BEWARE, HOW OLD ARE YOUR TIRES? July 15 I was returning from a show, driving my truck in 98 degree + weather. All was going well (doing about 65 MPH) on a great stretch of 2-lane state highway when I heard a loud noise from the passenger rear of my truck and the 'flap-flap-flap' of a bad tire. By the time I slowed down and pulled off the side the damage was done. The … [Read more...] about Beware, How Old are your Tires?
Classic Chevy Truck Tie Rods What is the easiest way people have found to get tie rod ends out? Is there any special thing I need to know when I put new ones in? The tie rods on the stock front end components are the ball stud type connections - if you're going to replace with traditional type tie rod ends, you'll have to grind off the peening of the old ball stud and drive … [Read more...] about Tie Rods
Steering Boxes and Steering Gear Lube Mac Kinghorn: In a Motors Manual as well as a factory GM Service Manual that pertains to my 1952 Chevy 1300 pick up the instructions for filling the steering box are as follows: DO NOT FILL THE BOX WITH OIL The steering box is to be filled through the pipe plug opening on the top of the box with the top sidecover bolt above the … [Read more...] about Steering Boxes and Steering Gear Lube
Building a wood bed side for your stepside Here is a photo of my 1957 GMC. This rolling stock of pig iron and cold war sheet metal came with 4, 55-gallon drums of parts that must have totally bewildered the young kid who sold it to me in March of 1998. My 57 GMC is the result of a rebuild project over … [Read more...] about Building a Wood Bedside for your Chevy Stepside
Seat Belts in Vintage Trucks Should I install seat belts in my old truck? After watching some '50's safety films on crashes in period vehicles with solid steering columns, I started feeling very uneasy about using just lap belts in my '51 GMC. Seeing those dummies getting impaled, and their heads whacking that big wheel, gave me a very queasy feeling. And the passengers … [Read more...] about Seat Belts in Vintage Trucks