1956 Chevy 1/2-Ton 3100
21 August 2007
I bought this 1956 Chevy 1/2-ton pickup truck in September of 2005. It has a 350 engine with automatic transmission. It has a fair re-sale red paint job over the bondo and rust holes. The wiring was a rat's nest when I got it so the first mod I did on it was a new harness from Hotrod Wires. While I was doing that, I replaced an ugly add-on turn signal switch and horn button with a factory switch and got the factory horn button fixed.
I replaced the rear end with a 3.07 Spicer unit from a 1959 GMC. While I had it torn down for that, I replaced the entire brake system. See my Tech Tip here on Stovebolt on installing the dual master cylinder.
I replaced the seat with a new custom, made-in-Mexico seat and added Julianno's 3-point seat belt system.
I'm now in the process of installing A/C to make my drive to the Kansas City 3rd Annual Stovebolt Reunion more pleasant. To do that, I moved the radiator forward to the 6 cylinder truck location and added a Cooling Components electric fan.
Here's a good front shot of the '56 in the field (believe it or not, that's the Yard Dog in the rear!) . And a good shot of the interior gauges. The looked good but had some serious wiring issues to resolve to get them to work! It seems the work is never done on one of these sweet old trucks.
If anyone has questions, send a Private Message to Cletis through the forums.
Bolter # 1245
Parker County, Texas
Cletis has a 1953 Chevy 6100 that is a pretty cool ride itself! We first saw this red truck at the Kansas City 2nd Annual Stovebolt Reunion. Check out the story, and see some more photos of this truck and all the other really great ones! In 2007, Cletis came aboard to help moderate the General Truck forum, doing a great job we might add! Plus, ~~ Editor