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Good news and future plans/options
#1436835 Mon Jan 10 2022 08:59 PM
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Today was an tensive day. Since i have the chevy i couldnt do a decent distance but todat i had my DMV checking day to get a NL title and license plates. After a thorough inspection around and under the vehicle he approved it 💪🏻💪🏻😁. The mechanics liked the truck so that helped. Only still to do was add a frame number on the chassis with a tackmachine. Now i have to wait a day or 2 to get the papers back and we can go start making miles. Today i did my first 130km. Around 80miles. Loved it so far. But that also got me thinking what to do…

I noticed that i have enough power under the hood. I got the 235 engine and she runs good. But when driving (try to drive) 50 mph its noisy. I know its a truck etc. But i think she runs a bit to high in RPM. So a solution is dynamat or somekind of isolation in the cab. But are there mechanical solutions for the high RPM. Who can help me. And keep in mind i live in the Netherlands so parts are not plenty here.

An other thing im thinking of is paint. My chevy is already repainted so i wil not destroy any originality of the truck. But i love the US navy grey. But thats just a cosmetic change which i sitll have time to think about. I normally participate in parades troughout the country with other club members in ww2 vehicles. And i think this truck is a rare sight in this hobby. There not alot of them in the Netherlands.

Below a picture of the drive home from the dmv.

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Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436843 Mon Jan 10 2022 09:33 PM
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These trucks were geared to keep the engine running in the sweet spot (roughly 2800-3000rpm) which is going to sound to the modern ear like it’s about to come apart. Remember back when your truck was built the highway speeds were around 50, so, anything above 45 is going to cause sounds to come up from the road/frame and all moving parts. What you are experiencing is normal.
Yes, there are things, such as dynomat and products like it to soften the sound some. Things can be done to the drivetrain to lower the engine rpm but being located where you are will pose challenges. Good luck, keep on having fun.


Martin
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Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436846 Mon Jan 10 2022 09:41 PM
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There are gear sets for the rear end that could let you drive higher speeds comfortably but being overseas they would be difficult to get and expensive. Likely you'll just need to learn to live with the noise. Just leave for your destination earlier and enjoy the slower drive.


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Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436867 Tue Jan 11 2022 01:37 AM
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Excuse me if my opinion comes off as too strong-headed, but I am begging you not to change one thing with this truck. That model, in any condition, is hard to find over here in the states.
It is absolutely beautiful even if there are some warts on its body. They are supposed to be noisy. They are supposed to be a challenge to drive. They are supposed to leak fluids. They are supposed to be smelly.
Enjoy it for what it is. It is an absolute gem.

Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436870 Tue Jan 11 2022 02:15 AM
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I definitely like the current color scheme. It would be a shame to change that. You could do dynamat and keep that invisible. Being noisy isn't a requirement like Carl thinks.


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Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436881 Tue Jan 11 2022 04:38 AM
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That is a beautiful truck!
As mentioned, 50 mph is approaching the upper limits of what the truck is designed for. You can probably squeeze more out of it, but as you've already noticed, it'll sound like it's coming apart. And if you do it enough, it just might!
Take good care of it and it will last a long time.


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Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436897 Tue Jan 11 2022 02:11 PM
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'Bolter
Wow, love your truck, and really like the colors, looks just about perfect for a 40's truck to me. I would enjoy it at 40mph and ensure the drivetrain lasts a long time - no sense to beat on a nice ride like that!


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Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436908 Tue Jan 11 2022 03:48 PM
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I'll take a bit of a contrarian position and get on Carl's bandwagon and say I'd pretty much leave it alone. It looks just about perfect to me. It's supposed to sound like it does. That said, the engine noise isn't due to bad stuff, it due to the mechanical fan (and lack of sound damping insulation).

Temporarily add a tachometer, see how fast you're going at say 2600 rpm. My bet is it'll be an acceptable speed for the steering and brakes but will sound like you're going much faster. That's something you can learn to live with, it's just the nature of the beast (confession, before I quieted my '51 down, I'd slip in a set of earplugs when making longish drives).

If, the need for speed becomes too great, look into changing the transmission to one with overdrive. Lots of options to consider. In the USA the Borg Warner/Tremec T5 (5 speed) found in '80s/90's Chevrolet S10 trucks is the transmission of choice. That transmission was used in many other vehicles and when you look at the world market there might be one in your vicinity. It'd likely require a adapter and quite a bit of research and conversation but "may" be a viable option.

When I changed my '51s transmission out to a T5, I bought a correct looking shifter (actually was from a Ford Model A) at a car show/Swap Meet and after tweaking it slightly, welded it to the T5 shifter stub. I've never shared this info before and it's never been mentioned by judges at any car show including concours type shows. A lot of old timers who drove these trucks new haven't noticed this major, yet near invisible change.

Again, NICE truck!

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
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Re: Good news and future plans/options
moparguy #1436912 Tue Jan 11 2022 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by moparguy
I'll take a bit of a contrarian position and get on Carl's bandwagon and say I'd pretty much leave it alone. It looks just about perfect to me. It's supposed to sound like it does. That said, the engine noise isn't due to bad stuff, it due to the mechanical fan (and lack of sound damping insulation).

Temporarily add a tachometer, see how fast you're going at say 2600 rpm. My bet is it'll be an acceptable speed for the steering and brakes but will sound like you're going much faster. That's something you can learn to live with, it's just the nature of the beast (confession, before I quieted my '51 down, I'd slip in a set of earplugs when making longish drives).

If, the need for speed becomes too great, look into changing the transmission to one with overdrive. Lots of options to consider. In the USA the Borg Warner/Tremec T5 (5 speed) found in '80s/90's Chevrolet S10 trucks is the transmission of choice. That transmission was used in many other vehicles and when you look at the world market there might be one in your vicinity. It'd likely require a adapter and quite a bit of research and conversation but "may" be a viable option.

When I changed my '51s transmission out to a T5, I bought a correct looking shifter (actually was from a Ford Model A) at a car show/Swap Meet and after tweaking it slightly, welded it to the T5 shifter stub. I've never shared this info before and it's never been mentioned by judges at any car show including concours type shows. A lot of old timers who drove these trucks new haven't noticed this major, yet near invisible change.

Again, NICE truck!

RonR

How close were you able to get your shifter to the original location? I’ve done some looking into this swap myself, but have the impression it will move a few inches to the rear no matter what you do.

Re: Good news and future plans/options
Robby45 #1436914 Tue Jan 11 2022 04:35 PM
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JW51, you really can't do anything about the shifter being a few inches further back since that just the way the T5's made. However, it's a easy thing to heat the shifter rod and make the appropriate bends so it both looks fine and gives all the clearance needed to clear the seat when in 2nd. and 4th.

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



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