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#545576 Thu Jun 11 2009 10:35 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
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Hello, guess I'm outa my mind, my son says I'll never drive it...we will see. My newest project is a "Basket case" 1953 GMC 1/2T P/U. Frame and axles, cab, doors,box & tailgate, inner and outer fenders, and a hood. Bought it all taken apart for $100. Easier that way, to put back together the way one wants to. There is a long list of what isn't there; that just makes it more interesting a challenge for one who hot forges steel and welds, to 'Git'er Done'.

I've had a little experience with these iron beasts. Had a 1930 AA Ford Stake truck, rescued from the cutter's torch.
"Old Fords never die, they just get new owners" was painted on the inside of the cab cowling, just before I sold it. It should be considered a universal expression to "Old Trucks never die, they just get new owners". Nuff said.

Will have lots of questions to ask, and will make use of this forum for possible answers. Modify as necessary, just make it work. The '53 has no bumpers, grille, or running boards. Just leaves more to the imagination to create from scratch.

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Wrench Fetcher
Good luck with the project and welcome to the bolt!

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Shop Shark
Welcome, I'm building a 53 too but I seem to have a bit more to work with. if you need pics or have questions just ask.

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Shop Shark
Stephen..Welcome to the 'bolt.
There are few folks here who have rescued trucks from a fate worse than death!
Prove your son wrong.........
You'll get plenty of good info here,and don't forget the pics!
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I've definately got this truck thing in my blood ... my DNA sequence has torque settings

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Welcome Stephen, the 53's are nice all right. The cheapest way to get an old truck is to get one all done up and completed. Many of us get basket cases in various levels of disrepair and put them back together. Occasionally, a truck really is too far gone to resurrect, but it can still be used for parts. For someone who has had experience, it's easier to restore while others have to hire out a lot of the work. I feel you are up to the task, you seem to like a challenge. This is a good place to find out stuff you don't know yet about your truck. Many of us have already done what you are about to start and we are willing to help. Just fire away with your questions. Take the time to post the questions in the proper forum.

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My two Bolts were pieced together ('48 and '53). So I know where you are coming from.

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Stephen, just do "something" on it everyday and it will surprise you at how it will go.... and with help from the Bolt it will be a nice experience...frustrating at times but still a neat thing to do. It will also be a great time for you and your son.
Keep us posted. We like pictures.

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Shop Shark
Welcome to the Bolt Stephen, and HOW BOUT THEM WINGS !! Whoo hooo !!
Now back to the topic it wont be long before 'Git'er Done' becomes "Got'er Did !! Keep plugging away a little at a time good luck with your project,
And as the others said...dont forget pictures pix

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Welcome to Stovebolt!

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StephenA, Welcome to the bolt, I too am from Michigan..
I live in the thumb area...Good luck on Your project, and don't
hesitate to ask questions...Bill B.

1952 Chevy 3104 Shortbed 5-window
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