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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2012, 06:35:39 PM »
After my 12 hour shift last night I got home and finished one side.



Should get the other side done after I get off work tomorrow.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2012, 07:51:49 PM »
that looks awesome.......
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2012, 08:35:22 PM »
Sweet I just bought me another grille for this build. Now I will sale my farmall grille.

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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2012, 11:51:10 PM »
I met up with a member from a racing forum im on to do some parts swapping. As we are looking at this build and talking about what motor im wanting to run, his dad says that he has a 425 Caddy that he would put on me cheap. So looks like im going to pickup a truck with the motor in it next week after Christmas. I just happened to have a mini bike that he wanted for his grandson.  ;D So hopefully this will be Caddy powered.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2012, 07:57:59 AM »
Awesome , that grille imo will be better than the farmall ! Looking good !

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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2012, 08:20:28 AM »
nice grill and great swap........that caddy motor will make nice power.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2012, 07:37:23 PM »
Started cleaning up the front end, got new bushings and bolts ordered from LMC. Also ordered brake hoses and wheel cylinders. Ready to get this thing rolling.


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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #32 on: December 26, 2012, 05:43:18 PM »
Lookin good. Just love build threads like this
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2012, 06:36:56 PM »
Lookin good. Just love build threads like this

Thanks, kinda slowed down some this week with the holidays. I did manage to push the old bushings out of the leafs. Should have the new ones by friday along with the 36 Grille that Fed Ex is bringing.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #34 on: December 26, 2012, 07:13:48 PM »
Excellent. I go through different speeds too. Just tell myself they get done when they get done. Usually takes 1 ta 2 years at my pace.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #35 on: December 27, 2012, 08:34:54 AM »
That diamond plate sets it apart. And you think that the 2 tanks will be enough with that 455? And that 455 wont be stock either? Is that 455 the Buick style?



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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #36 on: December 27, 2012, 11:34:08 AM »
Im going to be picking up a 425 Cadillac motor next week. Got a great deal on it, but the 455 that I found locally is a Pontiac. Not sure if the tanks will be big enough or not till I get them modified and check the capacity.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #37 on: December 27, 2012, 06:23:54 PM »
I think you will like the torque that the caddy will offer
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #38 on: December 28, 2012, 09:30:05 PM »
Got home and unboxed the grille. Set it on the frame and the ideas are running through my head now. Im going to like this alot.


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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #39 on: December 30, 2012, 03:54:11 PM »
Picked up the powerplant today. Its a 425cid Cadillac with Turbo 400. Extra bonus was some stainless swimming pool handrails in the bed. I need a piece of stainless to join my two tanks, free piece. Hope to pull the drivetrain, rear end, and steering column this week.


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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #40 on: December 30, 2012, 06:10:00 PM »
Awesome man............dat's gonna be nice.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2012, 04:06:04 AM »
Cool..ill be watching this progress..shame you dont live nearer i've got loads of different size stainless tube you could have..

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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #42 on: January 04, 2013, 06:22:12 PM »
Got the caddy pulled out yesterday and put in the garage this morning. Now I got alot to take apart and clean up before painting the motor. Not sure what color yet? The truck is going to be Black with blue underneath and metal top. Going to hit all the high spots with some scotch brite to make the blue come through, then run some blue steelies. It will be a true blue.






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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #43 on: January 04, 2013, 06:38:27 PM »
Awesome..........
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #44 on: January 04, 2013, 07:38:09 PM »
Kinda worried about breaking off the exhaust manifold bolts in the head so im going to soak them as much as possible with ATF/Acetone blend to help loosing them up.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #45 on: January 04, 2013, 08:02:14 PM »
good luck with those pesky exhaust bolts ;D
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #46 on: January 04, 2013, 09:37:02 PM »
Kinda worried about breaking off the exhaust manifold bolts in the head so im going to soak them as much as possible with ATF/Acetone blend to help loosing them up.

What ratio of acetone to ATF?

I read a comparison test of that mix; it was better than anything at loosening rusty bolts. I think PB Blaster was a close second.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2013, 10:07:36 PM »
Its 50/50 ratio. It works better than most other stuff. The following were tested and ranked according to how much torque it took to break lab rusted bolts loose.

5th - WD40
4th - PB Blaster
3rd - Liquid Wrench
2nd - Kroil- Creeps oil
1st - ATF/Acetone 50/50 blend

The ATF blend was substantially better, I will try to find the actual test numbers and post them up.
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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #48 on: January 05, 2013, 01:47:13 PM »
Go of work this morning and got my bushings and bolts from LMC in so I put the front end back together. Now I can start mocking up the rear end and ladder bars.


Cleaned up my grille some and set it back on for photo opportunity.  ;D





Got the rear out of the 84 truck since its complete with brakes and all. Pulled the front leaf springs , may cut them down some and use these out back.

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Re: 53 Chevy Truck
« Reply #49 on: January 05, 2013, 01:50:26 PM »
looking good so far
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