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Inspecting a Prospective Truck
#1393597 Thu Jan 21 2021 12:27 PM
Joined: Jan 2021
Posts: 6
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New Guy
Good Morning from Suburban Chicagoland!

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!

I thank you all in advance!

Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393627 Thu Jan 21 2021 04:55 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,989
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Welcome to the 'bolt. regardless of what you end up with I'm sure you will enjoy working on it.

You might want to make a post in the General Truck Talk forum, as there are a lot more folks there than here.

Good Luck


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Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393628 Thu Jan 21 2021 05:04 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 9,428
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure! shake

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)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
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Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393632 Thu Jan 21 2021 05:19 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,915
Boltergeist
Yes : most "Body parts interchange with the 1/2 & 3/4 tons"

But, there may be a few differences:
- bumpers and bumper brackets ?
- running board lengths ?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393634 Thu Jan 21 2021 05:40 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 43
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Wrench Fetcher
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!!

Jerry

Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393635 Thu Jan 21 2021 05:44 PM
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 504
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Shop Shark
Buying mechanical parts for a 3800 is a a bit more effort
Most online places don’t list 1 ton compatibility even if it’s the correct part they just don’t know so they can’t help you

With exception of those rear brake drums there is a way to get all the standard parts for your 3800, if you are having difficulty finding something just ask the forum smile

It will be fun, you should def get a 1 ton
-s

Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393639 Thu Jan 21 2021 05:53 PM
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 189
J
Shop Shark
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


1949 gmc 1-ton
Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
Rusty Rod #1393653 Thu Jan 21 2021 07:34 PM
Joined: Jan 2021
Posts: 6
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New Guy
Thanks for the advice! I'll crosspost this over there.

Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393661 Thu Jan 21 2021 08:32 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 9,428
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Note to all: OP has started this topic in GTT. Continue to post your welcomes here but answer his questions in the GTT post. Thank you.


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)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!

Re: Inspecting a Prospective Truck
daniel.toy1 #1393674 Thu Jan 21 2021 10:05 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,002
J
Workshop Owner
Hello Dan,

Welcome to the "Bolt".

John


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