1951 Chevy Rat Rod Pick-Up

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1951 Chevrolet Pickup (Other)
Good / Fair
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Category  Rat Rods

1951 Chevy Rat Rod Pick-Up Purchased roughly 10 years ago from a "place down south that specializes in these conversions", the current owner realized that what he purchased still needed some work to be street safe and a viable performance rig. What he has is a 1951 Chevy 3100 Pick Up truck, situated on a 1990 Chevrolet S-10 chassis. He purchased the truck already converted. The current set-up is running a TBI 4.3L V6 with less than 90K miles on it (according to what he was told when he .....
purchased it) hooked to a 4L60 automatic transmission. It has a single exhaust, routed out through a glass pack muffler. Over the first several years of ownership, he replaced the lower A-arms, all steering components and bushings (tie-rods, steering links), added new springs and shocks, in the rear he replaced the shocks and did new brakes (Disc-F, Drums-R). He added new tires and wheels (Riddler aluminum and Kumho 245/45 ZR18 Ecsta's in front and 275/40 ZR18's out back) and was planning on a V8 swap, when his daughter got into racing 1/4 midget cars, carts and a couple of other classes and since then his time has been totally focused on that. The truck was relegated to a space in the back of the garage and aside from starting to move it around (and rarely take it for a quick blast down the road), it hasn't really been driven in the last couple of years. It's now time to move it on to someone who will enjoy it the way it was designed. The interior sports a custom Mexican blanket theme with door cards matching the seat material (it IS attached, not just thrown over the old seat). The Dolphin Classic gauges he installed have not yet been hooked up to the S-10 computer. All lights work. The 4.3L V6 has an AC compressor, so if someone wanted to source a condenser and some duct work they could have AC. Truck currently does not have a heater set up. It does have power steering and power brakes. The truck starts right up and drives very well... with the low center of gravity and the wide, sticky tires she drives almost like a sports car.. almost. The body is rusty here and there.. but this is a Rat Rod truck, not a shiny, show truck. Although currently equipped with the V6, a Chevy 350 V8, out of a 71 Nova (reportedly 255HP/280lbft) comes with the truck, along with a stained bed kit, shorty headers, new cab corner, headlight bezel and new windshield. One can hop into this truck and start enjoying it immediately and then do the V8 swap and add on the other bits while enjoying it or, dive right in and swap in the V8, finish it and then go have fun. Either way, with all the included parts, asking price is a negotiable $18,000. Any questions, to schedule a time to see her in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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