Well, this is what I'm starting my latest build experience with-a virtual basket case '57 Chevy. I'm not complaining, mind you, as it's better than no project at all. In fact, thinking like an optimist, at least I'm saving a bunch of time and effort by not having to disassemble a whole lot of stuff.
As is the case with any full-on build the chassis should be the starting point-like they say, you can't build a good house on a crappy foundation. That said, the first order of business is the following front suspension and brake upgrade. Like every project I start I modified my game plan numerous times before settling on one and this time was no different. I was first going to utilize a Total Cost Involved Mustang II-style coil-sprung IFS as part of the pickup's foundation, but as you can see that rapidly morphed into TCI's street rod-style coilover-equipped IFS for the '55-59 Chevy pickup. (TCI makes suspension kits and components for a large array of classic trucks by the way.)