Modifying a 1952 Chevy Truck in the UK. Original bodywork - modern upgrades.

1952 Chevy truck menu page.

Chevy Truck in America
Truck history. 1998-2007

Buying the truck in South Carolina.
Shipping to the UK.

Chevy truck in the UK Part 1.
June 2007 - Dec. 2007

Handling issues
High Intensity Headlights
Improved Tail Lights
Reversing lights
Engine upgrades 1
Plans for cab upgrades

Chevy Truck handling issues Part 2.
Dec. 07 - April 08

Correcting the handling issues.
Power steering rack alignment.
New front springs.
New rear springs.
Chevy truck engine Part 3.
April 2008 - January 2009

Cab upgrades part 1
Steering upgrades. Making space in the cab.
New front tyres
Front anti-sway bar.
Bilstein shock absorbers.
Power brakes, modern pedal

Chevy Truck bed Part 3 continued
Decoupling the bed on engine mounts.
Under-bed stainless steel fuel tank
June 09 update. Fuel tank venting problems

Chevy truck bedrails Part 3 continued
Exhaust upgrades - stainless 3 part system.
Stainless steel bed rails.

Chevy Truck cab Chevy Truck cab Part 4
Jan 09 - July 09

Cab upgrades.
Preparing the cab. Flat floor.
None destructive approach.
Making the seat brackets.
Preparing & fitting new seats.

Chevy truck spare wheel Chevy truck spare wheel Part 5. July 09 - Sept 09

Fitting an underbed spare wheel
Fitting a 2-inch receiver towing hitch

Part 6. Sept 09 - Nov 09

Front end strip down
"Podding the firewall"
British Classic Car Show 2009

Front end strip down Front end strip down Front end strip down Front end strip down Part 7. Dec. 09 - Aug. 11

Jan - Feb 10
Repairing and remodelling the inner wings (fenders)

March 10 - April 10.
Repairing the "A" pillars.

June - July 10.
Front end preparation and re-assembly.

11th July.
Americana Show 2010.

July - November 2010.
Cab restoration 2.

British Classic Car Show 2010

Dec 2010 - Feb 2011. Another front end strip down through the winter.
Feb 2011. Quiet Muffler option.

Feb. 2011 - August 2011.
Air conditioning mods, new vent outlets in the cab, pipe re-routing and an extra heater.
Painting the front wings.
Rims and tyres Rims and tyres Wheels and Tyres.

Checking and setting castor, camber and tracking.

Chevy truck links Chevy truck links Chevy truck links Part 9
Aug 2011 - Nov 2011

Removing the gutter rails to reduce wind noise.

Fitting speakers and a 5 channel amplifier.


Restoring the running boards including a new improved method if fixing them.

Chevy truck springs Chevy truck grill Chevy truck transmission Chevy truck doors Chevy 2015 pictures Chevy 2015 pictures
Parts 10 - 17

Battery box upgrade Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

New Springs March 2015 - August 2015

2011 - 2015
Restoring the front grill.

2014 - 2015
Fitting a new performance 4 speed transmission

Feb 2015 onwards
Modifying and restoring the doors.

2015 pictures
Taking stock and planning ahead.

June - Aug 2015
Engine performance upgrades.

Jan. 15 - Sept 2015
New steering wheel (and steering wheel history).

July - Sept 2015
New steering column.

Oct - Dec 2015
New fuse box and wiring loom.

Improved tail lights. Gauge cluster. Throttle cable. Elecrtic aerial.
Jan - Feb 2016

New LED tail lights.

March 2016 -

Street Demon Carb / 200r4 Setting the TV dent cable

March / April 2016 -

Modifying the original gauges to modern electrical types but without changing the appearance.

May - November 2016 -

Dangerous throttle cable problems

December 2016 -

Fitting an electric aerial

Painting the truck Painting the truck Painting the truck March 2016 -
Painting the truck. The aim was to try to finish the truck at the end of 2015 and through the winter. Further upgrades resulted in a delay but painting took place in March and April 2016. The wood in the bed was also restored.

July 2016 -
This included upholstering the seats, new carpets, new headliner, new door panels, upholstering the arm rests, painting the sun visors, painting the plastic ends on the seats, painting the centre console

Painting the truck
April 2016 - January 2017.

A hard tonneau cover.

No Drilling! Zero impact.

Painting the truck Painting the truck
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