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New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
#1432416 Sun Dec 05 2021 07:16 PM
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Hey guys. I originally thought it was a 50 chevy 3800 but after figuring out how to read the door jamb tag its a 53. Anyways, I got it for next to nothing. Card and frame are excellent, engine runs GREAT. Was told it needed brakes, so I pulled the drums off and what do you know... it's got brand new shoes and cylinders. So I checked the master cylinder and it was bone dry. Turns out the kid I bought it from had no idea how to bleed the hydrovac system and after fallowing the repair manual, I had no issues. It's got great brakes, ones dragging a bit but I think I can fix it.
I would really like to find wheels to fit the rear end. It's got a timken 2 speed rear end with 10 lug. I've heard horror stories about the split rims. I've got all winter to figure it out.
Any recommendations on wheels?

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432418 Sun Dec 05 2021 07:24 PM
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The more of your description I read, I realized you don't have a 3800 series 1 ton truck. By it have a 2 speed rear axle, sounds to me like you have a 6100, or 6400 series 2 ton truck. Do you have any pictures you can post ? You'd never find a 2 speed rear axle in a 1 ton truck, and the only time you'd ever see a 2 speed rear axle in a 1 1/2 ton truck, is if it was special ordered that way. Not all of these trucks had the Firestone RH-5 Split wheels. Some had safety ring wheels.


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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432425 Sun Dec 05 2021 09:01 PM
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This trucks like a surprise every day. I didn't know that! If I could figure out how to post pictures I would. It keeps saying the file size is to large

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432427 Sun Dec 05 2021 09:04 PM
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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432432 Sun Dec 05 2021 09:51 PM
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Looks like you have a 1 1/2 ton, or 2 ton. 14000lb. gvw on the tag in the driver door jamb, it's a 4400 series, 1 1/2 ton, 16000lb. gvw, on the tag would make it a 6400 series
2 ton.


Spanky Hardy
Collector Of Fine Old G.M. COE Trucks & Antique Holmes Wreckers

1948 Chevrolet 5700 COE Holmes HD W35 Wrecker
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures on Photobucket

1950 GMC 250 1-Ton
In the Stovebolt Gallery
Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
spanky #1432442 Sun Dec 05 2021 11:09 PM
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So these rims have removable ring on the inside (back) of the wheels. Are these "safe" and road worthy? I'll try to post a pic of what they look like to me
I havevt had them apart

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432465 Mon Dec 06 2021 12:52 AM
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I'd have to see up close pictures of your wheels, front, and rear to be able to tell you, what you have.


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1948 Chevrolet 5700 COE Holmes HD W35 Wrecker
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures on Photobucket

1950 GMC 250 1-Ton
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Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
spanky #1432474 Mon Dec 06 2021 01:47 AM
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OK I will try to get some pictures tomorrow after work. They are 20x8.50 wheels in the rear

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432475 Mon Dec 06 2021 01:53 AM
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Is there anything I should be doing to this during the winter? I've rewired it, got all brakes working properly, it came with new fuel lines and fuel tank. It need tie rod ends. I'm gonna go through and grease everything. It's parked for the winter so ice got a few months to do stuff. Not sure what all you other owners do as far as preventative maintenance. I plan on draining rear dif and trans and putting new fluid in. I am not sure I'd the 2 speed diaphragm is working or not. I don't have the cable hooked up because I need to make a new cable mount. Other than that, it seems to go and stop really good. Engine boggs when I step on the throttle unless i feather it so I'm assuming it needs to be cleaned/returned. And I noticed it's got a slight pop at idle but I thought maybe it was just the nature of a carburetor engine.
I don't want to sound like a freak but I LOVE this old truck. It's pretty sweet

Re: New to me 1953 chevy 3800.
Camdg2010 #1432476 Mon Dec 06 2021 02:10 AM
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Sounds like you have everything covered.


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1948 Chevrolet 5700 COE Holmes HD W35 Wrecker
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1950 GMC 250 1-Ton
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