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Grtechguy
Grtechguy MegaDork
5/30/15 7:01 p.m.

After 15 years ownership of my great grandfathers old pickup has been assigned to me. Pulled it from it's resting place of 30 years and placed in my humble garage. Onto rust repair and vintage mechanics.

fair warning, this will be a very slow build as time and funds allow.

JThw8
JThw8 PowerDork
5/30/15 7:19 p.m.

Looks like a really solid start though. Nice survivor.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 UltraDork
5/30/15 8:02 p.m.

Just fix what's broke. Leave cosmetics alone. It looks rad just the way it is.

oldtin
oldtin UberDork
5/30/15 8:48 p.m.

Congrats on landing the truck!
Tool set for a 1946 pick up:

patgizz
patgizz PowerDork
5/30/15 10:35 p.m.
oldtin wrote: Congrats on landing the truck! Tool set for a 1946 pick up:

and a #3 phillips.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory SuperDork
5/31/15 6:45 a.m.

What, no bailing wire?

Agree with above, just mechanicals.

All Hail the Farm Truck!

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
5/31/15 6:47 a.m.

I really like the long box and 125" wheelbase!

The folks at LMC Truck have about every gasket and chatchka you would ever need.

http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/ca/t.aspx?Page=10

Grtechguy
Grtechguy UltimaDork
5/31/15 7:38 a.m.

The plan for now is to make it run down the road.

Who has a good 41-46 short block?

patgizz
patgizz PowerDork
5/31/15 8:22 a.m.

what's wrong with it? i rebuilt a chevy 235 when i was 15, the gmc is similar but different.

Grtechguy
Grtechguy UltimaDork
5/31/15 9:23 a.m.

Well, the story I was told is that it suffered a lack of antifreeze and cracked the block. Stories of it running and smoking gophers out of the field exist

Junkyard_Dog
Junkyard_Dog SuperDork
5/31/15 9:32 a.m.

I don't know about the GMCs but I seem to remember with the Chevy 235 it was common to use the latest one you could find since they were near identical externally but had much better oiling and a slight horsepower bump. Might make the search a tad easier too.

Grtechguy
Grtechguy UltimaDork
5/31/15 9:42 a.m.

This is a 228. Did the engines change much externally between the sizes? I'm assuming the transmission bolts to any of them at that time.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn PowerDork
5/31/15 9:52 a.m.

GMC had several different engines in that era; I believe they were all built on the same basic design but from what I can find there was a 228, 236, 248 and a 270. They were a better engine than the Chevy truck engines of the era, for one thing they had pressure oiling rather than splash oiling in the Chevys. The 270 was a popular hot rodding engine.

You can probably find more info on the http://www.stovebolt.com/ website; it's mostly old Chevy trucks but they also cover old GMC trucks as well.

Junkyard_Dog
Junkyard_Dog SuperDork
5/31/15 10:00 a.m.

Page 18. Apparently you have a "low deck" GMC 6 but can swap all the way up to a 302. Don't look at any other pages or you'll be drooling over speed parts!

Grtechguy
Grtechguy UltimaDork
5/31/15 12:08 p.m.

No desire to go fast with this. Cruise nice and slow

Woody
Woody MegaDork
5/31/15 12:29 p.m.

Cool truck. I even like the wood side panels on the bed. And it's nice to see it next to a Suburban for scale.

Grtechguy
Grtechguy UltimaDork
5/31/15 5:29 p.m.

Did a little cleaning and found the old hand crank start behind the seat.

Also lots of mouse nests

Jumper K. Balls
Jumper K. Balls UberDork
5/31/15 6:08 p.m.
patgizz wrote:
oldtin wrote: Congrats on landing the truck! Tool set for a 1946 pick up:

and a #3 phillips.

No clutch heads on that era?

The early 50's trucks are full of them.

Jumper K. Balls
Jumper K. Balls UberDork
5/31/15 6:13 p.m.

I know the 216-235 squirt oilers have major issues with the heads and blocks cracking. We had to Buy 4 or 5 core motors to get a good head and block combo.

I also had to rent a jig which helped line up the oil squirters in the oil pan to the scoops on the rods. It is the most ridiculous Rube Goldberg lubrication system I have ever seen.

https://www.fillingstation.com/ had everything we needed.

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS HalfDork
5/31/15 6:48 p.m.

Awesome truck

I look forward to watching this one

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
5/31/15 7:05 p.m.

Drool...

Subscribed.

Grtechguy
Grtechguy UltimaDork
6/1/15 9:07 p.m.

Pulled the plugs today and poured some pbblast into all the cylinders.

Pretty sure I'm just going to swap this engine out though.

Grtechguy
Grtechguy MegaDork
6/1/15 9:09 p.m.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
6/1/15 10:23 p.m.

You would be surprised at what will clean up on a old engine. Don't write it off just yet. I've driven pistons out with a sledge, cleaned the rust off, reringed, and reinstalled. This isn't a 7k rpm engine.

Tolerances can be measured with a ruler.

bgkast
bgkast UltraDork
6/1/15 10:58 p.m.

In reply to Toyman01:

This. My neighbor routinely pulls tractors and dozer of a similar era out of the woods, soaks, frees up, hones and cleans up engines that have been full of water and runs them without issue.

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