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Big Bolts
Mon Jun 17 2019 04:31 AM
Hy Alex Valle, welcome, that is a lot of questions for your first post. The transmission should be an SM420 you will have to swap bellhousings, put the 57 engines bellhousing on the 54 engine. In order to remove the bellhousings you will have to remove the clutches and flywheels from both engines, because there are bellhousing bolts behind the flywheel. Check the front/sides of both engines, the 57 engine used mounts on the front/sides of the engine, the 1954 engine used a mount under the front of the engine, the bolt holes for the front/side mounts may not exist on the 1954 engine. If the engine is from a 1954 3/4 ton it should be a 235. The cable coming up the shifter is more than likely a shift cable for a two speed rear axle. Tell your F.L.A.P.S. that your need parts for a 4000 series or 40 series. The point gap for new points should be .016", hope that helps.
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The HiPo Shop
Mon Jun 17 2019 04:22 AM
I have seen articles in the past on using a Dakota clip on an AD ftrame. Also a bolt on( or weld on,cant remember) kit uising Dakota parts. That might be an easy way to aproach it.
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The Electrical Bay
Mon Jun 17 2019 04:08 AM
I have an original 1954 switch. It has only 2 positions: on/off. There are three terminals on the switch, but only 2 were used. So, I expect that since you have a reproduction with 3 positions on the switch, the terminals are different from the original. IOW, don't be surprised if the "middle" terminal is not BAT.

I would sit down with your new switch and your VOM set to ohms and try all the combinations of connections until you find the one that works.
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The Engine Shop
Mon Jun 17 2019 03:36 AM
This a long shot but when you took the starter apart did you check the brushes contacting point on the (commutator). Yellow (A) circle in photo.
The brush contacting point (commutator) should be shiny copper looking. If not, use 00 sand paper to shine-up commutator and clean out dirt in separators. Then check brushes (B 19) for wear, if brushes are touching brush holder replace brushes or buy new starter.

The only other thing is, does the engine crankshaft turn.

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Big Bolts
Mon Jun 17 2019 03:21 AM
The earliest year 427 I've got HP/torque info on is 1974. That year it was rated at 230 HP @ 4000 RPM, and 360 Ft/Lbs of torque @ 2000. They started dropping the numbers in 75, and by 81, some of them were down to 195 HP and 340 ft/lbs.

I'd suggest using the 4.88 gears and shifting at 3500-3800 RPM, wherever the shift puts you at or neat the torque peak in the next higher gear. Obviously, you'll need to do some tinkering with the governor to get it to wind up that much.
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Truck Parts Wanted
Mon Jun 17 2019 03:15 AM
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Paint and Body Shop
Mon Jun 17 2019 02:40 AM
There is a bead of butyl rubber holding the channel to the metal pinch weld, no sealant in the glass channel (yet). I'm thinking of hitting it with my heat gun, then taping it down while it's soft and letting it set up that way.

I like the color, too! It's called Burgundy Maroon, and was only offered in 1953,

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The Old Dominion Stovebolt Society (MD, VA, WV & DC)
Mon Jun 17 2019 02:31 AM
I traveled to Macungie and back with John and have to say, he had a crowd around his truck all week! It had to be one of the most photographed truck at the show!

Great work Robert!

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The Engine Shop
Mon Jun 17 2019 02:17 AM
Your fiber timing gear was wiped out due to a plugged up oil nozzle. If engine sludge makes it into the 1/16" nozzle orifice it will stop the oil flow that lubricates the timing gears and the steel crank gear will eat the fiber cam gear.

Replacement fiber cam gears are available. At one time you could get over-sized fiber cam gears to compensate for worm steel crank gears.

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General Truck Talk
Mon Jun 17 2019 01:57 AM
Originally Posted by Mike B
The 206 Valve Cover was smooth, not ribbed in '36, so it's wrong.

After further research it looks like 1936 may be a split year for smooth vs ribbed valve covers...

My 1951 parts book has the replacement valve cover for 1934 thru 36 as being "ribbed". So are the ribbed covers replacements or late factory???

Carl, the 35/36 covers are 25-5/8" long are the 216?

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The Engine Shop
Mon Jun 17 2019 01:53 AM
When braking, there is a lot of down force on the tail end of the transmission, when the drive train incorporates a torque tube.
When braking, there is a almost zero down force on the tail end of the transmission, when the drive train incorporates a Hotchkiss or open drive.

