Today I turned a wrench on my 1950 Dodge Pickup for the first time. A meager beginning by the high standards on the HAMB, I removed the rear bumper/brackets and unbolted the bed. Not much accomplished on the truck, but every builds got to start somewhere. I found the truck on Craigslist and purchased it on July 20th. The picture shown above shows my new truck (the 1950) alongside the first vehicle I ever purchased, my current daily driver (the 1996). I'm hopeful that the old Dodge will be as good to me as the '96 has been (270,000 miles and counting). Having only recently purchased my house, the time between the purchase on the old truck and now have been spent making the house liveable and the shop buildable. Having a shop is awesome, but you still need a surface to work on. I didn't own a shop table and couldn't find one that I like at a price I could afford, so I built my own. The tabletop is 8' x 40". I plan to cover the surface with a steel plate to act as a wear surface. My plans for the old truck are still a bit up in the air. If the old flathead engine runs, I'll probably buy an adapter from Wilcap and run a 200r4 transmission. I know its not traditional but the 88 horse flathead would benefit from the .65 to 1 overdrive. If I go this route, I'll use the existing rearend and lower the truck keeping the existing leaf spring suspension. If the flathead doesn't work for some reason, I'll go with a V8. The only V8 I even want to think about is a Hemi. The little voices in my head are hoping the flathead is junk. If I go with the Hemi option, I'd upgrade the rearend to a Dana 60 or Ford 9". The tranny for this option is still in question, but the suspension would be upgrade to a 4 link with bags out back and an independant front with bags. Regardless of which running gear option ends up in the vehicle, there are other things on the to do list. Upgrading to power brakes and 12 volts is high on the list. Power steering is a possibility as well. Being a bit larger that average, 6'5" and to damn much, the interior will need to be modified to fit me. The factory steering wheel will be downsized and the factory seat will be removed and replaced by a bomber style bench. Now for the progress pics, laugh all you want but I'm finally working on my truck and have a goofy grin that I can't seem to wipe off my face. Before: Sans Bumper: I think it looks better already.