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Old 01-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #91
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Thanks Timbuk --- have a loooong ways to go but do want it all "right". Both in terms of the Art Deco styling, how it works & and how it lasts. My biggest concern to date is the rear end/gearing. Really hope to keep the original wheel & tire combo but absolutely must find taller gears. This thing was built before the National Highway System was even invented and geared to pull steep, backwoods hills...not cruise at Interstate speeds. The stock gears are only good to 45 or 50 tops and I can't get on many roads these days with that limit. Sadly, there is absolutely no other gear set that will transplant, so I'm looking at either a complete rear end swap or a major cut & weld job. I can get a little better top end out of an OD tranny, but that still leaves me a long way from a safe highway speed. Especially given the lower RPM that the new Cummins diesel will be happy at (1800rpm).

Oh well, just one of many challenges ahead. We take these things on knowing it won't be easy, but no matter how "realistic" we think we are going in...they always manage to present us with more than we'd planned on. It's like I told a friend...if it was easy, everybody would be cruising around in nifty updated vintage iron instead of the boring shoeboxes that fill the roads, right?

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #92
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you can easily change out the rear end. and... if your wheels are the split "widow maker" wheels of that era, the tire shops may not change them.. They won't around here, so you might have to do your own. Better to just get modern wheels cause 99% of the people won't even notice.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:08 AM   #93
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That should be an easy change. Maybe something out of a C50/C60 type would work. Yank the whole thing out and replace it. Gee...if I was near you, I would come and sip sweet tea and watch you do this. ;)
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:35 PM   #94
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Still researching dually rear ends/complete axles but trying to keep the original wheels makes it difficult. The originals are 10 lug, 5 x 20's and have a safety ring but they are not Widow-makers. Anything smaller in diameter just doesn't look right unless you are going for hot-rod styling (which I'm not). There are some some 22.5, 10 lugs that will fit these axles, take newer tubeless tires, and work out very close to the final diameter, but they are very hard to find. Came on '56 to 59 Chevy 1.5 tons and are scarce as hens teeth these days.

One gearing solution I'm considering I saw over on the Stovebolt forum. Fellow there cut the entire center section out of a later truck and grafted it onto his existing outer axles. Quite a project, but until someone decides to make new ring & pinion sets for these old workhorses (not likely), it may be the route I have to go.

Like they say..."If it's not one thing it's another my little Roseannadana."
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #95
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best tp update if you can c50-60 as mentioned is best my 65 has a clarke rearend with a 5 speed its alot of cash gettin brake parts for it go newer easier to change the whole thing
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:34 PM   #96
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Here is a stainless sheet that I am thinking about using down each side of the bus between the upper & lower rub rails. The pattern is raised but not all that large. More like what you'd see on a '57 Chevy Bel-Air rear fender than corrugated roofing or a Ford Tri-Motor. Also, it can be painted and then the raised elements sanded clean/polished for a really interesting look.

Do you know the manufacturer of the stainless? Or style name?
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #97
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Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

For the wheels why not just recenter with maybe a coverup to change it to th "corect" bolt pattern?ford did it on the newer trucks 7 lugs(I think)covering 8 lug wheels
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #98
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Hey Thommassey --- the outfit is Rigidized Metals...they make a range of patterns in stainless, mostly for architectural use. They were quick to send a sample. Here's the link...

http://www.rigidized.com/samples.php

Bansil --- haven't seen an adapter to get back to the ten-lug wheels I am trying to keep. Also heard the ones they do make put a lot of strain on the lugs & wheels.

And...haven't had the time to even visit my bus in nearly two months (Arrrggh!) Been working around the clock on paying work to try and afford more parts & such. Hope she still remembers me.
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I was referring to actually cutting out the center of the wheel and welding in a new center,fairly common mod for custom wheels
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:09 AM   #100
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Bansil --- I talked to some folks about that approach a while back, they said they could do it but on wheels that big around wouldn't guarantee the alignment/balance. May still have to try that route if I can't find an off the shelf/bolt on solution. Thanks for reminding me.
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