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Discussion in '1947-1954' started by Zig, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Kens 50 PU

    Kens 50 PU Member

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    I can see it now!

    This is gonna be featured on MTV's Cribs. Hope you're not camera shy bro! Nice soon to be shop!
     
  2. vwnate1

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    Rhymes With SUCK

    I'm sorry but Huck brakes cannot , have not and WILL NOT ever ' work great now ' ! :rolleyes:

    :D
     
  3. Wolf

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    Nate:

    Yeah they aren't perfect, but they sure are better the 2nd time after i bleed, and adjusted. :D I did drive about 35 mph and came to a fairly quick stop. the true test will be when i actually drive in traffic!!!! then i maybe singing a different tune.

    Paul:

    thanks for the update on your shop!!! and truck. everything looks to be coming along nicely. Hopefully if i can ever get anybody to do my door, i will be driving down to Pitt to have you test drive my truck!!! cruise to sonic and hang out a bit!!!
     
  4. vwnate1

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    Huck Brakes

    Wolf ;

    Don't be discouraged if it pulls when braking or has pedal sink , I had to re-adjust the brakes on my '49 every 100 miles or so for a couple months before they bedded in correctly & behaved .

    One main thing : NO DRAG between the shoes and the drums ! I know it's normal to adjust to the faintest " sh, sh " sound as you spin the wheels but that prevents the linings & drums from dissapating heat as you drive and the Huck brakes are extremely suceptable to brake fade , that's spoil your day perttydarnquick :eek:
     
  5. Zig

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    Thanks Guys!

    I just hate having to be p-a-t-i-e-n-t...:( If I had more time and $$$, I'd have that sucker knocked out in no time! I have to do it as I can, though, so in the mean time I'll just keep dreaming of the day.

    BILL~ You would THINK those would be draft tubes, but I'm still trying to perfect my "caps" recipe so I can beat Andy in our first ever "cap" cook-off!:D

    Brian, Sonic will be the place! I'll get Shotwheels and another AD buddy I've found, and we can all roll in there at once! Wouldn't that be awesome!:cool:
     
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    While in Tx and Ok. I stop a number of times at Sonic, while they have them here in Ca. for some reason the burgers taste better back there.
     
  7. vwnate1

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    " p_a_t_i_e_n_c_e "

    Is a learned value , mayhap you can make do with drive carefully for now , if you survive that (I did , many others didn't) you'll prolly learn patience along the way....

    ;)
     
  8. Wolf

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    Zig: that would be too cool rolling in at Sonic with 3 AD's. I can just imagine. :rolleyes: But on a fun note, every time i take my beautiful 3/4 ton GMC out, even without the passenger door i get the biggest waves, and thumbs up from all the guys that i see. If i get to drive my beautiful G down to Pitt, I would love to lend you a hand on your shop!

    My dad and I were driving it around this last weekend and my dad was driving just grinning ear to ear:D and this older gentlemen about 85 was outside his house and he stood up and gave us the biggest thumbs up and wave. I couldn't have been happier. My dad asked me how I know that man and I said I didn't, and this just happens every time I take out the truck!!!

    Nate: I will be using this GMC as a truck, haulin' and just doing whatever. I did adjust the brakes not to do that "Sh sh" sound. I adjusted them per that shop manual, to the "sh sh" sound and backed it off 5 clicks i believe. Had my dad hit the brakes a few times and did it again. I did that 3 times for each wheel. I will definitely watch when I'm driving it to not get the brakes hot.
     
  9. vwnate1

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    Proper Brake Adjustment

    FORGET that ' back it off 5 clicks ' B.S. ! that's WAY too loose ! .

    You want the shoes as close as they'll go without making any dragging sounds .

    Slightly ovalled drums wil mean you'll sometimes hear a bit of the noise before you reach premium adjustment .

    The brake pedal should have no more than 1/4" freeplay before the MC push rod takes up and begins pressing the piston in ~ that's all . clevis pin freeplay is critical to proper and safe brake operation , attention to these small details will result in a high , rock hard brake pedal and markedly improved braking action .

    It just takes a firm push to make it stop is all :rolleyes:

    The brake pedal MUST have a healthy return spring so the brake pedal returns to it's fully raised position against the cab floor with a THUMP .

    Good on ya for letting Dad drive and for using it ! these are TRUCKS after all and no matter how crusty or shiny you like to keep it , they're meant to be used , driven and enjoyed ! .

    Just remember the TRUE sales sloagan GM used back then : " If It Drives Like A Truck , It's NOT A CHEVROLET ! " :D

    Truer words were never spoken , we used to take the cab doors off the trash trucks for faster ingress and egress.... :p

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  10. Wolf

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    Nate that couldn't be more true about the brakes. I did the 5 clicks on the 1st adjustment, and it did seem like it was too much. So on this last one I did only a couple, just so the pads weren't rubbing, and it sure didn't take 5 clicks.

    My pedal is now high and tight!!! Its a lot better then before, mainly due to getting the air bubbles out;) The piston starts to move with only the slightest movement of the pedal, and i put new springs on so it shoots up against the cab floor just as you described!!!

    I just love driving my GMC truck!!! I have all my sandbags that I used this winter for my "new" 91 ford truck, and man those sandbags had that truck really squatting down low. But the 52 GMC it barely moved it was funny;)
     
  11. Zig

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    For Jason

    Thought I'd bring this back up. I used a landscape timber with shims I believe. The bump in the frame over the back axle made it necissary to do this. Hope this helps!
     
  12. bigtimjamestown

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    Is this the same truck you have always had Zig? I thought it was on the road already:cool:...Big Tim
     
  13. Zig

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    That hurt!

    Yup~ That's the same one. Still about the same as it was THREE FRIGGIN' YEARS AGO!!! :mad: It's all been tied to... $$$$$! :mad: I finally have the 12 volt wiper motor to put in it, and the cowl vent gasket, but at the rate extra $$$ are freed up... :mad:
     
  14. ol' chebby

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    I got a lot of rubber from a neighbor of my inlaws....let me know if you need anything I have. It may be time for a truck building intervention at your house!
     
  15. Wolf

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    oh Im in!!!
     
  16. Zig

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    Thanks, Russ!

    An intervention... May be just the ticket! Oh, wait, first I got to clear all the crap out of my garage so I can get to my truck! :mad:

    I seem to be in this :mad: mood a lot lately. I don't like it.

    Thanks for trying to help anyway, Russ and Brian. I'll get out of this funk soon, I hope.
     
  17. ol' chebby

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    I find that stopping on the little crap and accomplishing a big task with visible results makes me feel better, like I am getting something done, then, mood lifted, I can get back to the litle stuff.
     
  18. vwnate1

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    Otoh ;

    I have different fingers ! :D .

    No , wait : I meant to say that for me , doing little baby step things helps a lot .

    One day I look at the piles of junk and decide to assemble it and VIOLA ! I have another oldie running again .
     
  19. Zig

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    Was reading about cab moving...

    Thought I'd pull this up as a way to deal with the bottom of the cab and the frame that lies under it. Just an idea.
     
  20. federale

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    This is a VERY cool way to build a garage. Put your stuff in there, build around it and you KNOW it will fit. :D
     
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