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Old 12-29-2022, 11:08 PM
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Default 53 Chevy rebuild

I bought this truck in 1986. Back then it was my every day driver. It was all original and blue at that time. I painted it yellow shortly after I bought it, lowered the front and drove the wheels off of it. In 1988 the 235 gave up the ghost.

So I did what everyone was doing at that time... I subframed it... I used a 68 Camaro subframe and a rear from a 70 Camaro. It was slammed and had more power... I loved it. 15 years ago I re-did it. The older version of me hated it... it drove and rode awful but it looked good. 4 years ago the 350 in it chewed up a off brand roller tipped rocker, push rod and lifter. I replaced the bad parts and continued driving it. It still runs all these years later but it starts hard and really doesn't run all that well.

A few weeks ago I found an original chassis. Not sure of the year because most of what I was told about it has been wrong. The 235 in it is a 54. The head is a 261 from 56. My plan is to rebuild it and put a Tremec TKX 5 speed behind it. I've ordered some suspension parts and will only be dropping it 3 inches. I want to enjoy it so I'm not going crazy with any aspect of it.
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Old 12-30-2022, 12:42 AM
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Very cool. Keep those photos coming. 🙂
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Old 12-30-2022, 09:29 AM
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Very cool story with the truck!!! I'm going to get my 50 back on the road this spring!! Glad to see you didtch the stub, I have never liked that approach. Mustang 2 is my route of choice. Or crown Vic, I found a guy who builds custom width cross members for the crown Vic stuff. Uses all stock arms but ditches the wide aluminum center section. I'll be keeping an eye on this one!!
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Old 12-30-2022, 10:43 AM
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Great story and good score on the chassis. The Camaro sub was the thing to do at the time but they're so out of step with todays builds. Have you thought of doing an axle flip and C notch to get the front down?
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Old 12-30-2022, 12:43 PM
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You've had a long term love affair with your truck. Glad to see you ar bringing it back for another encore. Enjoy. We'll watch your progress.
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Old 12-30-2022, 06:06 PM
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Old 12-30-2022, 08:06 PM
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Great story and good score on the chassis. The Camaro sub was the thing to do at the time but they're so out of step with todays builds. Have you thought of doing an axle flip and C notch to get the front down?
I have... recently my wife and I were talking about the truck when we first got it and that's the version I'm going for, only this time I have a little more disposable income to devote to it.
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Old 12-30-2022, 08:10 PM
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Stripped the chassis down to just the frame, or mostly frame. Now I'm going to wire wheel it and apply some "rust paint".
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