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Old 12-06-2018, 09:37 PM   #1
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Buying a 53 S/S "barn find"

Hi all. I sold my 55.2 S/S 4x4 a couple years back, and now I'm back in the game! A friend of a friend's dad passed away, and had a couple of their cars for sale. I bought the 53 short/step and a 63 Nova. The truck was in a barn, and tough to get a look at, but I could tell it had good bones, and he'd done a lot to it. 350 with T350, power brakes (and line lock!?!), power bucket seats, tilt, 9" rear end, tubbed, body and floor really nice (no rust, paint looks pretty good). Oh yeah... and a lift/dump style bed that works on air!
I'm having it towed (hasn't run in almost 2 years) to a friends shop soon to get it running and driving. I'll decide what I'm doing from there.
Not sure why 3 of the pics rotated... they're not that way on my computer! Rotated them on my computer and downloaded them again, and they're still sideways...
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:30 PM   #2
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The truck was a nice find! Looks good.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:31 PM   #3
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Im in to see more .
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:42 PM   #4
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thats a really clean truck, although the bed looks extra S/S (super short)
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:28 AM   #5
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Good looking truck. I've found that you have to go into "edit" and then hit crop/rotate to be able to have the rotating the photo stick but will have to see what happens here to know if the photos let me do it.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:33 AM   #6
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There is a whole lot of late 80's early 90's going on in that truck and it looks like it was pretty well done when it was done.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:58 AM   #7
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Yep...that's a s/s/s....seriously short step...nice find...
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:11 AM   #8
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There is a whole lot of late 80's early 90's going on in that truck and it looks like it was pretty well done when it was done.
You're not lying there!
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:37 AM   #9
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Nice find. Definitely an '80s vibe going on. But it's in good condition and I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen in public with it. I might consider an EFI retrofit though just because.

I do get a kick out of the "Easy reader" speedometer. Are the other gauges the same way?
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:48 PM   #10
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Nice find. Definitely an '80s vibe going on. But it's in good condition and I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen in public with it. I might consider an EFI retrofit though just because.

I do get a kick out of the "Easy reader" speedometer. Are the other gauges the same way?
I'm not sure about the other gauges! I'll post more pics as I get into it. Deciding what I'm going to do with it will come after I get it running and driving. I may flip it and work on the Nova (which needs more). All I need is time, money, and more parking spaces!
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Good looking truck. I've found that you have to go into "edit" and then hit crop/rotate to be able to have the rotating the photo stick but will have to see what happens here to know if the photos let me do it.
Thank you!
Still challenged to do this for my post.... I tried what you mention above and it didn't work for me. Possible "short bus" issues.....
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Are the rear fenders widened? Might want to add air in San Jose.
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Are the rear fenders widened? Might want to add air in San Jose.
They are.... and they're fiberglass! Nicely done fiberglass. The front fenders are widened and 'glass too. It's about done with fixing the issues it had (leaky rear axle seals, brakes, tune up, etc). Time to sell it I think (after I replace the bed wood).
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Superior glass works in Oregon probably made the rear fenders. they make some pretty nice looking wide fiberglass fenders for AD trucks. http://www.superiorglassworks.com/

The best part of that truck outside of the necessary going over the brakes and safety items and a good tune up and fluid change is it doesn't "have" to have any big changes. Some little changes might do well such as a gauge swap and a seat swap to something that fits the truck better (never was a fan of high backs in older rigs) but nothing has to be changed and that is a plus.
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Superior glass works in Oregon probably made the rear fenders. they make some pretty nice looking wide fiberglass fenders for AD trucks. http://www.superiorglassworks.com/
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superior had a fire in their fiberglass facility and its never coming back. I know this because I had some 39 steel rear fenders for sale and when I would give the price guys would say "puh! you can buy fiberglass ones for half that". well not any more.

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On January 28, 2017, a fire swept through the Superior Glass Works fiberglass manufacturing facility. Fortunately no one was injured, but the building and all 500 molds used to produce replica and custom fiberglass street rod parts, street rod bodies, and race car bodies were destroyed. Given the 40 years it took to create these molds, and the difficulty in obtaining new originals to make new molds, Superior Glass Works cannot recover from this loss and has closed its operations permanently. This is a loss for the street rod community who relied on the availability of our products as well a personal loss for the owners and employees. We would like to thank our customers who have supported us through the years and used our products to get their dreams on the road.

Our chassis shop, although undamaged, will also be closing and the fixtures and equipment are currently for sale. Please contact me if you are interested.

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they were the contract supplier to everyone who sold fiberglass fenders too, so chevsofthe40s, jim carter, and everyone else got porked by this.
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Superior glass works in Oregon probably made the rear fenders. they make some pretty nice looking wide fiberglass fenders for AD trucks. http://www.superiorglassworks.com/

The best part of that truck outside of the necessary going over the brakes and safety items and a good tune up and fluid change is it doesn't "have" to have any big changes. Some little changes might do well such as a gauge swap and a seat swap to something that fits the truck better (never was a fan of high backs in older rigs) but nothing has to be changed and that is a plus.
I'll look into Superior to see if that's the likely manufacturer. I'm still trying to get more info on this truck since the previous owner passed away. I know he bought it from his uncle many years ago. It would be great to get more info on it.
Agreed 100% on the seat swap. I had a nice "stock" seat in my 55.2 with a fold-down cup holder/center console that was awesome. If I were keeping it, I would change out the seat. And probably put in a compressor to power the lift/dump bed.
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superior had a fire in their fiberglass facility and its never coming back. I know this because I had some 39 steel rear fenders for sale and when I would give the price guys would say "puh! you can buy fiberglass ones for half that". well not any more.




they were the contract supplier to everyone who sold fiberglass fenders too, so chevsofthe40s, jim carter, and everyone else got porked by this.
Wow! Great info! Thank you!
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There is a whole lot of late 80's early 90's going on in that truck and it looks like it was pretty well done when it was done.
If you saw the louvered hood, you'd know you're even more right than you thought you were!
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