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This was one of my favorite projects:

This 1953 Dodge Coronet 2 door hardtop had a Camaro subframe and rear end, the door handles are shaved as were the hood ornament and air inlets. No motor or steering gear, but a great project vehicle!

I acquired this vehicle along with several others in a trade in the summer of 2003. In December 2005 Jim and I started working on this project by removing the body off of the bad frame it came with. We had a donor, a 1967 Chevelle frame, waiting on being repurposed. It worked out great! We mounted all new body mounts and the rebuilt Dodge Charger 360 engine, added a new aluminum radiator, dropped spindles with new disc brakes, a donor gas tank, power steering and a nice steering column. Eventually we lowered the whole vehicle about 4 inches, which gives it a great profile!!

I test drove the Dodge and promptly knocked a hole in the oil pan :0 ! We repaired that and added a custom skid plate. Well, then Jim had to test drive it, I went along for the ride and kicked in that 4 barrel and there went the heater hose lines....Antifreeze was everywhere! We made it back to the shop (we only venture out 3 miles or so on test drives), and again repairs were made....

We made it to our first cruise-in with the Dodge in April 2006, and then began cruising to the local cruise-ins. Most spectators loved the car and were surprised to learn what it actually was! Eventually we plan on adding a paint job and a custom interior of course!

So Lonely...

Here she sits in waiting....

I scored a 360 out of a 1972 Charger for this baby!!!


This is the 2nd cruise we went to, everyone has the same reaction when I pull up. They all want to know what it is and what year it is. 

This is a rare car for sure!

December 2005

This is how we began working on this project!

First we replaced the frame under the body, welded in new floorboards (not Dodge, its a secret!), installed the new gas tank and a bunch of other needed welding and fitting of parts. I began searching for all the original trim items such as bumpers, hood ornament, door handles and such....

360 Dodge engine

The rebuilt engine is ready!!!

...and paint!

Check out the new two tone paint! I ordered original paint chips from Chrysler's 1953 selections and chose this original color combination...

All I can say is "Wow" !!!

I got some serious paint on my car! I cannot wait until I finish my interior!

Headliner Installation

This is the first new interior item to be installed!

Almost Done!!!

This picture is from September 2013....

I have installed the carpet, customized the trunk area and installed the headliner..... I have all my materials to fabricate the seat covers and doorpanels, I am just lacking the time!

She is done!!!

New seats, new door panels..... I just love the color combination!

New Interior!

The picture really doesn't do the seats any justice.... 

Now this is a Ram!
Great Picture
Nice Profile
No Junk in this Trunk!
Car Show!!

Her debut at the car show after being completed in October 2014!