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Anyone located near Jackson, Michigan
#1388975 Sat Dec 19 2020 02:56 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 20
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I have a 1953 5 window 3600 flatbed Chevy truck that I am working on. Wondering if anyone has experience in doing rewiring and conversion to a 12 volt system. Thanks, Rick.

Re: Anyone located near Jackson, Michigan
movinonout1953 #1389179 Sun Dec 20 2020 08:22 PM
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 125
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Welcome to Stovebolt. My Dad and I are in the area, and have a couple 1954 3100 trucks.
One has been kept original, and the other has been modified. (updated drive-train to a 350ci)
I completely rewired the original truck last winter. The project was pretty smooth as I used a complete replacement harness. The most challenging part was figuring out the turn signals.
From what I understand, it doesn't take much to update to 12 volts. Either update the Generator to 12 volts, or replace with an alternator, then install a voltage reducer to the fuel sending unit and distributor.
There is a lot of valuable info in Stovebolt (try using the search function on the left) Also, a lot of good info found on (including truck wiring info)

How long have you owned the 53'? We will have to meet up for coffee sometime, and talk old trucks.


Re: Anyone located near Jackson, Michigan
movinonout1953 #1389961 Sun Dec 27 2020 01:09 AM
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 496
Hi Rick, I live between Chelsea and Stockbridge. I re-wired everything to the rear of mine and have the original 3 wire turn signal switch. Single bulb tail lights with turn signals. Mine is modern 12 volts from the factory with original generator and regulator but wiring is wiring.

1957 Chevrolet 5700 LCF 283 SM420 single speed rear, 1955 IH 300U T/A, 1978 Corvette 350 auto
Re: Anyone located near Jackson, Michigan
movinonout1953 #1397446 Mon Feb 15 2021 06:50 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 413
Movinonout53 The conversion to 12 volt is not very hard to do,begin with a 1-wire alternator,go to the regulator and simply bolt the gen and arm wires together,field wire isn't used. Next change your bulbs the actual wires are plenty big enough as is,cables too. Fuel gauge needs a resistor from Carters-however I have one been 12 volt since 82 still ok. Starter is tough and will really whip it over,thats about it have done several over the years. You can then go to homemade HEI use GM v-6 for a donor make it look like the one you took out and it will work. Usually have to turn the distributor gear over and make a stub shaft. Watch out to be sure the shaft has clearance where the distributor gear rubs on the block should be able to move it up and down just rattle a little. You'll love that real ignition !!!

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