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37 Dodge 1.5 ton pu. Originally a fire truck,now a work in progress. Anyone interested can follow the build progress on the truck side of the board.

 

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1940 Plymouth Truck ,PT 105  ,98 % Original 

Loving my Truck. Just need to try and get a bit more speed out of her. Getting about 40 mph. 360 Flathead 4 speed. Don't believe you can buy ring and pinions for these anymore can ya. Maybe a 5 speed

My baby.  This is Fiddy.  I had a 2005 Harley FatBoy, her name was Fatty.

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8 hours ago, 53 B4D said:

I'm new to this but always wanted to buy and restore a classic/vintage car so I bought this 53 B4D to keep me busy during the pandemic. 

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I think you missed the restore part of the goal with that purchase! Looks like a great condition truck that needs little. I know they are kinda love/hate but personally the 53 is my favorite pilot house

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On 2/17/2021 at 11:39 PM, 53 B4D said:

I'm new to this but always wanted to buy and restore a classic/vintage car so I bought this 53 B4D to keep me busy during the pandemic. 

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Nice 1 ton!  I see a few mods but looks really solid!

 

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Been absent for a short while but I see a few fantastic "new" trucks! Cheers Guys. 

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17 hours ago, 53 B4D said:

What mods do you see? Any feedback is appreciated. I'm a newbie remember ☺️ I haven't done anything to the exterior other than replace windows and paint wheels.

Rear bumper, hooks on the bed, has B1 or B2 mirror arms.  Nothing big, but not "stock".  Like I said looks really solid!

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3 hours ago, ggdad1951 said:

Rear bumper, hooks on the bed, has B1 or B2 mirror arms.  Nothing big, but not "stock".  Like I said looks really solid!

Good to know! Thanks for the info. I did suspect that heavy duty looking rear bumper was not stock. Wonder what the truck was used for?  It's a 1 ton with a long bed. I did find out from the VIN # that it was built in the San Leandro plant in CA.

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Don't wait to get started. Doesn't cost much to start taking one apart to find out what it needs.

 

Do that and keep a list. Find out by asking which parts are the hardest to find,and make a special effort to find them first. This has several advantages,the prime one being are that any rare part you buy today will be cheaper now than it will be in 5 years,AND you won't have to stop your restoration 5 years from now while trying to find that rare part.

 

Plus,it keeps you "in the game" and makes sure you don't lose interest.

 

I haven't turned the first wrench on my basket case 33 Plymouth coupe yet,but already have every part I think I am going to need tagged and put away in my shop. This includes the 6 carb 330 DeSoto hemi,and a push-button 727 with the controls and cables.

 

The only parts I can think of at the moment that I don't already have are the paint,upholstery,and the glasses.

 

Hope to sell my stock "older restoration" 31 Plymouth coupe and my 37 Dodge truck this spring to get the money and the room in the shop to start working on the 33. It's going to be a "50's street hot rod" with stock body including fenders,but I MIGHT leave the hood off. Even if I do,it will be restored and stored inside my shop so the next owner can use it if he wants.

 

 

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On 2/23/2021 at 6:41 AM, knuckleharley said:

Don't wait to get started. Doesn't cost much to start taking one apart to find out what it needs.

 

Do that and keep a list. Find out by asking which parts are the hardest to find,and make a special effort to find them first. This has several advantages,the prime one being are that any rare part you buy today will be cheaper now than it will be in 5 years,AND you won't have to stop your restoration 5 years from now while trying to find that rare part.

 

Plus,it keeps you "in the game" and makes sure you don't lose interest.

 

I haven't turned the first wrench on my basket case 33 Plymouth coupe yet,but already have every part I think I am going to need tagged and put away in my shop. This includes the 6 carb 330 DeSoto hemi,and a push-button 727 with the controls and cables.

 

The only parts I can think of at the moment that I don't already have are the paint,upholstery,and the glasses.

 

Hope to sell my stock "older restoration" 31 Plymouth coupe and my 37 Dodge truck this spring to get the money and the room in the shop to start working on the 33. It's going to be a "50's street hot rod" with stock body including fenders,but I MIGHT leave the hood off. Even if I do,it will be restored and stored inside my shop so the next owner can use it if he wants.

 

 

Good advice. However, right now I am just finishing getting my shop built and then I need to start on the house.  The truck is all there except someone stole the hood ornament and the rear of the cab is rusted away (I see a couple of places that sell the corner and back panels online). I was able to find a NOS hood ornament, so I am pretty well set.  I doubt I will loose interest, I have been driving and fixing up Dodge trucks for > 50 years.  My first DD to high school was a 1941 WC-12. 

 I will start a new thread on the recovery and my progress in the near future.  

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Really like this truck! Please tell about drive train if you know what’s under there. And if you know what the original color was? I have one as well and it was orange originally maybe with black front and fenders. I haven’t seen many in Orange and I’m digging it! I have some old AC tractors that would look good on the tail.

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I'm glad you like it.  I can tell you it has the original 251cid engine from the factory with a 2 speed trans.  It also has everything under it to make it a dump truck, although it's a fixed flatbed now.  I believe my "buildout" showed that it was originally painted red, but I believe it has been painted over.  It might have been painted red again, but with the extra hot sun in the Central Valley, it may have faded to this lovely color.  I've been working on her for over 8 years and I have just one more thing to do to complete her which is to get my fuel gauge to work.....what a pain!  Looks rough from the outside, but just about everything has been repaired to make her functional once again.

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