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#1091462 Sun Mar 15 2015 05:32 AM
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 52
Wrench Fetcher
Hello all, I am new to the site and found this site while attempting to learn more about my new '53 PU. I am excited to get things rolling as far as restoration and I am still working out the details in my head about what the future for this truck is.

My truck belonged to my grandfather who passed away in January at the age of 94. This truck has been around for as long as I can remember and there are so many memories attached to it. Everything from Fishing up in the mountains to grandpa and me towing a travel trailer on an 800+ mile trip for camping in Oregon. This was the first vehicle, besides tractors, that I ever drove.

Parked in a covered outdoor area in 2006, it has sat somewhat protected from the elements and has been pretty much ignored. When I got to it, we first towed it out of the covered area and backed it into the garage type building so I could see if I could get it up and running rather than loading it on a trailer and towing it home.

First thing I did was drain the gas. There was only about 2.5 gallons in it. It was sure nice of someone to make draining the tank an easy process! Next, I replaced the plugs and wires. I also have new points and condenser but haven't felt like putting those in just yet and I forgot to buy a new rotor. I also partially rebuilt the carb.

I replaced the gas, hooked up the battery and then noticed there was no coolant in the radiator. I grabbed a jug of water and poured it in the radiator. And then watched as it ran out the side of the block! Initially this seemed devastating, then I came to the wrong conclusion that it was a freeze plug. Turns out, there is a drain plug at the back of the block and grandpa had the foresight to pull the plug. I eventually found the actual plug laying on the bench.

I plugged the block, put water in the radiator and went to turn it over. and it didn't turn over. After lots of figuring and testing, everything checked out. The mechanical linkage from the starter pedal was shorting out on the starter wire.

I rebuilt the carb, figured out why the starter wasn't working (short) and determined why I had no spark (coil wire not seated). With the help of a friend, and a can of starting fluid, the truck slowly but surely rumbled to life, with a lot of shaking and a lot of smoke.

I put it into gear and rumbled out of the garage. Once out of the garage, I couldn't resist driving it around grandpas loop driveway. Now, there is part of this loop that is down hill and it was at that point I clearly remembered why one should probably check the brakes before driving a truck that has been sitting for 9 years. While having the pedal go to the floor was a bit disconcerting, luckily I wasn't going very fast and the parking brake worked really well!

So, that brings me to where I am in the process. After I figured out where the brake master cylinder was hidden, I determined that the problem was probably caused by the fact that the brake fluid ran out of the front of the cylinder just like it shouldn't. Today I actually got a re- manufactured master cylinder and can't wait to go find out that I have to replace the wheel cylinders as well. It's all part of the fun!

1953 Chevy 3100

Last edited by Peggy M; Wed Mar 18 2015 07:50 PM. Reason: fixed image link
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,143
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Welcome to the site, always nice to inherit a truck, did your grandpa purchase it new? Just make a plan and take it one step at a time. If you need help, you know where to go.


Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 75
Shop Shark
Welcome, Helitack, and what a great story so far! Your Grandpa must be smiling at your little downhill loop adventure.
Not sure why, but your photo links didn't work for me. I'm sure Peggy, the magician, will sort that out for us ;-)
Cheers, John

Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 95
Andy, Great looking truck. Nicely preserved. I liked the patina finish. I`m sure your Grandfather would be happy what you did knowing the truck is in good hands. Keep us up to date on your restoration.


Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,990
Try this guys...

helitack, welcome to the Stovebolt and WOW what a great pickup. We just don't see many "barn finds" like that anymore. Your grandpa is a smart man. Enjoy the memories while you work on it and make a few memories of your own. Be patient, take it little at a time and the guys in the individual forums will help out. There are surely other bolters in your area so watch for them.

1937 Chevy Pickup []

1952 Chevy Panel []
1952 Chevy Panel []

1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
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Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,685
Very good hand me down! Looks like a Oakland built truck too.

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
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 52
Wrench Fetcher
Thanks all for the kind words and welcome. I am currently unsure of when the truck was purchased though it seems as though it was late 60's early 70's. I forgot to mention that the motor is from a '58 car of some sort and was originally mated to powerglide transmission. The truck originally had the three on the tree shifter but was changed to the 4 speed stick shift.

While digging around, we found what seems to be the original rear bumper up in the attic, the column shifter and linkages, the original hubcaps and out in the barn we found an extra transmission. I think we even found the original wheels.

One question here, what is wrong with my photos? I am used to a different forum format and attempted to do it the way I do on those. Now I realize that is not how it is done here but I have tried about ten times to create a link to my album as shown in the thread on how to post photos and I have failed! Most likely brain failure.

Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,990
helitack, I can't answer that question about the pics. All I did to make your link work, above in my post, is I left off the url and the brackets at the end, and entered it in my address window and your photobucket came up.
When you open your photobucket go up to the address window and click on it, then copy the link, then come here to a post and paste it.
Probably telling you wrong as I don't speak geek. Once you get this straightened out you can have a photo bucket link in your signature line.

....OH, that is a good question for the IT forum. Those guys there are the guru's.

1937 Chevy Pickup []

1952 Chevy Panel []
1952 Chevy Panel []

1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,985
Welcome to the Bolt!
Congratulations on the family heirloom! Looks to be a solid old truck, and the upgraded engine should be a plus. Keep us posted on your progress. I'm sure your Grandpa would be proud!


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1947 Chev. Loadmaster

1959 Chev. Viking 40

Genie: "I am the genie from a magic lamp and I have the power to grant you three wishes."
Me: "I want to be rich."
Genie: "OK, Rich, what's your second wish?"
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 379
Shop Shark
Hi Helitrack

Welcome from the upstate NY area...if I were you with all the memories attached to this truck don't tear it you have been doing fix stuff as you find it needs to be fixed...this way it wont end up sitting in the garage forever either....they are cool old vehicles just as I have learned over the years...nothing like what we drive on our highway and byways be prepared...they don't start stop or turn like anything else you see today...good luck with your grandpas project truck....


Last edited by mikec4193; Mon Mar 16 2015 01:05 PM.

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