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Closest thing to a barn find!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by phoenix5x, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. phoenix5x
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 241

    from Ohio

    Hello All,

    Here in Cincinnati there are not many places left to search for good barn finds let alone great patina. But none the less I have searched for a good project for my wife. Since she is a girl who loves trucks I have kept my eye out for a good project that she will enjoy and hopefully get a little greasy along the way. We were in Evansville this past weekend for the frog follies...A great show all around. While walking around she spotted the truck she had been looking for, amazingly she beat me to finding it as she is usually paying attention to other things. But this one definitely caught her eye as well as mine. This is a beautiful truck and as it turns out this truck is from Texas and has been well kept. Well enough about the story here are the pics, Hopefully you all enjoy!!

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  2. chevpickup
    Joined: Aug 25, 2009
    Posts: 196

    from Australia

    nice truck, I just got one myself getting it shipped over to Australia. I like the patina on yours!
  3. Spity
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 438


    '54's are my favorite. The out of place knob on your dash looks 62-64 Chevy Nova. If its hooked up to a choke or vent door its probably a heater control cable from a Nova. :cool:
  4. povertyflats
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 8,282

    from Missouri

    I knew it was from Texas as soon as I saw that grille guard. Nice!

  5. phoenix5x
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 241

    from Ohio

    Good of you to mention the grill guard I wanted to see if anyone knew what is was for? I take it this was a necessity in Texas? And this is registered as a 55 1st gen, I have not gotten under the dash yet to see where everything is hooked up to or is not as the case maybe. Thanx a lot guys!
  6. 35mastr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,899

    from Norcal

    They use it to push the cows out of the way.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  7. phoenix5x
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 241

    from Ohio

    Excellant Thank You!
  8. whid
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 452


    solid lookin truck.........dave
  9. Andy Juelich
    Joined: Aug 17, 2009
    Posts: 37

    Andy Juelich

    Awesome. I would just drive it like that. Looks great
  10. Came to Pass
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 45

    Came to Pass
    from Visalia Ca

    Sweet find. Brings back old memories. My uncle had a '54 with a nasty 389 Pontiac in it. 2 4's on a Offenhauser tunnel ram, ported heads, big cam, fender well headers, 4 get the idea...scarey ride for a kid (me) age 9. That's what hooked me on going crazy fast.
  11. Hey_Pauly
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
    Posts: 330


  12. Ghostrider
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 82


    Nice truck! That looks to ba a Smash-Hit grille guard.

  13. houston54
    Joined: Jul 9, 2006
    Posts: 142


    Can't tell from the pics if it is a 54 or a 55.1 as the hood emblems are missing and the pics do not show the drive shaft configuration. It has a torque tube drive shaft it is a 54 but if it has an open drive shaft you got a 55.1.

    Nice truck.

    Keep the grill guard.
  14. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,676

    Larry T

    They're used to push ANYTHING out of the way. If we would have had to push a cow out of the way more than once, dad would have had them loaded up and headed for the sale barn.
    Smash-Hit grille guards were a pretty popular accessory in the 50's. Grill guards are still a big business down here.
    Larry T
  15. Ice man
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 984

    Ice man

    Come on Guys, there's a world of difference between a 54 and a 55s beside the drive line. The true 55s had a complete cab make over, didn't even look like the same truck. Iceman
  16. WildWilly68
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 1,724


    Not a 55 1st series, which is what he said his is titled as.
  17. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    Sweeeeeeeeet!! Great find, me likey!! :)
  18. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    55 First Series have open drive, a great advantage in ease of repair and maintenance. There are emblem and other small differences but the biggie is open drive.
  19. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,838



    I have the rear version, just pulled it from my 49 GMC. If you look closely, it bolts to the rear fenders, and I had to fill those damn holes.

    If you keep the front, and want the matching rear, you can have mine.

  20. henry29
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,837


    I looked at the truck over the weekend.
    Very solid truck.
  21. Sphynx
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 1,142

    from Central Fl

    Nope to push dillars!!!
  22. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,342

    Slim Pickens

    Great truck. Enjoy!
  23. phoenix5x
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 241

    from Ohio

    thanx for all the replies

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