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Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1311106
Sun May 19 2019 12:29 AM
Sun May 19 2019 12:29 AM
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cmayna  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,908
Menlo Park, Ca
Nice truck. Hope you don't modify it too much. Keep er stock. My '50 is a daily driver with lots of patina. I personally have had great luck with stock ignition. I also use Valvoline VR1 30w high zinc racing oil for it's 235. Gearbox and rear end gets Valvoline 80-90. I average 1,500 miles annually. Keeps on running. So will yours. Keep er simple. You can always do mods as you feel needed.


Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: cmayna] #1311108
Sun May 19 2019 12:37 AM
Sun May 19 2019 12:37 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 450
OR
They're only old once. Lots of character in that one!


1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1311119
Sun May 19 2019 02:31 AM
Sun May 19 2019 02:31 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,957
Virginia
That truck is a time capsule which I personally would not alter from what you have right now. I would even leave the ratty cardboard door panel as it is.
The only things that I would do would be to do everything that I could do to find and original seat with a usable seat cover. They are out there, maybe not many.
I would also replace the spark plug wires with original type. The pre-made reproduction ones offered by a few of the vendors are really nice and look original.
You have a gem. I'm really happy to hear that you want to keep it as it came from the factory.
I suggest that you get a Factory Repair Manual. There is one which covers '48-'51 which will be a great help for you to get this truck all up and running like it should. There are lots of guys on this site who would be more than happy to help you along the way. The best way to access them is through the forums specific to what components which you are working on.
Carl

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1311141
Sun May 19 2019 12:42 PM
Sun May 19 2019 12:42 PM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,905
Jarvisburg, NC
48-51 Shop Manual

1951 Truck Owner’s Manual

These are available in reproduction from many reproductions parts vendors.
Check Tech Tips and the Links section.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- 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: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1311142
Sun May 19 2019 12:48 PM
Sun May 19 2019 12:48 PM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,905
Jarvisburg, NC
Oops, it looks like the Links [to vendors] link is “dead”?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- 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: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1311861
Sat May 25 2019 01:37 AM
Sat May 25 2019 01:37 AM
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Riptide23  Offline
New Guy
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 8
CT
Where in CT are you? I'm in Mystic. Would love to check that truck out. I'm hoping to bring my '53 home this summer...


'53 Chevrolet 3100, worn-in like my favorite jeans...
Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: 52Carl] #1313202
Tue Jun 04 2019 11:15 PM
Tue Jun 04 2019 11:15 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Exactly my plan! Just did new points, cap, rotor, wires and a vacuum advance. Still gotta check the timing and valve adjustment. Hopefully I can get to the drivetrain service this week. Truck runs great and has so much history. It’s a joy to drive it as is. I picked up a manual which has a wealth of info. The seat and wood bed is my next project. Not sure what I wanna do with the floor. The rusted and worn metal looks really cool.

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: cmayna] #1313203
Tue Jun 04 2019 11:16 PM
Tue Jun 04 2019 11:16 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Thanks for the info! I love driving it as is. Don’t plan on changing much. Just a few things to make it personal

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: tclederman] #1313204
Tue Jun 04 2019 11:16 PM
Tue Jun 04 2019 11:16 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
I found them on Amazon. Thank you

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