I was lucky enough to buy a classic truck and wanted to fix it up. I’m a regular guy and I have no auto restoration background. I have always been the kind of guy that appreciates learning something new. I’ve also never been afraid to jump in or get my hands dirty.
I looked all over and found forums with pieces of the information needed, but no comprehensive source. I was frustrated at the lack of an all in one guide for fixing up a 47-54 Chevy truck. I decided to put together a site detailing the steps I took along the way. There is no reason to be intimidated of restoring a truck yourself, or spending tens of thousands to have someone else do the restoration. If you follow the steps in this guide, you can restore a sweet truck all by yourself, in your garage.
My truck is a 1950 Chevy 3100 according to the title, but based on the serial number, its actually a 1952. I was able to get the truck from an estate sale in rural Missouri. It had been owned by a farmer and he had kept it in a large metal building along since 1992. The farmer was a Ford guy so I was surprised to see this truck among the Fords. The truck was pretty complete and a nice candidate for restoring. I bought it and put it in my garage. It sat there for 3 years, before I began the process. My vision was to have a classic looking patina truck, with modern foundation underneath or RestoMod as its known.
Frame Options for 1947-54 Chevy 3100 Truck
I could either upgrade my original frame or frame swap to an S10 frame. If I kept the original frame, I would need to replace the following: Front Suspension, Rear Suspension with new shocks and springs, add power steering, add power brakes and change the rear end. Once I starting adding up all the parts up, the cheaper route was going to be doing the S10 frame swap. I decided to do the S10 swap because it is the cheapest method I found to get modern day suspension and brakes. The S10 chassis also has the benefit of repair parts availability at any auto parts store.
I hope this guide helps you and saves another old truck. Please ask any questions you may have, I’ll try to answer as soon as possible.
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- Separating the Advance Design Body from Chassis
- Preparing the S-10 Frame
- Installing a Ford 8.8″ Rear End in S-10
- Installing the 5.3l & 4L60e
- Preparing the 47-54 Advance Design Body
- Mounting the 47-54 Truck Cab and Bed to S-10 Frame
- Front Clip Mount and Radiator Install of 47-54 Chevy Truck to S-10 Frame
- Installing Brake’s
- Preparing the Cab Interior
- Installing the Glass
- How to wire a 47-54 Chevy Advance Design Truck
- Starting the Truck for the First Time
- Driving the Truck the First Time
- Words of Wisdom
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Contact Me