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  1. Today marked a big day for my family, as today was the day that we relocated my 1953 Dodge (Australian) coupe truck to our other shed for a complete body-off restoration. I plan to document that restoration for all here to view, learn, and offer assistance as the need arises. The project is planned as an original restoration which will take place over the next couple of years with similar attention to detail as my previous restoration project (my 52 blue Desoto truck). I picked this truck up with my late Dad back in March 2009 from a town called Tara, which is located around just under 4 hours west of my place - I live on the east coast of Australia (near the capital city of Brisbane, Queensland). I had planned on starting this restoration project a couple of years back but life seemed to keep getting in my way and the project was put on hold until now. I do not know much on the history of this truck apart from the fact that it was owned by the family of the previous owner for many years and was mostly used as a wild boar and kangaroo hunting/shooting vehicle. The truck had racks fitted, which stretched from the front to the back of the vehicle, in order to carry those culled animals (which I was told were generally destined for export to Germany). The overall condition of the vehicle was good, apart from a lot of surface rust and the stench of rats! I had initially thought of an appropriate name for this truck a few years back, but have most recently decided to name this truck 'Pop' after my dear old Dad who passed away tragically last week after a very short battle with cancer. Please enjoy this topic and feel free to offer comment, words of encouragement, or advice at anytime.
  2. 1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    I'm hearing you 48Dingo... I might have been a rich man by now if only I had the gift of hammer on dolly and some reasonable paint shooting skills I had actually considered undertaking a course many years ago. My biggest issue now is that I am very time poor these days with all of my work and also charity efforts going on. I am very committed to the project and we will move forward. We are actually shooting a primer coat on the truck this weekend (weather permitting) to prepare it for sitting for a few months. I'm hoping to pack and send another couple of shipping containers full of charity medical/educational items before it comes to pulling the truck out again as my shed is getting more crowded by the day. I am well satisfied that the truck will be finished to the high standard which I expect... it might just not happen now until sometime in 2019.
  3. 1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    I guess that I finally reached breaking point as I had the (unfinished) 'Pop' coupe truck brought home today. I’ve had constant ‘chats’ with the Panel Beater over the past year of how I seemed to be receiving ridiculously high bills from them yet very little work seemed to be getting done. It is really sad when you trust someone, who you think has the knowledge and skills to attend to a high quality rebuild in a timely manner, and then you find that they have just been doing what little they need to do in order to drag out time to get as much money from you as possible from their hourly rate. I have already established who will be finishing the project off for me, but the Pop truck can rest in my shed with some of his friends for now.…
  4. New glass

    That's how they came from the factory. I used a small flat-blade screw driver to pry my old clips out of the door frame. You should still be able to buy the clips if yours are broken (some of mine were). Check inside the door window gap/s and hopefully your clips are still lodged in the holes there ... that's if they didn't come off with your old window sweep strips. I reused some old clips which I had, but I am sure I have seen them for sale at a vendor on your side of the pond... perhaps someone in your part of the world can chime in?
  5. New glass

    Your truck is coming along nicely Gene. The door window sweeps should each have 3 little slide-on clips which go on the back edge of the sweep and clip them inside the door window slot.
  6. removing horn button, B1B

    I might be seeing things different to you guys, but then I am in Australia and it is rumoured that our water swirls down the drain in the opposite direction to where you guys are at. .. but when you look at the photos of the horn button and the 'button retainer plate 8-33-65' which I have attached, it appears that the horn button should push down and turn clockwise to remove it...
  7. 1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    The chromed hood badge is the original. There eems to be a distinct gap in between the De and the Soto. I must ring my Chromer as that was quite some time ago when I put that emblem post up. Wish that I cpuld make he BBQ this year... but I won't be back until 2020.
  8. 1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    It's been some time since I last posted progress on the coupe truck. Not much has changed since then and we are still nearing panel work completion. My bank account has been well and truly drained, and I am fast nearing the point where I have just about had enough. I am told now that there is just some minor messing around required to get the tailgate fitted, and then they are ready to resume blocking and sanding. I may bring the truck home for a few months for a bit of a break yet. I am happy with the work to date, but the amount of hours and dollars that have gone into this project are absolutely ridiculous. We live and learn hey! Here's a few pics of where we're at for now..
  9. I am proud to possess awards for the categories of 'longest distance travelled', 'wish you were here', and 'friend of the BBQ' from 2014 and 2017. I live about 10,000 miles from the BBQ, so I guess that I make that decision easy for Tim when I do travel across the pond to the BBQ . See y'all back there in 2020.
  10. NO Start issue

    What they said Tom !! Welcome to the forum by the way. Would love to see more photos of that old bus, and hear of your intentions for your vehicles.
  11. Strange Brake Issue

