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This album is the assembly of my truck.
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work has begun
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This album is the assembly of my truck.

By FriedGreenTMater

Filed under: 1953 Chevrolet 3600 (Fried Green T'Mater)

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January 18, 2011
The truck has been custom reupholstered. Design by me, work by Touch of Class Interiors, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I have pictures on photobucket http://s621.p.../1953GMChevy/
July 28, 2010
My truck has been entered in the Mar-K Gallery. For those who don't know Mar-K makes some of the finest truck bed reproduction parts around. I could win a free T-Shirt with a little voting help from my friends. Voting is free and unanimous so you won't be getting a bunch of spam.
Just click or copy/paste this link: and look for the 53 GMC 1 Ton/53 Chevrolet 3600
Vernon Taylor

April 27, 2010
Success at last, the head gaskets have been replaced again and we are running at 160 degrees. The culprit was my cheap Harbor Freight torque wrench. I compared it to the old wrench with a scale and it was about 10 to 15 pounds off. That will be a good item to add to the scrap metal pile. Or maybe I will put a lug nut socket on it and use it as my lug wrench.

April 02, 2010
Well I am about to give up. This engine just will not run cool. 4-core radiator high volume water pump and two different sets of heads later it still gets so hot that it is boiling the gas in the carb. I have checked the timing a dozen times and it is always right on. It runs really good until it gets over 212 and then I have to pull over and let it cool down or get to the open road. Definitely not good in rush hour traffic. It is time to yank the motor out of the 80 Buick parts car and get it ready for the T'Mater.

February 01, 2010
Username change, and a brief update.
The Tmater has been running a little hot and I can't figure it out. The gauge reads just under 220 and I have verified it is correct with a thermometer. I replaced the thermostat, water pump and installed a new 4-core radiator, NO CHANGE. I just pulled the heads and flushed the water jackets and got a little bit of nastiness out of them but it still runs hot, maybe just a little bit hotter than before I pulled the heads. Anybody with ideas?

December 21, 2009
Happy Winter Solstice to all you Motortopians. Today is the first daily driver day for the Fried Green TMater. Thirty miles to work this morning and she was a little rough at the stop lights but other than that ran real well.

November 22 2009
Took the truck on its maiden voyage today. Drove about seven miles before running out of gas. I still need to get some fine tuning on the gas gauge done because it was still reading a little over empty when I ran out.

November 03, 2009
It's getting really close now. Need to paint the rear fenders and install the wood in the bed. The new picture if from a month or so ago, please stand by.

August 22, 2009
Today the "Fried Green T'Mater" made its first car show. It did not win anything probably because it is still too incomplete. pics of the show are posted on photobucket at

July 26, 2009
The height problem is sort of solved. we need to move the mount down an inch or so. I think we will go two and use shims to allow for wiggle room. Scratched the paint installing the rear window so we will be repainting the white in the next couple days then it's interior will get some attention.

July 22, 2009
We have run into a little snag, the front is too high. We put it all together before paint but we never took the time to make sure the hood would close. we are going to have to cut off our radiator support mounts and lower them so the hood will line up properly. they are welded on really good so it will probably take a couple hours just to cut them off.

July 13, 2009
reassembly begins with the front fenders and the radiator. It is now driveable.

June 15, 2009
repainted the top and interior over the weekend. check out my photos on photobucket. http://s621.p...chevy%20truck

May 29, 2009
Thanks to my friend and his dad and uncle, the cab and front is primed and most of the body parts are painted. Will be repairing the cab corners this evening and finishing up the primer. She should be about ready to paint for Saturday.

May27, 2009
The truck is stripped of all old paint and we will be painting it in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for pictures.

May 12, 2009 08:09 am
Big improvements and progress is in the works. I have put together another engine for the 53Monster and will be installing it soon. want to get the frame clean and painted first and probably get the firewall at least in primer. Look for new pictures later this week.

Mar 16, 2009 12:00 am
As of today the album contains the pictures starting from two old frames sitting in the yard to something resembling a truck. We started it yesterday and it sounds really good. We will be installing the controls, brakes, accelerator and clutch pedals this week and hope to test drive it by the weekend.

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Dodge500’s Profile Photo
Nov 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm
love what you have done to your truck hope my car comes out that nice..
chevy66babe’s Profile Photo
Jul 31, 2010 at 11:43 am
nice collection of trucks, I voted.
FriedGreenTMater’s Profile Photo
Feb 3, 2010 at 8:30 am
If it is an air pocket I have duplicated the problem at least four times. I will find someone with a gas reader and see if i'm getting exhaust in the coolant, I'm not getting any coolant in the exhaust yet.
geor66’s Profile Photo
Feb 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm
You don't have an air pocket by any chance. I used to have problems with air, so whenever i changed the thermostat, i filled the block up with water before i installed it, also check and make sure the thermostat is opening at the correct temp, by installing it in boiling water. Just because their new doesn't mean anything. Hope this helps
FriedGreenTMater’s Profile Photo
Feb 2, 2010 at 8:55 am
I pulled the thermostat last night and it sits and idles at 185 degrees. Driving on the highway it drops below 180 and the heater can't keep up but that is better than cooking my motor.
BugeyeRX’s Profile Photo
Feb 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm
Check the CFM's on the fan you may need more, also are pushing or pulling the air through the rad, I had better luck pushing the air from the front, since on my car the back side of the rad was hot due to been very close to motor so the fan didn't perform as well once the motor got hot. I don't know if it will help but it help me! Good luck Dave.
FriedGreenTMater’s Profile Photo
Feb 1, 2010 at 10:42 am
I do have a coolant recovery system that is working. I'll recheck the timing and I think the 14" or 15" electric fan is doing an adequate job. The truck ran about 190 with the old thermostat for the first 3 or 4 days then it overheated on my way home one night and has run hot since.
FriedGreenTMater’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 10:23 am
I'll probably enter a few local shows but have never had experience with having a successful entry. Should I make a story board? maybe provide a step ladder so judges can get high enough to take a look?
cc2’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 10:02 am
truck looks great, cant wait to hear how you place in truck shows ( if you decide to show it )
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Dec 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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