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32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
#667615 Wed Aug 04 2010 04:25 PM
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ace skiver

32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends

Does anyone know if there is a parts vendor that sells the original-style tie-rod ends for a 47-55 1/2 (and 3/4 ton) GM ton trucks?

One of my 1954 1/2 ton trucks has the original adjustable-style ends on both ends of the tie rod. Another 54 1/2 ton had the newer non-adjustable replacement-style ends on both ends of the tie rod. The 54 1/2 ton I am now restoring has an adjustable end on one end (right) and a non-adjustable end on the drag-link side of the tie rod (left).

The 1954 Truck Shop Manual states that the same adjustable style end is used on both ends of the tie rod.

I know that the drag-link changed for 53-55, from an adjustable-ends drag link to a non-adjustable sealed-ends drag link.

My question is in regards to the adjustable tie-rod ends. Does anyone know a vendor that sells those ends (I can find the rebuild kit). The vendors I have checked with (American Classic, Jim Carter, Chevs of the 40s, and Classic Parts (Chevy Duty)) do not sell original-style tie rod ends (and, some incorectly state that the older- adjustable-end on the left was used though 1952 and that the newer non-adjustable end was used from 53 onwards).

Please do not advise me to use the new ends - I am looking for a source for old/original-style adjustable tie-rod ends (GM group number 6.233, marked left or right, 1932 to 1955-1st, either the housings or the full assemblies).

If I cannot find new ends, I'll soon post a Want Ad for used ends in the Swap Meet.


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
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- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
tclederman #667647 Wed Aug 04 2010 06:23 PM
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Mike
Re: 32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
51sub #667663 Wed Aug 04 2010 07:26 PM
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ace skiver

Mike,

That's it for the right side. The left side (driver's side) is different (and, as you might have guessed, is the one I need). The sides are threaded differently, so that the toe-in can be adjusted more easily. I'll check to see if they have the other side.

Thank you very much.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
tclederman #667668 Wed Aug 04 2010 07:45 PM
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Tim,
Went to O'Reilly's site from the link shown above and ran a search on tie rod end, picked make-model-year, and it showed the left outer tie rod end. Not knowing what I was looking at it may not be right, but there was something there.
Mike


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Re: 32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
65PanelMike #667679 Wed Aug 04 2010 08:27 PM
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They have the left also, should be part # 25129.


Mike
Re: 32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
51sub #667684 Wed Aug 04 2010 08:41 PM
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ace skiver

Thanks, Mike

I just now found it (while you were posting your reply).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 32-55 original style 1/2 and 3/4 tie-rod ends
tclederman #667703 Wed Aug 04 2010 09:46 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 29,990
ace skiver

NAPA has both ends for @$99.49 (before discount)

Thanks - I used the part number you found.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]

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