I'm planning a new and very ambitious project to completely rebuild my 1950 Chevy 3100. I believe it is a 1950, but not 100% certain. I have a good shop space to work on it and I would like to start by removing the cab/bed/fenders, etc and get it down to the frame and start from there. I don't plan to complete this project anytime soon. I want to take my time and do it right. I forgot to mention that I am far from a really experienced mechanic but I have a lot of 'fixit' experience over the years. My first question (many more, I'm sure...)What is the process for removing the cab/bed/fenders and anything else required to get it down to the frame? I feel like if I can get the cab and bed off, then I can see what I'm up against for the long haul.Thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions.Rivers
first.. invest in a digital camera.. a big memory card.. a bunch of baggies.. sharpie markers and dryboard and markers.. you can mark up the dry board and get it in a shot of the area you are working on.. just the first shot in each section. so you know where you are taking images at.. rig your shop area so you can hang things like fenders.. doors.. bumpers.. on the walls of your shop inside.. so they are up and out of the way.. not just tossed on the floor. you may want to make a roll around cart for the cab.. and another for the bed.. hint.. a rock tumbler and some abrasive. can do a neat job cleaning fasteners.. in small batches. you can also pop together some steel carts to support the cab and bed.. i have some ideas on that.. so hang on.. while i draw them up..do you have a welder???? a steel supplier where you could get a 20 or 21 foot length of 2 1/4 .120 wall tubing and another 20 or 21 foot length of 2" .120 wall square tubing.. these should be able to slip inside each other.. so you can make a changeable size dolly for either.. perhaps a 20 or 21 foot length of 3 inch square also.. 3 inch will give you 8, 2 and a half foot legs.. a section of 2 inch on the left side of each leg and a 2.25 on the right.. will give you a slip to expand or contract cart if you put wheels on it.. might be stronger if one could use rectangular tubing for the horizontal bars.. but i don't know what size will slip fit..
oh... and you will want to at least page thru this parts catalog...just to assist you in where the pieces go so you can get them all apart..http://www.gmpartswiki.com/getpage?pageid=68433click the thumbnail images upper right to turn the page.. if you click on the big image it will download that image to your computer usually..
wayne712222:oh... and you will want to at least page thru this parts catalog...just to assist you in where the pieces go so you can get them all apart..http://www.gmpartswiki.com/getpage?pageid=68433click the thumbnail images upper right to turn the page.. if you click on the big image it will download that image to your computer usually..This is a great resource but is there anyway to go directly to what I want to look at other than scrolling through dozens of pages?
The best way to find stuff is via the search function. You can limit it to just the book you are interested in.http://www.gmpartswiki.com/queryThat book's not very big so you can flip through the whole thing pretty quickly and bookmark pages that are interesting.- Ian