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Grilles for 1934, 35, and 36 GM trucks

To 1934-35 and 1936 GM Truck Customers

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#471715 - Sat Nov 15 2008 10:35 AM Making a "Super 3100"
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC

Edited by Peggy M (Sun Nov 16 2008 10:35 AM)
Edit Reason: Added pictures
#471744 - Sat Nov 15 2008 12:04 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
dale937 Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Wed Dec 31 2003 12:00 PM
Posts: 4896
Loc: NE Ohio
550 ponies,now thats what I call a nicely powered truck.
#471880 - Sat Nov 15 2008 07:22 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: dale937]
R-Bo Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Mon Feb 12 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 480
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Sounds very cool! Congrats on your truck. BTW, Fatman is in Mint Hill, not Fort Mill. (Those sound pretty close!!) Yes, they have a very cool shop and I enjoyed my tour prior to purchasing thier IFS for my '59.

Post some pics of your truck so if I see you at a stoplight I will let you go on. Even if I am in my turbo car!!

1959 Apache 1/2 ton Big Window, Short bed Fleetside (under reconstruction)
1966 GMC 305V6 in the family
#471917 - Sat Nov 15 2008 09:28 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: R-Bo]
chevman32 Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Sat Mar 12 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 1994
Loc: Sanger, Ca.
I had a 550 h.p. 400 small block engine in a 1966 El Camino years ago, it was a blast to drive. Back tires were a problem, they usually only lasted a couple months (if that), and it used a bunch of gas, but of course it was only about $.75 a gallon, so no problem. Have fun with your 3100!
#472090 - Sun Nov 16 2008 10:36 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: chevman32]
Peggy M Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 06 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 5865
Loc: Stovebolt Headquarters
Just added the pictures to Dave's post.

#472146 - Mon Nov 17 2008 12:47 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: Peggy M]
jockbolter50 Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Mon Mar 10 2008 05:55 PM
Posts: 4653
Loc: Scotland
Very nice Dave!.....Just need to see the rest of the truck now wink

550 HP, Sounds like a recipe for fun! Burning 'Ricers' must be a great laugh! thumbs_up

Look forward to more pix

Jock. grin
I've definately got this truck thing in my blood ... my DNA sequence has torque settings

"Of all the small nations of this earth,perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind" Winston Churchill.

1950 Chevy Advance Design 3100 in Scotland
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr .
#472447 - Mon Nov 17 2008 11:10 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: jockbolter50]
BIG CHEVY 3600 Offline
Master Gabster
Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 5290
Yeah, get that camera clicking! pix
Big Chevy's Photobucket pix

The belief that there was nothing
and nothing happened to nothing and
then nothing magically exploded for
no reason, creating everything and
then a bunch of everything magically
rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever
into self-replicating bits which then turned
into dinosaurs.
Makes perfect sense.

#472612 - Tue Nov 18 2008 11:56 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BIG CHEVY 3600]
Hot Rod Dad Offline
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Registered: Fri Aug 06 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 1081
Loc: Taos, NM
550 hp seems a stretch for a Wieand 142 on a 350. They advertise a boost of about 100 hp. I think 400, or maybe even 450 is realistic, but 550 sounds suspicious.

Did you actually put it on a dyno? Or is that an estimate?
Please be careful with manufacturer's claims for hp gains. For example, spark plug companies that claim a 25 hp gain are usually lucky to see an improvement of 1 or 2 hp. K&N claims 10% gains, but you might actually only see about a 5 hp improvement. Headers gain a lot, but it's usually in the 25 hp range, not nearly what they advertise. And when you add everything together, they are almost never exclusive, meaning, its more of a package improvement. Instead of seeing a 120 hp improvement by adding all the manufacturer's claims individually, you might only see a total of a 25 to 35 hp improvement from the combined effect of all of them.

Another good indicator of true horsepower is the trap speed at the end of a quarter mile. Not so much the elapsed time. That has too many variables, such as traction, reaction time, tire size and gear ratio. But the trap speed rarely lies. There are programs you can enter your trap speed and the vehicle's weight with you in it, and it will tell you how much hp it took to acheive that.

A friend of mine has a 350 with a 142 blower on his truck, and it feels real good. So I have no doubt you've got a sweet motor there...
52 GMC 3/4 ton pickup
68 Big Block Vette
68 455 Firebird
#476143 - Fri Nov 28 2008 07:35 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
Desert_buick Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Registered: Sat Oct 28 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 128
Loc: Mooresville, NC
Sounds to me like you had a bad case of the "might-as-wells". The truck looks awesome. Bring it up to the Mooresville Cruise-in some time (first Saturdays of the month) when the weather gets better. We need more hot-rod trucks up here.
[b]1957 Chevy Big Window 3100[.b]

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It ain't broke 'til you can't fix it any more.
#595334 - Tue Nov 24 2009 05:36 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: Hot Rod Dad]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
You are correct. The orignal was an estimate since I did not have access to a dyno (estimate based on MFR claims). I gave the car to two former NASCAR mechanics (now working at a tuner shop) and they worked on it for a week and then dynoed it. I now have the papers that show 400 RWH and 417 pounds of torque. I changed the carb to a Holley Dbl Pumper, and put a full flow air cleaner on it so the blower can breath better. 0-60 is a bit over 5.5 seconds and when the turbo 350 shifts from second to 3rd (at around 60 mph) the tires break loose and it kicks sideways. Not too bad for an old Stovebolt.

At the GoodGuys Southeastern Nationals a couple of weeks ago, she won the Rodder's Pick trophy. First time I showed the truck and she won a trophy, was I surprised!

Edited by OldBlue3100 (Tue Nov 24 2009 09:04 PM)
1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
"Ol' Blue"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix of my old truck
My book: Spirit Wind
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