Introducing the newest headache…errr project!

Some of you may remember about a month ago I hinted at my latest bad idea.. or great idea (depending who you are talking to), a 1950 Dodge Pickup Truck. I found this truck when buying some old VW parts cars from an extremely nice “old stuff collector” in my area. After a winter of milling it over, I decided I needed to try something out of my comfort zone of 70′s-80′s European Cars. I have always loved 40′s and 50′s cars, with their round lines, big bubble fenders, and exquisite grills and hood emblems.. they just ooze style!

So fast forward to early March and we got some of our first warm-ish weather. I decided to give my buddy “Whitey” a visit and see if I could strike a deal on one of his old 50′s Dodge pickup trucks. After I got the grand tour again (Whitey loves to show off his old stuff if you ask nicely), he brought me to the most complete of the bunch and told me the story. Apparently he had daily driven this truck since the late 50′s up until about 88 or 89. That was, until he had a bad waterpump, overheated the engine and cracked the head. Since Whitey was so busy with work and other projects, he parked the truck hoping to get it fixed some day. He did eventually get the cylinder head off, but never got any further than that. Now some 23 years later, here I was handing him cold hard cash for this bad boy.

So this past Saturday I went out with the local flatbed driver and pulled it out of the woods. After clearing out all of the odds and ends from in front of the truck, we were able to get it up on the truck. I shot a quick video of the process and you can see how locked up the rear was when we went to pull it out.


Dodge loaded

After getting it unloaded here at Eastwood, I got to working on the Dodge today. I cleaned the junk out of the cab, pulled the seat, and began vacuuming the inside of the truck. You can see below that cab is pretty dang solid thus far!


Stay tuned for more updates later this week!

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  • Rod

    April 14th, 2011

    Nice old pickup. Here in Australia they were also available in Fargo and Desoto versions as well.. Much the same as the Dodge version except for the name plates. The pickup beds were also a little wider too on all our local versions.

    The steering wheel was located on the right hand side.

  • David T Marc

    June 7th, 2011

    SCRAPPY

  • David T Marc

    June 7th, 2011

    Name The Truck SCRAPPY !

  • Bryan

    June 7th, 2011

    “LIL DEAD EXPRESS”

  • Jim Martin

    June 7th, 2011

    Looks like ” The SLEEPER” to me

  • -B- GONZALES

    June 7th, 2011

    This truck is Ram tuff so maybe ( TUFF TRUCK ) .

  • RICK BROUGHTON

    June 7th, 2011

    NAME IT “RUSTY,THE WORK HORSE OF YESTER YEAR”

  • BONTYCar

    June 7th, 2011

    This name “DEADGE”

  • fareon hickman

    June 7th, 2011

    57 Dodge i thing thats a 57

  • fareon hickman

    June 7th, 2011

    name it iron horse

  • Nelson Samot

    June 7th, 2011

    Name it the Green Ghost…It is coming back to haunt the streets again

  • Nelson Samot

    June 7th, 2011

    Or how about the “green goblin”

  • jeremy

    June 7th, 2011

  • Al Brown

    June 7th, 2011

    I would suggest the truck be named with a name
    that would recognize it’s past and proclaim it’s
    FUTURE. If it were mine it would be named
    REINCARNATED RAM or
    ” ONE MEAN RESERECTED RAM”

  • J.R. Andres

    June 7th, 2011

    I think Dura Mater would be a good name. It’s a play on the name of the p/u in “Cars”. Dura mater is a lining on the brain and spine, so combining dura for durable and mater, from “Cars” would be kool.

  • Holly Palmer

    June 7th, 2011

    The Rust Bucket rides again!!!!!

  • dave

    June 7th, 2011

    “Old faith full” the truck lasted 38 to 39 years and only the water pump stoped it..todays car barley last 15yrs

  • Pat Durazzo

    June 7th, 2011

    No, no, no, its a Dodge and its gotta’ have a Hemi…
    then Name it ” Dodgezilla”

  • Jim Bisbee

    June 7th, 2011

    “LOCKJAW” – rear axle locked, rusty metal could give you tetanus. A few shots of Eastwood medicine and she will be cured!

  • Larry Owens

    June 7th, 2011

    The Golum Dodge

  • d. calhoun

    June 7th, 2011

    name the dodge ” IT LIVES “

  • tina

    June 7th, 2011

    big bertha

  • Robin Washington

    June 7th, 2011

    RAMROD 2011

  • ralph ares

    June 7th, 2011

    “FARGO CARGO” IS THE NICKNAME

  • Bruce Van Zutphen

    June 7th, 2011

    name the truck (Memories lost)

  • Dave Bicknell

    June 7th, 2011

    name the Dodge Lasarus they both rose from the dead

  • Mike Wallace

    June 7th, 2011

    The name should be ” Buford W. Dodge “

  • Robert Behel

    June 7th, 2011

    I had a 48 dodge like this when i was 18 wish i still had it it really needed restoring. My choice for name is THE JUNKYARD DODGE.

  • Colby C

    June 7th, 2011

    Mad Dodge

  • Steve Bennett

    June 7th, 2011

    Truck should be called Clementine seeing how she old but still looks good

  • Daniel

    June 7th, 2011

    The Blue Meteor

  • pete

    June 8th, 2011

    the old girl dodge

  • ken schlessman

    June 8th, 2011

    desperado dodge

  • Roger L. Morazzano

    June 8th, 2011

    I would name it” alone Dodge city “

  • Randy Kirkley

    June 8th, 2011

    “Ole Critter”, “lil Critter”, “Rimshot”, “Ole Booger”, “Lil Booger”, and “Martha”.

  • Glenn Renner

    June 8th, 2011

    ! Pilot House Predator ! After the war, this truck was nicknamed Pilot House due to all of the glass in the cab and the great visibility, just like the pilot house of a war ship. Thanks.

  • Dave Meyer

    June 9th, 2011

    Here you go- Draugr!

    A draugr or draug (original Old Norse plural draugar, as used here, not “draugrs”), or draugen (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, meaning “the draug”), also known as aptrgangr (literally “again-walker”, or “one who walks after death”) is an undead creature from Norse mythology

  • Tony Bohannon

    June 9th, 2011

    Call it “Evergreen”

  • Mike Griffin

    June 10th, 2011

    Name it
    “Green Manalishi”, or “Reincarnated Ram”, or “Resurrected Ram”, or “Deja vu”, or “Phoenix”, or “Voo-doo Dodge”

  • Michael

    June 10th, 2011

    call her the Matt ole ram

  • John Williamson

    June 11th, 2011

    I’d call him Legion like the movie or maybe Michael The Arc Angel

  • John Williamson

    June 11th, 2011

    Or even The Christ or The Mesiah

  • Rafael Rodriguez

    June 11th, 2011

    here a few name that can work,
    Dodgerminator, Dogdester, Dodgemaggedon

  • WILLIAM LONGO

    June 12th, 2011

    NAME IT ” POWERLESS WAGON ”

    or

    “HEADLESS HEADACHE “

  • James marsh

    June 13th, 2011

    Git R Done Tators

  • Alan Carreon

    June 13th, 2011

    Its nickname should be something that might be uttered at certain times of frustration: “The F-Bomb”

  • David Austic

    August 7th, 2011

    Victus Mortuus might be fitting

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