Durwood is very funny, "Is there a 'fifth' under the seat?"
My welcome to the list, also.
Speedo gears are a wide combination of selections. If you don't already
have a shop manual, get one. I think it lists some of the common sets for
different tire sizes/rear ratios (not that ½ tons have any selection for
rear ratios-4.11 is it, except for a late market 3.55 set from Patrick's).
Talk to either Patrick's (520-836-1117) or Jim Carter Antique Truck Parts
(816-833-1913) about gear sets (& availability). If you buy anything from
Jim Carter's, talk to Kelly & mention the list & get a discount. Either
way, if you change the cable gear enough to require the main shaft gear to
be changed, then you are going to have some extra work separating the
driveshaft from the tranny tail & pulling the gear out of the end of the
tranny. Changing the cable gear is easy, just pull the cable, pull the
cable receiver plug from the tranny & there's the gear.
Another good source of information is Bob Adler at 518-733-5749 (Days EST).
Lastly, look at the site http://chevytrucks.org/index1.htm for other vendors
& ALL kinds of good tech. info.
49 3104 216 5-window
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 7:37 AM
Subject: [oletrucks] '53 drive gear
> From: W P. Fricke
> I'm brand new to this list so forgive if this has been covered before.
> I am trying to fix the speedo on my '53 1/2 ton pick-up. The cable is OK.
> When I remove from the gauge end the spindle doesn't turn so I am thinking
> its the drive gear mechanism at the tranny end. I haven't taken that apart
> yet. A couple of questions:
> Will I need to replace any gaskets?
> How many teeth on the stock for a 235/granny 4 speed?
> What should the teeth count be if running 15 inch wheels (255/60 15's to
> Where can I get replacement drive gears?
> '53 3100 5 window, 4 on the floor
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959