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NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article #1030070 Tue May 20 2014 10:57 PM
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SWEET Offline OP
ODSS Lawman
Back in 2006, my pinion bearings failed and presented an opportunity to overhaul the torque tube and install new 3:55 ring and pinion.

During the install, I was frustrated with the installation instructions and took photos of each step along the way. I had always wanted to take the time and write a supplement to those instructions.

Well after 7 years of testing my work and many many miles of driving my truck, I have completed the article and it is now available in the technical articles.

Here is a link to the article in TECH TIPS:

I want to thank everyone that took time to review and help me correct errors or add technical information I didn't know.

Enjoy!



SWEET
Sergeant At Arms
Old Dominion Stovebolt Society

BUNS?!?!?! Where we're going, we don't need no buns.....

1950 GMC 450 (25% owner)
1951 Chevy 1/2-Ton
The GreenMachine
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Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030083 Wed May 21 2014 12:23 AM
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Peggy M Offline
Worker Bee
Want to thank Chris also. This was a good tip. Good photos and instructions. *My* first time to use the Bolt Bucket to layout the photos for a slide show "preview."

Thanks Chris. Hope it will be helpful to many.

Peg

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030086 Wed May 21 2014 12:31 AM
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tclederman Online
Boltergeist

Very nice, SWEET, Thanks


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - 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.
Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030133 Wed May 21 2014 03:48 AM
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Allen Lane Offline
Shop Shark
Thanks Chris for filling an important hole in the tech tips for AD trucks.


Allen
Yeah, well, that's just like, you know , your opinion, man - The Dude

1948 Chevy 3600 - goal Original restoration, Current Stage 1 - Disassembly and getting body in primer
1954 GMC 3100 goal Hot Rod, Current Stage 1 - Get body in primer
1931 Ford Model A 5 window Coupe - Old Skool Hot Rod
1945 Ford 2N Tractor - Runs great, Will restore when run out of other projects
1974 Stingray Corvette

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030193 Wed May 21 2014 01:48 PM
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Whitelightning Offline
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Question. What do you do about the speedometer? It would read wrong.

John

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030204 Wed May 21 2014 02:32 PM
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SWEET Offline OP
ODSS Lawman
A ratio adapter is needed to re-calibrate the speedo.


SWEET
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Old Dominion Stovebolt Society

BUNS?!?!?! Where we're going, we don't need no buns.....

1950 GMC 450 (25% owner)
1951 Chevy 1/2-Ton
The GreenMachine
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Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030231 Wed May 21 2014 04:39 PM
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Steve_H Offline
Shop Shark
Thanks! Nice with the pictures and comments. smile


Steve H
Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030247 Wed May 21 2014 05:21 PM
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Whitelightning Offline
Shop Shark
Yeah I saved me a copy of the article.... I'm on the fence on whether to try this or not....

John

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030493 Thu May 22 2014 09:05 PM
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BLUEMEANIE Offline
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Now that I have my Saginaw in, I'll be adding the 3.55 gear asap! Thanks for such a great write up SWEET!

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1030790 Sat May 24 2014 01:20 PM
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Peggy M Offline
Worker Bee
We didn't do a half-ton swap but something similar to the 1-ton. What a difference. As Chris calls it, "John has a 70 MPH smile on his face when he drives."

We are not the last person in the convoy anymore.

Peg

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