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PostSubject: Collision Class   September 8th 2016, 6:25 pm

My youngest son Mike (18) has started a Collision class for 1/2 day at the county vocational school. We have a few minor dents that he should be able to fix. He wants to have me send the 1953 Dodge M 37 to the school so the automotive guys can go over the entire truck and then bring it into the collision shop and do a frame off restoration. I like the idea but I don't know if 1 year is enough to do an entire restoration. I would say the truck is 90% restored in the past 10 years, but it wouldn't hurt to take it apart and see how things are.

I would really like to change the rears to something lower, even a 4.10 and maybe disc brakes, but then it would no longer be a "true" vintage truck. I would also like to have a heater installed as they didn't come with them early on.

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PostSubject: Re: Collision Class   September 9th 2016, 1:54 pm

My concern would be parts getting lost over that time frame.
Who would be responsible?

If you were going to re-gear and add disc brakes a newer set of axles might be cheaper/stronger. Not sure what is available for disc brake conversion on those old closed knuckle dana 60s.

How about finding a US Gear overdrive unit and have it installed between the bellhousing and transmission? Extra gear shifters area always welcome!

US Gear is out of business now I believe and only gear vendors left.
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PostSubject: Re: Collision Class   September 9th 2016, 2:04 pm

It took my most of my Sr yr in high school auto shop class to rebuild my brothers 350 in his truck. 3hrs a day sounds like a lot, but damn few days were dedicated entirely to the truck. Lots of other crap going on in the class that has to be handled at the same time.

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