Slowly but, without a doubt, surely my '53 Chevy 3100 is coming around. While the '75 is down for paint, which for obvious reasons hasn't been kind on the wallet, I've had ample time to devote to the five-window. The problem is the aforementioned pocket draining hasn't made it too easy to do everything I want with that free time. Fortunately, the next area to be addressed-the rear-didn't take a large sum of cash to accomplish. The simple addition of a pair of '47-53 taillights with a shiny new '54 bumper and license plate bracket/light literally gave new life to the truck's backside. It took but a few hours to accomplish, and best of all, left some change to buy lunch and a few cold ones!
Obviously, there's plenty left to address on the '53. While plans are being made for the upcoming Keisler TKO five-speed swap, the new Classic Performance Products suspension and brakes, and the Horkey's bed wood kit, all of which require a bit of "careful penny pinching," Brothers has made it possible to keep busy and actually accomplish some things that make an immediate visual impact-which in some cases, can be just as important as mechanical upgrades. For each and every external accessory upgrade, I just hop in the truck and head over to Brothers. Unless the items I'm after are out of stock (which hasn't happened in the past), I can head home or to the shop and install or swap out with the old parts-like the previous installment on the grille, visor, and front bumper. Short of body and paint, the ol' truck is starting to look better each month.
Before moving on to the photo documentation of the day's work, some of you might be asking why a '54 bumper was used with standard '47-53 taillights. For one, the truck had a '54 rear bumper on it when purchased, as well as one '54 taillight. Not caring much for the later light styles led to the choice of the correct units for the '53. But the decision to stick with the "wrong" bumper is a different story. As you will see in the end, the need for a location to mount a club plaque played a major part in the decision. Hanging in the rear window wasn't an option (too small an area to sacrifice), so having the stock '53 bracket integrated with the taillight mount offered the perfect solution for a plaque location. If the Chevy were a restoration project, it would have never been an issue...it's not!