So anyone who has followed my past build threads will know, I am horrible when it come to keeping things up to date on my builds. So this will just be a running journal of my resurection of this long forgotten truck I have been looking at for the last couple years. Consider this an intro to my newest un-needed project, a 1953 Dodge B4B 1/2 ton pickup. I first saw this old truck while driving through the small town i live near, parked out in a field near an old farm house. I looked around and never could track down a land owner or anyone who knew any history of the old thing. So it sat for a couple of years rotting and I would look at it from a distance waiting till i saw life somewhere on the property, building the truck in my head every time I drove by. Finally lo and behold I see a gate with a no trespassing sign open on the corner of the property, so I park and wait for someone to come back out. (I Will never go into a "no trespassing" marked area again, I have a .45 cal bullet hole in the windshield of my '63 pickup to remind me some people are not very friendly.) After about half an hour I was greated by the owner, the grand daughter or the original owner, and after a long conversation and family history of the truck being purchesed new by her grandfather and picked up by her uncle who took a train to detroit to drive the truck home, we were able to agree on a good price and I was the new owner/care taker of this one family owned rig. I won't get into to many family details other then whats already posted and that the truck never went more then 20 miles from home. I have every licence plate the truck ever wore and ever registration from when it was new to when it was parked in the mid 70's. The odometer showed 56,000 miles, the paint is hevily oxidized but polishes up very nice, the interior is all original but dry rotting from the decades in the weather. The only rust i found so far in in the fender brace area that these trucks are known for and a little on the drives side fender where it meets the door. Both are easy fixes. The engine was "preserved" in about a half inch of grease and road dirt, but a quick trip to the presure washer cleared most of that away to revel all the factory chalk and grease pencile markings in the engine bay. All it took to make a runner out of the old thing was a new battery, normal points/condencer/plugs etc and quick carb prime after I cleaned the varnish out of the bowl passeges. Two shots of starting fluid later it was running like the it had never been parked, 35lbs of oil pressure no weird noises. It did smoke for about 5 min till it cleared out all the old gunk and the rings/valves resealed but starts 1st time you touch the starter floor botton now. I think that is enough for today, Im currently around the world in one of the many "---stan" countries for a couple more days but can't wait to get back and start on the brakes so I can drive the old truck more then around my property. More picture to come as I take them, and I'll try to do a better job keeping this thread updated. As soon as this truck is a driver, I'll be tearing into my '31 A pickup for its AV8 build. And sorry its so long winded, I get on a roll and don't know when to stop.