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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
sstock #1330361 Fri Oct 18 2019 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by sstock
The biggest being the fact that the clutch disc was installed backwards and the hardened springs on the disc ground down the flywheel bolt heads, making it a complete whore to tear apart.

Steve, the amazing part of that is that it apparently was driven that way. The first time the clutch pedal was depressed it probably let out a hellacious racket. That and that it probably didn't shift for crap.
I find stuff on my truck that makes me scratch my head, thinking "Why would anyone do that??", but nothing that crazy.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
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sstock, Stay tuned! I have six months of updates before I catch up to present day, and restorations by PO’s get worse. Thanks for following and for your sympathy.

Phil

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
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2/17/19: 
* I removed both taillights, cleaned, reinstalled and spliced new wire where required. 
* I traced out the wires and spliced in the right side head light. 
* I removed both parking lights and cleaned. The housings on both lights have been modified for signal lights by drilling a 5/8” hole and installing a push to mount socket. The bulb is a single filament dash light bulb and is way to small to effectively work as a signal light. There are several solutions for this issue. One is to buy new reproduction (repop) parking lights with a dual filament bulb for about $60. I question the quality (made in China) and would prefer to either repair or replace the existing housing with unmodified OEM. New sockets are available to replace the single filament with a dual filament so the signals can be hooked up. 


Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 w/hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330429 Sat Oct 19 2019 02:41 AM
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2/23/19: I disconnected the gauge cluster, headlight switch and the speaker trim from the dash to gain access to the wiring. The main 12v splice was a soldered joint made the original fabric wire. I looked over the wiring diagram and the configuration under the dash and determined how to eliminate the splice by utilizing the extra terminals on the headlight switch. I first:
* Connected the alternator to the 12v feed on the Head light switch using 10 gauge wire.  
* I then made a jumper from 10 gauge wire connecting the the 12v feed to the negative side of the amp gauge. 
* I then connected the positive side of the amp gauge to the starter with another 10 gauge wire to complete the circuit. 
* To supply the current to the ignition switch I made a 14 gauge wire connecting the negative side of the amp gauge to the ignition switch.
These changes eliminated the rest of the old fabric insulated wire except the gauge lights on the dash.

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 w/hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330448 Sat Oct 19 2019 01:15 PM
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2/25/19:I installed the new starter switch and installed a new bypass wire to the coil. I re-wired the coil so the current from the key switch goes thru the resistor. Seems to work, I need to get her fired up to see. Allot more work to do before I get to that point.

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 w/hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330458 Sat Oct 19 2019 03:25 PM
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2/20/19:After discovering the butchery that was performed to accommodate the longer water pump, I looked for possible solutions to remedy the issue and return the truck close to it’s original condition.

The water pump sticks out further then the 216 did so your unable to mount the radiator in it’s original position. It is also lower by about 3”, so the fan is not centered. Apparently, the owner during the 216 to 235 swap decided to move the radiator to the front of the radiator support to gain fan clearance. In order to accomplish this, the lower splash pan was cut and the hood latch panel in front of the radiator was cut and bent down to provide the required clearance.

The solution, I found in this forum. “Pre ‘68 Dave” sells a water pump relocation plate that utilizes the original water pump and the original fan from a 216. The harmonic balancer must be replaced with one from a 216, in addition to the alternator pulley and the fan belt to 5/8”. This will enable me to return the radiator back to it original position. At that point I will be able the fix or replace the modified splash pan and hood latch panel. This is definitely a future project, but in the meantime, I’d like to get her running.

Last edited by Phak1; Sat Oct 19 2019 04:04 PM.

Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 w/hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330522 Sun Oct 20 2019 01:32 PM
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2/24/19:The gas gauge pegs to full when the ignition is turned on. To make a long story short, after spending the day troubleshooting, rewiring, checking grounds etc., I determined that the sending unit was bad. I ordered a new sending unit.

After taking out the sending unit trying to diagnose the gas gauge problem, I discovered that the inside of the tank is varnished from old gas and is rusting. I suspect that the whole fuel system needs to cleaned out.

Last edited by Phak1; Sun Oct 20 2019 01:33 PM.

Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330523 Sun Oct 20 2019 01:37 PM
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2/25/19:I removed the shutoff valve and it was plugged with varnish. I cleaned it out and it appears to be good. I disconnected the gas line from the fuel pump and blew it out with air. It was really dirty and should be replaced. The tank was boiled out by a PO about 5 years ago but the bottom was still pretty dirty. I tried to clean out the tank with rags on a stick but I’ll need to remove it to clean it better.


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1952 Chevrolet 3100
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330525 Sun Oct 20 2019 01:54 PM
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2/27/19:I removed the gas tank to clean it out a little better. I plugged the fuel line inlet, added about a pint of gas to slosh around, then emptied into a pan. I repeated the process a couple of dozen times until my arms were killing me and I got it to run fairly clear. After reinstallation of the tank I added an extra in line filter between the tank and the fuel line to address any left over debris in the tank. The amount of rust and debris that come out of the tank was unbelievable. 

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project
Phak1 #1330527 Sun Oct 20 2019 02:36 PM
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Phak, good idea on the inline filter before the pump, dont use one of those little bitty ones, you will have issues immediately. I learned that lesson on my T bucket build years ago. A filter with a removable canister so you can clean it out like this one:
fuel filter The pump has to be able to draw through the filter under vacuum, some are built to be pressurized through them, definitely dont want one of those.

A rusty tank may mean all the anti corrosive coating is gone and it is just going to rust more, new tanks are just $150, you might rethink it later. Keep building, you are moving along.

Steve

Last edited by sstock; Sun Oct 20 2019 02:36 PM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
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1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
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