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  1. after too many years, I finally got my shop built and got to pull the 53 out of the pile of crud that slowly enveloped it and put it in the new shop. My plans are to be driving this gal next summer.
  2. Lookie what I drug out of hibernation!!!

    Thanks Merle. Been looking forward to this for quite a while.
  3. Dakota frame swap

    Mr Plymouthy is correct. Depends on the bed length of your particular truck. I have a standard high bed on my 53 and put an early Dakota (1991) frame under it from a extended cab truck. One thing that you need to keep in mind, the area that is best suited for shortening that frame is exactly where the vin number is stamped and if you cut that out, you will never convince your police department that you have a correct title to it when you have it inspected..... don't ask me how I know..... and I threw out the pieces I cut out when I shortened it. This being said, this task is not for the faint of heart. You need to be able to fabricate and weld.
  4. New Member ... 1953 Truck

    Welcome! Although I am not on here much right now, I have a 53 that I have chopped and put on a first Gen Dakota frame.
  5. Well, the deal fell thru on selling my truck to a Canadian gentleman, seems the title doesn't match the vin and I cut the vin out of the Dakota frame when I shortened it. I took it to the state patrol and the only thing I can do is to finish it up, have it reinspected and get a 3 year registration... or find someone with a clapped out 53 that has a title and a tag. Either way, If I have to finish it to get a title, I may as well keep it and figure some other way to pay off my wifes medical bills. I will have to finish this slowly as health has become an issue, but as it progresses, I will keep you guys updated.
  6. still here and still have my 53.

    Kevin. Wife has finished up chemo and radiation in March, just had a full body scan a few weeks ago and has now been declared a survivor, no sign of any more cancer. Had her mammogram today, that will a breath holder till we get that answer, but should be ok. I ended up with a 2 foot long blood clot in my leg, but we got that cleared up. Sciatica is killing me, but I built Cher a vintage trailer during her therapy to give her more incentive to get well. Seems to have worked. Now she wants the truck done to tow it with.... LOL
  7. two tone trucks

    wife is deciding on color schemes on her pilothouse I am building for her. If you have a two tone pilothouse, could you post a picture please? thanks, Bud
  8. vin plate question

    I seem to remember years ago there was someone who had blank repro vin plates for sale. If I am remembering right, is that person still around and are the plates still available?
  9. vin plate question

    VPW?
  10. sold the 53 to a very nice gentleman in Canada today. Left a hefty deposit and will get the rest to me by the end of next week. Huge mixed emotions about this, but I just cant physically finish it anymore. At least She will have a good life as a Canuk Truck.....
  11. Sold the truck today

    I am going to give him this forum and hope he joins. He promises updates, but you know how that goes....
  12. I have been trying to figure out how to post to classifieds and have come up emptyhanded. Can anyone kinda walk me thru it? Gotta sell my 53. Cancer is expensive stuff.
  13. how do I post to classifieds?

    thanks, got it posted.
  14. When you have a friend.....

    TIm. You will never know how much I appreciate this. I'm no hero, I just adore my wife and am doing what I can to help her thru this journey. We still plan on coming down to the BBQ if she is done with Radiation by then. We so want to go. Cher talks about it all the time because we had such an outstanding time last time we were able to attend. I am proud to call you my friend. Thanks again. Bud. SEAHAWKS!!!!!
  15. 8th Annual Clements Tailgate BBQ......

    Tim, Cher and I expect to be there. We are planning on celebrating the end to Chemo and Radiation with a month long trip and your bbq is top of the list. We have been wanting to come back since we attended our first a couple of years ago. Its still too early to tell whether our truck will be ready for this one since we had a couple of "setbacks", but we are really trying to make this happen.
  16. My Son (a great bodyman) is taking over the bodywork on my 53 while I take care of my wife while she is having Chemo for Breast Cancer. He has the left fender finished and just got the rust repair done on the right. The Hood, rear fenders and bedsides are next, then front panel, rear gate, doors and then finish the cab.
  17. one rear fender done, the other is under way. Progress, albeit slow is better than none. I am letting my son do it slow but right. Still looks on track to drive it next summer. Crossing fingers.
  18. Dragged this gem home today!

    nice!!! Doesn't it have a 53 nose on it though????
  19. the right front fender is done and he is starting on the right rear fender today. the rear fenders have a good 60 years of bumps and bruises on them for sure.
  20. ON THE ROAD AGAIN

    I love panels!!!!
  21. you guys enjoy yourself. Wish I could be there.
  22. welcome to the group. Love your truck.
  23. 49 B1B Frame Swap

    I have my 53 on a 91 Dakota frame and it fits well. I actually initially put it on an S-10 frame and the front wheels were tucked in way to far in the front fenders and it needed an s-10 4x4 rear end to even get clearance on my box. I ditched the s-10 frame and put it on the Dakota. Eastwood knew that the track was narrow, but were willing to put real wide wheels on it. I did not like the look. Hope this helps.
  24. Driving thru Oak Harbor today, I saw a green Pilothouse in a left turn lane that was obviously a 4 wheel drive. It looked completely stock, I was on my way to an appointment and could not turn around for pix or to follow him. Were there ones made in those years, or is this a modification? Bud
  25. Tim, it is between Moses Lake and Spokane.
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