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#663701 - Mon Jul 19 2010 03:46 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Been a while since I posted. Sorry, lots going on...

I now have coil over shocks all around and am very happy with them. No bottoming out and the truck is very level now. Before had air shocks and continual problems.

I had a couple of NASCAR mechanics (that got laid off recently with some sponsor losses happening with the economy) and they dyno tuned the engine and set everything up. Dyno showed 498 HP at the crank with 516 lbs torque. Runs VERY nice and the other day, I blew the doors off an M-3 (he was being a REAL b-hole laughing at the truck and flipping me off at the light). He was so mad he got out and kicked his car. smile

Adding power door locks (got them from LMC Truck) and new chrome air horns (the stock horn is kinda sad- an idiot in a new dodge truck on I-85 almost hit me the other day. Next time, he will KNOW I'm there).

Driving the truck EVERY day now. In March, things were going so well, I got rid of my car (saved $500 a month) and Ol' Blue is now my MAIN daily driver! I have almost 14000 miles on her and she is going strong!
smile
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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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#663721 - Mon Jul 19 2010 05:54 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BIG CHEVY 3600 Offline
Master Gabster
Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 5290
Loc: DALLAS/BLANCO TEXAS
Good looking truck Dave. You really shouldn't be embarrassing those young punks though. lol
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Jim
Big Chevy's Photobucket pix
FIRST START http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-4nPArk98

Atheism
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.


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#664969 - Sun Jul 25 2010 12:54 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
webstershotrods Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Thu Apr 29 2010 12:46 AM
Posts: 619
Loc: Temple ,TX
Great looking truck ! I would like to see it out run a M3 .My 1953 has vette front and rear suspesion .6.0 with a supercharger from street and performance.Runs 11.20s in the 1/4 .Wife has a new 2010 M3 Shes a ok driver and the car makes her a much better one.Her car is Alpina modified I have no chance of out running it .I still love my truck but the M3 is very refined race car.
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#705280 - Tue Dec 21 2010 10:42 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Well, I discovered yet one more issue as a result of hiring a guy who, though had the best intentions, had little idea of what he was doing. To some, sadly, the term 'old school' means 'old crap'.

The last area that was left to replace/rework from the one year plus time that he had my truck was the tranny (all other areas have all been replaced, reworked and/or redone by professionals - at huge cost (yes, I paid for my truck overhaul MORE than twice as a result of my ignorance and allowing someone who was completely unqualified work on my truck).

Two weeks ago, that chicken came home to roost and the tranny let go. I called my friends at Fat Man Fabrications and they recommended a hot rod leaning tranny shop locally. The guys at AFFORDABLE TRANSMISSIONS in Charlotte, NC did a fantastic job and were very reasonable. Once they opened the unit up, nearly every part in it was found to be old, worn out and in general, crap. I paid for a new tranny and got a piece of junk. Some of the gears even had deep rust on them that could only have been collected by sitting out in a field somewhere for months on end in the weather! The technician said he had seen less wear on trannys that had 200K miles on them (my truck has 16650 miles since the build completion).

Once again, guys I can't say this often enough....seek out and pay for professionals. IF you want a vehicle that you can drive, depend on and enjoy, don't do what I did and put your trust in someone who is not certified and licensed!

After five years of nightmare, enormous cost and almost endless heartache, I now FINALLY have a vehicle I depend on and drive every day but it was PROFESSIONALS that made it that way, not some fly by night 'old school' guy who claimed (and actually believed) they knew what they are doing.

Nine times out of ten, they don't!
_________________________
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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#705285 - Tue Dec 21 2010 10:50 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
A bit more power...

Dyno results are in!

I put a slightly smaller pulley on the nose of my blower (from a 3.05 inch to a 2.5 inch diameter) and saw a solid increase in power!

Dyno shows 530 at the crank with 540 torque. NOTICEABLE difference in takeoff and at speed.

You gotta love blowers. Power all the way through the range!

Kill story...

