Odds and Ends

This site is a collection of various items of interest, grouped together, yet seperate, and some things may be outside the 54-60 years.

This is a 1955 1 ton truck owned by Bob Lassaline. It is an completed original with age appropriate equipment. It was built in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It has 65,000 original miles. I wish we could see more trucks like this. I'd love to own one myself! Thanks Bob!

Check out this Dodge mail truck! It reminds me of some kind of car cartoon, or even the ads for the Chevron commercials! Cute but ugly at the same time, if that's possible.

This is a '54 4x4 Dodge. That isn't unusual except for the fact that Dodge didn't make any cilivilian 4x4s at that time! Plenty of Military Power Wagons but no C cab Power Wagons. After owning this truck for 11 years, owner Tommy Starr states....."For the better part of 10 years it sat in my parent's back field slowly returning to the earth. Just a couple months ago I decided it was time to do something with it. The frame was mostly toast so I knew I needed to do a swap. My dad had given me a 86 F150 4x4 with the body completely rotten but good drivetrain. A friend and I shortened the f150 frame 23 inches and started making new body mounts. I came together like a dream. I still have a ways to go. Working on getting everything working properly before making the body look pretty. So far it has a 300 inline 6 ford engine that will be completely rebuilt, 4 speed trans and NP transfer case with the stock ford TTB IFS up front. I drive this truck every day that I'm not working. it hasn't failed me yet. Any suggestions for paint colors?"

In 1959 and 1960 Dodge came out with what was called the Sweptline bed. They had 3 versions, 6', 8' 3", and 9'. The 9 footer was very rare. In 1961 Dodge went to a whole new design of their trucks and beds and sold the molds of the Sweptline bed to Studebaker. All Studebaker had to do was change the tailgate stamp mold. Studebaker used this bed up into the mid to late 60s.

Some hot rod truck magazines talk about some truck being "Low and in the weeds", is this what they mean?!

Surf's up! It just needs a surfboard. This is a 1954 Dodge and something I've never seen. Have you?!

At first glance, I thought this was a perfect example of what not to do with your truck. But now, after looking at it for the umpteenth time, I'm really starting to like this truck. I guess it is growing on me! With a few little changes here and there, this would be one neat 60's throwback. One thing for sure, it is a one of a kind!

El Royal? What is this thing? It's definately a 59 and definately a Dodge but your guess is as good as mine if this was a factory built proto type or somebody's experiment with metal work. I can see why it wasn't mass produced, UGLY!!!

Here's one for you! My friend Doug from California was telling me about fenders that resembled Chevy fenders on some Dodge trucks. I didn't know for the longest time if he was just kidding me or not. I spotted this late 70's Dodge stepside around town (Eugene, Oregon) a while back and finally got some pictures of these different styled fenders. Doug was right! This particular Dodge was called a Sport and may have something to do with the different fenders. Well now, since I put this up I saw another set of these on another '70s Dodge pickup.

>The unusual! Check out this 1960 Dodge "crewcab" firetruck. This is cool! Imagine this truck without the fire equipment and ladder. Build a classic Dodge sixpack! Look at the body lines, you don't suppose this is where Chevy got their idea for the new Avalanche?!

Speaking of crewcabs.....here's a Australian Dodge crewcab! Probably early '60s, but might be late '50s. Photo couresty of Mike Fudge.

Tough luck! I can't really tell but this looks like a 1954 or early 55 Dodge truck. When Mother Nature makes a move, you can't always get everything you want out of harm's way.

I know it's not a 54 to 60 Dodge truck, but I just couldn't resist! A 195? Dodge log truck. It's gotta be Ram Tough to haul this much weight over the back roads. I'm impressed!

Did you know? Dodge built these big, over the road, trucks for about 3 years starting in or near 1975. They were called "Bighorns" They used the same basic cab from the 1955-60 era Dodge pickups. It was a good looking truck. These rigs are very rare.

Not your everyday delivery truck! This is a 1957 Dodge and would make a great rolling billboard for your company. How about a one of a kind motorhome too.

This is interesting! Do you know what it is? Maybe a new retro pickup from the Detroit auto show? You know...kind of like the PT Cruiser or the new TBird or Chevy's new roadster pickup. That would be a good guess as this truck has been almost completely altered, but you'd be wrong. This was at our local Mopar show and shine in Eugene, Oregon last year. I never got the name of the owner like a dummy, but it does come from within the state. It is a 53 Dodge pickup, but it sure doesn't look like any I've seen around here! Well done! UPDATE! I got an email from Erik York. This is what he had to say........."Hi, the truck that you have in the "odd's and ends" section on your site that you said you couldn't get the name of the owner is Bob W. Selix of McMinnville, Oregon. I know because he is my Grandfather and loves that truck :) He is 82 now and made that when he was in his 70's. It is for sale, but I'm not sure how much he wants for it? He doesn't show the truck any more. It's a very smooth ride and you'd never know its an "oldy" when you ride in the modern cab. :) It was an interesting rust bucket when he started, and literally chopped two trucks and spliced them together. Never believed it would fit on a Dodge Dakota frame, but it did! Regards, Erik York".

