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53 Chevy Truck SWB Pro Touring Rat Rod Street Rod Hot Rod Steam Punk Chevrolet

For sale: 1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups

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Item location:
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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1953 Chevy 5 Window

A mix between a Rat rod and a Street rod so we have here what I call a StratRod. This truck has been a 3 ½ year build for me. A complete frame off restoration of which I have every receipt and over 250 photos of the process. For someone who wants a head turner or just loves the attention that this one of a kind truck brings you will not be disappointed.

I have entered it into one car show. Tucson’s largest Cops and Rodders show and it one first place in the Rat rod category. I did take the truck to the GOODGUYS SW Nationals in Scottsdale for Saturday to show it but did not enter nor stay until Sunday for the competition (I mention this because I drove the truck there, 20 miles each way with no issues). Mind you this is a totally custom built ride where all work was meticulously completed. This is not a spare parts junkyard Rat rod. As much time, reativity and money has been put into this truck as nearly any other that it competes against.

My fellow car show enthusiast who parked next to me at the Cops and Rodders show said they would never park next to this truck again because it stole the show and had attendees swarming it all day with questions and cameras.

The truck has every option: power steering, ower 4 wheel disc brakes, ilt wheel, link rear-end, ilt up bed so you can fill the rear fuel tank (notice the 1916 adjustable wrench that looks like it is laying in the bed, his is the actual handle to lift the bed up), ew wiring harness with all lights and gauges working. A very cool banjo made out of a clutch plate and flywheel is mounted in the back, he banjo has copper strings to match the copper under the hood. Every where you look is a detail after detail, he barn wood bed is from a barn in Montana, he bottom of it is covered in canvas with a red coating to waterproof the wood from the bottom. Railroad reflector glass has been inlayed in the tailgate to reflect the CHEVY wording when lights hit the glass.

From a Levi Jean headliner to the custom steel over glass seltzer radiator reclaim bottle under the hood the truck is one of a kind. Copper and gear work under the hood give the truck a little bit of the Steam Punk look and once again every part is functional. The entire underneath has been coated with truck bed coating so no more continual rusting. All rust was removed in the beginning and care was taken to make sure the truck had all new parts with a body that looked the time period. As you can see in the photos the goal was to find the balance between Rat Rod look but drive as a new truck.

The rust you see has been chemically applied, eutralized and clear coated with an automotive clear coat. Other metal has either been powder coated or painted with automotive paint.

I could not add every photo to the listing but I hope I gave a good representation. Any buyer will not be disappointed.

The truck has 500 miles on it so I have not driven it wildly as I need the engine to break in properly.

No one will be disappointed. Even the car and truck guys who like the shiny paint an billet look are captivated by this 53.

I have listed the work completed and parts new and rebuilt below. This is a very comprehensive list of which I am sure I have missed a few items

As mentioned before, have all receipts and somewhere on the positive side of 600 personal hours(don’t want to know exactly how many because this would be depressing), n the work as nearly all was done by me so I could be sure of the workmanship.

4 link rear / rebuilt and powder coated

1972 4 bolt main 350 motor re-built and bored 30 over 10 ½ to 1 compression

Rebuilt 700R4 transmission (hydraulic overdrive instead of electronic)

79 Trans Am frontend

New Moog 5032 front springs

New 4 wheel disc brakes

Power steering

Power brakes

New front grease zerks

New front shocks

New front ball joints

New sway bar bushings

New engine mounts

New cab mounts

Re-enforced frame

New sway bar linkage

New rear coil over shocks and springs

Vintage aluminum valve covers

Custom rat rod intake

Custom tilt

Custom tilt forward leather seat

Custom 3 belt seat belt brackets

Heavy Duty racing flex plate

Perma Dry Plus Felpro Valve cover gaskets

Felpro Performance exhaust manifold gaskets

New power steering box

RCI 20 gallon aluminum fuel cell

Truck bed coating behind all panels and undercarriage

New 8” Power Brake booster kit

New Heavy Duty Denny’s Drive shaft

New water pump bearing

New brake flex lines

New brake hard lines

New 3/8” Hard Fuel line

New Steel braided fuel line from tank to frame

New mechanical fuel pump

New hydraulic hoses to Power Steering

New 115 amp alternator

Custom radiator support

New 8” harmonic balancer

Powder coated grill and inner fenders

New aluminum 3 core Champion radiator

New Lokar 32” double bend midnight shifter

New accelerator pedal

New Lokar throttle linkage

New transmission dipstick and tube

New Gauge cluster

New speedometer

Custom license plate frame

New Bills Hot Rods alternator and AC compressor brackets

Custom PS brackets

New Gates 7395 Power steering belt

New Gates 7508 Alternator belt

New Gates AC belt 7525

Hinged custom barnwood bed with 12 guage shell and 53 badge inlay

Canvas covered sub floor under bed

Removable steel plate in front of bed with custom battery box

All new bolts nuts and washers on entire truck

All new bulbs

Custom 1950 Buick parking bezels under headlamps

New felpro carb gasket 60038

New starter and starter long bolts

New rigid transmission cooling lines

Cigarette lighter assembly

Custom coffee cup holder

New sd508 AC compressor

New return and supply radiator hoses

New Gates vacuum hose

New autolite 26 spark plugs

New wiring harness

New Russel old school woven harness wrap

New Heavy Duty battery cables

New battery disconnect switch HD Pullak

New grounding terminal blocks under both front fender wells

New grounding terminal behind license place behind shifter

New Lokar floor shift boot

New bullet wiper post caps

New copper mechanical oil sending unit

New 0-30 ohm fuel sending unit (classic insturments)

New Chevrolet side hood emblems

New dome light

New mirror refractor

Custom oil breather

Custom radiator recovery system (1920’s seltzer bottle: not just an overflow)

New door panels

All new interior hardware

New ACCEL super stock plug wires

New techpak Pt#k77978 throttle valve cable

New kick down carb cable bracket

New edlebrock carb bracket

New stewart components 180 deg Robert Shaw Thermostat

New custom floormats

New tailgate chain covers

New window seals

New cowl vent seals

Rebuilt edelbrock carburetor

New earls pre-filter

New edelbrock intake line and filter

New 1” phenolic edelbrock carb spacer

New stainless steel tight fit headers

New flowmaster dual exhaust

New 12” Derale puller fans (custom shroud with 2 fans pulling 4000 cfm)(one thermostatically operated the other manually operated)

New Custom REV aluminum wheels 17 x8 and 15x6

Fat Mat liner throughout the cab

New Carpet and insulation

Only 2 items need completed & I might have this done by the time the truck is sold.

1. I installed a power invertor to run the light under the hood. It still needs connected to the battery. (I will probably leave this to the next owner because they may not want it installed)

2. The odometer is mechanical the transmission was electronic. I purchased the kit and cable to make the conversion but have not installed it.

All gauges work, ll lighting works; even the hazards on the steering column works. This was a pet peeve of mine when looking at Rat rods; it seems builders were only interested in making them look cool and not functional.

AC is not installed, ompressor is installed so I could make sure all pulleys lined up correctly and purchase the correct belt.

It will have a fresh oil change as 500 miles will be the third time I have changed the oil for engine break in. The next change will be approx. 1500 miles.

35,000 or best offer

All delivery or pickup is on the buyer. I will assist in a reasonable manner. Of course all monies will have to have cleared the bank before the truck leaves home.


Oversees buyers are welcome.

If you need more pictures I can email them to you.

I will try and answer all questions in a timely manner.

Nathan 520-247-4868

Thank you for looking

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