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Old 09-26-2020, 02:24 AM   #1
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1961 Viking

This absolutely the last thing I needed to go out and buy but, it was love at first sight! I have never even thought of owning a "Heavy Hauler" but, I could not get past how cool the front of this truck looks. Just tough! It is fairly local to me as well which I think is a major consideration as shipping something this big is pricey. It is located about 30 minutes from my house and I will have to do about 5 miles of Highway driving to get it home. Owner claims it is capable of 55MPH and runs great so we will see. I'm out of town for work until end of next month. I'm sure the wife will love it It was cheap enough that I feel pretty good about the purchase. I figure I will have some fun with it running my daughter around the Island and my nieces and nephews when they visit. It use to be a Bend, Oregon Fire Department truck. It is suppose to be rust free, just surface stuff. Previous owner does not know much about it. I'm guessing that is a 283 in there. I've combed over this section of the forum and have found some good information. The slave cylinder is leaking so, that will have to be replaced. I'm also curious about wheels and tires. I have to get it home to see what I'm, dealing with but, alot of guys seem to upgrade to the 22.5 accuride wheels. My plans are to get it mechanically reliable (previous owner says it is). Probably repaint it red. I usually try to save "patina" but, I think this is beyond saving. I will get rid of the wood sides as I think that will clean it up a bit (save them for any future dump runs). I will also clean up the interior a bit. I know this is one of the years that uses ball joints so, I'm curious to see what shape those are in. Any other things to look out for?
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Old 09-26-2020, 06:55 AM   #2
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Re: 1961 Viking

Love it,looks like a cool project,also love the front tag!
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Old 09-26-2020, 11:20 AM   #3
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Re: 1961 Viking

Nice survivor! I had a 1965 GMC C/50 with 305 V-6, about the same wheelbase as that one.

What's in the bed? It must be a heck of a load.

Those wheels can be changed safely if you know what you're doing.
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:48 PM   #4
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Re: 1961 Viking

I just came across a 59 on fb marketplace for $700 this morning. It has a nice bruise where someone bumped it into something on the front fender.
It's a good looking truck!
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:43 PM   #5
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Re: 1961 Viking

Nice '61. Looks solid. Like the 10-Lug Fronts.

It's a 283 for sure. The Front End will actually be a "Torsion Bar" Front.
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:55 PM   #6
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Re: 1961 Viking

Thanks fellas. I did read that the 60-62ís have the torsion bar front but, there is also some sort of ball joints? Another member on here describes having to replace them and that it is an early truck design? Iíll have to see if I can dig up the thread. Not sure what he had in the bed in those pictures. I was happy about the 10 lug fronts as well. My concern with the split rims is the availability of finding tires. I actually deal with split rims quite a bit at work. It was cheap enough that I could justify buying it sight unseen from pictures and videos.
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Re: 1961 Viking

Mine had 10 hole wheels but only five bolts in front.

The make 20" pickup tires now but not sure if they are heavy enough? They would need tubes and maybe they don't even make 20" tubes anymore...
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Old 09-27-2020, 12:20 PM   #8
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Neat truck.
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Old 09-28-2020, 10:05 PM   #9
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Any other things to look out for?
The hydraulic brake systems on these seem to be the Achilles Heel.

First, it is a critical system when dealing with the weight of these trucks, especially when loaded. To make matters worse, it is a single pressure system, not a split circuit like all modern (post-sixties) vehicles.

Second, it is more complicated with the Master/Slave setup and vacuum booster setup.

Thirdly, many of the parts are tough to find. Technicians with experience in these systems are also difficult to find.
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Old 09-28-2020, 11:05 PM   #10
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Re: 1961 Viking

Unfortunately the Acurride 28160 are nearly impossible to find, A company called WheelsNow makes repro accurrides but they look funny--I own a set for my C50. $250 ish per wheel.

Original Hydraulic brakes are almost always in poor working condition and finding the part numbers is getting harder and harder.


I love these trucks but maaaaaaaaan they don't seem to love us back sometimes.
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:07 AM   #11
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Re: 1961 Viking

I can see the appeal. Looks to be in great shape. I'd imagine there'd be some way to upfit later more serviceable brakes
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I can see the appeal. Looks to be in great shape. I'd imagine there'd be some way to upfit later more serviceable brakes
It would be nice if someone offered an Air Brake conversion. That would solve a lot of problems.
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