We have a 53 five window. This is our first truck restoration. We plan to do a full frame-off. Any advice on good resources, manuals, etc. would be much appreciated.
I start a 1953 resto 2 weeks ago myself. This is my first time as well. I have it fully stripped and have already ordered the parts for the cab from LMC. I have lots of questions as well. I am building a truck that looks stock from the outside but is 100% mechanically upgraded. Good luck.
I'm currently doing a '52 3600 project. There are plenty of different books out there depending on what you want to do (restore, street rod, etc..). I think one thing that is helping me is looking through peoples project journals. I am not modifying the body (i.e. shortening the bed, chopping the top etc...)but I am putting in a 350 v8 and new 5 spd tranny and new rear as well as Mustang 2 IFS and 4 link rear suspension. If you have a plan for what you want to do with the drivetrain let me know and I can find some good links for you to check out. I hate promoting other forums but one that has been helpful to me is hotrodders.com. I go through the project journals to see what other people are doing with their builds. Below is another site that runs through a full rebuild of an AD era Chevy p/u in pretty good detail.http://www.chuckthetruck.com/Hope this helps .-Greg
My personal preference is much the same as Greg's in keeping the Body line original but upgrading the mechanical. The AD has nearly perfect lines as it is and chopping the top... well I dont get it on this small window cab.To help with the mechanical upgrades I made a spread sheet list of all of the advertisers in quite a few of the truck mags (listed in the back of Classic Trucks for example) with the hyperlinks to their website and across the top I listed all the parts I needed in columns and filled in prices. I wont list vendors here, but I have a hunch that some distributors (with pretty catalogs) may buy from the same sources you can and just redistribute with a mark-up.
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I too think some places just resell parts from the same distributors. Even though Summit does make some of there own stuff I see a bunch of the same products on there site and JEGS.
I started my 50 build about 6 months ago just sent cab to get fixed, dont over look places like craigslist or ebay. Some people say that its useless but you wouldnt believe what people are practically giving away!!! Got a complete bed all fenders and 3 hoods for 500 bucks, all in good condition. If you need hard to find or slightly custom parts check bitchin products or places like chevsofthe40s.com thats where i start looking for baseline prices. As of resources, I actually purchased a book titled "How to restore Chevy trucks" that has a picture of a blue and white AD truck on it. Helped out alot. Wont hold your hand and baby you through it but will definately shed some more light on your project.
Some people just don't know how valuable there stuff is when they sell it on craigslist or eBay. I don't mind when I get a killer deal.