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AD Chevy Trucks

Chevy trucks

Over 6,000 pictures
Brad Allen has an awesome collection of Chevrolet factory pictures that he has set up from film strips.

This one is on AD Chevy trucks (1947-1955).

Lots of work on Brad's part ... pure enjoyment for you.


11 March 2013
# 3013

  Owned by
Rick Sandford
Bolter # 18647


1953 Chevy 1/2-Ton 3100 4x4


Lots more pictures of the old truck as it being restored

Join the discussion about this truck


From Rick:

This is my high school sweetheart being restored a second time due to carburetor backfire in 1998.

I originally did a frame up on my 1953 1/2-ton back in 1988. While being stripped apart, I came across a 1950 5-window cab and decided to use it as I liked the driver side vent along with the wind windows.

I also decided to convert the truck to a 4x4 using a 1966 1/2-ton closed knuckle front end shortened on the left side 3.5" to match the original spring width. While I was at it, I added power steering.

I drove this truck a lot for 10 years before the fire struck the old girl. I decided this last December to strip her down again and do a full blown frame up again.

The engine is a 350 sbc with a 465 tranny and 211 Rockwell transfer case. The rear diff is a 12 bolt 3.73 posi and the front is a Dana 44 with 3.73 limited slip.

I'm going to up grade the front again with a newer Dana 44 with open knuckles and disk brakes as I upgraded the brake system to power brakes.

The color of the truck is HUGGER ORANGE. (That is a GREAT color! ~ Editor) I'm waiting for the cab to get done being painted as I have all the other parts back and ready to put it together.

I bought a totally new bed with wood and stainless hardware from Mar-K products out of Oklahoma. I also bought new front and rear fenders.

As of this date, there are a few things still on the shopping list (grille, bumpers, splash apron and glass). Every nut and bolt has been changed out and all the original parts have been bead blasted, primed and repainted.

I have posted pics on my Facebook page of the whole restoration so email to get the link. I'm hoping to have her done by July so I can hit a few local carshows this late summer/fall & for some weekend cruising. This truck has been in the family since the 1960's & I plan on handing it down to my daughters to keep it going.

Hope to get her finished this month (March). I'll be ready for a few local carshows and some weekend cruising.

This truck has been in the family since the 1960's and I plan on handing it down to my daughters to keep it going.


Rick Sandford


Rick also has a 1948 GMC 1-ton in the Gallery. Keep track of the restoration project details in the DITY Gallery and check for new photos to his photo album. Any and all questions welcome! If you post in the forum, others can share in the discussion. Great job on the truck! Thanks ~ Editor


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