hi allhave just joined, I have bought a 1948 chevy loadmaster , 2 tonne 161" tipper truck. it has the straight 6 petrol in it, its original with 2 owners from new and 71k original miles.I have bought it to use for 2x reasons. first is to replace my ford transit tipper truck I use as a builder, running costs are silly, as this chevy truck is road tax and mot exempt (uk ) and small insurance cost then I would like to have it to use for work, would also be a great advertisement for my building company,2nd use is to have sides that are removable and double up as ramps for a car transporter for my custom cars. will fit a electric winch. ok so what issues I have and what I know so far that needs to be done.6v circuit . how easy is it to change to 12v ??I blend my own diesel fuel so really want to fit a higher bhp diesel which isn't the modern variant of common rail, so a direct inj type - with that said has it been done ? I presume this 90 hp petrol engine will be a leaded engine ? in the uk we do not have leaded now. have been told it would be slow with this 90hp straight 6 engine and box ? its a 4 speed. is there anyway of getting more power and speed from what I have before I go thinking about a chevy 6lt v8 engine ?if I went the diesel engine route then I think I would have to fit a electric pump for the rear tipper ??? where is a good place to get spares and service parts in the uk ?do they do a disc conv for the front.??what do I need to look out for ? known issues etc.sorry for all the questions,thanks all.very excited Shaun
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1948-CHEVROLET-TRUCK-4-0-L-/221354556643?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3389c27ce3this is the truck
will put some pics up
BRAKES.... going slow with the stovebolt six is one thing.. STOPPING THAT thing is another.. why not measure the spring centers.. find some later axles and wheels that will fit..with current brakes... there are for the 1/2 and 3/4 ton version dual master cylinder kits ..but with that size of brake.. you may need larger bore master cylinder..this will also allow you to get newer tires and wheels on it..i know you would like to keep it classic.. but if you are going to run it around empty that's one thing. but hauling cars or projects on it puts it in a whole different class of being sued.. i am just looking out for you.. and these are only words of advice. what kind of oil burner motor you install depends on whats available.. and what will work with home brew fuel.. there is a web site that you might enjoy... gmpartswiki dot com they have parts catalogs and a few pages of diagrams that i think cover that year of truck.. a good friend of mine had an almost identical 5 ton version.. he used in his concrete block fence business.. he could put pallets of concrete blocks on the truck.. just fill the flat bed and take them anywhere.. he got pulled over on the freeway by the california highway patrol.. they made him offload the entire load onto another truck before they let him drive it off.. it had come off an almond orchard. it was in an like new condition.. the almond farmer had bought a dozen of them new after the war.. and this one had broken down and nobody could get it started.. so it sat in the shed at the side of the barn for 45 years.. my friend bought it from the farmers wife .
HI WAYNEthanks for the reply. iam good with the engine , prob go for the Cummings 6bta or 4bta turbo.on brakes I am happy with rear drums but do want front discs. will look into that. I like the wheels but agree I should see if the tyres are still available, this truck will take 2 tonne so over here they would have to weigh me before forcing me to unload. am confident on that front.yes its the engine and box I need to upgrade I think. for now Im going to get it road worthy and drive it for a bit just doing local work with a tonne here and there to see what it feels like,someone else said to measure the width and transplant different axles, just seems a shame to take it so far away from original. but agree its got to be roadworthy and fit for purpose.always a balance that. your mates truck sounds nice. always great to pick up a totally stock original. means you are the first to work on it or customise it. so is it easy to switch to 12v ??