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52 Panel in Vernon
#1334000 Sat Nov 16 2019 06:39 PM
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Hello BC Bolters
This is Geoff here in Vernon, BC, and I am a new member, as well as new to vehicle restoration. I have just bought a 52 Chev Panel truck, which has been on my bucket list since spending a summer touring around southern Ontario in my friend Dan’s 52 Panel in 1973. It is currently a driver, but it will require serious attention come the spring, and although it is completely stock, and was a summer driver for the previous owner in Calgary for 35 years, it is time for a serious look at the drive train. It has a 261 with a 235 high compression head, and still has the torque tube rear end. I am weighing options about S 10 running gear, and would like to hear from anyone about their experiences or advice concerning some torque tube options. I intend to keep the Panel pretty much stock, and am also researching the “bolt-on” disc brake options that appear to be available, as well as any other improvements that will bring the truck into the 21st century highway speeds.
Cheers.....Geoff in Vernon

Re: 52 Panel in Vernon
Geoff’sPanel #1334179 Mon Nov 18 2019 05:30 AM
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Hy Geoff'sPanel, welcome, as your plans firm up ask us specific questions in the appropriate forums, good luck with your project.

Re: 52 Panel in Vernon
Geoff’sPanel #1341200 Thu Jan 09 2020 03:40 PM
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Shop Shark Welcome Geoff, Something that may interest you.

Re: 52 Panel in Vernon
Geoff’sPanel #1341204 Thu Jan 09 2020 04:00 PM
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Your link does not work for me.


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Re: 52 Panel in Vernon
Geoff’sPanel #1341206 Thu Jan 09 2020 04:09 PM
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Page does not exist. Why not use the Stovebolt Image program.? Instructions are in the left margin of every page.

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Re: 52 Panel in Vernon
Geoff’sPanel #1343846 Mon Jan 27 2020 05:16 AM
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Hi Geoff
I've been working on a 50 Chev PU, it came with a 54 235 with the 4 speed(is yours a 4 speed on the floor as well?) It came with a two piece open shaft with a slightly newer rear end (57 passenger car 3.1). I took the two piece shaft to a drive line outfit that installed a newer style steady or mid bearing, the old style bracket and bearing could not be found. Their computer program figured out the correct height of the bearing based on the angle difference between the engine and rear end. If I went to a single shaft I would have had to cut the rear end spring brackets to repostion to the required angle, so I took the easier route. So I made up a shim pack to reach this position they recommended. Only two years ago I've got it on the road and so far no major vibration issues. I did install a dual reservoir master cylinder with new lines and cylinders, and for some reason I can make it stop when I want to. Maybe not as good as a disc brake system but I don't drive fast and very cautious of other drivers.

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