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.
Rick Sandford Pictures on Flickr.
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.
I added a few new pics & put descriptions on the pics as well.
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
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.......
Slick, that is one helluva job. Congrats on your fine work. I also like the lively color. Way to go. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, I'll keep posting more as I'm finishing up. Should be done with in a few weeks or so. Later
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!!!
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.
I added more pics today of the truck, ENJOY!!!
Posted more pics...... 1953 3100
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...
Yesturday, I replaced all the seals in the transfercase, remounted it to the transmission, connected both drivelines. Getting closer for a test drive.....
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....
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.
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.
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.
Well brought truck home from bodyshop this morning. Hood looks way better. time to get her put together.....
Slick, you give new meaning to the phrase "moving on". Keep trucking my stovebolt buddy!!
Thanks, yep I'm getting itchy.....I wanna take her for a drive.
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.
Finished making new interior kick panels
for the 1953. They match the door panels. Will install them tomorrow.
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.
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.
great looking truck, it would look really good in Tx, long horn fans would for sure love it..........
LoL. I have a long horn shirt. I'll take a pic for ya. with the truck of course....
Well took the truck out this evening for a little drive & took a few pictures.1953 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100 4x4
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:
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....
Very nice truck. Scenery looks great too, looks like off 97 in Oregon somewhere.
Thanks. Close but a few more hrs east
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
More pictures added to the flickr account from this years car shows attended.
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
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 youhttp://www.goldeagle.com/cool-rides-online
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.
303® Products' Cool Ride for February 2016
Owner: Richard Sandford
Make-Model: 1953 Chevy 3100
This is our 1953 1/2 Ton Chevy Pickup Owned by Rick & Sylvia Sandford – Ione, Oregon
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%
Richard, you know where WE stand. Great ride you have.
Thanks everyone for the support!
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.....
Oh yeah lots more new pictures on link
Well almost time to pull her out of the shop and get her cleaned up for some spring cruising