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Chevrolet Trivia

When was a tilt steering wheel made an option on Chevrolet's

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The truck we found was a 1951 chev 3100 1/2 ton truck. It had being locally driven in the 50's and 60's. It was in great need of some tender loving care. We opted to mounting the body on a s-10 chassis, with a 350 engine and a 5 speed overdrive manual transmission. It had to rebuilt from the ground up. With the help of my wife and children ,two years later it was ready for the road................. Continue Reading

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Early Chevrolet water pumps from 1916 thru 1937 have bushings that require constant maintenance.  This style of water pump needs lubrication: oil on the pulley bushing every 50-100 miles & water pump grease from the grease cup around every 100 miles.  In addition, whenever leaking is noticed, the packing nut should be checked and tightened.  If the packing nut is turned all the way in, it will be necessary to add a ring of packing and readjust the nut.  Failure to properly maintain this style of water pump can cause failure of the bushings, and leaking that cannot be stopped.  At that point the only option is to rebuild or replace the water pump. 

Each time these early cars & trucks are driven, it is vital that the water pump is lubricated.  In the front of the water pump snout, there is an oil galley.  Sometimes this has a metal, spring-loaded cap on it and sometimes it is just an open valley.  Put a few drops of oil on this bushing each time the vehicle is run.

A fan belt that is too tight can damage the front bushing and cause it to fail.  It is important that the fan belt is left as loose as possible while still making the fan move.  Over-tightening of the fan belt can cause premature failure of the front bushing.  KEEP THE BELT LOOSE and the water pump will last longer.

The water pump packing nut squeezes water pump packing around the shaft to prevent leakage.  It will also prevent air being sucked into the impeller of the water pump.  Air around the water pump impeller will cause cavitation and prevent circulation of water causing overheating.
If leaking is noted, turn in the brass packing nut with a 1" open end wrench until the leaking stops.  Caution: over-tightening this nut can cause the shaft to seize.  If the packing nut is turned in all the way, back out the nut completely and add a single split ring water pump packing into the cavity.  Start the packing nut back into the housing being cautious that it is not cross threaded.  Tighten the nut until the leaking stops...Continue Reading

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Chevrolet Trivia Answer
January, 1963  

Tilt Steering Columns
Universal Tilt Steering Column's

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