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DARKSIDER In the world of automotive hobbyists a Darksider is one who modifies and or customizes any and all sorts of vehicles. The Darksiders are in a class of their own simply because they endeavor to be different and do things that others would not attempt for a number of reasons mostly being related to a lack of ability and fear of non conformity.

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    REDNECK RIDE...

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    Darkside Dave
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    REDNECK RIDE...

    Post  Darkside Dave on Mon May 04, 2009 12:23 pm

    Hi Folks,
    No offense intended here to all you rednecks out there... I live in SE Ohio along the Ohio River and we are in Appalachia even though this is Ohio. We are up to our asses in Rednecks here. To some degree we are all Redneck by right of birth. However I don't have a Black Belt in the ways of the true Redneck. Living here does exert an influence on the most resistant of us though. Being a life long gear head from this neck of the woods, I have certain ideas about what I want my truck to be, which I know are influenced by by surroundings. That is why I refer to my project truck as a Redneck Ride.

    I had always had a kind of liking for the '53 through '55 Ford F series light pick ups. I don't know why for sure but the '56s just don't do it for me. Funny thing is, I didn't know I had this attraction until I started looking for something old to put on an Exlorer chassis. I bought a '91 4WD Explorer to put something old on. One thing led to another and I decided that the old '91 was too valuable as an old yard mule to strip down. About a year later my son who lives down by Atlanta found a '53 Ford truck. In his search he found another one so I bought it. Then we both hade one, and recently I bought another one which was mainly for the glass and title. Go to www.Darkside53.info for pictures of the trucks as well as a description of current plans.

    Right now I am stripping down the old red '53. There are a lot of little things in it I can use and/or sell to those who are in to the purist restoration thing. the Truck will someday live on but with very few of the original parts. there might be a couple of fenders and a windshield left.

    Back to my original point of this post... My plan for my first truck is to build up what looks like a '53 but with a sort of attitude that probably relects a lot of Redneck traits. It will be 4WD with a 351-W, manual 4sp. tranny and a manual transfer case. There will be no extensive apparent body modifications that show. I am going to use a '99 Explorer rolling chassis with the original suspension and diffs. It is just right for tracking width and wheelbase. With a little minor boxing and reinforcement work the frame will be tougher and far superior to the old chassis. I plan on using the Explorer's floor pan and firewall which will be grafted into the '53 cab. This will allow me to use the complete Explorer heat and air system as well as the complete dash and steering column. I plan on making the interior really nice but still servicable in a utilitarian sense. Exterior mods will be minor. Aside from a custom built bed which will resemble the stock bed in many ways, there will be a chrome roll bar with lights, and dual chrome stacks coming out of the running boards and up the back side of the cab. I also plan on modifying the doors to have a single window glass and integrate remote controlled mirrors built in somewhat like the ones in my '03 F-350. There will be a special bumber with a nice electric winch on the front. Although I like the '53 I don't like the grille piece. I would rather have a '54 in it or something custom. I'm not sure what I'll do there. I want to paint it with the same colors and scheme as my '03 F-350, sonic blue over silver. The '53 is the 50th. anniversary edition and my '03 is the 100th. anniversary model. I sort of like the idea of them matching because of that. This 50 year span is in my lifetime. These trucks will probably both go to my only son who is also a gerahead. He is Frankentruck on this forum.

    I plan on doing a rebuild of the 351-W I have from an '83 F-150. Nothing radical, just a Holley single plane aluminum intake, a 650 CFM double pumper. Duraspark ignition with an MSD unit and a Crane RV cam. I plan on using this thing and I don't want something very radical, just respectable. I will probably set it up to pull a trailer but nothing very heavy or large.

    OK that's about all I have for now... You can look at my junk on www.Darkside53.info. When I start actually doing something I will post pics here as it progresses which will make this thread my build site.

    Later Folks...

    Darkside Dave

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    Post  Truxx1956 on Mon May 04, 2009 10:21 pm

    No wonder you came over here, if you posted this all on the FTE, some of the original crowd would tie you to a truck and drag you. Of course it would be an original truck so you would have time to untie and get away from them before they did too much damage to ya. affraid
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    LOL !!!

    Post  Darkside Dave on Mon May 04, 2009 11:04 pm

    Hi Terry,
    That's a good one. I think you are probably right, but then again, I never had good sense so I'm uswed to that sort of thing.

    Glad you could make it over here. Hope you fkind a place here. We are new and just starting to build up. If you like what you see, bring in some friends.

    Seriously, I'm really happy to see you here.

    Later Man...

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    Post  55f350 on Wed May 13, 2009 8:02 pm

    julie terry , whomever you may be LOL !!!! go over to fte and look up houghda . i sent a few to look at his work and the guy's for the most part were impressed with it , but of course you do have a couple of stuuffed shirt folks there ............. cant wait to see your progress dave . if i ever get the chance to do another frame swap im doing the same thing . putting the body on the floorpan of the donor vehicle . so much easier than all that infernal measuring and cussing the last one caused !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Post  Truxx1956 on Wed May 13, 2009 8:18 pm

    Hey dude, check out my gallery on the FTE under Re in CAR Nation. Its of my buddies '68 Mustang that we cut out the floorpan and used a '95 GT floorpan/suspension all the way throughout. He now has 4 wheel disc brakes and is able to use the firewall from the same GT donor so he'll also use the A/C along with the 5.0 EFI/AOD. He's not done yet, but it is definately a DARKSIDER! We're also building my little bro's '55 Buick Special and its on the original frame with the front subframe from a '90 Caprice and also the rear suspension from the same car. Also we're putting together a '55 1st series panel truck for another friend on an S10 frame. In between things, I'm building my dad a trike from a '00 Escort ZX2 front cut with a Gold Wing frame. As I've said before, Im very busy right now.


    Later dudes

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    Post  Darkside Dave on Wed May 13, 2009 9:27 pm

    Hi Terry,
    I'll have to get over there and take a look at that. Maybe this old body on new chassis thing is catching on.

    Later Man...

    Darkside Dave

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