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Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton

Posted By: Slick69

Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun Apr 03 2011 12:08 AM

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

Pictures on Flickr.

Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun Apr 03 2011 04:37 AM

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.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Apr 05 2011 04:39 AM

I added a few new pics & put descriptions on the pics as well.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Apr 05 2011 11:53 PM

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

Pix on Flickr
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri May 20 2011 04:13 PM

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.......
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun Jun 26 2011 02:36 AM

Slick, that is one helluva job. Congrats on your fine work. I also like the lively color. Way to go. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Thu Jun 30 2011 06:36 AM

Thanks, I'll keep posting more as I'm finishing up. Should be done with in a few weeks or so. Later
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sat Dec 17 2011 03:50 AM

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!!!
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Mar 30 2012 02:34 AM

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.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Apr 13 2012 02:08 AM

I added more pics today of the truck, ENJOY!!!

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

Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Apr 13 2012 02:08 AM

Posted more pics......


1953 3100

Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Mon May 07 2012 08:02 AM

1953 3100
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Jun 01 2012 07:20 AM

The last couple of days I got the hood put on re-checked everything under the truck to make sure I tightened & installed everything correctly. Removed transfer case, tore down, received all new seals in the mail. This weekend I'll install seals & reinstall transfer case & get the drivelines installed. Until nest time...
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Jun 05 2012 06:18 PM

Yesturday, I replaced all the seals in the transfercase, remounted it to the transmission, connected both drivelines. Getting closer for a test drive.....
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Dec 28 2012 02:32 AM

Well been a few months since I've been on here. I did take her for a test drive down the drive way & back. Still waiting on body shop to repaint hood as it's the wrong color. Grill still needs to put in but waiting on body shop to cut & puff the whole truck. I'm hoping in the next month or so she'll be all finished in time for St.Patricks parade & car show in Heppner. Until the next time, Keep the grind going....
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun Mar 03 2013 11:00 PM

Well getting ready to take the truck to the bodyshop this week to get the final cut & buff done. Hopefully get her finished this month.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Mon Mar 11 2013 12:10 AM

Today finished putting the door glass in both doors. Rechecked all the nuts & bolts on the truck starting from the rear forward. Leveled out the cab & rear bumper. Blead the brakes, but still have some air in the system, more on that soon. Was going to take the truck last week to bodyshop but I might do it this week or next.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed Mar 13 2013 01:56 PM

Ok, I finally added more photos. Heading to bodyshop today to drop the truck off to get hood repainted & buffed. Going to be a long few weeks. Hopefully will have the truck done by the end of April.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Mar 29 2013 01:18 PM

Well brought truck home from bodyshop this morning. Hood looks way better. time to get her put together.....
Posted By: Britcon

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sat Mar 30 2013 10:14 AM

Lookin good !!!
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sat Mar 30 2013 10:32 AM

Slick, you give new meaning to the phrase "moving on". Keep trucking my stovebolt buddy!!
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sat Mar 30 2013 08:37 PM

Thanks, yep I'm getting itchy.....I wanna take her for a drive.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun Apr 07 2013 01:14 PM

Hood all back together, today I'm going to start adjusting the hood & front end. Ordered a new floor mat for the inside, I have a new carpet but decided to go with the mat as I think it's a cleaner look.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun May 05 2013 07:32 AM

Finished making new interior kick panels for the 1953. They match the door panels. Will install them tomorrow. chug

Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Mon May 06 2013 08:47 PM

thumbs_up nice work.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed May 08 2013 02:15 AM

Thanks Alvin
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed May 08 2013 02:19 AM

Originally Posted by britcon
Lookin good !!!


Thanks....
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed May 15 2013 02:33 AM

Today I removed steering column to make sure that it's not the cheap CHINA repo, glad it's not. Also finished installing carpet & getting a few of the pedals reconnected, hopefully finish that all up tomorrow. Also bead blasted inner grille & dropped of to get powder coated.
thumbs_up
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed Jun 26 2013 12:11 PM

I finally got it all done....Whew.....took it for a short drive the other evening. all good. Inspected it yesterday & noticed the left front caliper has a leak. I buffed it out yesterday getting ready for the 4th of July car show here in IONE. Been raining but will pull it out in the next few days to take some pics & get them posted.
Posted By: joker

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed Jun 26 2013 02:22 PM

great looking truck, it would look really good in Tx, long horn fans would for sure love it..........
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Thu Jun 27 2013 01:19 AM

LoL. I have a long horn shirt. I'll take a pic for ya. with the truck of course....
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Jun 28 2013 01:17 AM

Well took the truck out this evening for a little drive & took a few pictures.


