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Re: 1954 chevy 3100 OD trans??
Deve #1025862 Sat May 03 2014 03:58 AM
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True,
Check out what this guy says.
I once owned a 1948 Willys jeep.
The guy I bought it from, put a Chevy 283 V8 in it.
The original 4 cylinder Flathead horse power rear springs just could not handle the V8 torque.
The pinion bearings prematurely wore out because the axle would whip so bad.

Re: 1954 chevy 3100 OD trans??
DeanThe54Chevy #1025863 Sat May 03 2014 04:02 AM
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If you get the '55 first springs with the rear end the problem is solved.


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Re: 1954 chevy 3100 OD trans??
DeanThe54Chevy #1025866 Sat May 03 2014 04:08 AM
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DeanThe54Chevy,

"I want to keep the truck stock with the 3-column shifter, but make it better for cruising highways."

I can cruise highways all day in my 1954 Suburban at 65 mph with the 3.55 Ring & Pinion conversion (enclosed drive shaft) and 31.5" diameter radial truck tires (about 2500 RPM). This has worked fine with the original 3-speed and 4-speed.

If I wanted an OD, I'd go with Tommy's recommendation - SM319 and suitable rear end. I think that is what Cletis has, and one of my neighbor's has that in his 1953 1/2 ton panel. It is is nice set-up.


Tim
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Re: 1954 chevy 3100 OD trans??
tclederman #1025876 Sat May 03 2014 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
DeanThe54Chevy,
I have the Mr. Magoo syndrome.

Re: 1954 chevy 3100 OD trans??
jorb #1028644 Wed May 14 2014 09:41 PM
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My apologies. Lol, not a trick question. But yes, 1954 1/2 ton


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