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#1455983 Wed Jun 22 2022 02:14 PM
Joined: Jun 2022
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My son bought me a 1946 GMC that has been sitting on a farm for a long time.

I have never worked on anything like this, and I am only an at-home mechanic who has learned everything by just doing it.

We want to get this running again, not looking for a full-on restoration but to make this drivable.

I am sure I will be needing A LOT of advice and I was told this was the place to get it.

So... HELP!

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SternLemur #1455989 Wed Jun 22 2022 02:58 PM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt. That is a very cool truck and I think you will have lots of fun with it. You have come to the right place. Enjoy the journey!!

SternLemur #1455993 Wed Jun 22 2022 03:11 PM
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Welcome. #1 read every single Tech Tip several times over. Our Tech Tips will save you time, money and headaches. Click on the Tech Tips link in the Tool Bar at the top of every forum. Absolutely do not try to start the engine without reading the Tech Tip on resurrection of a dead engine. That tip alone can save you thousands of dollars. Good luck and check in often.

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SternLemur #1456021 Wed Jun 22 2022 06:16 PM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt. Another good site is the Old GMC Trucks Old GMC Trucks [] they have a lot of good info.
But first you have to find out what model truck you have Serial Numbers [] and have fun with your project.

Last edited by jimgmc; Wed Jun 22 2022 06:19 PM.
SternLemur #1456088 Thu Jun 23 2022 01:27 AM
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Engine SN is on right side behind distributor, stamped on machined pad. Starts with displacement, I e 248xxxx. Do not try turning engine over BEFORE removing valve cover, oiling valve stems and tapping them gently with a rubber hammer or 2 x 4. If stuck, tap gently while keeping them oiled ‘til they come loose. Otherwise bent pushrods may happen.


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SternLemur #1456098 Thu Jun 23 2022 03:48 AM
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You will notice that the site has different forums for different parts of your project--i.e. engine, electrical, interiors, bodywork, etc. As you get into the project, be sure to ask your questions in the appropriate forum. Lots of help and good advice to be had here.


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SternLemur #1456327 Fri Jun 24 2022 09:13 PM
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SternLemur Cream Puff !!! Wow a real dandy read on,take your time ,soak your cylinders and watch out for your valve guides be sure to lube em !! Welcome!!

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