1953 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100 4x4
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sat Aug 09 2014 07:20 AM

Well its been a busy year. I taken the truck to several shows around the area. I also uploaded some new pictures of the truck.
You can see them here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/23561387@N05/sets/72157626414822054/
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed Feb 18 2015 01:10 PM

Gonna pull the truck out of the shop storage this weekend & get her all polished up for the year. Hope to have another good year of showing the girl off....
Posted By: sstock

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed Feb 18 2015 03:35 PM

Very nice truck. Scenery looks great too, looks like off 97 in Oregon somewhere.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Mar 17 2015 06:49 PM

Thanks. Close but a few more hrs east
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Mon Jun 29 2015 10:51 PM

Well been a great year so far. Been to 12 Shows & have taken home 13 trophies. I didn't even place a 4 or 5 of the shows.

Next car show is here in Ione. If any of you are interested in coming here is a link for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/Bluescruise.Ione.Oregon

Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sat Sep 19 2015 07:05 AM

More pictures added to the flickr account from this years car shows attended.



Posted By: ChuckC

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Sun Sep 20 2015 06:44 AM

Beauty of a truck!
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Feb 23 2016 07:15 AM

Thank you
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Feb 23 2016 07:15 AM

I entered in a contest & need votes. Thank You

http://coolridesonline.net/news-blog/featured-members/ride-of-the-month-contest-february-2016/


Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Feb 26 2016 06:39 PM

Getting ready for the spring to get here. pulled the tranny & transfer case the other day. I hate oil leaks. After getting them on the bench & taking apart several of the seals & gaskets had failed. After a trip to the parts store yesterday, today will be reassemble day. Also the throw out bearing was shot(cheap bearings any more). Hope to have it back together this weekend. Sure makes it nice having a car lift & high lift transmission jack, Don't miss the days of crawling around the cold floor. Oh I also removed the bed wood & sanded them down. I put 6 coats of urethane on them, way better appearance then before. I also polished the stainless runners that hold the bed wood into place. I post pictures on Flicker account. Later fellow Bolters
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Mon Feb 29 2016 06:28 PM

Ok people last day of voting so get them in. Thanks for everyone who put up with me this month hounding you for votes. Means a lot. Again Thank you
http://www.goldeagle.com/cool-rides-online
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Mon Feb 29 2016 07:41 PM

Done, I wish I'd have been home earlier to vote EVERYDAY instead of the last two. Either way you are a winner. That is one butt kicking nice ride. Stand tall and be proud.
Posted By: Uncle Brad

Re: Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Mar 01 2016 05:44 AM

VOTE for the '53 Chevy truck here!
Posted By: tclederman

Re: Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Mar 01 2016 12:53 PM

303® Products' Cool Ride for February 2016

Owner: Richard Sandford
Make-Model: 1953 Chevy 3100
Affiliation:
Username:

This is our 1953 1/2 Ton Chevy Pickup Owned by Rick & Sylvia Sandford – Ione, Oregon
Posted By: tclederman

Re: Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Mar 01 2016 01:10 PM

Almost, Richard - Congratulations for your good try

Ride of the Month: February 2016 (Poll Closed)

1966 Pontiac GTO 45.73%
1953 Chevy 3100 36.96%
1966 Chevy El Camino 8.06%
1941 Ford Super Deluxe 5.69%
1966 Dodge A100 3.56%
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Rick Sandford High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Wed Mar 02 2016 09:56 PM

Richard, you know where WE stand. Great ride you have.
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Mar 22 2016 05:12 PM

Thanks everyone for the support!
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Nov 18 2016 05:13 AM

Well here it is the middle of November (Happy Turkey Day to all) & I haven't messed with the truck since August. Time to get her out & checked out for the winter sleep.....
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Fri Nov 18 2016 05:14 AM

Oh yeah lots more new pictures on link
Posted By: Slick69

Re: Sandford's High School Sweetheart! 1953 1/2 ton - Tue Feb 19 2019 08:59 PM

Well almost time to pull her out of the shop and get her cleaned up for some spring cruising
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