Riz, I am the proud owner of my fourth old truck. In my current running ’55 first series, I have a 235 with a Saginaw four-speed. I am thinking about putting in a 350. That in itself is easy, but I would like to keep the current transmission. The bellhousing causes some concern. I have an early ’70’s housing but am not sure about what throwout fork to use. If you have any information on this configuration it would help.

I have been subscribing to Classic Trucks for many years now and do have one complaint. It seems like every issue runs out before I am ready for it to and I have to keep rereading it over and over. Oh well …

Keep up the good work. Thanks.

Tom Beck

Hi Tom. Geez, that’s a tough one (for me anyway), I’m familiar with more than one source of adaptors for using later-model automatics behind your 235, and there are adaptors for bolting up an S-10 five-speed manual as well. I’m gonna keep digging to see what I can find for ya, but in the meantime check out www.stoveboltengineco.com, and www.inliners.org for more help and info. Best of luck! RIZ

Hi Jim, My name is Joel Rude. I live in northwest Minnesota. I have been a Classic Trucks subscriber for over 10 years, and really have enjoyed the magazine. I have been enjoying your tech stuff on your tri-five truck. It has my interest because of the fact that my first vehicle that I purchased is a ’56 Chevy truck. I bought it when I was 15 years old and I am now 44 and still have the truck. I am in the process of redoing my truck end to end, and I am trying to find a company where I could purchase a big back window glass that is tinted. I would prefer a tint similar to the back window on my ’04 Chevy Crew Cab if possible. I know that they are out there, but I cannot seem to find one. In the past I know that I’ve seen them on display at Back to the 50’s in St. Paul, but at the time I wasn’t in the purchasing stage. The local glass guys can only come up with clear or green tint. Any resources on your end? I would surely appreciate any info. Looking forward to more articles on your truck.


Hi Joel. There’s actually quite a few companies that offer tinted (both green and gray) ’55 to ’59 Chevy big-window glass. American Classic Truck Parts is the first to come to mind (www.americanclassic.com) and I’m pretty sure my pal L.C. at Vintage Glass (www.vintageglass.com) does as well. I know I’m gonna get yelled at for not mentioning more by name, but there are a bunch. RIZ

Riz, Here’s one for your “I did it” file. I ordered the rotary hidden tailgate latch for my Ford. Your recent article inspired me to choose this kit because no welding was required. Other kits required tailgate surgery that I don’t have the skills for. The kit contained all I needed and the instructions were simple and easy to follow. It took about 2 hours per side—and I was not rushing. The problem I ran into was that I don’t have an air-powered cutoff wheel so I used a Dremel tool for all cuts—it overheated and I had to wait for it to cool down. The second side I did most of the cutting with an angle grinder with thin cutoff blade, way better. The big rectangular hole you cut in the bed doesn’t have to be exactly perfect. The only other suggestion I would give is that when positioning the second tailgate support shoulder bolt, don’t measure, swing it up and make a mark where to drill for the compressed insert.

I would send a couple of pics, but don’t know how to attach them to this e-mail thing … Thanks for showing this in the mag, it was just what I was looking for.