger. quite common, they mate to GM trans
and make good power in a light package.

as far as a webpage-try google blogger;
free to sign up-they host all your pictures and you dont need to pay for any

my rantings;

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Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 15:48:54 -0800 (PST)
From: Bob Keeland <keelandb@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Oletrucks] My 1951 project
To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
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Well I don't know how many on the list are interested in what I plan to do,
but I'll give it a shot. But first, your truck looks great. By my standards
(I've had and been planning my 1951 restoration for 10 years without any
progress) you have been going fast for only 7 years.

The truck 1951 1/2 ton 5-window.
The color will be pretty much the original Forest Green.
The front fenders and grill will be 1954 (yes, I have most of the 1954 body,
but it was pretty much demolished except for part of the roof, the rear
window, and the corner windows - no running gear, no suspension, etc).
The bed will be either original 1951 or it could be a homemade flatbed ??????
not sure yet
The frame will be 1989 S-10 (sorry Mark, but this seems to be the direction I
will go - the kit includes all needed support structures - I do think that
I'll paint the frame with POR-15 to prevent rust). I need to get a copy of
2003 Classic Trucks article on using the S-10 frame/running gear, suspension,
etc. under an old GM truck.

The engine will be either a rebuilt mid-1960s 283 (if it is still any good -
not even started for over 10 years following the rebuild - it was not me who
did the rebuild). If the 283 is shot, then for the short-term I may use the
2.5 L 4 cylinder that is in the S-10. What I would really like would be a
diesel of about 350 ci, if I can find a good one (not a gas engine reformed
a diesel engine).

I can make my own biodiesel from used cooking oil (from a restaurant - I got
the plans off the internet), but that would be another message.

Wheels will probably look fairly original (but not the split rims that were
the 3/4 tons) or I may eventually get some late 60s style slotted rims.
The radio will be a really good modern radio, but it will not be crammed
into a hole cut into the dash.
Seats - I don't know at this point. I do still have the original bench seat,
but it will need a lot of work.
NO carpet - I'll use some type of rubber mats over sound-deadening material

Whether you like my plans or not, feel free to make comments to the list or
just to me. Even if you don't like what I plan I like to hear whatever you
have to say.

I need to figure out how to start a web site (that does not cost much) so
I can do the deerslayer type reports. Anyone got any ideas on that??

1951 AD 3100
1954 AD 3600 in pieces
Arnaudville, Louisiana


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