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1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod #1272218 Thu Jul 12 2018 04:11 AM
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Tanker916 Offline OP
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With my time in command drawing to a close I have now been able to start planing in detail my way ahead for Nellybell. This is a 6400 that my Grandpa bought used 1958ish and has had ever since. He used her to haul grain and any other random things that needed to be moved and made sure to park her in the shed every night. About 30 years ago the master cylinder failed making him park her in the back of the shed and forget about her.

My goal for her is to do a frame off resto mod in order to turn her into a daily driver esk vehicle that I can use to transport my T6 to tractor shows with.

The first order of business is to get her running in order to make movement easier. To stop her I have the ebrake hence the no rush for fixed brakes. So far she has fought me tooth and nail on this even though she ran when parked. I have replaced the condensor, plug wires, plugs, and coil. I took a file to the points and set the gap to .016. Despite these efforts I still have no spark at the plug. Tomorrow im going to sift through it with a volt meter and try to find the problem, any suggestions on where to start?

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Why bring a gun to a knife fight when you can bring a howitzer?
Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1272244 Thu Jul 12 2018 02:39 PM
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Start tracing all the wiring associated with the ignition. Bet somewhere your little grey 4 legged creatures have been nibbling on wire causing a short. Since you didn’t replace the points, that would be my next suggestion.🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


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Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1272265 Thu Jul 12 2018 06:26 PM
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Thats an awful large gap in the points to be .016. also theres no hold down screw on the points.And the rotor is missing.

Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1272387 Fri Jul 13 2018 10:19 PM
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Tanker916 Offline OP
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Delux my bad for not specifying the point of the distributor picture was to show the model. Right after I took the pic I put the screw in and set the time. Justhor you called it, the points was bad even though I filled the ends it wasn't good enough to transfer current. I changed the points and got spark. I didn't do so the first time around as I wasn't sure how it was supposed to come off and didn't want to break anything. Put the distributor back together and sprayed a shot of either into the carb and she stuttered to life!!!!! A added surprise was the mechanical fuel pump still worked. I know because it dumped 30 year old gas on the exhaust (I disconnected the fuel line to get better access to the carb.)

For now that is good enough for me, she runs and has a good fuel pump so I just need to drain the fuel tank and put in good gas. I will do that when I come up mid September. At that point I will load her onto my trailer and take her home to begin restoring/modifying her!!!

Thanks for the ideas, I will post more pics when I come back up and take her home with me.


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Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1272405 Sat Jul 14 2018 12:29 AM
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Justhorsenround Offline
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Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together.🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1281548 Wed Sep 26 2018 04:15 AM
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Woot she is home safe and sound. It took a lot of doing to get her out of her resting place, the 30 plus years of sitting caused her to sink into the ground several inches. We used some bumper jacks that are older than I am to lift the gran box up and moved 55 GAL drums under it. Once it was up I had to crawl under it with a cutting tourch and take care of some bolts that didn't want to cooperate. One burned butt check latter, all the bolts were off and we were ready to pull her out from under the grain box. It took a IH 700 series tractor to get her out and even then the tractor struggled to pull her out. With that complete I backed my trailer into the shed and unhooked my truck from it. We blocked the wells and put jack stands under the back of it in order to prevent the trailer from tilting as we pulled Nellybell onto it. I turned my truck around and put the tonge of the trailer against my trucks bumper. Unwound the winch and hooked up to her bumper. Once hooked up and all fingers and toes cleared we began pulling. We ended up having to take one of the duel tires off in order to get it to fit onto the trailer, and now she is residing at her new residence in Fort Sill, OK. The link will take you to my google photos that has pictures of the shenanigans. https://photos.app.goo.gl/nvEn63JQHEnqNnXC8

So now that I have her in the day light and have been able to get a good look at her there is some cosmetic work that needs to be done. My Grandpa spit for years and his aim wasn't always the best, as a result the inside panel that goes in the back of the cab is rusted through and needs to be replaced. Correct me if im wrong but the cab on the truck is the same used in the half tons and the parts are interchangeable correct? Same question for the grill on the front.


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Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1281562 Wed Sep 26 2018 12:32 PM
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No better place than Oklahoma to find salvage parts for a Big Bolt. Every farm has one or two old grain haulers stashed around back of the barn. The cab should be the same as for the grill I don't know for sure. If you need a 3 window cab PM me.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1281613 Wed Sep 26 2018 11:11 PM
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Tanker916 Offline OP
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Got most of the dirt out of the truck and discovered the floor boards where rusted through. Can't win them all I guess but hopefully I can find replacement panels.


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Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1281618 Thu Sep 27 2018 12:23 AM
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search: 47-54 truck parts - floor pan
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Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
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Re: 1953 Chevy 6400 (Nellybell) restomod [Re: Tanker916] #1283022 Tue Oct 09 2018 02:42 AM
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Tanker916 Offline OP
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Okay after lots of not so gentle persuasion I was able to get both rear break drums off. The LR fought me tooth and nail, I knew it would be a issue when the tire refused to spin when me and my grandpa loaded it onto my trailer. This was further reinforced when I had to use my truck to pull it off and push it into my garage. I used the "heat" wrench to soften the drum up as well as remove the bolts from the wheel cylinders. I then drilled out the back of the brake shoe retaining pins. After all this I was finally able to get the drum off, as you can see in the pictures the cause of my issue was a improperly worn shoe and drum causing them to grab each other even though they wheel cylinders where not engaged.

I plan on taking a hard look at the wheel cylinders tomorrow and try to determine if they need to be rebuilt or replaced, once I figure that out ill start looking around for the parts. Anyone have a recommended place to start looking?

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Last edited by Tanker916; Tue Oct 09 2018 02:44 AM.

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