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Username Post: 1956 Chevy 3200        (Topic#358088)
jjc121 
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09-17-19 11:12 AM - Post#2775714    

I am new to classic cars and just purchased my first, a 1956 Chevy 3200. It has a beautiful patina which I plan to continue to enjoy. It has a 265 V8 that runs good and three speed on the floor. The steering is a little loose but it's very drivable. What do I do first? Change fluids? Do I use modern fluids? Change plugs, wires and cap? Where do I get these things?

Lost but in love with this truck!



 


Don57 
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Loc: Illinois
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09-17-19 03:12 PM - Post#2775741    
    In response to jjc121

Congratulations on the new truck and welcome to the forum!

Just a few suggestions. If the engine is running well, don't worry too much about a tune-up yet. Your priority should be making the truck safe to drive.

First do a thorough visual inspection of the wiring under the dashboard and under the hood. If the truck has it's original wiring, there's a good chance that some of the insulation has deteriorated a bit. If you find a bad spot, either replace the wire or at least wrap it until you can do a more permanent fix.

Then take a look at the brakes and brake lines for damage, rust or leaks. If the braking system is the original type, it has a single master cylinder under the driver's floor. That master cylinder has a single outlet that branches off to all 4 wheels. So if anything fails, like a line or wheel cylinder, you lose ALL of your braking except the handbrake. Not good. Sometime in the future you may consider replacing that M/C with a dual unit.

The play in your steering could be from a few places. Get under there and have someone rock the steering wheel left and right just a little. Watch the connections on anything that moves. There could be play in the drag link or tie rod ends. Replacement parts are available. The steering box may have some play and it's adjustable to a point. Read up on this before making any adjustment. Two other things to check are the kingpins and front wheel bearings.

Check those things and let us know what you find.

Again, welcome aboard!!


Don
1957 3200 Stepside


 
jjc121 
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Loc: Missouri
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09-17-19 05:20 PM - Post#2775752    
    In response to Don57

Thank you very much!



 
Mick53 
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Loc: Northern Indiana
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09-18-19 09:26 PM - Post#2775861    
    In response to Don57

Well said. Don't forget to check the rear end grease. Welcome to the club.




 
jjc121 
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Loc: Missouri
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09-20-19 04:35 PM - Post#2776001    
    In response to Don57

It runs great. All the wiring needs to be replaced for sure and will be my first task. It has good tires, a new battery, new starter, new belt, new rear shocks, and new windshield. The headlights, high beams and brake lights work. No tail lights or turn signals. I assume the lighting issues will be resolved while replacing the wiring. It has no exhaust beyond the manifold on the right and has a glass pack on the left side. It is ridiculously loud now. I want it to be heard but more appropriately. If I didn't say before it has a 265 V8. They also say they cleaned out the gas tank and cleaned the carburetor, those things I can't confirm. They told me to use fuel with little or no ethanol if possible. I'll have to see if my small town has a station with a pump that has no ethanol. They have also bypassed the heater core by cutting the hoses under the hood so I assume the heater core is bad. I will need a defroster soon and as far as I can tell the blower doesn't work. The defroster has to go to the top of the list with the lights. Another odd thing is that the driver's door locks with the ignition key but the passenger's door doesn't even have a key hole to try and lock it. I know the driver's door lock and ignition aren't the most complicated of locks, but they keep the honest people out. Again, just any motor oil, and what weight, any antifreeze, transmission fluid, rear end oil? Or are there special fluids?



Edited by jjc121 on 09-22-19 02:30 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


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