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New truck owner- ‘51 3100 #1310677
Tue May 14 2019 11:24 AM
Tue May 14 2019 11:24 AM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Hey all. Just picked up a 1951 Chevy 3100 5 Window. 216 Motor and 3 on the tree. The drivetrain is all original and I believe the truck has never been restored. The painted door logos are original to the 1st owner. The truck Runs, drives, stops and everything works. My plan is to keep the patina and drive it the way it is. It will be a good around town driver. My first step is I need to give the truck a good service. Oil, trans, rear end, grease, adjust clutch, adjust carb, timing check etc. Looking for any tips or tricks on these trucks for basic maintenance. I’ve only ever had v8 vehicles. This is my first “Old” truck and vehicle with mechanical everything. Also wondering what oil is suggested for the engine, trans, and rear end. Hopefully the pics uploaded. Located in CT. Thanks in advance!

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Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310682
Tue May 14 2019 11:54 AM
Tue May 14 2019 11:54 AM
Tiny  Offline
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Posts: 8,546
South Central Kansas
Good on ya for wanting to keep her stock. Go to the top of the page and click on the Tech Tips link.


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Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310689
Tue May 14 2019 12:52 PM
Tue May 14 2019 12:52 PM
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moparguy  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 783
Watford City ND...
NICE truck. Looks like someone gave it a good underhood cleaning and uncovered original engine gray. Not at all common these days.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310695
Tue May 14 2019 02:30 PM
Tue May 14 2019 02:30 PM
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sstock  Online
Shop Shark
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,227
Gig Harbor, WA
The gray on the side cover looks correct with what was on my 53, the valve cover has been repainted to me.
Looks like a really nice find

Last edited by sstock; Tue May 14 2019 02:32 PM.
Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310697
Tue May 14 2019 03:38 PM
Tue May 14 2019 03:38 PM
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Brad Allen  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,489
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nice truck, love the patina.

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310707
Tue May 14 2019 05:21 PM
Tue May 14 2019 05:21 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Thanks! I’m gonna be giving it a good cleaning soon so I’m curious to see what else is under some of the grease. All and all it’s a solid fun little truck. I’ll check out the tech tips.

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310709
Tue May 14 2019 05:34 PM
Tue May 14 2019 05:34 PM
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Green_98  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 159
Olive Branch (Memphis)
Gorgeous truck!!


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310716
Tue May 14 2019 07:49 PM
Tue May 14 2019 07:49 PM
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Frank50  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 1,589
USA
Great looking truck! Congrats on a nice score. I agree with others; go thru everything and just drive it. Brakes, steering and tires are most important as far as safety is concerned. Enjoy it.

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310730
Tue May 14 2019 08:59 PM
Tue May 14 2019 08:59 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Thanks for the compliments. I went onto Rock Auto and found all the mechanical parts I need for a good tune up/ service. What oil do you suggest? I see some people using 10w40? With or without zinc? Also what size oil filter 5” or 8”? I’m thinking I won’t even paint the frame. Maybe just fluid film it to preserve it. Same with the other patina’d parts.

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310752
Tue May 14 2019 11:42 PM
Tue May 14 2019 11:42 PM
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Green_98  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 159
Olive Branch (Memphis)
I run Rotella 15w-40 in my 261. I researched that as well and found several that run this grade in Stovebolt engines.
It doesn't look like your engine has an oil filter. Is there a canister mounted anywhere on the drivers side? My previous 216 did not have a filter, which was very common, so frequent oil changes might be a good idea.

If you're going to drive it, why worry with painting the frame? Just keep it out of the salt. Personally, I would clear coat the exterior, rebuild any of the brakes/front end/rear diff/steering that it would need to make it safe and reliable, and drive it!


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310758
Wed May 15 2019 12:33 AM
Wed May 15 2019 12:33 AM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Always loved that oil in my diesels! Funny you say that, I just crawled around it looking high and low for a filter. No oil filter in sight so I guess it never had one.

Yeah very true. It will be garage kept so any rust shouldn’t get worse underneath. Exactly my plan! It’s gonna be a fun driver.

Thanks for the help with the oil! Any idea on how many quarts/ gallons it takes?

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: sstock] #1310763
Wed May 15 2019 01:48 AM
Wed May 15 2019 01:48 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,967
Virginia
Originally Posted by sstock
The gray on the side cover looks correct with what was on my 53, the valve cover has been repainted to me.
Looks like a really nice find

I have to respectfully disagree about the valve cover. I can see remnants of the yellow Thriftmaster script on the valve cover.

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310787
Wed May 15 2019 03:35 AM
Wed May 15 2019 03:35 AM
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Rich'sToys  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,343
Janesville, Mn
Welcome!
Looks like you've got a nice truck. Congratulations!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

I got a pair of those new Memory Foam shoe inserts. Hasn't helped much- When I walk to another room, I still can't remember why.






Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310794
Wed May 15 2019 10:31 AM
Wed May 15 2019 10:31 AM
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stotman  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 72
Ohio
Nice find!!

You might consider putting in solid state ignition parts. They eliminate a lot of problems under that distributor cap.


1942 Chevy 1/2-Ton Pickup
The Gallery story
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Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: stotman] #1310802
Wed May 15 2019 01:13 PM
Wed May 15 2019 01:13 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Good thinking. Any place you’d recommend ordering the parts?

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: 52Carl] #1310803
Wed May 15 2019 01:14 PM
Wed May 15 2019 01:14 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Correct, there is some thriftmaster lettering

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310804
Wed May 15 2019 01:15 PM
Wed May 15 2019 01:15 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Previous owner installed some sort of compression fitting valve in the fuel line from the tank to the pump which leaks. I just ordered new steel lines from tank to pump and pump to carb.

Last edited by Bdron; Wed May 15 2019 01:15 PM.
Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: stotman] #1310809
Wed May 15 2019 02:16 PM
Wed May 15 2019 02:16 PM
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Bdron  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 19
Connecticut
Deves tech net seems to have some good info and kits to upgrade to HEI

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: Bdron] #1310875
Thu May 16 2019 01:19 AM
Thu May 16 2019 01:19 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,967
Virginia
Deve's kit is not HEI. It may well provide spark without points, but HEI, it is not.
In my opinion, based on a miserable experience with a Pertronix unit, there are only two ways to go with providing spark for a Stovebolt engine.
1) Original points.
2) An actual HEI distributor. (They are available ready to install from some vendors.)
Carl's 2 cents. (Actually the Pertronics incident cost me a couple hundred bucks. I am lucky it didn't catch my truck on fire.)

Re: New truck owner- ‘51 3100 [Re: 52Carl] #1310892
Thu May 16 2019 11:05 AM
Thu May 16 2019 11:05 AM
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stotman  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 72
Ohio
I can only speak to my experience, but I installed the Pertronix ignition in my 42 Chevy 1/2 ton and they worked great. Only took a few minutes to install and the truck runs great. I run on 6 volts.


1942 Chevy 1/2-Ton Pickup
The Gallery story
Jeff's Blog
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
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Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 457
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: 7,967
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: 27,912
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: 27,912
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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