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Old 04-09-2023, 04:54 PM   #376
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Wrapped up the weekend with a good bit of progress. Rear suspension is close to being assembled, front is moving along as well. More later -

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Old 04-12-2023, 09:35 AM   #377
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

nice.
I love how clen your shop looks. now, time to get it messy and have parts laid out all over the place. haha
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Old 04-13-2023, 08:09 AM   #378
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nice.
I love how clen your shop looks. now, time to get it messy and have parts laid out all over the place. haha
Thanks! I tend to clean up between steps so it doesn't get to be too much of a mess. Still tinkering on the chassis, though. Rough alignment is done, starting to run fuel and brake lines so soon we can check the chassis off the list.

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Old 04-16-2023, 09:21 PM   #379
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Still making headway. Chassis is now officially back on its own suspension for the first time since September of 2019, so I'm stoked about that. Took the time and got the alignment close to save time later, and then set it up on my "custom" jackstands. Cleaned up a little, then slapped the engine on the table to check bellhousing runout, clean everything up and do the cam swap. More later - thanks for looking-

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Old 04-17-2023, 09:13 AM   #380
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Looks really good. Keep at it Dan.

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Old 05-07-2023, 07:25 PM   #381
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Quick update. Still making good progress; spent the last few weekends routing e-brake cables, test fitting the seat frame a few more times and sent the headers off for coating. Also cam swap is in progress, got the bellhousing dowels replaced with offset dowels and dialed in - and fooling around with a "weight distribution" idea.

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Old 05-07-2023, 08:45 PM   #382
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

looks outstanding!!
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Old 05-12-2023, 09:49 PM   #383
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

This next part may be controversial, but . . . .

Every truck I've owned has been too light in the rear, so I knew I wanted some weight in the back but didn't know how much. I mocked up the bed, fiberglass fenders, running boards, etc to see how the rear suspension acted. Of course, it was a little stiff. I "added" the weight of a full tank of gas and played around with extra weight till I had a little more motion, and finally decided I needed around 80-100 pounds added out back. So how? I dug around and had a piece of stainless plate from a past job and started whittling away. 1-1/2" stainless plate, 6"36", is 94 lbs. Perfect. I bent up some brackets and hung it under the gas tank. With the plate installed and 100 lbs of gas, the plate sits 6.5" off the ground. If it's too much, I wasted a morning, but I can drop it in 30 minutes, so we'll see what happens. Still moving along - thanks for looking-

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Old 05-12-2023, 11:55 PM   #384
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

now thats thinking outside the box-so to speak. lol.
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Old 05-22-2023, 11:39 AM   #385
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

i normally don't run a spare, but added a full size 37" spare to the back of my jeep for the same reason. better ride, better balance, but it's more weight swinging wide around a corner ... not like the jeep corners anyways.

any way to run more fuel or relocate functional items back there vs just added mass? you know, cuz racecar.
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Old 05-22-2023, 09:10 PM   #386
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

shoulda cut "BIG DAN" into it and put it on top of the notch!

looks a little low to me for steep entrances but if you drag it once in a while will it even show?
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Old 05-26-2023, 10:21 PM   #387
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i normally don't run a spare, but added a full size 37" spare to the back of my jeep for the same reason. better ride, better balance, but it's more weight swinging wide around a corner ... not like the jeep corners anyways.

any way to run more fuel or relocate functional items back there vs just added mass? you know, cuz racecar.
I actually started with way more weight, then deducted fuel weight, bed, etc. The actual plate i started with was 1-1/21836 (300 lbs). Once I figured what I needed it was water-jetted to size. Fingers crossed it works!


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shoulda cut "BIG DAN" into it and put it on top of the notch!

looks a little low to me for steep entrances but if you drag it once in a while will it even show?
It should be 6-1/2" from the ground and hidden by the license plate if my ciphering is correct . . . . But I like your idea too!

Thanks for looking - more later-

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My 53 3100 "rebuild" - Soon to be Scott's suspension, LS, low and mean.
https://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vbo...d.php?t=791886
My 65 Ford project . .
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Old Yesterday, 05:57 AM   #388
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Minor progress- finished the cam swap and got the LS back together and cleaned it up a bit. Waiting on the clutch, then I'll go ahead and land the engine / trans in the chassis for good. More later -

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https://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vbo...d.php?t=791886
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