1953 Chevy 1/2-Ton
From Dave :
This is my 1953 Chevy half-ton pickup truck.
The truck just sat at my Grandma's house in the country for about 12 years. No one got around to trying to fix it. The original motor was cracked and was probably sold for scrap at some point.
In high school, I was busy with sports. After high school, I left for the Navy. Now that I'm settled in with a job that doesn't involve a floating giant tin can, I gave my Dad a call and told him I am going to fix it. He towed it out to me (from South Dakota to Ohio).
I decided to sell my Ducati to help with the money. All of the money from that went towards tools. (I started out with half a socket set, hammer, and a cordless drill). Prior to this, the only this I knew how to do was an oil change!
I bought a 235 engine from an Internet classified listing. I have the truck in the garage and the motor on the stand. They have been sitting for a few months. Finally, one day I got bored and decided to start taking things apart.
I started with the motor. I bought some books, asked questions on here and from friends, and had to learn how to put it back together. It really wasn't as hard as it looked.
I would like to attempt to do everything myself, including the painting. So far, the only things that I haven't done is the frame sandblasting, (because I got quoted a good price and it saved me a lot of time), and the shop work for the motor (boring the block, turning the crank, cleaning the head, and they also put the new valves in for me). So far it has been a fun experience. And I am already thinking about future projects.
You can track my progress at this site, and check for lots of pictures.
David has an excellent start on this ’53 half ton. The fact that it was handed down from his Dad many years earlier as his first vehicle, makes it even more special.
~ John Lucas, Stovebolt Curator