    I see now Ralph... so you had the eccentric braking system where the pads would revolve with the drum and become active when the shoe came out to meet them I'm glad that you found the issue without incident as my friend had the bonding come loose on the brake shoes of his 29 Dodge delivery van, which locked the brake on when the drum warmed up. I send him the photo I took of his car on the back of a tow truck from time to time just to stir him up. Regards to you and your Dad Ralph.
  12. I really looking forward to being back in 2020 Tim. I would like to spend at least a few of days in your town next trip. I'm hoping to bring the wifey with me on that trip too. We're off to London for a white Christmas this year... and may concentrate on some local trips within Oz in 2019. You guys have strange vacation times over there. It seems that one has to work for the same company for many years to get 4 weeks leave per year - 4 weeks is pretty much the normal here in Oz. I get 6 weeks vacation time each year because of all the night shifts which I am required to do. I reckon that 6 weeks is too long, but I seem to fill in much of my spare time nowadays with charity work! I look forward to seeing many photos from this year's 'Q' and will look on with envy!!!
  13. C-3-B FORUMS

    That surround trim is standard equipment on our trucks... I have the same on my E series suburban truck. I have a stainless trim which goes between the nosecone emblem and the hood emblem and will install that down the track as I reckon it will look better than the old rusty body-colored piece in there at present. It's funny just how different our trucks are in that area... but then you guys didn't get DeSoto trucks over there either!
  14. C-3-B FORUMS

    It is great to see more C series trucks appearing here. I am surprised to see such a difference between our Aussie C series trucks and those across the pond - ours seem to be more based on the B series trucks. I've had a 56 C series DeSoto 1/2 ton sitting in my shed for many years, and it is a very different truck than those others which I see. Maybe one of these days I will get around to fixing that old truck up... but Wifey tells me that I am restoring my last truck (53 Dodge coupe truck) at present!
  15. Define Irony.

    If your vehicle is travelling at the speed of light... do your headlights still work?
  16. I know that Julie is pretty keen on these old trucks... I reckon its the other way around and she's actually bringing Brent along to the BBQ
  17. I'm not familiar with the replacement gas tanks as I have only used original ones, but it looks to me like you are missing the rear mount which levels the tank - check this thread...
  18. Road trip to get a 1948 Panel....

    I will watch this build with great interest Tim... but I'd still be happier if you'd just load that panel truck into a shipping container and send it to me here in Oz!
  19. rear leaf spring pin removel

    I'm sure that Hank would be pleased with your kind words Tim. He did a great job on his steering box and his truck drives really nice and very straight on the road. He has been quite busy with family matters of late. He has recently been cleaning up some original rims readying them for his truck. I am trying to lure him back here, and I'm pretty sure that Rod is doing the same! I had a couple of 53/54 Dodge truck steering boxes rebuilt last year. I was fortunate that a tenant at one of our commercial properties repairs CV joints and car rack and pinions... who'd have thought that he'd be very good with old 50's truck steering boxes hey! I'm still hoping to have my 53 Dodge 'coupe' truck back on the road later this year.
  20. 1955 c3-c brake pedal spring

    Scott, I sent some stainless springs over for Mark a while back. He had photos in this thread... Mark had done some homework on the springs before I sent him that stainless set and has the specifications here...
  21. Spare tire carrier interchange question

    John, your photo is too small for me to view. I took a couple of photos of the spare tire carriers I have down at my shed. The overall (end to end) length is 3 foot 7 and 1/2 inches... the mounting holes are just inside that measurement. One of the carriers has a bigger kick-up on one end for some reason.
  22. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Removing the hub without the drum should be easier. The axle is tapered with a square locator key preventing the hub from turning on the axle. Maybe a little heat and a harder pull? I'm not sure what your link issue is all about. Try a Google search on 'Tanks Inc' and go to their 'fuel tanks' section. Your truck will be listed as a '39-47 Dodge truck tank'.
  23. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    So many questions Steve Keep 'em coming! Q1. The puller is your best chance with the rear hub. Some of them do get stuck on there hard. I haven't found one yet that my puller and a hammer couldn't remove. I'm thinking that you would have backed off the brakes with the adjuster nuts on the back of the backing plates. Try tapping the drum with the hammer some... but not too hard that you will distort or damage the drum! If that doesn't work... maybe a little heat or a more heavy duty drum puller. Q2. 80-90 compression is alright. A new engine will push out closer to 120. Your readings are consistent between each cylinder so I reckon that should work fine. Q3. Your gas tank looks like one from Tanks Inc. I can't help you with which hole the sender goes in sorry as I have not bought one of their tanks (I'm in Oz and the freight to me would be ridiculous). Here's their link... http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=349/category_id=68/mode=prod/prd349.htm
  24. 1953 b4 window conversion

    There's a fella on Ebay at present selling a good set of the vent-less (if that's a word?) regulators and windows... https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1952-Dodge-B-Series-Truck-Drivers-Side-Window-assy-1948-1952/263378560216?hash=item3d5295e4d8:g:o-sAAOSw9mpaLHEr The 'search' box at the top right of your forum screen can be your best friend when chasing information on a particular topic - try this thread for information on vent window removal...