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Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1332985 Fri Nov 08 2019 01:47 PM
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Seems like you should have the truck parked in SC.


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




Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1333176 Sun Nov 10 2019 01:41 AM
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Phak1 Offline OP
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4/19/19: I received the wiper motor from Fricken Wiper Repair and attempted the installation, but it did not go well. To make a long story short, I installed/removed the motor twice in order to get all the parts installed in their proper sequence before I heard the dreaded plink of something falling on the cab floor. A piece of the control arm pivot pin that was peened over holding the control arm on to the wiper motor fell to the floor. Disappointed, frustrated and pis**d off, I removed the motor. I packed up all of the parts and called it a day!

The next day, I contacted Fricken Wiper Service and they said they would take care of it , no charge. Today all is good!

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1333391 Mon Nov 11 2019 10:52 PM
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Phak1 Offline OP
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4/20/19: My parts for the brakes came in today and I was anxious to get the truck back on it’s wheels again. I was also nervous that I would do something stupid like press the brake pedal and pop one of the wheel cylinders.

When I originally disassembled the rear brakes the emergency brake cables were not installed in their respective clamps but were instead cable tied to the clamps. Upon further investigation, I determined that they were not the proper cables for the 3100. I previously ordered the proper cables and it’s amazing when you have the correct parts, how much easier the job goes. The only issue I had wer the new boots that I bought didn’t fit on the threaded end of the cable. I used silicone to get them on, but they were stretch so thin I can’t see how they could possibly last.

I then installed the shoes and retaining springs without the proper tools. All of my brake tools are up in New York in my garage. I want to get my truck road worthy as soon as possible so armed with a screwdriver and a pair of vice grips I installed the rest of the brake components. I’ve done it before when I was young and couldn’t afford the proper tools.

I finished installing the rest of the components. While the truck sat waiting for parts, the wheel cylinders expanded and I could not get the shoes to contact the anchor pin. The pistons didn’t pop out but were not allowing the shoes to seat so I opened the bleeders to allow them to compress. Once I got the shoes seated, reinstallation of the drums and the brake adjustment went relatively easy.

Anxious to try out the brakes, I taped up the cut headlight wires and took her for a short ride on the street. The brakes and the emergency brakes seem to work as intended, another job to cross off my very long list.

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Last edited by Phak1; Mon Nov 11 2019 10:53 PM.

Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1333755 Thu Nov 14 2019 03:23 PM
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4/23/19: On to the headlights. The first issue, the headlight bezel screw retaining bracket on both headlight housings were rusted thru and wouldn’t hold a screw. Thus the reason I lost the drivers bezel when I brought her home from NC. I was elated a few weeks ago, to find I could buy replacement brackets and didn’t have to buy new housings.That feeling quickly diminished when I installed them and discovered that they were so thin, bent easily and just another example of cheep Chinese reproductions.

I reinstalled my newly painted headlight housings with new gaskets. I then installed a new harness that I made, then reinstalled the headlight buckets. I anticipated the adjustment screws being frozen so I ordered new screws and nuts. Upon reassembly I realized why these parts were so cheap. I quickly stripped one of the new screws heads so I decided to reuse the originals, a little rusty but still worked fine. I tried to install the new bulb retainers (rings) and they also are inferior to the originals. The originals were rusty and cracked near the mounting screws so they needed to be replaced. I couldn’t get the replacements to sit right on the bulbs. There was too much of a gap (almost 3/16”) between the housing and the ring tabs. I took the ring off a few times to make sure the bulb was seated but ended up with the same result. I went ahead installed the screws and tightened them down as much as I dared, with the result bending the tabs and still leaving a slight gap between the ring tab and the headlight bucket. These will need to be replaced with originals or at least better copies. I installed the new stainless headlight bezels and she is looking pretty. Those bezels look like their nicely made and did install correctly.

The headlights are now installed and they do work!

