1953 Dodge B4C Pilothouse Patina Machine Rat Rod

Price: US $17,500.00 Item location: Bozeman, Montana, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Dodge
  • Model: Other Pickups
  • SubModel: Rat Rod Hot Rod
  • Type: Original Dodge Steel Pickup
  • Trim: Rat Rod Hot Rod
  • Year: 1953
  • Mileage: 1
  • Color: Mother Nature's Patina
  • Engine size: 383 Big Block Mopar
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 727 Mopar
  • Drive type: S10 Chassis
  • Interior color: Original - With Up Grades
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1953 Dodge Other Pickups Rat Rod Hot Rod

1953 Dodge B4C Pilothouse Rat Rod Truck with Major Patina

1985 S10 108" chassis

1970 Mopar 383 Big Block (Roadrunner?), 727 Transmission

Ford 8.8 posi rear end (drum brakes)

Edelbrock Performer carb and manifold

Mopar Orange Box Electronic Distributor

Aluminum aftermarket radiator with electric (Ford Taurus) fan.

Custom exhaust with H-pipe and stubby glass-packs

Good running condition.

Orignal matching bed and running boards have been shortened to the 108" wheelbase (from 116”), tailgate has been reinforced with angle iron (farm mod), lots of farm repairs/mods that add some rat character.

Includes the original door key that still works (old school style with passenger only door lock). All glass is there. Wind wings and door glass all move but needs some rebuilding for smooth operation. Passenger door glass is there but cracked. Window eals are all pretty rough but rest of glass is nice. Doors close nicely and operate well.

Comfy ford E350 bench seat on working factory slider. Unsure of the mileage on the motor, but it was built along with the transmission, then put into a 60's pickup and not driven long before being parked. I pulled it for this project. Milodon deep sump oil pan, Mopar valve covers, new alternator and battery, Ididit steering column, remanufactured S10 steering box (Manual), B&M unimatic shifter with custom rebar (was my temporary) handle, new wiring harness (12V modern), electric fuel pump and fan have override switches, fuel cell, has a line lock button on dash so you can smoke the tires as long as you want, New tires all around, new Aero wheels, Original temp and fuel gauges were gutted and newer internals are installed. Fuel gauge works but sender in tank needs adjusting to be more accurate. Original oil pressure gauge is connected and working. Ammeter is only gauge not connected. Speedo is working. Dash lights are converted to 12v and working. Wiper motor is not connected and not tested (circuit panel has a connection for it). Wiring is completely finished and neatly loomed from front to back (some pics may show the under hood wiring before it was finished). All lights work (including dash). Floor has been modified with new tunnel and channel for the big block drivetrain. Body sits very low on the chassis. Would be easy to sit on ground with bags in the stock a-arms as is. Still on stock height springs now. 1st to 2nd shift is a little firmer than I personally like.I think the previous owner of the motor put a street strip shift kit in it (I'd change that to a milder setup, new shift kit included). Transmission has a leak where the dipstick tube enters pan (Chinese oring most likely, Lokar knockoff flexible dipstick tube). Motor leaks a little oil through valve cover gaskets. Brakes are good, Front tires rub a little when turning, fenders just need to be pulled out a little bit more. Rear end needs the bump stops modified, currently limited by the location of the S10 bump stop supports contacting the 8.8 axle. Mainly noticeable on hard bottom outs. I have new drums and shoes for the rear that I never put on. Front has newer pads. Only "real" rust is in lower door on passenger side (see pic). Bed has been created using intentionally distressed and stained wood with covers to access the tank and battery.

I have brand new parts for it that I haven't installed yet such as rear drums and shoes, Upper and Lower control arms loaded with ball joints and bushings, a Trans go shift kit, Front new lowered coil springs, front new lowered shocks and whatever else I can find.

Be different (even in the rat rod world) and get a Dodge instead of a Ford or Chevy.

I have so little time for it, so I figure I'll see if it's worth enough to part with. Finish it yourself and to your liking, or leave it as is (I was going to go with a super clean interior, I have the fabric from an additional matching E350 bench seat which I kept to make matching door panels). I'm probably forgetting things, so ask any questions and look at the pics (pics the end show the original 116" truck before I tore it off the original chassis, the dented top bed rail on left side has been straightened since).I drive it a couple times a week when the weather is agreeable.

Clear Montana Title in my name as a 53 Dodge B4C.