This 1953 Dodge had a Camaro subframe and rear end. The door-handles are shaved. No motor or steering gear. But a great project!!
In December 2006, Jim and I started this project by removing the body off of the bad frame it came with. We had a donor, a 67 Chevelle frame waiting for duty. It worked out great. We mounted all new body mounts and the rebuilt 76 Charger 360 engine, added a new radiator, disc brakes, power steering, and steering column. Eventually we lowered the whole vehicle about 4 inches. Which gives it such a great profile!!
I test drove the Dodge and promptly knocked a hole in the oil pan. We fixed that and added a custom skid plate. Well, then Jim had to test drive it. I went along for the ride and he just had to kick in that 4-barrel - and there went the heater hose lines! Antifreeze was everywhere. We made it home (On test drives we only venture out on a 3 mile radius!). Again repairs were made and I drove it again. We experienced some minor problems and repaired/replaced them all.
We made it to our first Cruise-in with the 53 Dodge in Robertsdale on Saturday, April 28, 2006, and then again went cruising in Mobile to the Sonic @ Government on the first Thursday in May. Most spectators loved the car and were surprised to learn what it actually was! Eventually we plan on adding a custom interior and paint job of course.