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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1434837 Mon Dec 27 2021 05:29 AM
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Camdg2010 Looks like your truckin now,fix your heater so you can truck this winter. Cruise mine in good winter weatherwhen its dry and clear !!

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1434894 Tue Dec 28 2021 03:02 AM
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What is the condition of the accelerator pump?

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1435912 Mon Jan 03 2022 10:55 PM
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Camdg2010 Sounds like a great truck,looks great too, would buy a big truck service manuel for those long winter evenings !! Service your brake booster to keep it alive use hydraulic jack oil from your local FLAPS. There is a big leather cup in that booster that gets hungry for oil,once you service it,it will make a special noise when it's happy !! It'll really stop then !!

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1436011 Tue Jan 04 2022 04:32 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Just to footstomp what Martin said above ...

Let's make sure we are all on the same page here as far as referring to "Widowmakers" and other forms of multi-piece wheels. A good place to start for folks who are not conversant with the nomenclature, is Grigg's excellent Tech Tip on the subject.

And for the record, it is the official stance of Stovebolt.com that the true Widowmakers, the RH-5 design, should not be used at all for any reason -- for their original purpose*. The newest ones are 47 years old and at this point, any that are still in use should be considered highly dangerous.

Thanks,
John

* Specificity added to be in compliance with the Grammar Goon Squad (see below ... wink ).

Last edited by John Milliman; Tue Jan 04 2022 11:38 PM. Reason: To avoid further verbal brutalization ...

John
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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
John Milliman #1436044 Tue Jan 04 2022 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by John Milliman
And for the record, it is the official stance of Stovebolt.com that the true Widowmakers, the RH-5 design, should not be used at all for any reason.
With a little judicious welding and a little extra material, they would make a nice grinder stand for your shop. smile
But I'm sure that when you said "should not be used at all for any reason" John, you meant as a wheel on a truck.


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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1436086 Tue Jan 04 2022 11:00 PM
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Yep, weld them together and pour them full of concrete, after removing the tires, of course! They can be rolled around to different work stations and still provide a good base for a bench grinder.
Jerry


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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1436091 Tue Jan 04 2022 11:45 PM
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There. Fixed my egregious clarity error. Yes, concur fully that RH-5 wheels have lots of legitimate uses -- none of which, however, happen to be their originally intended design.

For the record, a few years ago, a couple of ODSS members helped me conduct some experiments as to the safety deficiencies of the RH-5 wheel. I had 6 from a truck we deflated all but two. The first one we used as a target. We hit the wheel and tire with a 7.62 round fired from an M-1A. The tire did deflate and the wheel halves separated ... but not dramatically.

The second one was rolled into a raging farm burn pile. After a couple of minutes, the tire made a loud report as it popped and deflated. Again, the halves separated but not in a particularly dramatic fashion.

But none of this changed my opinion that the RH-5s are potentially lethal.


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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
John Milliman #1436150 Wed Jan 05 2022 02:49 PM
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john While your at that on rh-5's did you know the one ton split rims can rust out and blow too. My 72 in service done that,thought I blew a tire but was the wheel.

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1436739 Sun Jan 09 2022 10:58 PM
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Hey guys. long time since i have been on here. I figured ide update you all on ole red. I put a brake booster in from a s10 and it seems to work GREAT! I swapped the rear axle for a 1997 chevy c3500hd 456 rear axle with 19.5's and put matching 19.5's on the front. theres no rubbing issues and everything bolted right up! the only downfall is, its sitting about 2 inches lower then stock. I wanted 19.5's beacuse they are very common and if i blow one its very likely to get one the same day. also i should gain road speed (fingers crossed). so far everything has been going as expected.
https://www.facebook.com/cameron.new.12/videos/334917341623750

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1438515 Mon Jan 24 2022 01:30 AM
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Hey guys. So I fired up old red today, let it run for a bit outside while I was cleaning the garage. I noticed as it was idling that it kind of fluctuates. I took it for a small drive and noticed it sound like it's backfiring through the carb. I haven't pulled all plugs yet but I will be buying all new. I haven't checked valves or timing. I've only adjusted the air mixture because with it running in the garage it was burning my eyes. What would make it run like this? No idea what compression is either. Need to find my gauge.

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