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1953 5 Window 3100
#1085533 Sat Feb 14 2015 09:34 AM
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I purchased this truck from I believe the third owner in Bend Oregon February of 2013. This truck spent almost all its life in the Medford Oregon area. It was assembled in Oakland California. Some interesting features is it has all the original date coded tinted glass with exception of the windshield. The truck came with the coppertone color and the front bumper was gray in color. It was repainted some time ago once to a lighter yellow. Another option is the side mounted spare tire. The original 216 gave up the ghost a couple years ago with approx. 39K on the odometer. When I tore into the 216, I noticed it had a stock bore. A replacement 235 from a 56 sedan was installed. The truck still retains its 3sp on the tree transmission and torque tube rear end. Currently the truck is in my shop, the body is off the frame on a dolly and the frame is disassembled, clean and repainted. I have a lot of work to do but am really enjoying the work and the threads on the stovebolt forum. This place is a wealth of knowledge and have already been very valuable so far. Look forward to posting some updates in the future, but here is the truck as I purchased it. http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/sstock6264/library/1953%20Chevrolet%203100?sort=4&page=1
Steve Stock
Gig Harbor, Wa

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1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1085586 Sat Feb 14 2015 08:07 PM
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Nice truck Steve. Keep us posted as you ago along. You may want to start a thread in the DIY forum and add to as you go.
Nice "optioned" truck.


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Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1095250 Fri Apr 03 2015 03:51 AM
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Hope to get started back on the truck this spring. Pretty ,much decided to bring it back to its no frills farm truck status which will include some bias ply light truck tires and reproduction gray hub caps.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1103393 Mon May 18 2015 02:03 PM
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Starting back on her now. Was able to get my sister's mustang out of my shop. Frame is done, engine trans is done and assembled. Now it is time to start hanging the suspension back on the frame.
http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/2692/medium/IMG_01544.JPG


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1104346 Sat May 23 2015 02:10 PM
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Had a great day in the garage and managed to get a few things done. Replaced both axle bearings and seals. While I had it apart, I swabbed out the axle tubes and cleaned the ring and pinion, spiders and pinion gears. Checked the torque tube seal. Disassembled the rear leaf springs, glass beaded and painted, then reassembled them. The frame got new sleeves and pivot bolts and shackle kits, plus shocks and brakes. The truck had a pretty good lean to it before disassembly, turned out the pivot bolt sleeves and shackles were very worn. Also, the truck got new rear parking brake cables. Rear Suspension

Last edited by sstock; Sat May 23 2015 02:11 PM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1109715 Tue Jun 23 2015 04:54 PM
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Chassis is just about done, just have to hang the radiator and core support.

http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/sstock6264/media/MVI_0218_zps7bn1cygi.mp4.html


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1213221 Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 PM
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Update:
Pretty much have all the cab inside and out, sheet metal and bed all stripped to bare metal. Interesting enough the truck was dealer undercoated before delivery, when I scraped off the bottom of the inner fenders and front radiator support baffle I found the most glossy black unmolested paint. Here I thought all these years that the inner fenders and such were always semi gloss. I know this post is insignificant to most but to the original and purist guys, you might get a kick out of this.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1213343 Sun Apr 16 2017 12:56 PM
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great work on the frame


id rather be playin!!!
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1220813 Sat Jun 10 2017 02:26 PM
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Got all the body work complete. Small dents in the back of the cab above the top of the bed line, where people have thrown stuff in and missed. Bumps and bruises along the body ,here and there, and straightened and painted the grill just to see if I am going to like the 53 color of omaha orange and anvil gray. I stripped and cleaned the entire underside, primed and painted and undercoated. The truck was previously undercoated at the dealership when originally purchased and it kept the sheetmetal like brand new, along with all the farm mud underneath, made a believer of me in undercoat.
Here is a couple of pics:
http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums...et%203100/paint/IMG_0718_zpst1jcvwsw.jpg

http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums...et%203100/paint/IMG_0710_zpsnnp3aac3.jpg

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Last edited by sstock; Sat Jun 30 2018 02:14 PM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 1953 5 Window 3100
sstock #1236069 Sat Sep 23 2017 01:05 PM
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The cab is back on the chassis. Got to use my chain hoist with bridge and trolley setup to lift the cab. I will post up some pics. It made for a very easy install.
Steve

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Last edited by sstock; Sat Jun 30 2018 02:08 PM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
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