This interesting truck is a 1960 Australian Dodge. It combines old and new for the years of '50-'60 to make an export sold in Australia in 1960. Note the late '40s and early '50s styled cab and the "newer" styled front nose with dual headlights. This is all the info I have on them. The Chrysler company also built a Desoto truck but I've only seen a picture of one in one of the Dodge truck books.

This one is a 1960 also. Rick Williams owns this beauty.

1955 Fargo Swivel Frame Power Wagon. Willock Manufacturing Company was the maker. Approximately 40 were made (no numbers were kept). Only 13 are known to exist. It does exactly as it's title states---swivels in the middle.

Here is a real live Swivel Frame. This truck belongs to Thomas Strand. This truck is operational and in the process of being restored. "Details-the Swivel frame serial number is 213, truck originally comes from Langley B.C. Canada-not far from Vancouver,where Willock was located. Its been a well pump service truck most of its life. First belonging to Pacific Water Wells, Then Drillwell Enterprises, where I first saw it in about 1974 when we had our well drilled. Drillwell sold it to a fellow in Victoria where Tom got it. I talked to retired Drillwell owner Ken Slade and got a lot of info from him. He also is tickled by all the fun Tom is having with it." Being that these things are so rare, I think they have a real Diamond in the Rough! Congrats on your find and good luck on your restoration process.

This is a '55 Dodge Safetymaster. I have seen only two of these in pictures. Being post Korean war, I can't imagine what it was used for unless transporting some high ranking personel in the service.

A Dead Dodge
If you want to read some guy's redneck story about his big, bad, newer Furd towing somebody's bad luck old Dodge Power Wagon then this story is for you. It really isn't worth wasting your time on unless you want to see a good looking Power Wagon.

How about these? Pre Sweptside maybe? Not even! The first one is a homemade wagon, cut down, and looks like it used the back half of a hardtop to make the rear of the cab. The second one was made from a company outside the SEG or Dodge/Plymouth factory. Pretty rare!

You remember the old commercial "Is it live or is it Memorex?". This truck reminds me of that. Dieter Krieg from Winnipeg, Manitoba bought this '57 Dodge W300 for a mere $400 Canadian dollars, towed it home and the next day had it running. He said it has a modified dump hoist on it. My question to all of you is did the factory do it or some outside shop? BTW.....W300 trucks are very rare. Dieter has a winner!

I've seen 2 of these posters. One at a family run gift shop/post office and at a tourist shop on the coast. My wife asked about getting one of these from the lady at the coast because she knew I wanted one of my own, and the lady suggested contacting Leanin' Tree. My wife did and to my amazement they sent us one! Thank you Leanin' Tree! What intrigues me about the poster is the truck. To me it sure looks like it was fashioned after a Dodge. Look at the basic shape of the cab, and rear fender, the high mounted big back window, and door handles. Cute poster! It is hanging up in my computer room.

Waiting for a "shadetree" mechanic!

This poor truck met a tragic end. Owner says he is going to fix this 1957.

A different approach to solving storage problems. This guy took the long bed off and put a short bed in it's place, then built a toolbox to fill in the space.

One tough truck! My friend Jared recently weathered a windstorm in Washington state and found this tree on top of his Town Wagon hood. Damage is limited to the hood, but it could have been so much worse. If any of you have messed around with firewood you know how heavy wood is. It's amazing how little damage there is from all that weight and force of crashing onto the hood.

In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons for the rarity of the '54 to '60 Dodge trucks today, as compared to the Fords and Chevies, is the fact that the factory nor the dealer undercoated the sheetmetal and undercarriage of the Dodges. Look at the first two pictures. Whoever bought this '59 truck had it undercoated when it was new or shortly afterward. The third picture shows the inner side of the fender and the outer side of it's mate. It's better on the inside than the outside because of that. The paint looks newer and hardly any rust as compared to the outside. This particular undercoating was hard to get off, but I have two very good fenders for my effort.

This truck was on ebay recently. It looks to be a Panel Wagon cut down then a bed added to it.

This picture was sent from a fellow in Turkey. It looks like it is a 1960. Very nice Fargo truck and I'm glad to see trucks like this from places you'd never dream they'd be.