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#460990 - Mon Oct 13 2008 12:49 AM Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck
jon6.0 Offline
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Registered: Mon Jun 12 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Tonopah, AZ
I registered on here a while back, but now I have a project. It's a 1955 Chevy dumptruck that I picked up for $400. The previous owner was using it to drag a horse arena but it now has electrical issues and won't crank over. He said it does run good though. It looks to have a later model straight six. He said Pepboys told him the starter was from a 1971 model. The shifter feels sloppy, so I may have to tear into it, but being a SM420 it shouldn't be to hard to get rebuilt. The dump bed even works according to the previous owner. He was an older gentleman that is moving and didn't want to take the truck with him to his other ranch. He was a nice guy and I have no reason to believe he was trying to decieve me.

How do I tell if it's a 3100, 4100, 5100, etc? It only has a single speed rearend, but it has 20" dually wheels on it. He said it was a one ton, but it seems to big to only be one ton?

I'll take some pics tommorrow and post them up.


Edited by jon6.0 (Mon Oct 13 2008 12:49 AM)
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2003 Chevy 2500HD: Crewcab, Longbed, 2wd, 6-speed manual
2005 Pontiac GTO: 500hp and a transbraked TH400
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#460997 - Mon Oct 13 2008 02:11 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jon6.0]
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Registered: Mon Mar 10 2008 05:55 PM
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Loc: Scotland
Hi Jon....Welcome!
If you can get some more info,pictures will be a great help.
Someone will be able to identify your 'bolt!
If it's an original Az truck,rust shouldn't be too much of an issue.
I look forward to the pix
Jock thumbs_up
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#461032 - Mon Oct 13 2008 08:26 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jockbolter50]
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Welcome to STovebolt. THE place where knowledge is in abundance by a lot of guys who have been there and done that! Enjoy your stay....just make it a long one!
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#461282 - Tue Oct 14 2008 12:44 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: Achipmunk]
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2003 Chevy 2500HD: Crewcab, Longbed, 2wd, 6-speed manual
2005 Pontiac GTO: 500hp and a transbraked TH400
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#461286 - Tue Oct 14 2008 01:06 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jon6.0]
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Welcome to the Bolt. thumbs_up

The 5 lugs in front, and larger front fenders make it a 1.5 ton or bigger. What does the G.V.W. on the ID tag say?
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#461289 - Tue Oct 14 2008 01:07 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jon6.0]
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Loc: St. Louis
Hi, Jon. I would guess it's a 1.5ton. It has 10 lug wheels. One tons had 8 lugs. The fronts just left off 5 studs. It has a short wheelbase (137"?). Check the GVWR. It should be on the kick panel by driver's door & should show about 14k pounds. More than that & it's probably a 2ton.
By the way, nice truck. I wish I still had my '51 1.5ton.
Scott
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#461303 - Tue Oct 14 2008 02:57 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: Neo '50 3100]
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Loc: Tonopah, AZ
I could barely make out the VIN, but I'll check in the morning for the GVWR. The cab is solid. Just surface rust. Looks like it's time to buy some tools. Big air compressor, sandblasting kit, and welder should get me started.

Here is another pic. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y121/jonschwenn/55ChevyDumptruck001.jpg Photobucket is acting up and I'm having trouble uploading them. I'm trying to get an engine pic posted so I can figure out what motor it has.
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#461304 - Tue Oct 14 2008 03:00 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jon6.0]
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2003 Chevy 2500HD: Crewcab, Longbed, 2wd, 6-speed manual
2005 Pontiac GTO: 500hp and a transbraked TH400
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#461361 - Tue Oct 14 2008 11:59 AM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jon6.0]
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Registered: Mon Jun 12 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Tonopah, AZ
Took the shifter out and there is one slot on either side of the shifter that is "hogged out". Looks like I need a welder/machinist or just a new shifter. I'll take some pics of the shifter later today.

Oh yeah:

IT RUNS!!!! Drove it around the property in Reverse and granny low. Just a mis-wired ignition switch. The bed goes up and down just great. The motor has a sort of clanky/grindy sound to it that I hope is just the water pump. But for $400 who can complain if I have to rebuild the engine.
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2003 Chevy 2500HD: Crewcab, Longbed, 2wd, 6-speed manual
2005 Pontiac GTO: 500hp and a transbraked TH400
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#461369 - Tue Oct 14 2008 12:28 PM Re: Just got my 1st project, a 1955 Chevy Dumptruck [Re: jon6.0]
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Registered: Thu Oct 02 2008 11:42 PM
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Loc: St. Louis
Glad to hear it runs. You should be able to find lots of these trannys laying around. Then just swap out the shifter plate. We'll keep our fingers crossed on the noise being the pump.
Scott
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