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Old 02-19-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Just got this last week. keeping everything old school with a 4" drop, white walls steel wheels with no caps. Pretty straight and not to bad on the rust. more pictures to come before I get started. This was before I pulled it home.





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Old 02-19-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

looks like a nice start. keep us posted with the updates and pictures. Everyone likes pictures..
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
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Took a few more pic's.

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Old 02-19-2015, 11:56 PM   #4
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looks like a nice start. keep us posted with the updates and pictures. Everyone likes pictures..
X2....nice find
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:07 AM   #5
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Cool find, enjoy the build!
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:21 AM   #6
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Very cool heater.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:58 PM   #7
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Ordered a bunch of parts this week for the interior and electrical. This weekend I'm going to clean the engine up a little and pull the oil pan to see what I can tell about the condition of the motor. The motor is a 235 out of a 55'. I would like to keep this set up but if it's no good I'll find a running used 305 or 350 to put in.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:05 PM   #8
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

FYI if you need odds and ends there is a guy named Dean up in Bentonville who has a nice stockpile of parts for these trucks. He used to buy and sell on Craigslist.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:14 PM   #9
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FYI if you need odds and ends there is a guy named Dean up in Bentonville who has a nice stockpile of parts for these trucks. He used to buy and sell on Craigslist.
Thanks! Any idea how to get ahold of him?
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:54 PM   #10
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

No idea, its been about 5 years but I could show you where he lives on a map...will do that when my computer starts cooperating. He parted these trucks and always had a few cabs, frames, and such outside. In his barn are stacks of doors, steering wheels, glass, etc. I will dig around my old e-mails and see if I find anything too. Last time we connected I posted a "WTB" on Craigslist.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:39 PM   #11
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Pressure washed the engine and under carraige just to get it somewhat clean. Pulled the plugs again and the inspection plate off the bottom of the trans. First good news was it turns over well by hand. I pulled the oil pan after draining the oil. Nothing concerning in the pan. Pulled one of the journals off so far and I think it looks pretty decent. Crankshaft looks good too. I'm going to pull the rest and the connecting rod bearings.

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Let me know if you see any issues. Thanks
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:49 PM   #13
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Thats so crazy nice.......good luck with the build......
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I agree, really clean looking bearings. Have fun!
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:50 AM   #15
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It's so nice to work on something for change that has so much room everywhere you turn. I'm really going to enjoy this. Everything else I've done you have to scrap a layer of skin off all your knuckles to get the easiest spark plug out. What a blessing simplicity is.
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:28 PM   #16
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Crankshaft bearings were good. the connecting rod bearings were scorched and I could feel variations in texture on the crank. Going to pull it and put in a v8. With that said if I put in a 305/350 with th350 trans am I going to need a custom drive shaft? I believe my 3 speed is the longer one. Has a long tail.
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:58 AM   #17
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Found a nice stock 305 with th350 fully dressed for $600 78K. Just pulled out 2 months ago. I'll get some pic's this weekend pulling out the 6.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:47 PM   #18
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Tore the front down today after lunch. going for the bed tomorrow and interior.
Think i'm going to change directions a little. Gonna do the S10 swap.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:53 PM   #19
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

is the frame bad?
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:25 PM   #20
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

No, but by the time I redo brakes, wheel bearings, ball joints and a drop axle with the modified steering arms I could just swap in a S10 frame for less.
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:33 PM   #21
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

I can only find one spot with rust holes in the frame. It's a small area about where the bed meets the cab.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:29 AM   #22
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Did some searching last night, gonna keep the original frame.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:41 AM   #23
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

I think you will be glad you did
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:54 AM   #24
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Re: Low buck 53' 3100 5 window

Still going with drop axle or ?
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:09 AM   #25
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Yes, gonna do a 4" drop axle. 4" blocks in the rear. Maybe remove a few leaves.
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