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1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver #1150430 Tue Feb 16 2016 04:01 AM
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gsharum Offline OP
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I bought my 1953 3100 a few weeks ago knowing it needed a lot of work. It ran and drove but the brakes were shot and had to be replaced with new wheel cylinders. The carb was leaking all over the place and would only run with the choke pulled out. The carb is out getting rebuilt now. I have cleaned up the engine and replaced the manifold gaskets . I also got the heat riser freed up with a new spring installed. I'm replacing the engine mounts and transmission mount this week. Wow, that driver side mount was fun removing!
I also removed the rotten bed and will start prepping for a new one.
My next big goal is replacing the rotten floor pans and kick panels . I'm trying to find someone to do this for me. I'm removing all the rust I can with Evapo-rust but will either blast or wire wheel the frame. The more items I take apart to fix, the more problems I find. Now I know why a good, clean AD truck goes for $20k or more. Anyway, it will all happen with time and good help from this forum.

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1150433 Tue Feb 16 2016 04:18 AM
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Way to go. Looks like you are well on your way to having a nice driver. Thanks for sharing. Those pictures sure to bring back a lot of memories for me!

Last edited by Achipmunk; Tue Feb 16 2016 04:21 AM.

1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
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1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

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Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1150590 Wed Feb 17 2016 04:06 AM
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rebuilt the rear transmission mount this evening

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1151177 Sat Feb 20 2016 03:48 PM
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Got my carb back and adjusted the valves and she purrs like a kitten. Went for my first drive and guess what, the clutch slips bad and second gear grinds unless I double clutch or shift slowly. I know I need a new clutch but any chance that could be my issue with 2nd grinding or do I need to go ahead and put in new syncos?

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1151491 Mon Feb 22 2016 01:10 PM
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I pulled the clutch and transmission this weekend and found my clutch slipping problem. Some of the pressure plate springs seem to be broken. I will have the transmission rebuilt while it is out.

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1154336 Thu Mar 10 2016 03:16 AM
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Since my last post - new clutch, pilot bushing, pressure plate have been installed with resurfaced flywheel. A new gas tank was installed along with a new fuel pump. I also replaced all the seals related to the torque tube. A new oil pan gasket was installed as well. Its the first time since I bought the truck I don't have an oil leak! Although, wiggling the fuel lines around when removing the old tank did cause a leaky fuel petcock and 7 inch rubber line connected. Those have been ordered.
I almost forgot, I got the windshield wipers all working again with new transmission arm bushings and a good cleaning relube of the vacuum motor. Almost time to start some body work.

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1156886 Sat Mar 26 2016 04:07 AM
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The truck didn't have parking brake cables when I bought it. Those were installed tonight so I can leave it running without rolling away now. I've been fighting a fuel gauge problem that's driving me nuts. I bought a new sending unit and gauge and with the tank full to the top it only registers 1/2 to 3/4 tank. If I remove the sending unit and move the float by hand it almost goes to full. I guess I will bend the float shaft to compensate.

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1157058 Sun Mar 27 2016 04:43 AM
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New exhaust front to back!

Next big project will be replacing rear main seal. I'm tired of the leak.

Last edited by gsharum; Sun Mar 27 2016 04:45 AM.
Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1158315 Mon Apr 04 2016 01:47 AM
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I've been taking lots of short trips trying to figure out all the "issues". Today I went on a 60 mile round trip and it ran great. I love this old, rusty, loud truck! I've yet to go anywhere without someone giving me a compliment or asking about it.
Trip to the country

This weekend the dash got a coat of Rustoleum Flat Chestnut.
Dash 1
Dash 2
Dash 3


Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1158316 Mon Apr 04 2016 01:56 AM
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welcome to the site! Great to see pics and hear about your progress! I love these old rigs as well!


Mike

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Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1271922 Tue Jul 10 2018 12:55 AM
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It has been two years since I updated this posting. I started posting about this old truck and making a daily driver but that has changed. I ended up doing a complete tear down and starting over with complete frame up restoration. Below are some pictures of my progress over the last two years.
How it started
Frame
Cab 1
Cab on Frame

It may be another 2 years before I am finished but it will be worth the wait. Almost every nut and bolt has been replaced and I found a really good body guy. The color is Aspen Green.

Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1271923 Tue Jul 10 2018 01:02 AM
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Looking good! Don’t wait another 2 years to update.🛠


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Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1271953 Tue Jul 10 2018 03:43 AM
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J Lucas Offline
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Interesting color, I'm anxious to see it finished. Keep up the good work.

John


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Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1271964 Tue Jul 10 2018 08:18 AM
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Yep, I tried to do it the same way, but ended up doing a cab off frame too. The thing is, it seemed the expectation level went up after you fixed all the little things and got it road worthy. Then the natural evolution of making it look nice took over.
Keep up the good work and keep us posted with regular updates. Us guys with trucks that are done have to live on through other people's projects. Nobody knows the amount of blood sweat and tears, not to mention the money unless you have walked the walk.

Last edited by sstock; Tue Jul 10 2018 08:19 AM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, 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 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1315198 Sat Jun 22 2019 02:12 AM
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gsharum Offline OP
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It has been about a year with significant progress.

Update 1

Update 2

[img]https://photos.app.goo.gl/soWvXNDWDYVsP2VE9[/img]


I'll get it back in a few weeks and then to the upholstery shop!

Last edited by gsharum; Sat Jun 22 2019 02:19 AM.
Re: 1953 Chevy 3100 - Making a daily driver [Re: gsharum] #1315213 Sat Jun 22 2019 04:36 AM
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sstock Offline
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WOW!
Most excellent job.
Thanks for the update.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, 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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