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#1452279 Sat May 21 2022 03:42 AM
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1950 Chevy 3100 216 3 Speed.
What is the correct position for the ignition switch in the off position. The cylinder is original. A picture would also be worth a 1000 words. I’m not convinced it is correct in the attached picture.

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Last edited by ChevyDarren; Sat May 21 2022 03:27 PM.

Darren
Current Project - 1950 3100 5 Window with a rebuilt 216 and 3 speed trans
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,220
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Curmudgeon
CCW = off, like your picture.

My experience is that reproduction Asian switches are junk (sloppy inside).
My truck wouldn't start sometimes with new switch.
I swapped back to my original and used the new key lock cylinder.

Less that 1000 words.

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'Bolter
For the original 3-position switch on my '48, straight up = ON. To the left = OFF with key. To the right = OFF w/o key (there's a little lever for this). I suspect that the latter was used in the old days on the ranch or farm when one of several folks might use the truck and keys were a pain in the neck.

Last edited by Wally / Montana; Sat May 21 2022 03:28 PM.

1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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Posts: 2,898
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'Bolter
There was a switch made in Taiwan which is an exact (except that the one from Taiwan is rated for 30 Amps) copy of the old general switch sold by NAPA, Western Auto and many others in the 1960s. It has been copied by some folks in China and I hear that one is not so good (sold under Dorman and other brands). The one I got from Taiwan came to me via Amazon in 2018 and was made by Uriah. Now they still have that Uriah switch but it is made in China. Keep looking. If you find the switch from Taiwan, it is top notch.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 2,898
J
'Bolter
Here is one switch made in Taiwan for Pollack (high quality): https://tinyurl.com/vfeh8aj3


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 86
G
'Bolter
Darren,
Just an observation. Looks like your lock cylinder/switch might be 180 off (upside down?) compared to bouymaker's pic and what i recall mine looks like.
I think tooth section of key slot should be down and agree with bouymaker's "CCW" info. Dash and interior is looking good.


Dan

1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle

US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Commercial Facilities Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finely time to get Grandpa's truck back in the sunshine!
Gdads51 #1452416 Sun May 22 2022 04:26 PM
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1950 Chevy 3100 216 3 Speed.
Thanks. I flippied the assemble 180 deg and that looks correct. Any idea on the choke and throttle orientation? Throttle on top choke on the bottom?

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Last edited by ChevyDarren; Sun May 22 2022 04:27 PM.

Darren
Current Project - 1950 3100 5 Window with a rebuilt 216 and 3 speed trans
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'Bolter
My choke is on top. Don't know if that's original (but it might depend on your carb?).

Last edited by Wally / Montana; Sun May 22 2022 04:35 PM.

1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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Posts: 171
B
'Bolter
My choke was also on top ('52 GMC)


'52 GMC 150 driver, so not a REAL Stovebolt.
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 86
G
'Bolter
Darren,

From info available in on-line manuals (same in 1948 and 1951 owners in this case) available from "chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com", the original manuals indicate the Choke control is located upper dash and Throttle control is located directly above ignition switch (lower dash). See picture in link below (picture from "bouymaker" matches).

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyowner/48tom07.htm

Many thanks for the gathered and posted resources from all those that have come before us as well as those currently sharing their knowledge and expertise!


Dan

1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle

US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Commercial Facilities Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finely time to get Grandpa's truck back in the sunshine!
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