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Posted By: sstock 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Feb 14 2015 09:34 AM
I purchased this truck from I believe the third owner in Bend Oregon February of 2013. This truck spent almost all its life in the Medford Oregon area. It was assembled in Oakland California. Some interesting features is it has all the original date coded tinted glass with exception of the windshield. The truck came with the coppertone color and the front bumper was gray in color. It was repainted some time ago once to a lighter yellow. Another option is the side mounted spare tire. The original 216 gave up the ghost a couple years ago with approx. 39K on the odometer. When I tore into the 216, I noticed it had a stock bore. A replacement 235 from a 56 sedan was installed. The truck still retains its 3sp on the tree transmission and torque tube rear end. Currently the truck is in my shop, the body is off the frame on a dolly and the frame is disassembled, clean and repainted. I have a lot of work to do but am really enjoying the work and the threads on the stovebolt forum. This place is a wealth of knowledge and have already been very valuable so far. Look forward to posting some updates in the future, but here is the truck as I purchased it. http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/sstock6264/library/1953%20Chevrolet%203100?sort=4&page=1
Steve Stock
Gig Harbor, Wa

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Posted By: Achipmunk Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Feb 14 2015 08:07 PM
Nice truck Steve. Keep us posted as you ago along. You may want to start a thread in the DIY forum and add to as you go.
Nice "optioned" truck.
Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Fri Apr 03 2015 03:51 AM
Hope to get started back on the truck this spring. Pretty ,much decided to bring it back to its no frills farm truck status which will include some bias ply light truck tires and reproduction gray hub caps.
Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Mon May 18 2015 02:03 PM
Starting back on her now. Was able to get my sister's mustang out of my shop. Frame is done, engine trans is done and assembled. Now it is time to start hanging the suspension back on the frame.
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Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat May 23 2015 02:10 PM
Had a great day in the garage and managed to get a few things done. Replaced both axle bearings and seals. While I had it apart, I swabbed out the axle tubes and cleaned the ring and pinion, spiders and pinion gears. Checked the torque tube seal. Disassembled the rear leaf springs, glass beaded and painted, then reassembled them. The frame got new sleeves and pivot bolts and shackle kits, plus shocks and brakes. The truck had a pretty good lean to it before disassembly, turned out the pivot bolt sleeves and shackles were very worn. Also, the truck got new rear parking brake cables. Rear Suspension
Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Tue Jun 23 2015 04:54 PM
Chassis is just about done, just have to hang the radiator and core support.

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Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 PM
Update:
Pretty much have all the cab inside and out, sheet metal and bed all stripped to bare metal. Interesting enough the truck was dealer undercoated before delivery, when I scraped off the bottom of the inner fenders and front radiator support baffle I found the most glossy black unmolested paint. Here I thought all these years that the inner fenders and such were always semi gloss. I know this post is insignificant to most but to the original and purist guys, you might get a kick out of this.
Posted By: chaz71 Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sun Apr 16 2017 12:56 PM
great work on the frame
Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Jun 10 2017 02:26 PM
Got all the body work complete. Small dents in the back of the cab above the top of the bed line, where people have thrown stuff in and missed. Bumps and bruises along the body ,here and there, and straightened and painted the grill just to see if I am going to like the 53 color of omaha orange and anvil gray. I stripped and cleaned the entire underside, primed and painted and undercoated. The truck was previously undercoated at the dealership when originally purchased and it kept the sheetmetal like brand new, along with all the farm mud underneath, made a believer of me in undercoat.
Here is a couple of pics:
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Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Sep 23 2017 01:05 PM
The cab is back on the chassis. Got to use my chain hoist with bridge and trolley setup to lift the cab. I will post up some pics. It made for a very easy install.
Steve

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Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Jun 30 2018 02:57 PM
Finished it off and it has had a couple hundred miles put on it.

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Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Jun 30 2018 03:04 PM
Some more pictures

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sat Jun 30 2018 03:14 PM
Nice, drive
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sun Jul 01 2018 03:07 AM
....Omaha orange, I like it. Good job.
Posted By: klhansen Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sun Jul 01 2018 06:55 AM
Nice. thumbs_up I hope mine looks as good when it's done.
Posted By: coach-frank Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Sun Jul 01 2018 03:43 PM
Very Nice!!!!
Posted By: ToddE Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Wed Jul 15 2020 06:29 PM
Love the orange color! Nicely done.
Posted By: J Lucas Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Thu Jul 16 2020 03:16 PM
Very nice. thumbs_up Thanks for the pics.

John
Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Thu Jul 16 2020 03:37 PM
Since I started this thread, I found and rebuilt a 261 engine found out of a 1962 2 ton truck. It was a stock bore with all the extras plus it had the correct rochester B carb on it too. Here is a pic of it and the truck now has about 200 miles on the new power plant.

Here is a vid of it running
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli-VW32ADE

Really happy with this powerplant. I did use a waterpump relocation bracket from Pre68 Dave to put the waterpump in its correct location.

Thanks for looking,

Steve

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Description: 261 ready to go in
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Posted By: tclederman Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Thu Jul 16 2020 05:06 PM
Very nice, Steve
Posted By: glenns towing Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Thu Jul 16 2020 06:00 PM
Way nice. Im surprised you kept it 6 volt, considering the motor was 12v originally, i think.
Posted By: Doc.Hall Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Thu Jul 16 2020 08:37 PM
The journal and pictures get me all hyped up and excited to start another. GREAT JOB! Thank you for the inspiration these old stovebolts have a way of becoming a habit. Doc.
Posted By: sstock Re: 1953 5 Window 3100 - Fri Jul 17 2020 01:36 PM
Thanks all for the nice comments, much appreciated.
I'm now knee deep in my 64 GMC project.
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