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#1457296 Sun Jul 03 2022 10:33 AM
Joined: Jul 2022
Posts: 72
MattMcK Offline OP
Hey everyone, ive done it again, buying another project and this time I think im going to need some help so ive signed up here. I got a 59 chevy spartan 100 with a 348, spicer 5 speed, and two speed rear.
I have the 55-59 chevy assembly manual as well as the 55 service manual but they do not help much with the big bolt stuff. I also have the manuals for my 63 which does do some big stuff but with the new design they changed a lot of things. How much will the 58-59 manuals help if I bought those?
The immediate problems are im petty sure its missing the parking brake assembly (besides the lever) but its connected to a rod that goes halfway back under the bed? There are also a bunh of things not hooked up and random steel plumbing pipes to nowhere.
Any help is appreciated!

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59 chevy Spartan 100, former firetruck
348ci with spicer 5 speed and electric rear
MattMcK #1457409 Mon Jul 04 2022 03:50 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,036
Welcome! Looks like a nice truck. Being a former fire truck, I assume the mileage is quite low?
At least some of your questions appear to be general truck type questions, and not specific to fire trucks. I'd recommend dropping down one forum and posting in the regular Big Bolt forum. More people visit that one and you're more likely to get the answers you need.
Be sure to tell us more about your truck.

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MattMcK #1457434 Mon Jul 04 2022 01:25 PM
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Hy MattMck, welcome, MikeB, a member here had a complete firetruck like yours for many years, I'm sure when he sees this he will chime in. There is always a lot of extra equipment on firetrucks, depending on how diligent they were when they removed the fire body there may be unnecessary equipment still left on the truck. Some firetrucks even tapped into the engines vacuum system to assist in priming the pump. As to the maintenance manuals, there is lots of good information in them, just make sure you get a full manual and not a supplement. Happy Independence Day!

MattMcK #1457463 Mon Jul 04 2022 04:37 PM
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Posts: 6,201
Your truck had a Mid-Mount pump with a transfer case that would disengage the rear and engage the pump for stationary pumping. The parking brake had to be on the back side of the transfer case so the transmission could still turn when pumping. You'll need to find all of the parking brake parts to reinstall on the tail end of your Spicer.

As 3B said, the extra lines under the hood were pump primer lines...just trace them back to the source, remove and cap. Your 2-speed rear is more than likely an electric shift Eaton, so there won't be any vacuum lines needed for it.

Looks like a big Leece Neville Generator...does it also have the large Diode Rectifier mounted behind the grille?

Post some more pics of the engine compartment for further review.

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MattMcK #1457467 Mon Jul 04 2022 05:19 PM
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If I may: I'm so glad to see this sub-forum is still alive and well. Always had a special admiration for folks who have such unique pieces of equipment. wink

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MattMcK #1457469 Mon Jul 04 2022 05:36 PM
Joined: Jul 2022
Posts: 72
MattMcK Offline OP
Thanks for the responses! Based on the service logs I found, I think the truck has 16770 original miles! Im hoping the fire department it was used at has original pictures of the truck so I will know what it looked like and have a better idea of that is original. If it had a mid transfer case, im guessing that pto pump isnt the original and neither is any of the dump bed stuff?
Generator says its a delco remy and I dont see anything behind the grill.
Ill do another post on the general big bolts too but keep the firetruck stuff coming!


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59 chevy Spartan 100, former firetruck
348ci with spicer 5 speed and electric rear
MattMcK #1467335 Tue Sep 20 2022 12:10 AM
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Posts: 72
MattMcK Offline OP
Got in touch with the guy who did all the maintenance on the truck and got some pictures from when they sold it in '99! Hopefully these pictures show up, otherwise ill work on converting them. Hopefully I can clean up the paint some and do this old thing justice!

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59 chevy Spartan 100, former firetruck
348ci with spicer 5 speed and electric rear
MattMcK #1475680 Thu Nov 17 2022 08:00 PM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 4,976
Looks like large PTO in there. No driveshaft mounted pump. GM direct trans., not a Spicer 540 series. Best to ID the trans., then search for matching brake. If geared low, get ratios figured out, might be easy to find a higher diff. ratio. Otherwise can insert Brownie OD trans in middle of driveline. I have done several. Make sure and find one with TruStop brake attached.

Lots of info on 348/409 engines in hot rod circle.


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EdPruss #1479299 Sat Dec 17 2022 12:07 AM
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MattMcK Offline OP
It currently has that pto/pump combo which says edbro on it. Originally it had the driveline pump but it got taken out when it got converted to a dump bed. It is an eaton 2 speed rear with the low ratios and dash sticker for help! I believe its 9.17-7.17.
A brownie could be in its future down the road depending on how much i use it.

Where could I find a replacement gasket for under the light on top? Its splitting pretty bad and i dont want water getting in the roof.

What kinds of radios could this truck have had? There are holes in the dash from one(or more) as well as stickers about radio use.

Is there a surefire and easy way to tell if i have the gm or spicer trans? I thought it was a spicer. Im working on getting a parking brake from an old international that looks like it will fit.

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59 chevy Spartan 100, former firetruck
348ci with spicer 5 speed and electric rear
MattMcK #1479329 Sat Dec 17 2022 03:05 AM
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Posts: 3,639
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Can't answer for the light gasket issue (others will probably chime in).

Also can't help with the radio questions (sorry).

However, concerning the transmission ID, looking at the picture you attached, if you look above and left of the 3 threaded mounting studs on that side there appears to be a very dirty "data plate" riveted to the case of the transmission.

Some gentle cleaning of the plate area to remove the oil and grime should reveal the ID info your are trying to pin down. thumbs_up

Let us know what you find. grin


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