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Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton #735702 Sun Apr 03 2011 12:08 AM
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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 1/2ton back in 1988. While being stripped apart I came across a 1950 5 window cab & decided to use it as I liked the driver side vent along with the wind windows. I also decided to convert it to a 4x4 using a 1966 1/2ton closed knuckle front end shortened on the left side 3.5" to match the original spring width. I also added power steering. I drove this truck alot for 10yrs before the fire struck the old girl. I decided this last December to strip her down again & do a full blown frame up again. The engine is a 350sbc with a 465 tranny & 211 rockwell transfer case. The rear diff is a 12 bolt 3.73 posi & 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 & disk brakes as I upgraded the brake system to power brakes. The color of the truck is HUGGER ORANGE. I'm waiting for the cab to get done being painted as I have all the other parts back & ready to put together. I bought a totally new bed with wood & stainless hardware from MAR-K products out of oklahoma. I also bought new front & rear fenders. As of this date there are a few things still on the shopping list(grille, bumpers, splash apron & glass). Every nut & bolt has been changed out & all the original parts have been bead blasted, primed & 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.

Thanks,

Rick Sandford

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Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #735785 Sun Apr 03 2011 04:37 AM
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What a great story. I also understand the part about the daughter getting the truck. My youngest is getting the 37.

welcome to the bolt and good luck. We look forward to following your story so keep us posted.


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Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Achipmunk] #736348 Tue Apr 05 2011 04:39 AM
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I added a few new pics & put descriptions on the pics as well.

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #736581 Tue Apr 05 2011 11:53 PM
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Stopped by the body shop this morning to check on cab. They got it all painted but needed to buff it out. I'll be getting the cab on friday, so excited. I posted more pics on the web site for all to look at. I had left a camera with the body shop for them to take pictures during the process, that's the pics I posted.
Later Slick

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Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #748537 Fri May 20 2011 04:13 PM
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Well as of today I got the most of the interior done. Front windshields in also installed corner windows. Installed new gauges & electric windshield wiper motor. Hopfully this next week will finish the wiring & start the engine(fingers are crossed). Until next time.......

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #757581 Sun Jun 26 2011 02:36 AM
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Slick, that is one helluva job. Congrats on your fine work. I also like the lively color. Way to go. Thanks for sharing.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
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1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Achipmunk] #758714 Thu Jun 30 2011 06:36 AM
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Thanks, I'll keep posting more as I'm finishing up. Should be done with in a few weeks or so. Later

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #807580 Sat Dec 17 2011 03:50 AM
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So here it is a week before Christmas & thought by now I'd have the truck done but other things in life became center stage over the summer & fall but I will soon be on track to finish the job.
Will be posting some pics soon as I have a hole stack of them to post. Until then Merry Christmas!!!

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #839799 Fri Mar 30 2012 02:34 AM
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A few months have past & I have not had much time to work on her. I was hoping to finish the truck by St.Patricks day car show in Heppner. I have had a chance to work on it this week & mounted the new tires & wheels, installed the wing window & stainless to the drivers door, worked on the brakes getting the blead out in doing so I noticed a leak between the tranny & transfer case so I'll have to reseal that. I have almost all the sheetmetal on the truck know except for the grille & hood. If the weather holds out next week I'll pull it out of the shop & take some pictures of her. I have done so much that I forgot to post alot of it on here as I was really pushing myself last year to get her done. So now it's spring & I'm puching myself again to get this truck & the 1948 1-ton done for summer so others can enjoy them as well..... Later for now, Rick

I'll get some pictures posted.

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton [Re: Slick69] #843427 Fri Apr 13 2012 02:08 AM
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I added more pics today of the truck, ENJOY!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23561387@N05/sets/


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