here is my story: i've had this 392 fuel hemi now for over 20 years. for the last three months now, i have been looking for a hotrod to put this motor in. i also wanted to do a salvage yard rescue, so i went to different junk yards looking for a hotrod to build. i came across a 1952 chevy 3800 and a 1951 GMC 150. i closely examined these trucks to access what i needed to save them. i talked to the owner of the junk yard about maybe buying one of these truck for a project. i told me he knows of a 1953 3100 truck for $1500. i asked to see it. he took me to Braceville, Illinios where the truck was. the guy there had a bunch of old hotrods he offered me. i asked about the truck because i didn't see it anywhere. we walked about 100 yards to an old horse barn in his back property. in one of the stalled was the 1953 chevy 3100 series pickup truck. i liked it and bought it. now for my plans: i plan to do a high end restore/custom out of this truck. the mods will be Mechanical Fuel injected 392 hemi, 727 reverse manual, 3800 stall, 4.56 detroit locker 9" ford Cab channeled 1 1/4" over frame hood sectioned and raked Shaved handles, emblems, and drip rails custom made boxed truss frame narrowed 14" and shortened 7" Heidts front suspension with coilovers Chris Alston 32" ladder bars with coilovers out back bed shortened 7" tubbed 15x4 skinnies in front, 15x14 in rear w/31x18.5-15 1949 Ford coupe front bumper and valance 1979 Ford E-150 front bumper on rear with four 1950 Pontiac tail lights 1949 Ford grill surround w/custom center bar here is what i am starting with it sat in the barn since 1979. the owner tried to fix ti up himself. notice the side mounted spare tire. the bed is 6' 6" on the inside. is this a long or short bed??? notice the large turn signals. are these original? check out the headlamps. the are bugging out of the trim ring. is that normal? nice pin striping??? anyone know if this rear is original? it has spring pirches top and bottom. is this a small dana rear? great body work. some people just dont have a clue.