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1334195 Mon Nov 18 2019 02:35 PM
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Phak1 Offline OP
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4/28/19: I was having an issue with the signal lights. They seem to work fine when the truck was not running went haywire when the engine is running. I had some time to work on the truck today so I wanted to eliminate the possibility that a bad ground was the causing the issue. To make a very long story short, I added grounds to the tail lights, headlights, checked all of the frame grounds and replaced any wire or splice that I thought may contribute to the issue. It wasn’t until I discovered that the installed flasher was meant for LED lights, which I didn’t have that I solved the mystery. After adding the proper flasher, the signal lights worked flawlessly. A small success but a success none the less.

Last edited by Phak1; Mon Nov 18 2019 02:40 PM.

Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1334200 Mon Nov 18 2019 02:48 PM
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Boltergeist
"A small success but a success none the less."

A big success. Thanks for the follow-up.


Tim
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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: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1334607 Thu Nov 21 2019 01:37 PM
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Phak1 Offline OP
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5/3/19:My electrical nightmare continues. When I turn on the headlights and the truck is running, after a few minutes they began to flash. After searching on this forum, I believe the bi-metallic strip on the headlight switch is opening and closing. I removed the switch and sprayed contact cleaner in it and operated the switch several times. I reinstalled the switch and it seemed to take a bit longer to blink but it still didn’t solve the issue. I spent the next week checking grounds but no joy, so I ordered a new switch from “Classic Parts”.

5/15/19: I received the new reproduction headlight switch and hi/low switch from and was excited to see if it would solve the winking headlight issue I’ve been battling for the last few weeks. The quality looks to be very good, almost an exact reproduction. Installation was easy with my experience of removing and reinstalling the switch several times in the last couple of months.

I removed and replaced one wire at a time so I wouldn’t switch them up. I used a little bit of terminal grease to help prevent corrosion. After reinstalling the switch I reinstalled the negative battery terminal (safety first) and tested it out. I started the engine, pulled the headlight switch and the lights came on and stayed on. I let her run for about ten minutes and all is good. I had also bought a new dimmer switch so I installed that too. Although it was a success, the headlights seemed a bit dim. After reading several post on this forum, I decided to look into installing headlight relays.

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Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1335089 Sun Nov 24 2019 03:25 PM
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Phak1 Offline OP
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5/8/19: About a week ago I did some research as to why the clutch pedal seemed too easy to push and why it was making noise when fully released. I looked underneath and didn’t see any return spring that is clearly shown in the assembly manual. I found and ordered the spring from Classic Parts and installed it today.

Although the pedal now feels normal, the noise when the pedal was fully released was still there. Subsequent pedal adjustments didn’t help either. My truck didn’t come with a clutch inspection cover (another part I need to get), so it made it easy to look at. The clutch fork is riding on the fingers of the clutch causing the bearing not to fully disengage. Upon further inspection, the fork is pulling away from the pivot ball. It appears that the fork retaining clip is installed, so I will have to pull the tranny to see what is going on. Another step forward and two steps back. I wonder sometimes why I do this to myself. As “justhorsenround” so eloquently said, "Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure!”


Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1335438 Wed Nov 27 2019 01:14 PM
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Phak1 Offline OP
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5/13/19: To my surprise my wiper motor has been returned from “Ficken Wiper Service” this morning. They drilled out the pot metal control arm pivot and installed a new pin. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the fix, but I was impressed with their work.

I removed the radio grill to gain better access then reinstalled the vacuum wiper motor, the arms and spring clips that secure the linkage arms to the motor. I hooked up the vacuum line to the intake on the intake manifold, then installed my new wiper arms and blades. The way I accomplished the blade alignment was to place the wiper motor drive lever in a vertical position, then install the wiper arms in a vertical position. This gives you a starting point for alignment. I started the engine and gave it a try. One blade was perfect and the other I removed and realigned. Much closer this time but I could not get the the blades to align with each other. I remembered the vacuum motor was slotted and a small adjustment may be possible by loosening the wiper motor mounting screws and sliding it one direction or the other. That worked like a charm. The wiper blades are now perfectly aligned. After reinstallation of the radio grill, the job was done. Yea! Another success!


Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100 w/‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: 1952’ Chevrolet 3100 Project [Re: Phak1] #1335681 Fri Nov 29 2019 01:09 AM
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moslice Offline
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Phil -

I too need new headlight housings. Which ones/where did you pick up yours? Feel free to PM.


Cheers,
R


Ryan
'54 3100
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