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Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1294470
Fri Jan 11 2019 11:52 PM
Fri Jan 11 2019 11:52 PM
tclederman  Offline
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Posts: 27,084
Jarvisburg, NC
Originally Posted by Bob Scott
My big question is how to tell what frame I actually have, 53 or 54.

The engine’s rear motor mounts are the “dead give away”

Scroll to the bottom of the page that I linked-to, above.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 47 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1294496
Sat Jan 12 2019 04:07 AM
Sat Jan 12 2019 04:07 AM
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Fox  Offline
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Breton, Alberta
54 frame has a lower frame kick up over the rear axle as well to accommodate the deeper 54/55 bed.


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Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1294502
Sat Jan 12 2019 05:16 AM
Sat Jan 12 2019 05:16 AM
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Whitedog  Offline
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This is what the back section of the 54 frame looks like. It's very similar to the 3/4 ton truck frame. The 53 and earlier have a very large U shaped kick up.

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Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1294504
Sat Jan 12 2019 05:21 AM
Sat Jan 12 2019 05:21 AM
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Whitedog  Offline
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This is the earlier frame

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Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1294677
Sun Jan 13 2019 04:46 AM
Sun Jan 13 2019 04:46 AM
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52Carl  Offline
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Virginia
Look at the crossmember where the rear engine mounts are located. '53 rear engine mounts were horizontally mounted. '54 where mounted on an inboard angle.

Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1294887
Mon Jan 14 2019 10:04 PM
Mon Jan 14 2019 10:04 PM
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coilover  Offline
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52 Carl is absolutely right in that all the sheet metal will work whether pre or post 1954. One may have to make custom bed mount blocks, custom cab mounts, and custom bell housing mounts but if you are not capable of doing this maybe one should stick to newer trucks where it's just a matter of unbolting a part and bolting another back on. On old rides I expect to do fabricating or spend eons hunting down an exact part which in my case is never going to happen. A 54 (note curved windshield) with 53 bed and front clip.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/0zwCCsDW/truck-roll-pans-clips-003.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/v1y5L6QT/truck-roll-pans-clips-001.jpg[/img]


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Re: 53/54 3100 chassis [Re: Bob Scott] #1295125
Thu Jan 17 2019 12:53 AM
Thu Jan 17 2019 12:53 AM
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Bob Scott  Offline OP
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St. Louis Mo
Thanks all! I now know I have the 54 chassis thanks to you guys. I'm in the process of replacing all four corners and most of the cab floor but I'm pretty fair with body work and welding. Now if I can hoodwinkle a couple of the grand kids for muscle I'm in good shape. I have a 53 cab with the front and rear sheet metal being a 54. I like the character of the split windshield and the vent windows of the 53 and earlier.

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