I am new to Stovebolt and I am blown away by the sheer amount of information, knowledge, and experience on this forum and general site.
I've done a fair amount of browsing around but there's just so much to sift through; I might have missed what I'm looking for.
I am going to check out a rough 1948 3800 soon and was looking for a "buyers guide" or a list of items specific to that year and possibly model to be on the look out for. Each of the beauties showcased on this site have their own congenital flaws and I was just looking for a laundry list of inspection points.
I would appreciate any and all advice related to purchasing my first truck!
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure!
Brake drums are non-existent for the 3800. Body parts interchange with the 1/2 & 3/4 tons. Be sure to post your specific questions in the appropriate garage forum. We do have a special forum for the 1 tons.
Martin '62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress) '47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project) ‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2) ‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)
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When you say "rough", I think of my 1950 3100 and how it had a fresh paint job over very rusted out front cab supports and corners. This caused the hood to be out of alignment and not able to close. I was not skilled enough to fix this and as a result it took me 28 years so far to get this truck done and driveable. I hope you are more skilled than I and will be able to get yours back on the road. But do check the cab corners front and rear at the bottoms and also the cab supports as these are critical for strength and alignment. This will be the year for me!!
One thing to consider is the "completeness" of the project truck. Try to buy something that isn't missing too many parts. As finding and buying replacements of missing equipment can get pricey in a hurry! John