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#1411467 Wed May 26 2021 08:50 PM
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1953 Chevy 3100

Here's the story of how I acquired my '53 Chevy 3100. On a rainy summer day in 2014 I was sitting at the computer looking at pictures of trucks online, as I was prone to do. My 11 year old granddaughter asked me why I was "always looking at pictures of old trucks" and I told her that I had wanted one since I was a teenager. After cogitating on that for a few minutes she said "grandpa, what are you waiting for?" Boy, from the mouths of babes! I figured that this life ain't no dress rehearsal and I decided to get serious about a search.

At the suggestion of a friend I subscribed to HMN and saw an ad for a '53 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup to be sold at auction in Chillicothe, Ohio that September. The widow of a respected gentleman there was selling this truck as well as several other vintage cars that he had restored. I checked out the truck prior to the auction and was amazed at how clean and rust-free it was. The auction was exciting and I wound up taking home my prize.

When I got it home and checked it out thoroughly I found that the PO had replaced the original 216 cid with a 1960 261 with an 848 head. After tuning it up, rebuilding the carburetor, replacing the fuel pump and sealing the gas tank, it ran well.

Since then I've converted it to 12 volt, replaced the Rochester B carb with a Weber 32/36 progressive 2 barrel from Tom Langdon. I also installed his "mini HEI and the truck runs like a dream! I've reupholstered it, installed three-point seat belts, replaced the fuel tank sending unit, installed electric windshield wipers, a repro radio and some other interior upgrades. A couple of years ago I had it painted by a local restorer and had the stock 4.11 rear end upgraded to a 3:55. It's no trailer queen as I put on about 1000 miles/year but never in bad weather. It's been a joy to have and has been an amazing resource for needed info.


'53 3100 w/1960 261 cid, 848 head.
Weber 32/36 progressive 2 barrel carb.
Three on the tree & 3:55 torque tube
12 V w/Gener-Nator & 6 V starter

DJMTruck #1411521 Thu May 27 2021 02:36 AM
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Absolutely stunning. thumbs_up I just love the color. Nice job on the engine bay as well.

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DJMTruck #1411541 Thu May 27 2021 11:34 AM
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Nice looking 53. The blue looks great.

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DJMTruck #1412221 Tue Jun 01 2021 12:25 PM
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Great looking truck.

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My 54 3100
DJMTruck #1445020 Fri Mar 18 2022 12:29 PM
Joined: Jul 2021
Posts: 49
What is “mini HEI”?
Nice truck!

52 Chevrolet 6100 2T

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DJMTruck #1445610 Wed Mar 23 2022 03:40 PM
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Posts: 140
Tom Langdon used to sell an HEI kit on his website. It has a cylindrical coil and it's very difficult to tell that it's not a regular distributor. Works great.


'53 3100 w/1960 261 cid, 848 head.
Weber 32/36 progressive 2 barrel carb.
Three on the tree & 3:55 torque tube
12 V w/Gener-Nator & 6 V starter

DJMTruck #1445626 Wed Mar 23 2022 05:42 PM
Joined: Feb 2021
Posts: 103
Is that color Mariner Blue or Transport Blue?...or other?

54 Chevy 3100 Deluxe 3 speed on column. Keeping original as possible but changed to 12 volt system.
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JoeDude #1457978 Fri Jul 08 2022 08:38 PM
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Posts: 140
It's Mariner Blue.


'53 3100 w/1960 261 cid, 848 head.
Weber 32/36 progressive 2 barrel carb.
Three on the tree & 3:55 torque tube
12 V w/Gener-Nator & 6 V starter

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