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Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380505 Mon Oct 12 2020 11:55 PM
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Hy Smangy, thank you very much for the pictures, good luck with your new truck!

Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380528 Tue Oct 13 2020 02:25 AM
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Nice truck!

You got 348 engine with Power Steering...looks very un-molested and original. The Power Divider is Low-Low, Low and Direct...should pull a mountain down in Low-Low and Granny...

You also have Dayton Rims, NOT Firestone RH-5's, so you're good to go! Any big truck tire shop will hook you up with new rubber when the time comes!

Is the crated up Pickup yours as well?

Mike B smile

Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380531 Tue Oct 13 2020 02:43 AM
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Sweet on the rims. I was scared that I got the widow maker rims.
The truck all created up is not for me. The driver parked the trailer at my house fully loaded. He had to go do another run. Will unload later this week. The truck will go into storage until I finish my other projects. Too many toys.
This truck sitting on the trailer get lots of looks and everyone stops and asks what it is. Lol like a celebrity.
The truck itself needs lots of work. The rear tandem axles look good but the walking beam design looks a bit rough. Will need a rebuild. The front end looks good and solid. The tires are shot. The body needs lots of attention.
The engine has oil and the plugs look good.
Gona power up to see if I can turn over.
The rad is empty and so is the power steering pump.
The tranny shifts nice and the clutch pedal moves nice.
The brake pedal was seized, but with lots of foot power I got it to move.
Now it goes to the floor. Maybe the booster needs a rebuild???
This is gonna be a bigger project than I though, but she is a keeper.
Love it and so does my wife. Plan on keeping it all original as long everthing works . The rear walking beam may have to go. We will see.
Thx everyone for all the help.
Steve

Last edited by Smangy; Tue Oct 13 2020 03:56 AM.
Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380535 Tue Oct 13 2020 03:29 AM
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Make sure you take your time and not get in a hurry when trying to wake up the engine after a long nap. There's a Tech Tip on steps to take that can help you through it...doing it wrong can break things and end up costing lots of extra money to fix.

I'm looking forward to following along on your adventure with this truck!

Mike B smile

Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380609 Tue Oct 13 2020 05:12 PM
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Good to see that it made it to its new home! Looks like a fun project!


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Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380755 Wed Oct 14 2020 05:23 PM
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Finally got it unloaded.
I got the chance to drive it while being pulled.
Felt exciting. Lol
It wont be till next year after the snow melts
before any work will start on it.

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Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380811 Thu Oct 15 2020 03:35 AM
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Quick question for u all smart people.
How do I tell if this is a 348 or a 409.
Been told to look at the dipstick location by others,
but is there any other way.
Been reading a lot about this truck online and in books.
They where correct on some stuff and wrong on others.
Like my rims are not 22.5" like it says in the specs, its 20".
Is there like an owners shop manual for these big trucks??

Ths steve

Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380812 Thu Oct 15 2020 03:38 AM
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Dipstick on the passenger side. Right side

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Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380816 Thu Oct 15 2020 03:57 AM
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If the Engine is original, it has to be a 348. The 409 wasn't available until '62. But the best way to tell is by the Engine Code on the Pad.

Pretty interesting truck by the way.

Last edited by C10 - C90 Bill; Thu Oct 15 2020 03:59 AM.

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Re: 59 gmc tandem axle info help
Smangy #1380824 Thu Oct 15 2020 09:50 AM
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You will be able to get 22.5 tubeless rims that will fit on those hubs easily. That's what I did for my 860. I think I only paid about $100.00 each but that was a few years ago.
Keep an eye for a manual on Ebay. I found my rims there too.
It will be exciting to see the progress on the truck once you start.


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