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    This is my 1953 Dodge short box pilot house. It is sitting on a 84 s10 short box frame with 98 s10 blazer rear disc brake axle with 3.73 gears. My plan for truck is to put a 09 thru current 5.7 HEMI automatic trans engine in it. I plan on having it pretty low to ground but not going to bag it. I am completely going through all the frame components and replacing it all so everything is new on the frame. I sprayed the frame with truck bed liner paint. The other frame parts are painted with epoxy paint. I will post more as I get more done.












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    Hi welcome!
    Nice looking truck!
    Chassis cleaned up really well, it should drive nice too.

    I like your engine choice (but I'm biased 😉)
    What's your plan to make the hemi run? Do you have all the wiring harness and ECM for the Hemi? Or going stand alone?

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    Also just noticed your garage floor, that's different. Is it a real wood floor I can't tell....

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    I am going to do a 5.7 HEMI pull out with all the harnesses and gas pedal. I was going to do stand alone but the harness is $1800 for it and a buddy of mine that works for Dodge says that as long as I get the harnesses/gas pedal, I should be fine. As for the floor it is vinyl decking for boats. It was holding up great until I got a bunch of tranny fluid on the floor then and the seam it started to curl up. I will have to re glue the seams but I still like the floor, it cleans up really nice.

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    Yeah good plan, I ended up using the complete wiring harness for the entire donor vehicle as the different control modules "talk" to each other, I wasn't sure what I could strip out.

    Doesn't matter to me as I'm running most of the donor vehicle sub systems like HVAC, power seats, instruments, ABS, driver airbag, wiring for lights etc

    What's your timeline for your project? Have you got a deadline you're working to?

    I dig your floor, it's different! 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by persona non grata View Post
    Yeah good plan, I ended up using the complete wiring harness for the entire donor vehicle as the different control modules "talk" to each other, I wasn't sure what I could strip out.

    Doesn't matter to me as I'm running most of the donor vehicle sub systems like HVAC, power seats, instruments, ABS, driver airbag, wiring for lights etc

    What's your timeline for your project? Have you got a deadline you're working to?

    I dig your floor, it's different! ��
    What do you have or what are you building?

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    My build thread. Don't wanna hijack your thread. http://www.killbillet.com/showthread...gunal-Hemister

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    Nice build. I do have a question though, The "B" pilot cab was till 53, and the "C" cab started in 54. The c had the wrap around windshield while the b had the flat glass which makes me want to know about the older cabs with the curved glass? I was told they were the 53 and 54 cabs. not sure. Just wondering. I'm a fan of the flat glass ones just due to the ease of customizing, hate cutting curved glass.

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ID:	142154fu toolbag, The lingo for Dodge trucks of the late 40s and through the 50s is pretty challenging.
    48 & 49 Pilot house trucks were identified as B-1-B 108= 1/2 ton, 108" wheel base: B-1-C 116= 3/4 ton 116" wheel base:
    B-1-D 116= 1 ton 116" wheel base, B-1-D 126= 1 ton 126" wheel base, and B-1-PW 126= Power Wagon 126" wheel base.

    A 50 pilot house were identified as B-2 T172 (12/ton) , B-2 T174 (3/4 ton), or B-2 T178 (1 ton).
    A 51 & 53 pilot house were identified as B-3 T306 1/2 ton, B-3 T308 3/4 ton, B-3 T310 1 ton.
    A 53 pilot house was identified as B-4 with the same weight classifications as the 51 & 52.

    Functional Design Era 1954-1956
    The new series of Dodge trucks were full new designed. They had all new front sheet metal, and the first curved windshield (I'll post a picture of a 54). The V8 motor became available in June 1954.
    54 Classifications:
    C-1-B6-108 = 1/2 ton 108" wheel base.
    C-1-B6-116 = 1/2 ton 116" wheel base.
    C-1-C6-116 = 3/4 ton 116 WB
    C-1-D6-116 = 1 ton 116" WB
    C-1-D6-126 - 1 ton 126 WB

    1955: C-1 and a C-3 Versions
    In 1955 Dodge was suppose to build the cabs with the wrap around windshields from a new truck plant, but delays prevented production at the new plant from beginning on time. As a result, early production trucks were produced at the old plane, using the old cabs, the C-1.
    The new plant went into production in about March, 1955, with the new cabs with the wrap around windshields, the C-3 cabs. The C-3 classifications only changed the number. A C-3-B6-116 was still a 1/2 ton 116" wb, with the new cab built at the new plant.

    1956. Still a C-3 (are we having fun yer?)
    Power- Giant Era 1957-1960
    57 saw the the C-3 cab coupled with new front sheet metal. Dodge also changed the designations of the trucks.
    A 57 1/2 ton would be: K6-D100 (k=57 model year, 6= 6 cylinder (an 8 here would be the 8 cylinder), D =conventional cab, and 100 = 1/2 ton)
    K- D100 was a 1/2 ton
    K -D200 was 3/4 ton
    K- D300 was a 1 ton (carried on through a semi tractor a D700)
    Civilian 4x4 trucks were introduced in 57. A 4x4 was a W series.
    K- W100 was a 1/2 ton 4x4
    K- W200 was a 3/4 ton 4x4

    1958 trucks were known as "L" series. 58 trucks received new front sheet metal with dual headlights.
    1959 trucks were known as "M" series.
    1960 trucks were known as "P" series. 60 was the lowest Dodge production numbers since the 30s.

    1961 trucks were a complete new design. Gent

 

 
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