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Posted By: Cozsum King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Tue May 05 2020 09:15 PM
Hi,

I have a 1957 Chevy 3100 and looking for a reputable shop that can install my king pins. Im in Northern California, anyone know someone?

Thx
Posted By: Twin Jimmys Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Tue May 05 2020 09:39 PM
I am in Santa Rosa and just had mine done at a local shop. They seem to have done a good job. I won't know for sure till it's gets on the road in a year or so. At least they had a good knowledge of what I wanted and how to do it. Rich
Posted By: Cozsum Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Wed May 06 2020 04:26 PM
Hi Rich, cool! I had another thread in the Driveline section and they referred United Auto Center in SR, did you take it there. The guy I spoke to said he did one 10 months ago, was that yours:)
Posted By: Cozsum Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Wed May 06 2020 04:28 PM
Hi Rich, looks like you recommended them. Seems knowledgeable. What year truck are you building?
Posted By: Twin Jimmys Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Thu May 07 2020 09:05 PM
I am currently doing a 47 GMC panel. I have a 48 GMC 1/2 ton short bed p/u that is done. I gave the p/u truck to the oldest of my two sons. The youngest will get this panel. I would like to find a 47 or 48 GMC suburban or canopy express for my truck. That would be a nice family outing, all three trucks rolling down the road. I grew up in San Lorenzo. Where abouts are you?
Posted By: yar Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Fri May 15 2020 02:12 PM
Rich and Cozsum,

Good morning.

I'm really surprised to find that you guys are also in Santa Rosa where I am. My "Stovebolt" is this '36 Chevy PU that I've had since 1965. The photo was taken at Bodega Bay. We also have this roadster.

You guys know about Chuck's Brake & Wheel in Santa Rosa don't you? That place is a gold mine of knowledge and long obsolete parts. They opened my eyes to the effectiveness of asbestos friction and recommended a MC that was perfect for the tandem MC conversion safety upgrade on my '36 PU.

This is an example of the kind of project I enjoy:

https://vccachat.org/ubbthreads.php/topics/334876/1936-chevy-3-55-rear-gear-conversion.html

Ray W

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Posted By: delux54panel Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Mon May 18 2020 05:27 AM
I took mine to Sun Valley Tire and Wheel in Pleasant Hill. [Concord] Did it in less than a day.
My other truck, i did them myself. [3 days].
If you have the proper tools, its no big deal. But be prepared for busted knuckles.
Good Luck,
Have Fun,
Marty
Posted By: yar Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Mon May 18 2020 01:58 PM
"If you have the proper tools, its no big deal. But be prepared for busted knuckles."

Good morning Marty. Like you I found it to be "no big deal" but without the "busted knuckles". On my '36 the holes in the axle were enlarged in addition to the bushings in the spindles being loose. Back when I did the job (1960s) parts were still plentiful for the '36 and I found some oversize kingpins. I used my adjustable reamer set to correct the holes in the axle to a light press fit and used the same adjustable reamer set to get a proper fit in the new spindle bushings I installed.

It's all still good 55 years later.

Ray W
Posted By: Cozsum Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Sun May 24 2020 04:15 PM
Hi All,

Thanks for the input! I have all my suspension parts out and disassembling, cleaning, painting then will see about getting the king pins replaced and any of the other steering components. @Twin Jimmys, love the old Jimmys, the canopy expresses are hard to find correct, not to mention a GMC one. I know someone who is working on a chevy one, but other then that don't see or hear about them. Im in Redwood City.

@Marty, thanks I will check them out! Do you remember how much on ave they cost to do it?

@Ray Nice 36, and great article on your rear end gear swap. Im thinking of changing mine to the 3:38. I have a 57 3100 w/ 265 and hydramatic (doing the swap) and I don't thing I won't like how it drives with the 3:90 at higher speeds.

Nice to meet you all
Posted By: yar Re: King Pin Installer SF Bay Area - Tue May 26 2020 03:21 PM
"@Ray Nice 36, and great article on your rear end gear swap. Im thinking of changing mine to the 3:38. I have a 57 3100 w/ 265 and hydramatic (doing the swap) and I don't thing I won't like how it drives with the 3:90 at higher speed"

Good morning Cozsum,

I don't think you would ever regret having a rear gear ratio numerically lower than that 3.90. One option you have that would allow retention of the 3.90 is an overdrive automatic. I took a TH350 out of my roadster and put in a 200 4R and with 3.80 rear gears it's humming at a fast idle at highway speed in OD (0.67:1 ratio).

My son is doing resto mod on a '66 Chevy 1/2 ton and I found him a rare 3.08 ring and pinion for it that he will be using with his TH 350.

Good luck in whatever you decide. Please post a photo when you get a chance.

Ray W
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