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#1465251 Mon Sep 05 2022 05:23 PM
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I'm brand new on here, so take it easy on me ! HA ! I bought this truck 24 years ago, put it in my barn, it was driving great when I received it. But, life got in the way. Now, ready to restore it.
Need some general information on it ? Is it a 6500 ? The title says 1954, but not much else ? Can you all please give me some tips on how and where to get started. Located between Austin and San Antonio Tx. I appreciate your time and responses.

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Rancher3360 #1465253 Mon Sep 05 2022 05:29 PM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt. Before we can help you we need more information. Serial numbers, engine numbers, block casting numbers, head casting numbers. Close-up photos of said numbers would be great. The number experts on here can tell you pretty much anything you need to know. Click on Tech Tips in the menu bar at the top of the page and scroll through for some excellent reading.

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Justhorsenround #1465255 Mon Sep 05 2022 05:36 PM
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Yes Sir,
I sure will ! Headed to Welcome Center now... Thanks ! I'll go get the required photos in the next week or so, on the road now. And, I'll keep reading !

Rancher3360 #1465257 Mon Sep 05 2022 05:39 PM
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Cool looking truck. Will you be doing the resto yourself? Some? Parts?

Glad to see you were able to post images!! thumbs_up

As "just" said, got some good info in the Tech Tips. In there is an old Tech Tip, Beginning an old truck restoration. It may be a good starting point.

Also, you'll find the Shops Forums will be very helpful with some of your technical questions.

We are here to help. Just ask.

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Rancher3360 #1465262 Mon Sep 05 2022 05:49 PM
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Thank You so much ! I'll be askin !!!!

Rancher3360 #1465338 Tue Sep 06 2022 03:03 AM
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Do NOT crank the engine. Sitting that long, valves may be stuck, bending pushrods, etc. Remove any fuel in tank and carb. Remove valve cover, oil the valve stems liberally, tap on each valve with rubber hammer or 2 x 4, to verify they all move. Oil everything else, crank engine. Always use fresh fuel, look for local fuel supplier that sells non-alcohol fuel. Thank Obama!


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Rancher3360 #1465344 Tue Sep 06 2022 03:38 AM
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Wouldn't hurt to put some ATF in all the cylinders and let it soak a while before you turn it over.


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Rancher3360 #1466635 Fri Sep 16 2022 03:28 AM
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Do what you like ,it’s your truck ! For me make it mechanically sound and enjoy as is. It’s a great looking truck as it is right now. You can always make cosmetic changes down the road

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Rancher3360 #1470174 Sat Oct 08 2022 01:03 PM
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Rancher 3360 Almost missed your truck,looks like a good one,as Ed Pruss said be careful to soak your cylinders and be sure valves are free to work. Would send it thru by hand at first till you know it,s free to go. I swear by marvel mystery oil,keep a squirt can of it right on my lathe ways. That special smell of mmo when she fires up is like nascar smoke to a bolter !! Big bolts are big fu n On the old 2x4 trick watch out for intake valves that have a piston right at top dead center where the valve can hit the piston not likely but possible. Had one where all 6 intakes were bent from timing gear fail it would run just wouldn't start right. Peeled the head off ( was a beater) ground the 6 intakes till they cleaned up start fine then went ahead a long time !! Cheapo fix !!

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Rancher3360 #1470281 Sun Oct 09 2022 01:21 AM
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Another vote for Marvel Mystery Oil.
Many applications on old engines , great stuff for soaking one that hasn’t been run for years.

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