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Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174841 Tue May 24 2005 03:48 PM
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I got an email from a (multi) AD truck owner in Ensenada, Mexico, asking if I could identify the year of their truck. She sent me some pictures which I have posted at my website below. It had belonged to her (deceased) step-father, and she thought it was a 53. However, she was confused (as am I) by the single piece windshield.

What do you guys think?

All of the Pictures (about 2MB)

Here's individual pictures:
Picture One
Picture Two
Picture Three
Picture Four
Cab Picture (notice the AD water truck in the background).


Jeff Nelson

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Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174842 Tue May 24 2005 03:57 PM
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It looks to me like a 54 cab with earlier front end installed.
Steve

Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174843 Tue May 24 2005 03:57 PM
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Shop Shark
The cab and box is definitely not 53.
I'm thinking it's simply a '54 with a '53 grill...

Edit: OOps Hourhand beat me to it... :p


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Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174844 Tue May 24 2005 04:09 PM
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That's the way I was leaning. It's just that all of the sheet metal looks like its been together for a long time. If the switch was done, it looks like it was done very early in the truck's life.


Jeff Nelson

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"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174846 Tue May 24 2005 04:50 PM
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Shop Shark
Agreed on the bed (flat rails) and cab(note the 54 dash) I'm guessin that the front fenders and grill have been swapped--maybe an early front end collision as you say. Nice worn patina on that truck. smile


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Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174847 Tue May 24 2005 06:13 PM
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Does the one piece W/S require a specific cab? Could it be that the glass was broken and the one piece was all they could get at the time?


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Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174848 Tue May 24 2005 06:50 PM
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Trucks should looks org but as mentioned looks like a 54 cab , you would think even if it had been wrecked they would still have used the correct cab and obivious if changed it was after the 54 came out, maybe she can do some research and see if it had been wrecked and how it is titled,not a bad looking old truck,,Fred


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Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174849 Tue May 24 2005 06:58 PM
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BradB, yes the one piece windshield wouldn't fit in the 47-53 year cabs.

I just got an email from the owner and she said that the ID plate on the door post confirms that the cab is a 54.

I told her about the 'bolt so she may be joining us sometime soon.


Jeff Nelson

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174850 Tue May 24 2005 07:08 PM
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sure looked like it was org factory,, interesting truck and post............Fred


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I am fighting cancer and I am winning the fight

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of "up to and including my life."

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Re: Identifying an AD - I'm Confused
#174851 Tue May 24 2005 07:49 PM
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If its a '54 then its 51 maybe close to 52 years old. A front sheet metal swap just 20 years ago could look that way today.


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