Jonathan Taylorsmith's

1951 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton Pickup


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26 July 2006
# 1468

From Jonathan:

         Hi everybody. As promised, here's an update on progress on the truck.

         It's been a long cold winter here in the UK which gives us plenty of time to work on our projects. So, finally the '51 is up and running. Well, acutely it's the second time. The first time we took it out, we did a five mile round trip, got back to the garage and all seemed well until we looked underneath. It seems that the 50 year old seal gaskets and freeze plugs on the 235 had had enough. So with heavy hearts, it was parked in a corner of the workshop and work could start again.

         To cut a very long story short, the gearbox and bellhousing where removed, the pan dropped and what was left of the main bearing rope seals removed and replaced with the modern rubber type. The freeze plug at the back of the block was held in place by both the bellhousing and 50 years of engine grunge! I have never seen one so corroded.

         On the first road test, we thought it sounded a bit tappety so we pulled the rocker cover and found the number six rockers were barely opening the valves. Off with the tappet chest cover and what do we find? Hydraulic lifters! Two of which had lost the will to lift. I sauced some "almost new second-hand" solid ones. These were fitted and the tappets set. What a difference!

         So now the truck has around 150 miles under its belt and things seem ok. The only worry being very low oil pressure on idle when it's hot. Is this normal?

         The truck has attended two local classic car shows and attracts lots attention both at the shows and on the road. Plans for the near future -- Well just keep an eye on the oil pressure and get out there and drive it!

         That's all for now!

Cheers,

Jonathan Taylorsmith
"jon boy jonny"
Bolter # 10268
Yorkshire, England


13 March 2006
# 1468

From Jonathan:

         Hi folks! This is my latest project! After a couple of years playing with various American cars, my wife talked me into buying something I had always wanted! I first saw the truck on eBay last summer but didn't have the funds in place to buy it. But I went to look at it anyway as it was only a few miles away. It was basically sound and just about complete. It was from Los Angeles, originally, and the dry climate had saved the tin work but destroyed everything else. The guy had even already bought most of the replacement parts.

         The truck didn't sell and with a new son on the way, I had forgotten about. Now with a six month old son and things getting back to some sort of normalcy, I started looking for a new toy. Back to eBay and low and behold the '51 was back up for sale. And now it's mine!

         The previous owner had done most of the chassis work including new shocks, the brake system overhauled, new king pins and so on. So far, I have fitted new lights front and rear, a new wire loom and rebuilt the doors AHHHHHHHHH. I thought it was just me but after looking on the forums (the Door clinic), I don't feel so bad. Just doing the right hand door, took me about eight hours.

         Anyway work to do. I will keep you informed.

Thanks,

Jonathan Taylorsmith
"jon boy jonny "
Bolter # 10268
Yorkshire, England



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