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Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
Hotrod Lincoln #1431347 Thu Nov 25 2021 04:43 PM
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Thanks for the advice!


3100 Newbie
Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
3100Newbie #1431350 Thu Nov 25 2021 05:19 PM
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'Bolter
For what it's worth, my two cents is to spend a good deal of time searching the forums on this site, and read some books on the subject before you jump off into that deep pool. I bought a '51 3604 a little over a year ago for my first rebuild project. I have a little more than basic knowledge of auto mechanics, but I found there was plenty to learn, especially about that Stovebolt Six engine, before I attempted anything too involved. Having a good idea of how the truck goes together (the "1947-1954 Truck Factory Assembly Manual" is a must-have reference) before you pull it apart (if you plan to do go that far) certainly helps you to lay out your "plan of attack."

Good luck on your endeavors! Looks like you've got a great truck to bring back to life!


Brian

'51 Chevy 3100/3600 Project
Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
3100Newbie #1431354 Thu Nov 25 2021 05:49 PM
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'Bolter
Following up on Brian Wise advise, if you're new to this, then don't start dismantling too much at once. If you start with the engine, focus on that. Otherwise, if you haven't tackled something like this before, it risks becoming overwhelming.

Another thing that helps is to never stop working on it. Even 15 minutes a night.

Personally I also like to keep my projects front and center, so that I'm tripping over them. I could stuff things in the barn but then they get forgotten, so I intentionally keep them in areas that annoy me (and my wife). Most things get finished that way smile


1949 Chevrolet 3/4 Ton - Still Solid.
Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
Brian Wise #1431371 Thu Nov 25 2021 10:00 PM
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Thanks for the advice!!


3100 Newbie
Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
3100Newbie #1431375 Thu Nov 25 2021 11:04 PM
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'Bolter
The truck looks very solid and nice. I would suggest to try and clean it up around it so you can access it from all angles. I also suggest to give it a good wash before you start working on it. That way you can really see the condition of the truck (and it is safer as well).

Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
3100Newbie #1431382 Fri Nov 26 2021 01:26 AM
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back yard wrench turner
Originally Posted by 3100Newbie
Hello fellow car enthusiasts, I currently have a manual 3100 chevy in my possession that has been sitting since 1999. My knowledge in vehicles is very minimal but I've always wanted to rebuild something since as long as I can remember. I have no idea where to start, what to do, or even how much I need to invest into this truck. I have more time on my hands than I know what to do with and I want to spend it by coming up with a pathway to get this beauty up and running again. I would greatly appreciate any advice or tips. Thanks.
I have found this site extremely helpful when I rebuilt my 38.

click here [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]

There are several books that pertain to your truck.


Wayne

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Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
3100Newbie #1431386 Fri Nov 26 2021 01:54 AM
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'Bolter
OK- - - -first things first- - - - -you don't have a 47. That's either a 54, or a first-series 55. The single-piece curved windshield, the square parking lights, and the late model 235 engine are very good indicators you've been misinformed about the year, or the title you have doesn't match the truck.

The 2nd. generation stovebolt six is a definite plus. Beginning in 1954, Chevy redesigned the engine to get away from Babbit metal lined connecting rods for ones with replaceable bearings. They also used a gun-drilled crankshaft that provided full oil pressure to the connecting rods. An improved design cylinder head was used, along with a different method of lubricating the upper end of the engine- - - -rocker arms and valves. Engine displacement went up from 216 cubic inches to 235. Another nice feature of your truck is the optional 4 speed transmission, a much stronger one than the column shift 3 speed.

Be sure you've got a good ownership paper trail, and keep coming to Stovebolt for advice. There's a wealth of experience here. Some of that advice will actually be worth listening to!
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Jerry


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Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
3100Newbie #1431635 Sun Nov 28 2021 01:20 PM
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'Bolter
3100 newbie Clean and fight till you get where you can drive it. Unless your up high can work all winter,should be rust free !!

Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
NorthCoast3800 #1431638 Sun Nov 28 2021 01:35 PM
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'Bolter
North Coast 3800 Don't you sleep in it?? Last one I drug home was a little controvercial,she said (after 10 years in the barn) what are you gonna do with that truck ?? A51 6400 235 insert,so I made it into my best pick-up ever. Well then she said good parade truck,so we made the local newspaper twice in 2021. I guess that gouge about my truck worked. Little boys love that truck,so I put em right up on front bumper so they can see the action !! Big fun !

Re: 1947 Chevy sitting since 99. Where to start?
fixite7 #1431787 Tue Nov 30 2021 04:54 AM
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'Bolter
Originally Posted by fixite7
North Coast 3800 Don't you sleep in it?? Last one I drug home was a little controvercial,she said (after 10 years in the barn) what are you gonna do with that truck ?? A51 6400 235 insert,so I made it into my best pick-up ever. Well then she said good parade truck,so we made the local newspaper twice in 2021. I guess that gouge about my truck worked. Little boys love that truck,so I put em right up on front bumper so they can see the action !! Big fun !

Ha - almost had to! For another OT project (52 Pontiac) I put up a temporary shelter to finish the frame - it was shading her favorite garden. I got that frame finished! Although... the shelter is still there, I'm parking the 49 in it this winter. I'll have to move it in the spring, she's probably at the limits of her patience. smile


1949 Chevrolet 3/4 Ton - Still Solid.
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