So I would say that the 47-53 truck rear-transmission frame cross-member is not needed when the drive train incorporates a Hotchkiss or open drive.
That said extra support does not hurt anything.
The rear-transmission frame cross-member might aid in preventing the frame from twisting.

Because of the design of the 47-53 rear engine mount crossmrmber.
The engine & tranny weight want to pull the frame rails inward.
Hence the need for a rear-transmission frame cross-member.

GM redesigned the Rear Engine mount crossmember in 1954 hence no need for a rear-transmission frame cross-member for trucks equipped with manual transmissions..
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General Truck Talk
Mon Jun 17 2019 01:35 AM
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The Electrical Bay
Mon Jun 17 2019 01:24 AM
My biggest complaint with the el cheapo eBay knockoffs is the wire terminal spade connectors. They are made of putty and cause all kinds of crazy problems when they get loose.
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The Engine Shop
Mon Jun 17 2019 01:08 AM
Thank you Treydrummer. I rebuilt a Rochester yesterday that had been sitting for a few years. I cleaned it well twice and still couldn't get it to pump. After seeing your post I opened it back up again and sure enough, the tee was turned the wrong way and had a little metal blocking the passage. I opened it up and viola it started pumping. Got to hear it run for the first time this evening.
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Panels 'N Burbs
Mon Jun 17 2019 01:08 AM
That's a nice...rear end!
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Truck Parts For Sale
Mon Jun 17 2019 12:51 AM
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Big Bolts
Mon Jun 17 2019 12:49 AM
Thanks Spanky and all others for the thumbs-up, as you can see I haven't done anything to the body except lighting and mirrors. I've put in lots of hours on the drive train and brakes so most of the money and time don't show but I know everyone here can appreciate it. I don't know how far I will go with restoration but I'm having a good time with it regardless.
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Welcome Centre
Mon Jun 17 2019 12:49 AM
Welcome to the 'bolt... everytime i see someone with a project like this makes me want to go start a new one... but I've already got two in progress.
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'60-'66 Trucks
Sun Jun 16 2019 10:37 PM
If you have not yet ID'd your engine head/block, find/post the codes at the locations shown on this page:

Engine Serial Number

Head date casting code, and head casting code

Block date casting cost, and block casting code
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Sun Jun 16 2019 10:07 PM
Helpful links to get on the same page.

Parts illustration
Everything from shims to the left are the same on manual trans. truck, except manual trans. ball collar & shims > are 4 bolt holes

Torque Tube oil leak THREAD

Ball Housing Parts

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The Engine Shop
Sun Jun 16 2019 08:04 PM
Has anyone heard of 1954 235 Chevy blocks having Main Bearing dowels (or mainline pins) and where do I find them?

My 235 Chevy straight Six in my 1954 Chevy Bel Air had a crack. Still usable but I need to replace it soon. I bought a new used numbers correct 235 (with hydraulic lifters). I pulled the new 235 block apart and sent to the machine shop. The machinist was about to order new main bearings but stopped short because the new used block I gave him didn't have main bearing dowels in it. He thinks the block had them at one time but they were removed when the engine was rebuilt prior to me owning it. I guess they are supposed to help keep the bearings from spinning. He says I need to find a set before we continue with the rebuild. Has anyone heard of 235 Chevy's having main bearing dowels? I'll pulled a few of these blocks apart and I haven't seen them before. If this sounds legit, do I really need them? Any idea where I can find a set? I've searched everywhere.
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Sun Jun 16 2019 08:02 PM
You're right Jerry, It's easy to make a new pattern when the lug count is the same. When going 6 to five or visa-versa that the set of new to old holes look like fresh snow with the footprints of a staggering drunk. The old Chevy is (in metric) 6x139.7 while Trailblazer is 6x127---almost a 1/4" smaller. Pilot hole is no biggy.
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Big Bolts
Sun Jun 16 2019 07:42 PM
Engine SN, r. side, behind distr. will start with displacement, I.e. 270xxxx, if GMC engine.

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The Great Lakes Bolters
Sun Jun 16 2019 07:20 PM
Let's do this coffee get together
I am up to talk trucks anytime
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General Truck Talk
Sun Jun 16 2019 07:10 PM
Once it’s delivered and you take your time going through it to make it road worthy, then drive it a couple of months, you’ll bond with your truck. You’ll accept it for what it looks like, and I’ll bet that you’ll never want to paint it! Freshly painted trucks don’t look like an old truck oughta.
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