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Old 08-22-2014, 05:08 PM
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'54 COE anyone?

Just back from a trip and ran across this interesting COE in Seneca, KS. It's for sale ($2500) and has a fair amount to recommend it.
48k miles showing, it was a farm truck so that could be actual total miles
Has a later FE engine, exact details unknown to owner/seller), with a 4-barrel autolite carb. It has run well enough to drive around the block, but I didn't hear it.
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Two-speed rear axle
Rear wheels are tubeless 20", NOT WM's; fronts are WM's
Has hydroboost brakes and they are all working but RR has a leaking cylinder.
Hydraulic dump box works
Interior had mice, seat cushions are shot. Headliner missing.
All the sheet metal is there and relatively rust-free. There is a hole in the door jamb at the floor, that needs to be fixed.

All in all, for the money it looks like a deal to me. The seller doesn't "do" internet much, so if you're interested, give Mark a call at 785 336 1079
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:13 PM
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Wish I didn't have so many projects going on right now, that would be one heck of a cool project. Thanks for posting Ross. Someone should ****** that up.
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Cool truck. The FE transplanted in there looks like it belongs. It'll make someone a fun project.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:23 PM
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The camera didn't really capture it, but the carb inlet is darn near as wide as the tunnel, so the air cleaner was cut on both sides to fit. The fan was mounted on a custom bracket, very well done, so it can use the stock radiator and shroud.
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Very nice! And a dump bed to boot.

I don't like that suggestion on the windshield however: "Make a cool ratrod."
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A ratrod to him was (for example) making it into a lowered, F-1-sized pickup, like 48FordCOE's.
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A great start to a project! Bet it was fun cramming that FE in there.......oddly, I've seen several of those COE's with an FE transplant.
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That's a nice truck and a good deal. They did a good job fitting that FE. If it was 1000 miles closer.
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That would be nice to have that's for sure. Someone needs to pick that up. I wish I could.
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That is a nice truck. Usually the lower part of the hood gets rusted out on these years.
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If it were closer to me id have it but then it wouldnt be so nice here in rustville
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That seems a pretty good price considering what they cost in OZ

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They are few and far between here I think, as most of these old trucks are generally, especially pickups. Some of the bigger stuff is around, big flatbeds and tractors as I believe you call them, or prime movers here.
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The truck is every bit as good as it was described. I literally live six miles down the road from this truck and if it is still there after a good harvest it will be sitting in my barn. A lot of farmers in this community are very handy with wrenches, usually while enjoying some spirits, and they do quality work. From what I can tell I can attest to how clean it is. I have not gotten to drive it yet, but I am hoping for a rainy day to stop up and take her for a spin if possible. It will be five weeks until I would be able to reel her in, so this is everyone's warning.

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holy smokes. that truck looks solid!
as usual, opportunity and fun-funds never align...
otherwise, I'd be snagging one out from under you Adam!
5 weeks? you're probably safe.
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