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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1347270 Thu Feb 20 2020 06:04 PM
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Its the original horn for the truck that should be mounted to the intake manifold. I just made a bracket and mounted it in a convenient spot that looked good on the inner fender. Sounds like a stock horn but on 12v

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1347739 Mon Feb 24 2020 02:57 PM
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You mentioned a Borg Warner 3 speed with overdrive. Was there ever an overdrive for the Muncie 3 speed? My good old 54-3100 runs down the Turnpike very comfortable at 70 mph. An overdrive would be great. Doc.


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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Doc.Hall #1347976 Wed Feb 26 2020 02:04 PM
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Yes the one i have I believe is a “muncie 319” which is essentially a muncie 318 with the BW R-10 hung off the back. Im in the process of just getting it cleaned up and getting it in the truck pretty soon. I have a few other things im finishing up first but it should be in very soon. Will be down for a few days while i have a driveshaft made up for it.

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1352665 Wed Apr 01 2020 12:48 AM
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Well i got rid of 98% of all the squeaks/rattles in the truck and i just did my favorite mod to date on it..... put in the muncie 319 with the R10 overdrive. All i can say is WOW WOW WOW! Its like a totally different truck now. The new trans is silent quiet compared to the other growling gear boxes in it before and now in OD it just basically idles around. You cant even hear it running goin down the road. The modern LS power paired with the old R10 overdrive is like a beautiful symphony while driving. I honestly cant believe how well that 1950’s overdrive works. Its a real thing of beauty. Just got back from a long run in it. Took my wife for a scenic cruise just to get her out of the house since shes been off from work from the crazy issues in the world goin on. Even she commented on how much smoother and quieter it was from when she first went for a ride in it. I hooked the overdrive up with the proper lockout cable and wired it with the governor to a 40A relay and a pull on headlight style switch. I can leave the cable in and switch on and it functions normally besides no kickdown. If i want to kick it back to direct simply push the switch in and let up on the gas for a sec and your back in direct drive. I honestly never have to kick it down with all the power of the mighty 5.3 but ive done it just to test it. It automatically drops out while slowing under 27mph just as designed and it will upshift beautifully. Next on my list is finish refreshing the entire interior and adding a underdash AC so i can comfortably drive it all summer with no issues. I would like to send a big shout out thank you to “Pre ‘68 Dave” for his time and insight that helped me take care of the famous 3rd gear pop out. His knowledge on the situation helped me out big time in understanding why these ancient boxes do what they do. I also made a new trans crossmember to mount off the tailshaft mount and had a complete new driveshaft made for it locally. Heres some pics i snapped along the way. **** Just a FYI I got this trans in on the truck deal in the boxes of parts I started with. He told me he pulled it out of a old collapsed garage that was open to the elements for some time. The heavy pitting on the trans case definitely confirms that but the internals were very clean. I cleaned up the case and shot it black then cleaned up the governor and bought a used 12v solenoid and I was in business!

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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1352667 Wed Apr 01 2020 12:54 AM
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Heres the most recent pic of it backed out of the garage.

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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1352749 Wed Apr 01 2020 01:47 PM
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Good Golly. Great truck and story. I'm thinking you've built the perfect driver. Looks remains true to the era with modern fuel efficient power integrated seamlessly into a classic truck. Well done Sir!

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1352778 Wed Apr 01 2020 06:19 PM
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Thank you. That was my exact goal since day 1. No power steering dosent bother me because im young enough and strong and honestly i feel 100% confident in the steering and braking abilities so I left that stuff as stock but all well maintained and the truck drives beautifully.

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1354385 Fri Apr 10 2020 01:45 PM
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Wish I had OD in my truck. I liked your horn in one of the video's so I found an NOS horn for my 49.

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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
olezippi #1354422 Fri Apr 10 2020 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by olezippi
Wish I had OD in my truck.
What trans are you running?

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150
Barnfind49 #1354444 Fri Apr 10 2020 07:40 PM
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350 turbo


"If you can't fix it with duct tape it's an electrical problem"
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