Some of you know, early on, I was a race driver and drove at NHRA events etc. so it is not new to me and like most of you, I know how to get a hole shot and put power down for maximum speed and takeoff. I just don't do much of that anymore.

However...

At a stop light recently, an arab looking guy in an M3 was laughing at my truck, holding his nose and pointing.

When the light changed, I floored it and he did his best to outrun me. IT was a total mismatch however...I beat him so bad, he got out of his little M3 and kicked it. I drove back by and just smiled at him as he was jumping up and down in shocked rage kicking his little car..

As immature as that was, it felt good.
_________________________
1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
"Ol' Blue"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix of my old truck
My book: Spirit Wind
Top
#705502 - Tue Dec 21 2010 11:53 PM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BIG CHEVY 3600 Offline
Master Gabster
Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 5290
Loc: DALLAS/BLANCO TEXAS
Way to go!
_________________________
Jim
Big Chevy's Photobucket pix
FIRST START http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-4nPArk98

Atheism
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.


Top
#734658 - Wed Mar 30 2011 09:35 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Its been a year now since the final completion of the build.

I have driven the truck every day except when I was out of town on business and some of those days, my wife drove it. The truck has just under 19000 miles since the build (it had about 7500 miles on the speedo when I started daily driving so I have driven it about 11500 in the last year).

Over this year a few things have been added/modified as the continuing shake down took place. The most significant was the replacement of the transmission. One more crap incident from the original builder (ALL of whose work I have had to completely replace). The tranny started leaking badly and I got a recommendation from Pete at Fat Man Fabrications and took it to Affordable Transmission here in Charlotte (nice bunch of guys who know what they are doing). They pulled the tranny and took it apart and then they told me that the tranny was old and worn out. It had at least 100K on it and many of the parts inside had what they called 'hard rust' on them which indicated not only long wear but exposure to the elements over time. Apparently, it had sat outside for a long time and then been stuck in my truck with a few new parts to make it work. I was told it was a top quality tranny with all new parts. Oh well, live and learn..AGAIN!

Even so, it took four trips back to the tranny place to get leaks finally stopped (warranty, no charge) but now everything is doing well.

The blower (after initial issues with Summit) is now functioning well. I reduced the size of the top pulley by 30% and it dynoed out at 499 BHP. The smaller pulley made a pretty dramatic difference.

All systems are doing well now. While it was a tremendously hard task (five years and counting) and terribly expensive, my wife and I both now greatly enjoy Ol' Blue and take it on trips as well as drive it daily. I really enjoy having people smile when they see it and give a thumbs up.

Another adjustment was the power windows. Initially, the install was pretty terrible with me having to pull the windows up most of the time. I took it to Pete over at Fat Man's and he worked on it for about four hours. Now the windows go up and down like a new car. MARVELOUS - Pete is a wizard.

Finally, I now have power door locks on the truck. With a daily driver and living in Charlotte (where crime is rampant), you HAVE to have door locks. I have a hidden kill switch to allow for killing the starter and ignition but still can lost things in the interior (I have a Viper alarm system but no one pays any attention to alarms, they are going off all the time here in Charlotte) so I really wanted door locks.

Freeman's car stereo here in Charlotte is kind of legendary around here and they do some great work (they did all my stereo stuff (DVD, Touchscreen, Voice GPS, iPhone and USB connectors with voice activation, HD and Satellite radio and 900 watt amp with 6 inch speakers with 10 inch subs) so I went to them.

They came up with a really cool system using dual activators on each door to utilize the original locking arm system and I have no outside indication that I have keyless entry (my intention from the atart was to give the appearance of a mostly stuck truck with everything under the 'covers' being new and modern).

IT works great and locks the doors when I start the ignition and unlocks when I turn off the truck. When I lock the truck with my key-fob it also sets the Viper alarm. Cool.

