Starting a restoration of this truck after a 8 year break. Newbie to site so I don't think I can post pictures. Truck was parked on dirt floor barn since 1960 and has some rust pitting on rims, brake drums, etc. Fairly new to restoration work so tips and advice appreciated. Past restoration projects 1917 Dodge Brothers Roadster and 68 MG Midget. This is my first stovebolt build. I'll try to address things on at a time. Truck has been disassembled and stored undercover. Frame has been sand blasted and epoxy primed. New spring pins and shackle bolts installed. Disassembled transmission yesterday and started cleaning. Everything shifted ok but stiff before disassembly. No rust and everything coated in very thick tar like grease.Gears and bearing seem ok. Anything I should be looking at in transmission before reassembly?
John 37 Chevy 1.5 ton 17 Dodge Brothers Roadster 23 Dodge Brothers Touring 23 Dodge Brothers Coupe 73 Plymouth Scamp 2 dr
Yea, another stake body truck on the stovebolt. You are lucky to be able to restore your driveline. Mine was full of water and locked up tight.
I'll be following your progress.
When I die, I hope she doesn't sell everything for what I told her I paid for it!
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John, Regarding the transmission, if the gears and bearings look good, you have a great start. That tranny (GTK-134) has no synchros so if the gear teeth are not obviously worn that is a good sign that it was used by someone who knew how to shift. Check the external case for broken mounting ears (the two at the top). While I am thinking about mounting the tranny, the bottom two bolts mount into the case so be sure to use sealant on the threads on assembly or you will end up with a slow drip.
The bosses cast into the case to mount the parking brake and pedal assembly also need to be examined. They are tapped for the mounting bolts but bottom out. If you use too long of bolts you will break off the bosses. So be sure someone else has not broken them and be sure your mounting bolts are not overly long.
Get your self an repair manual or look up on line (Old Online Chevy Manual, Keith Hardy's site). The only measurement necessary to reassemble is the gap between the cluster gear and case (0.015 to 0.045 inch, I think going on memory). If you decide to disassemble the shift tower, you can put sealant on the ends of the shift rails, another place these trannys leak oil.