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Re: 1956 3100
bartamos #1408405 Mon May 03 2021 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bartamos
LOL, they had V8's in 56. Stock.
What is the VIN on title? On A pillar? Frame stamp? If any starts with a "V", it was a V8.

I guess I should have said I wanted to keep it as stock as I can as it left the factory, lol. It originally came with a 235. After talking with the guy I bought it from, at one point the guy he got it from took the original engine out of it and put some kind of V8 in it. Sometime before it was parked in 1980 the V8 was removed and this 216 was put in it. I'm still trying to get the contact info of the guy who parked it at my parent's neighbors house 40 years ago so I can try and find out more about it's history.

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Re: 1956 3100
KEVINSKI #1408407 Mon May 03 2021 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by KEVINSKI
There was a free short block 235 about a month ago that you may be interested in if available . May be worth it for the future .

I don't see it anywhere, must be gone. Thanks though.


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Re: 1956 3100
polarbeard #1408412 Mon May 03 2021 12:39 PM
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Re: 1956 3100
Phak1 #1408451 Mon May 03 2021 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Phak1


Thanks man, I appreciate the link. Unfortunately Maryland is too far away. I'm sure I'll find one local, I just need to get out and look around salvage yards etc.


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Re: 1956 3100
polarbeard #1408805 Thu May 06 2021 02:26 AM
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Been busy the past week. I read through the starting a dead engine Tech Tip and got my truck ready to do just that. I completely flushed the cooling system. Installed a battery and new positive cable. Pulled the spark plugs and cleaned them up. I put some Marvel Mystery Oil in each cylinder and put the plugs back in. I loved this part because I got to use an old oil can that I had just picked up at an estate sale, so that was cool (pic down below). I replaced the coil, points and condenser. I took the carb apart and cleaned it out real well. I took the valve cover off and put some 10W-30 on top of everything. The oil pan was full and the oil was cleaner than I thought it would be.
Since I have no keys, I had to hot wire it to start, and I put a switch in the hot wire from the starter to the coil. The fuel system got completely bypassed and I don't have a small gas tank and hoses to feed the carb, so I just filled the carb with gas and let it go as long as it would. This was my first attempt at anything like this so I was a bit nervous. I had a fire extinguisher ready just in case, lol. It fired up pretty well, but didn't run too long; I have no idea how much gas a carb uses when it's working but I'm sure that's why it wouldn't run any longer than it did.
I found out what I wanted to know though. It sounded GREAT. For a truck that has been sitting since 1980 it started and ran WAY better than I thought it would. No knocks, taps or anything like that. I was hoping I wouldn't have to rebuild the engine to get it going and it looks like I don't. Next step is replacing the fuel lines, rebuilding the fuel pump, cleaning the tank and reinstalling it. Here is a link to the video of it starting up:

https://youtu.be/BgEyqRXi0Q4

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Re: 1956 3100
polarbeard #1408844 Thu May 06 2021 01:31 PM
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That is a runner. if that was the first start in 20+ years sounds like you are in good shape. And you have proved to many guys that hopefully will read your post that taking the time and doing the steps to start a engine that has been sitting are well worth it. too many just try and fire it right up with gas and get frustrated. You follow the basic steps and got rewarded with the awesome sound of straight 6. enjoy that 56 its my favorite year.

Re: 1956 3100
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Re: 1956 3100
hcb3200 #1408940 Fri May 07 2021 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by hcb3200
That is a runner. if that was the first start in 20+ years sounds like you are in good shape. And you have proved to many guys that hopefully will read your post that taking the time and doing the steps to start a engine that has been sitting are well worth it. too many just try and fire it right up with gas and get frustrated. You follow the basic steps and got rewarded with the awesome sound of straight 6. enjoy that 56 its my favorite year.

I think i'm in pretty good shape with that engine myself man. I am still surprised it fired up like it did. Those engines must have been built really well. I'm glad I found those Tech Tips. Guys like me need to lean on the knowledge of people who have been there before.


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