That's about it. Ol' Blue is a continuing labor of love but since most of the expense, blood, sweat and tears are finally behind me, there is more love now than ever. smile

I really did not intend to build a super truck but one thing led to another and now I really don't regret it (anymore anyway).

To shortcut the gear heads who know more than I... No I will not argue with you about the horsepower. I have had it verified and and it is what it is. If you don't think its right that is your privilege but I don't appreciate being called a liar so do me a favor and don't post. There are a lot of other trucks you can take exception to and people on this forum you can argue with. I just posted this for those nice folks who asked me to keep them informed of the progress on my truck. To them, thanks for all the words of encouragement and support over the years.

- Dave


Edited by BlueSteel3100 (Wed Mar 30 2011 09:56 AM)
_________________________
1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
"Ol' Blue"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix of my old truck
My book: Spirit Wind
Top
#734665 - Wed Mar 30 2011 10:00 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: webstershotrods]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Awesome!

I reduced the upper pulley on the blower and it increased the power dramatically. I used to wind it up and allow it to shift and bark tires on its own. Now, I'm a bit intimidated to allow it to do that. It winds up so fast and shifts so hard that I am afraid of breaking something. smile I can bark the tires just about when I want now. Who knew that such a small adjustment could make such a huge difference!
_________________________
1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
"Ol' Blue"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix of my old truck
My book: Spirit Wind
Top
#734686 - Wed Mar 30 2011 11:21 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BIG CHEVY 3600 Offline
Master Gabster
Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 5290
Loc: DALLAS/BLANCO TEXAS
Dave,
Great looking work you have done. My 6 month trek has turned into 5 years as well. I plan on copying your bedrails when I've done everything else. If we can install all the stuff (elec wipers, radio, air,door glass,interior molding, and tighten all bolts)we will have it down to Blanco TX for their car show this May.
_________________________
Jim
Big Chevy's Photobucket pix
FIRST START http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-4nPArk98

Atheism
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.


Top
#789853 - Tue Oct 18 2011 11:07 AM Re: Making a "Super 3100" [Re: BlueSteel3100]
BlueSteel3100 Offline
New Guy
Registered: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:00 PM
Posts: 42
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Ol blue now has just shy of 23000 miles since the original 'build' (I put this in quotations since the original build was such an unbelievable botched mess that if it were not so heartbreaking it would actually be humorous).

Daily driving has exposed a LOT of flaws bungled work (and outright lies to me by the original builder and several so called mechanics along the way) and in turn has enabled (forced) me to get them replaced, redone or fixed.

The blower shaft BROKE (between the pulley and the blades) going a moderate 50 mph and NOT under any kind of hard acceleration. This was AFTER I had to have the engine COMPLETELY REBUILT when I found out that the pistons that had been put in were of the lowest quality (I was told they were the best and that is what I paid for - yet another lie) and one had broken. The blower was a Weiand from Summit.

Neither of the companies wanted to stand behind the product and refused to acknowledge or help. Lesson - NEVER BUY a Weind blower or anything from Summit.

Yesterday, turning in to my driveway, I heard a loud pop and my steering got hard. I have learned my lesson over time and called the wrecker service and had it towed to Fat Man's. Turns out that the main cross member BROKE due to INFERIOR WELDING (AGAIN by the original builder).

If it had happened while I was on the interstate, I would not be able to write this since I would be DEAD.

I know that I have said this before but to all of you out there who are in the process or contemplating restoration of or overhaul (like I did) of a classic truck - TRUST NO ONE - BELIEVE NO ONE - HIRE PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE CERTIFIED AND EVEN THEN, LOOK AT THEIR WORK CLOSELY, TALK TO THEIR CUSTOMERS (MANY OF THEM) BEFORE YOU COMMIT THE FIRST DIME TO THE PROJECT AND - VERY IMPORTANT - GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING, CERTIFIED AND WITNESSED/SIGNED BY A NOTARY SO THAT IT CAN HOLD UP IN COURT.

Otherwise, you end up like me.

DON'T.
_________________________
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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