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    Ok I know it's not 4 wheel drive but it's still a Power Giant series truck. I'm working on rebuilding a 58 Sweptside and wanted to pass along my link to pictures of the project. The truck itself is in pretty good shape outside of the rear fenders being rusted out. From what I've seen this is a common problem with these trucks. A little rust protection would have gone a long way back in the day. Take a look http://imageevent.com/ron55/1958dodg...970fei3.frog_s It's going to be a sweet ride when it's done. This one belongs to the same owner as the 58 Town Wagon I restored.
    Ron in Indiana

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    Your amazing work just keeps doing amazing things. Looking great!
    I drive a DODGE, not a ram!

    Thanks,
    Will
    WAWII.com

    1946 WDX Power Wagon - "Missouri Mule"
    1953 M37 - "Frankenstein"
    1993 Jeep YJ - "Will Power"
    1994 2500 4WD Regular Cab - "Old Gray"
    2006 3500 DRW 4WD Mega Cab - "Power Wagon Hauler"

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    • #3
      Wow. Can't believe you tackled that. That bedside looks awesome. A lot of hand forming, a lot of skilled work... i can appreciate it.
      It's a really strange bed. Never realized that those finned swept sides were built that way... just a station wagon side attached to the the typical bed side. Can't believe Dodge actually made um that way.

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      • #4
        I figured I didn't have anything to lose by trying a challenge like this one. I made profile templates from the other side to make sure I kept everything in place as I went along. That's the 40+ years of carpenter in me, measure twice cut once. I measured more than twice on most of it though. Thanks guys for the comments.
        Ron in Indiana

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        • #5
          Ron, that is incredible. I cannot imagine the time, and effort you have in that it is. Coming along beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.
          1967 W200.aka.Hank
          1946 WDX.aka.Shorty
          2012 Ram 2500 PowerWagon.aka Ollie

          Life is easier in a lower gear.

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          • #6
            Thank s for this great work.
            1964 w300 440 9' utility bed
            1972 w200 440-III,445 4 speed,Dana 60's w L/S
            1975 d500 flatbed dump
            1990 D350 Cummins 5 speed one ton flatbed(ugly maybe donor for ???)
            1998 3500 12 valve Cummins Quadcab 4x4 Dually
            Various and sundry IH farm and construction equipment
            Not enough firearms

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            • #7
              Incredible work Ron. Looking forward to seeing more of this thing.

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              • #8
                Amazing work - both body work and album

                Thanks for the detailed album, Ron. Very interesting. Provides a good idea of all the effort and care you invest in a restoration.

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys I tell people I paid attention in in English Comp class. LOL I figure with the variety of people who will see the albums the least I can do is add a commentary for those who may not know what they're seeing. It's been a challenging project with reforming the 1/4 panels but I'm past that now. Just filling and sanding on the second side now. The rest of the sheet metal is blasted and mostly in primer. A lot of block sanding lies ahead but it's all part of the process. The engine is rebuilt and ready for pick up this week. I'll add pictures this week too.
                  Ron in Indiana

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                  • #10
                    What color will the 58 be? There's a red Dodge truck Red & white on the last cover of WPC NEWS My dad got to sell 2 of these trucks new a 57 & 58 .

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by horace View Post
                      What color will the 58 be? There's a red Dodge truck Red & white on the last cover of WPC NEWS My dad got to sell 2 of these trucks new a 57 & 58 .
                      The truck will be returned to original colors of Sahara Beige and Valley Green. I've searched on the net and have seen most of the color combos but not like this truck. It will have a number of options like the 58 Town Wagon I rebuilt for the same owner.
                      Ron in Indiana

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                      • #12
                        Ron this is a really nice restoration you are doing. My first truck was a '58 Dodge D100 with a utiline bed. It had a 318 with a "3-on-the-tree" O/D transmission and boy would it run. The only trouble was, I would have to add a quart of oil when the fuel tank was 1/2 empty and another when it needed a fuel fill-up. I used to change out the spark plugs on a regular basis due to fouling. My Dad owned a service shop and I would get plugs that he would take out of other vehicles when he did a tune-up and put them in my Dodge truck. I remember for my 17th birthday, he bought me a new set of plugs and I was thrilled. It was the first set of new plugs I ever owned. Good times. Can't wait to see how this truck looks when you finish it!

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