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1955-66 Tech Talk

1955 – 1966 Chevy and GMC Technical Article Listings

Monday, April 16th, 2018

 

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Mechanical

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Speedometer and Gauges

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Trim

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The First Chevrolet V-8 Full Pressure Oil Filter

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

The enclosed page from the Chevrolet Factory Assembly Manual is dated July 23, 1955. It appears to be announcing the new full flow oil filter that attaches to the lower left rear side of the 265 V-8 engine block.

For the early 1955 year- after the introduction of their first small block V-8 – the oil filter had been a dealer installed by-pass unit attached to the front of the intake manifold. See tech article under 1955-66, then click on accessories.

As per the attached drawing, this new mid 1955 filter was not a spin-on design. The cartridge was inside a round housing that Chevrolet calls an “oil filter assembly”.  One long center bolt was removed to replace the inner throw-away cartridge.  This system was used on Chevrolet small block V-8 s for about 10 years while some other vehicle manufacturers used the spin-on filter as used today.

Chevy V-8 Engine Instruction

1960-1961 Parking Lights

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


The most unique feature of the 1960-1961 Chevy / GMC Truck is the design of their hood. It is not in any way similar to the year before. Whether you like it or not, there is no other vehicle with an appearance like this Chevy and GMC Truck. As GM was known for saving on tooling costs (especially with trucks) this is a perfect example. The large sheet metal hood is the same on GMC and Chevrolet trucks but the parking light housings are different!
Look at the attached photos. You will see how GM gave each of their two brands a different look while keeping the same hood.

1960-61 Parking Lights -1 1960-61 Parking Lights

Chevrolet                                                                                 GMC

 

1955-59 GMC Front Motor Mount

Friday, January 24th, 2014

1937 Chevrolet Lower Bar
1937 Chevrolet Lower Bar

 

Installing an Updated Duel Chambered Master Cylinder

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Warning:  When installing an updated duel chambered master cylinder under the floor of an older GM truck, a brake line modification may be necessary.

It is not acceptable to allow the modified brake line to touch or be very close to the exhaust pipe.  During long trips, the exhaust heat can cause a rise in the brake fluid temperature to near boiling level.  Modern master cylinders do not have a vented cap to release line pressure so fluid will be forced out through wheel cylinders.  The early single chambered caps are vented to prevent this.

Check your brake lines on non-original trucks.  Do not allow a safer system to leave you without brakes.