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Series 1 project #1332230 Sat Nov 02 2019 12:10 AM
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1955 1 Series Offline OP
New Guy
I just bought my 1955 Series 1 four weeks ago and I was looking for information on replacing the rear brake drums when I found this site. All the auto stores say that the drums are the same front and rear but mine didn’t look right on the rear, There was a half inch gap between the drum and the backing plate. My truck came from a wrecking yard where it had been since the mid 80’s and it has a 1970 engine and transmission. I solved my drum problem so I am just signing up so I can tap into the knowledge that the site for future problems that I am sure to encounter.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/9MW8RXN0/DSC00367.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/Dfpj0TQf/DSC00388.jpg[/img]

Last edited by 1955 1 Series; Sat Nov 02 2019 02:19 AM.
Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332236 Sat Nov 02 2019 01:12 AM
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Rusty Rod Offline
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Welcome to the 'bolt. There are more experts here than you can shake a stick at... just ask the questions in the related forums.


Another quality post.


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Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332239 Sat Nov 02 2019 01:47 AM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist
I do not see any other posts.

When you make any/every other post, please always state your truck's make, model, and size/series.

Here is brake drum info in a Master Parts Manual.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 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: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332240 Sat Nov 02 2019 01:54 AM
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'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe


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Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332245 Sat Nov 02 2019 02:42 AM
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1955 1 Series Offline OP
New Guy
1955 Chevrolet Series 1
3100 Commercial Half Ton
The rear brake drums are different than the front. I found that the rear drums from a 1975 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4 wheel drive rear drum fit perfectly. The rear end appears to be original.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/wvgq1JpN/rear-end.jpg[/img]

The rear end

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/d1HBh2yN/DSC00401.jpg[/img]

The gap between the drum and the backing plate. The blue is a shop towel I slid inside to show the gap.

Last edited by 1955 1 Series; Sat Nov 02 2019 03:02 AM.
Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332274 Sat Nov 02 2019 01:27 PM
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Apache1 Offline
Shop Shark
Good looking find! Now the fun begins.....


1959 Apache 3100 Fleetside SWB (Shop Truck) (modified)




Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332351 Sat Nov 02 2019 11:44 PM
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TUTS 59 Offline
Shop Shark
Welcome to the Bolt, nice to have someone new from Georgia. You may want to post your question in the Driveline forum, lots of great info there. Be sure to check in with the Southern Bolter forum too grin


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Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332357 Sun Nov 03 2019 01:14 AM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 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: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332387 Sun Nov 03 2019 04:54 AM
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69Cuda Offline
Big Bolt Forum Moderator
welcome to the site!


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1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
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Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332448 Sun Nov 03 2019 06:35 PM
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J Lucas Offline
Shop Shark
Except for the surface rust it looks real solid. Welcome to the "Bolt".

John


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
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1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
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Re: Series 1 project [Re: J Lucas] #1332496 Mon Nov 04 2019 12:19 AM
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1955 1 Series Offline OP
New Guy
Seems to be solid. Took a day to remove the drums and front hubs.

Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332542 Mon Nov 04 2019 12:51 PM
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1955 1 Series Offline OP
New Guy
1955 3100 Series 1. Commercial half ton. The truck is Serial number 001992 so I surmise it was the 992nd truck built.
Is there a list of parts for the emergency (Parking) brake? The truck has been stripped of all the components. Is there a company that makes the parts in the USA? Thank you.

Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1332584 Mon Nov 04 2019 07:40 PM
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Achipmunk Offline
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new guy, again, since this is the welcome center, technical questions should be addressed in the garage forums.

Many parts are reproduced by aftermarket vendors like JimCarter, Classic Parts, Chevs of the 40's, the Filling Station and many more. Since some have parts vehicles, or have modded them out you may have good luck by posting your needs in the Parts Wanted Forum....and they'll probably be less expensive!

Take some time, look over the site, read tech tips ect and enjoy the fun and journey with the best truck folks there are!

Oh...Welcome to Stovebolt. We ARE here to help.....since a lot of us work and do other things it may take a day or two.
See you around the garage.

I see your in my neighboring state. If your up toward Spartanburg give me a shout. Hot dogs and Pepsi on me!

Last edited by Achipmunk; Mon Nov 04 2019 07:44 PM.

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Re: Series 1 project [Re: Achipmunk] #1332692 Tue Nov 05 2019 11:46 PM
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1955 1 Series Offline OP
New Guy
Thanks for the info and welcome. If I get to SC, I'll try to look you up.

Re: Series 1 project [Re: 1955 1 Series] #1333371 Mon Nov 11 2019 08:01 PM
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Frank50 Offline
Shop Shark
Welcome! I like 55-1st Series trucks. The last and best of the Advance-Design with some features of the soon to be released 2nd Series. Many consider the end of the torque-tube to be a great advantage, especially as it relates to changing transmissions, adding overdrive, changing engines, etc.


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