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New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache #1335081 Sun Nov 24 2019 02:49 PM
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I passed on the smaller rusty 1958 3800 truck and went with this truck. This truck will be a food truck with the foodservice going on top of the flatbed. Weight in the bed will be 1-2 tons. I am trying to decide between a 454 or LS 6.0. I have other GM trucks/cars/boats with either LS/SBC/Detroit Diesel. This truck will need to run on e85 so LS swap with a flex-fuel sensor or 454 with bumped up compression and EFI. The seller said that this truck has a 6.72 gear. It is a 2-speed axle. Straight 6 with 4 speed that is coming out if anyone wants one.

1958 Chevy Viking 6100 Pictures

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Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1335092 Sun Nov 24 2019 03:54 PM
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Your stock 2-speed rear will have 6.40/8.72 to 1 ratio.

It might be easier to move the cab to a modern chassis that's already got the engine, trans and rear you want. You would also get newer rims/tires. Maybe a Kodiak...measure the front axle and start looking...

Just a thought...

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Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1335363 Tue Nov 26 2019 08:07 PM
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I found these 19.5 x 6x8.75 wheels from a modern Isuzu. Would this fit and replace my split rim tube wheels?

The Isuzu Wheels

My Current Wheels


Last edited by J Apache; Tue Nov 26 2019 08:07 PM.
Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1335367 Tue Nov 26 2019 08:39 PM
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your Viking has 22.5 wheels, 19.5 wheels will look small in the opening. If you look around, you should be able to find some 22.5 wheels used from a moving van or some other truck.


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
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1958 Chevy 6400 flatbed W/dump
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1959 Chevy Suburban Owned for almost 20 years, Daily Driver -- sold May 2016
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Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1335421 Wed Nov 27 2019 05:53 AM
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If economy is of any concern then the LS is the hands down choice. Torque is about the same for both and the LS has more horsepower. If you don't already have an engine you might check out the LQ which I believe is a truck version of the LS. I have no experience with E85 but on the 10% alcohol the LS gets right at double the mileage of a 454.


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Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1336143 Mon Dec 02 2019 10:48 PM
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I found original 22.5 budd tubeless wheels. I want to use this V8 Crossmember. In the photo it looks like the engine cross memeber mounts behind the factory engine cross member? Has anyone ever used this?

https://www.performanceonline.com/1...ransmission-crossmember-kit-with-mounts/

Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1336199 Tue Dec 03 2019 05:17 AM
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That cross member might work...depending on what transmission are you going to use? You also might have to remove the existing bell housing cross member and then fabricate a new one as that cross member also stabilizes the frame at the spring hanger.

The easiest swap might be a 350 SBC and keep the existing transmission...all you would need would be a V8 bell housing, V8 throttle linkage and V8 front motor mounts. The SBC can handle higher rpm so the truck can run faster.

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Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: J Apache] #1336256 Tue Dec 03 2019 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by J Apache
I found original 22.5 budd tubeless wheels. I want to use this V8 Crossmember. In the photo it looks like the engine cross memeber mounts behind the factory engine cross member? Has anyone ever used this?

https://www.performanceonline.com/1...ransmission-crossmember-kit-with-mounts/


I used one of those for the engine on my 59 Suburban, along with the factory V-8 bellhousing and rear mounts. It worked fine but, I should have just bought the front V-8 mounts and been done with it. If your V-8 does not have holes in the front for the original style mounts, then this is a great alternative.


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
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1958 Chevy 6400 flatbed W/dump
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1959 Chevy Suburban Owned for almost 20 years, Daily Driver -- sold May 2016
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Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
Re: New to Me 1958 Chevy Viking 6100 - The Big Apache [Re: 69Cuda] #1336269 Tue Dec 03 2019 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by 69Cuda
I used one of those for the engine on my 59 Suburban, along with the factory V-8 bellhousing and rear mounts. It worked fine but, I should have just bought the front V-8 mounts and been done with it. If your V-8 does not have holes in the front for the original style mounts, then this is a great alternative.

Got a question, did you have to re-route the brake lines after installing that crossmember? From what I've seen and read, the brackets for that crossmember come close to where the lines run through the frame rails.


A 27 year old with a soft spot for old trucks!

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 1-ton w/ 9 foot bed(Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)

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