The truck starts and runs strong after a good warm up. Its a 1/2 ton "Job-Rated" work truck. It has a 259 V8 motor with a four speed manual transmission on the floor. The truck is in decent shape for being 50+ years old. All original chrome badging is in place including; front Dodge V8 emblem, side "Job Rated" emblems, bedside chrome tie down. Everything looks original except for interior paneling on doorsceiling. All knobshandles are intact and functional. Overall it’s a functional work truck with a 4' x 7.5' bed that can still carry a load across town - but it’s definitely not a freeway worthy truck. It has great bones for a restore. It has a clear title with current registration.
Downsides: It makes a loud squeal around 45 mph in 4th gear which seems to come from transmission. We’ve owned it for 3 ½ years and have driven only occasionally for short trips to lumber yard on city streets and almost always under 35 mph, and it runs fine under these conditions. Also; engine burns a bit of oil, carb leaks a bit of gas, and has an bit of an exhaust leak - like any 53 year vehicle! Ignition components recently replaced (plugs, wires, points, condenser, cap) and thermostat (MOPAR). The bed needs new lumber. It needs rear shocks replaced. There some rust on passenger door, the battery support bracket is rusted, and there are a few other minor rust spots. The passenger side mirror is broken (missing in pix) - all the mirror hardware is intact and available. Body sag on right rear side appear to be due to eitherandor dent on the bottom of the right side I Beam, as well as a bend on the front wall of the bed frame: this can all be easily accessed for straightening when the bed lumber is replaced. Small section of the bed body is missing: see right side of truck behind rear wheel just above running board. More pictures available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmdb44/sets/
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