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1950 3800 Daily Driver #1138301 Mon Dec 07 2015 06:09 PM
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diseasel Offline OP
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Ive been driving my truck to work everyday for about a month now so I figured it was finally time to post here. I live just across Trenton NJ and my commute isn't too far in itself but going up against speed demon, impatient society up here, this vehicle is proving itself quite worthy in some more populated areas.

My commute is only about 10 minutes one way, mainly highway with some decent amount of congestion. I upgraded quite a few things with the 4-53t Detroit. Basics are; 4 wheel disc brakes, 5 speed Clark with an overdrive, 1996 p-30 I beam front axle, 14 bolt rear with locker and 3.42 gears, 235/85 r16 tires.
The truck itself runs a little rough since I added an extra leaf up front, and now thinking of removing it. Some other issues I have are my windows tend to fog up quite a bit in the mornings or in humid climates, possible leak in heater core? I do feel an occasional minor death wobble in the front end, and on the same spot during my commute, hoping its just the pavement itself?
Being a frame off restoration with a significant amount of upgrades I'm really happy with the way this thing performs. Fuel mileage is very good, all mechanical = SIMPLE!!

Last edited by diseasel; Mon Dec 07 2015 06:11 PM.

1950 Chevy 3800
4-53T Detroit Diesel conversion
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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1138365 Tue Dec 08 2015 01:52 AM
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John Milliman Offline
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That looks great! I bet its a lot of fun to drive, too.

Thanks for sharing!


John

'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1138464 Tue Dec 08 2015 06:38 PM
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53 green 1- ton Offline
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Brady, we have to hook up now that your settled in. Lets make some use out of this warm weather! We have a couple of trucks in the area now. Amtrak Joe's shop is in Morrisville.


Jim Schmidt.
Bucks County, Pa.
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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1138479 Tue Dec 08 2015 07:41 PM
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Having known Brady for quite some time I expect y'all will get along well.
My 1 ton should be more capable of long trips soon, we should gather them all together for a junkyard trip or something else fun.

Grigg


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1138482 Tue Dec 08 2015 07:48 PM
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mikec4193 Offline
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Hi Diseasel

I am rebuilding my 1953 Chevy truck but leaving the motor a stock 235 with 4.10 gears (from a Chevy K5 Blazer) and a stock 4 speed...where did you find a clark 5 speed transmission??.....I have never heard of one of those...is it a direct bolt in swap?

Any insight would be awesome.....I live on a super fast road with a minumum speed of about 55...having a 5 speed would help I think with the top end on my truck...

MikeC


1948 Chevy 1-Ton (sold Nov 2017)
1953 Chevy 1-Ton (sold 10/1/2016)
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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: mikec4193] #1138494 Tue Dec 08 2015 09:39 PM
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diseasel Offline OP
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Originally Posted by 53 green 1- ton
Brady, we have to hook up now that your settled in. Lets make some use out of this warm weather! We have a couple of trucks in the area now. Amtrak Joe's shop is in Morrisville.


Yes, send me his contact info, I just bought a house here so Im still "new but not so new" to the area. Luckily this warm weather is making it easier to start up in the mornings!

I still have a lot of little things to do mainly cosmetic, trailer harness, etc.

Originally Posted by mikec4193
Hi Diseasel

I am rebuilding my 1953 Chevy truck but leaving the motor a stock 235 with 4.10 gears (from a Chevy K5 Blazer) and a stock 4 speed...where did you find a clark 5 speed transmission??.....I have never heard of one of those...is it a direct bolt in swap?

Any insight would be awesome.....I live on a super fast road with a minumum speed of about 55...having a 5 speed would help I think with the top end on my truck...



MikeC


The Clark 5 speed came with the 4-53 Detroit. Im not sure how to adapt a 5 speed to a 235, an NV4500, or 3500 would probably be where Id start out at

Last edited by diseasel; Tue Dec 08 2015 09:40 PM.

1950 Chevy 3800
4-53T Detroit Diesel conversion
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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1138495 Tue Dec 08 2015 09:52 PM
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Cosmo Offline
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Nice truck!


Cosmo

"...my good horse Rozinante ('49 Chevy Half Ton), mine eternal and inseparable companion in all my journeys and courses." ...Don Quixote, Cervantes

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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1139181 Sun Dec 13 2015 05:09 PM
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hotshoe36 Offline
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Must be quite the racket in there, Diseasel. Have you done anything to quiet the noise level in the cab? Got a big muffler on there?

I spent a few years making 2-stroke Detroit Diesels go.


1951 3800

Be the change you want to see.
-hotshoe
Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: hotshoe36] #1139248 Mon Dec 14 2015 12:07 AM
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diseasel Offline OP
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Originally Posted by hotshoe36
Must be quite the racket in there, Diseasel. Have you done anything to quiet the noise level in the cab? Got a big muffler on there?

I spent a few years making 2-stroke Detroit Diesels go.


I still have a little more interior work to do, I have half of the firewall lined with Dynaliner, and need to add more to the top half. Some of it is road noise coming up through the door and the shifter column which needs a bellow on it. Before it was just bare sheet metal, and you couldn't stand the full RPM, even with the muffler I have on there. Once I started lining it it was night and day, even a little goes a long way. Other than that I don't know how to quiet down a Detroit ohwell

Last edited by diseasel; Mon Dec 14 2015 12:07 AM.

1950 Chevy 3800
4-53T Detroit Diesel conversion
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Re: 1950 3800 Daily Driver [Re: diseasel] #1140136 Sat Dec 19 2015 05:10 AM
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hotshoe36 Offline
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Originally Posted by diseasel
I don't know how to quiet down a Detroit ohwell


Stand further away?

On another note, I had been thinking about 4BT's, wanting to learn a little more to see if I'd want one for a repower. I've decided: Those things shake bad! Now I'm thinking about 300D's. Is that a bad thing?

Either way, just a pipe dream at this stage.


1951 3800

Be the change you want to see.
-hotshoe
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