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Old 09-07-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default E-tek Restorations: PROJECT THREAD

Welcome to my shop thread!
I've put up many of the things I do in my shop, which I fondly call E-tek Racing & Restorations, due to one of my first major projects being a Z-racer for my wife (the now infamous Mrs E-tek!). Here you'll see complete restorations of many historically significant vehicles, but I also post on many of the other things I have do, from helping people with their projects, work on our 'fleet' of summer-cars as well as our daily drivers and even some interesting arts and crafts. So grab a drink, peruse the photo's, take in the information and then pop in with a comment if you like - that's what it's here for!

If you're interested in even more information, you can find it in the links I've posted at the bottom of each of my posts, as well as from many of the incredibly talented people that also post on this great site called Garage Journal. Cheers!!

The truck that started this thread ended with a First Place trophy at the big Draggins Show:



This Dodge Challenger was found, derelict, in a Saskatchewan farm yard:



This 1940 Ford was started over a dozen years ago. Then, after a long hiatus, it was brought to me to get it done -



Some are "mechanical"restorations, like my 46 Mercury Truck - that now runs like a top and is used around the yard - and for making memories!


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A friend of mine came into this beautiful survivor originally purchased by his Uncle and now owned by his Dad. It sat in a farm field, in the most extreme weather conditions, for 27 years. Prior to that it was a working farm truck in addition to taking 10 yearly trips to the coast (1200+ miles each way!). Upon it's retirement from road duty, it pulled a plow through farms and gardens. Through it all, it barely rusted - and I mean BARELY. It also still boasts it's original paint, the original engine and drive train and even the original factory grease-pencil markings.
My friend and his BIL began the resto by disassembling, bagging and tagging everything. They had the engine professionally rebuilt and have it stored in plastic. They ordered all the parts they thought needed, including two sill/steps, to repair the only real rusted areas on the truck. After getting both sides cut out and one side welded in, they decided they just didn't have the time or expertise to get it finished.
That's where I come in. They brought it out to my place today and I'll get it finished for them. This is definitely "cherry" work for me - as most resto's I do begin with months, maybe years, of rust work! I wasn't even going to take on an outside project this year due to wanting to do a lot of work on my Galaxie and 240Z projects...but I think I can juggle them all.

This is also my first Chevy! Not that I dislike Chevy's per se, it's just that I've found other makes come my way. But enough typing. Here's the first set of pics, to be updated over this winter, as I get it back to shape it was in when it left the factory... I hope you enjoy the progress.













They did a good job on the step, but found out just how much work it takes.



Original sheet metal - no rust!





Old-time ballast!! No wonder I never worked on Chevy's!!


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Old 09-07-2010, 08:26 PM   #2
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You have some great talent. I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:34 PM   #3
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You have some great talent. I can't wait to see the finished product.

same here, gunna be one nice truck....really look forward to seeing the progress.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:46 PM   #4
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Not a Chev fan either but will watch as you progress.
Ah I get it... this is the darkside you talked about in another post
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:46 PM   #5
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You know it is going to be a great project.

I did not know they shipped with a pet rock.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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Dang the pet rock company goes back a ways apparently.. haha

Seriously, I'm amazed at the total lack of cancer on that truck. WoW Certainly you do not find them like that around here. Good luck on the Redo - I miss doing restorations - it is indeed a ton of work, but worth it in the end. I know you'll do a great job
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:04 PM   #7
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Thanks guys - much appreciated. Each one that get's done makes me want to do the next that much better. Love the pet rock reference!
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:06 PM   #8
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Are you sure it's a '57? The smooth hood looks like '55 or '56. The '57 had 2 ribs in the hood (at least the US version). What's the grill look like?

This is my '57 ..........

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Old 09-07-2010, 09:21 PM   #9
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e-tek, that like a clean canvas for you. I look forward to following your progress.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:34 PM   #10
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Are you sure it's a '57? The smooth hood looks like '55 or '56. The '57 had 2 ribs in the hood (at least the US version). What's the grill look like?

This is my '57 ..........

It's a 56 - not sure why I was writing 57 Must have had the "57 Chev" on my mind I guess. Thanks for the correction!!
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:47 PM   #11
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I've seen a lot of '55-'59 trucks since I got mine 11 years ago and it looks like your's is in really good shape. Let me know if you need a source for any parts. I've got a pretty long list of suppliers, some good, some not so good. There's lots of stuff available for them, but I've never seen the giant concrete block option before. Must be the 1956 version of traction control.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:33 PM   #12
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67-72chevytrucks.com in case you didn't already know about that site.

They have a separate sub forum for '47-'59 Advanced Design ('47-1/2 to '55 1t series) and Task Force ('55 2nd series to '59) trucks
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:00 PM   #13
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I wish my Camaro was in that good of a shape when I got it. You have a nice start with that already, should be sweet when your done.
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Kool thanks for sharing. You have a giant puzzle on your hands.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:48 AM   #15
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Hey E-tek, ditto looking forward to the refab.

Come on guys, the rock is so the springs and shocks wear evenly on both sides and you don't go down the road sagging on one side.

I'm sure you know about stovebolt.com also. They also have a AD subsection. Both these sites have extensive talent and resources specific to these trucks.

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Awesome trucks, with some true styling, hope to own one some day, good luck with the resto, looks like fun !
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E.. that thing looks great for sitting so long. i'm a total chevy man and will definatly be following this build... good luck
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Love trucks from the 50s. So does my boy, he sees a pic of one and shouts "It's Mater!"

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Old 09-08-2010, 05:07 AM   #19
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This is another resto I'm going to keep an eye on!


The concrete block was likely put on there when it was working the fields for extra traction, not a GM thing at all.
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Looking forward to tracking this project. My truck is dead in the water right now, so it will be nice to follow a "pro" through a similar job.

Good luck and take a TON of pics - It's never too many!!
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