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Old August 18th, 2021, 03:04 AM
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Just picked up my 1963 1500 3/4ton about two weeks ago and can say this truck is more reliable than I anticipated. The previous owner said the engine was rebuilt which made me more confident driving it home. When I first drove home on the back roads which was about a 30mile trip she barely made it after noticing a pinhole leak on the lower radiator hose as I pulled into my drive way. Lucky for me I called Napa that next morning and picked up a new one in stock and have since been driving it daily about 5 miles to and from work. No over heating, or idling issues at all, fires up mostly every time but struggles a bit when I fill up with a good amount of gas. Itís got the original 305 v6 4 speed which is really growing on me. I plan on adding P/S and a better breaking system pretty soon due to how much driving I will be doing with it.Thanks for any advice in advance about this truck. Iíve definitely committed myself to a slow and steady restoration and already love how it currently looks and runs!

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Old August 18th, 2021, 03:27 AM
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Just picked up my 1963 1500 3/4ton about two weeks ago and can say this truck is more reliable than I anticipated. Thanks for any advice in advance about this truck. Iíve definitely committed myself to a slow and steady restoration and already love how it currently looks and runs!

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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you found a good one. Glad to hear you're starting a slow and steady restoration. You should get helpful answers here to specific questions, so ask away!
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Old August 18th, 2021, 05:35 AM
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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you found a good one. Glad to hear you're starting a slow and steady restoration. You should get helpful answers here to specific questions, so ask away!

Thanks Ed, I really look forward to all the help ! One question i have in particular is that Iíd like to address the gas smell. Iíve been getting used to it but my passengers really notice it, Iím thinking to to replace the gas cap and any other hoses that may be weathered first. Or Possibly relocating the tank all together from the cabin?


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Old August 18th, 2021, 05:43 AM
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I believe I do have some type of fuel issue ever since I filled up about 20 gallons the night before on Sunday night and the next early morning had to use starter fluid to get her going. The in line fuel filter was full of gas when I tried starting it and normally is half way filled when driving. Or less than 25% full when low on gas.


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Old August 20th, 2021, 03:39 AM
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could be trash inside the carb--it should have a WW Stromberg.
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Welcome to the GMC V-6 forum. You guys out in California have no idea what most of Us in the other 49 states put up with. I bet my 3-1/2 year old Ram 1500 has more rust than your 61 year old truck!
Yes, trucks had fuel tanks behind the seat back then. If your getting gas fumes in the cab you have a potential leak. Relocating the tank is very possible but not without risk. Side or rear impacts could rupture the tank with deadly results. Somewhere between the back of cab and rear axle and between the frame rails is preferred, and under the bed floor. Tank filler could be behind a small door, or extended to a rear wheelwell, and I see lots of fillers in bed floors on TV shows now days.
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Old August 20th, 2021, 06:57 PM
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Congrats on getting a "new" truck with many miles left to go.
I think you may get used to the steering and the braking.
I've had the brakes (they are big) do exciting things after fording deep water, never from heating (fading).
And you'll find it steers better with a load, which is what it is made for.
The filler hose is the probable source of the gas leak. Easy to locate and very fixable.
Slow and steady is great advice.
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Old August 22nd, 2021, 07:52 PM
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I appreciate all the advice you guys have given so far. I am still driving daily and the whole no power steering thing isnít too bad, brakes are not much of an issue either as I am only traveling at a max speed of 45-50 around town. I also feel blessed that the rust is at a minimal since hearing about how much of a struggle it is everywhere else ! Finally took some pics I wanted to share about how sheís looking under the hood. Would love to either buy a carb rebuild kit but maybe a replacement would do me better in the long run.






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Very nice progress Uncmn!

Yes do give that rebuild a chance and see how it goes. I got a lot from Fetch’s thread on the rebuild (Very Helpful as always) and even though yours is different, it can’t be too much more difficult. Just get yourself a good comprehensive kit.
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Old August 25th, 2021, 05:06 PM
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Hello there,

Good looking truck. I would recommend getting a rebuild kit for the carb and rebuild it. I did too and mine ran much better.
With a little gas in the tank my fuel filter is the same as yours regarding fuel level. I'm getting sufficient gas to the carburetor though.

I had the gas fumes in the cab thing as well, I contributed it to the fuel gauge gasket. After tightening the screws it got much better, will be replaced soon as the gauge don't work.

Interesting are the knobs left and right from the ignition, is the right one a cigarette lighter? What does the left one do?
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