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Stomp starter
#1334326 Tue Nov 19 2019 01:14 PM
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In perusing the 54 to 60 operator's manuals it appears that the 54 was the last model with stomp starter only, 55-59 could have had stomp or key start, and starting with 60 it was key start only. So for any that would like to reply, I would like to know what your 55-59 has.

Thank you

Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334333 Tue Nov 19 2019 01:48 PM
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I'll answer about foot-actuated-starters in Chevrolet trucks (not GMCs, not cars).

Stomp starters were owner-abused engine-starting equipment in trucks with a bad/weak electrical systems, bad/weak starters, or poorly tuned engines (or, an ill-tempered owner).

1954 was not the "foot-actuated-only-starters" in Chevrolet trucks. The trucks (small trucks) equipped with Hydra-Matic transmission had an electric-solenoid key-turn and push button actuated starter.

So, 1953 was the last Chevrolet truck model year with all trucks with foot-actuated starters.

The foot-actuated starter was used in some trucks up to 1959.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - 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. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334335 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:08 PM
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My ‘57 3200 has a dash mounted switch for ignition on, then a push button on the dash to start. It has a 350 with TH350 tranny so the starter may not be original but I like it.


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Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334338 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:18 PM
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Only 6-cylinder trucks with manual trans had foot-operated starters from 55-2nd thru 59. All Hydramatic (as Tm stated) and V8 trucks had electric solenoid actuated starters.


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Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334339 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:29 PM
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10-4. Did ALL 55-2nd thru 59 six cylinders with manual trans. have foot-operated starters?

Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334346 Tue Nov 19 2019 03:52 PM
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I think they did (in light trucks, at least).

I’ll check the 1959 Specifications Manual.
Do you know where to find Specifications Manuals?
If not, I think there is a Tech Tip about documentation - it most likely has a link.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - 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. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334347 Tue Nov 19 2019 03:56 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,005
ace skiver
page 21 in the 1959 Chevrolet Truck Specifications manual

Also, see that the trucks with solenoid starters had a 3-position ("modern") key/ignition switch.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - 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. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Stomp starter
WarEagle1 #1334357 Tue Nov 19 2019 05:28 PM
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Yes I see that. That tells the tale. Thanks very much


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