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Username Post: 1936 1/2ton pickup - need to find some resources        (Topic#355688)
Posts: 2

Reg: 03-19-19
03-19-19 08:55 AM - Post#2762475    

I have an opportunity to buy a 1936 pickup in an original, but fair condition. Last it drove was 1990, stored indoors for most of its life (work truck). I like it for what it is, but I don't need a garage queen nor do I want to turn this into one. What I would like is a daily driver with original patina that gets put away for the winter.

the motor in the truck is original and I would keep it, but it is trashed with broken crank (supposedly, whatever that means, I have not investigate that yet). Either way it's not a highway capable truck stock from what I have read with its max speed of about 50 or 60 off a cliff.

I need comfortable highway speeds of 65/70 and that's where I'm lacking in resources, any websites, books or youtube channels that would describe what sort of motors fit? what's involved in the swaps? I see lot of SBC swaps but with hacked up frames which I'd rather not do and anything I search for ends up with ratrods/customs, channeled frames/roofs and all that which I have 0 interest in, I Like it for what it is, I would just like to make it more modern to increase safety and usability.

Similar issue with brakes, if I could put in a stock 80s SBC with 200hp and some disc brakes all around I'd be perfectly happy with it.

I'd be grateful for any info you may be able to share with me on these 30's trucks.


Ray P W 
Posts: 524

Reg: 09-30-15
03-21-19 07:56 AM - Post#2762586    
    In response to zracTA


I've had the same '36 Chevy PU since 1965. When I first got it I made a sbc powered "rat rod" out of it and drove it that way for about 50,000 miles as a trouble free daily driver until 1971 when I decided to restore it. So now it's all back to original with a few stealth modifications like a tandem MC and 3.55 rear gears in a '37 Chevy car rear axle.

If yours is a "high cab" '36 it's full of rotten wood and will disintegrate if driven much. No frame hacking is needed to do an engine swap. If you saw mine you'd never guess it was once a street rod with a sbc engine, B & M "Hydrostick" transmission and 1950's era Chevy PU open drive rear axle. Here's what the "Hydrostick" is:

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Ray W


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