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1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:55 am

So my truck is not done but its not rough either i have never made a build thread to I thought of making one here, so I will post build photos up to now and then go from there.

Her name is Penny I named it because she was copper when I bought it back in 2008. I bought it from a man named Bob who owns a shop in Prescott, AZ. here the story on it; so one day back around 2006 I owned a 68 barracuda and needed parts, so I went to a popular junk yard called Desert valley auto, Parts in north PHX. I saw two 57's there a sweptside and a stepside one in front of the other and I never thought of owning a 50's truck but I fell in love the first time I saw the style of the trucks. I did not have the money at the time to buy them, so I left...months went by and I went back with enough money to buy them, and they had already been sold...I was so sad.

I went back to my house in Prescott, AZ and a couple months went buy and I got a lead from my dad who was keeping an eye out for these trucks he saw two 1) first 57 was a salmon pinkish color and white two tone it was sitting in a RV storage lot with the tires rotting off (its still sitting there to this day) and another looked to be a running copper colored truck on the other side of town, both were step side short beds. I really liked the salmon colored one and got ahold of the people who owned the storage lot, they gave me the phone number to the owners of the salmon colored truck, a woman I talked to said it was her dads who had died years back and they were waiting to bring it back east where she lived and that it wasnt for sale.

Again I was so sad...My wife said what about the other copper truck? And I had completely got so caught up on the Salmon colored 57 I forgot about the copper one! So I went over to Car Care by Bob a automotive repair shop that housed the 57 in its parking lot. I went in side and asked who the owner was and a technician said It was the shops owner Bob's truck. and he said Bob was not there and did not know when he would be in.
So again i left with no 57... a few weeks later I was in the area and Decided to stop by Again... and Bob was there, he mentioned he and his wife were talking about selling it the night before in bed, the problem was he had two pickups a 30's (I believe) Ford, that was in his family forever, and the Dodge which he like better but had no sentimental hold on. He said he did not want to sell it to some kid who wanted to butcher it and throw it away, after talking for a hour or so about the truck he shot me a price which was really high to me, so I told him I would see what I could come up with.

I went to the bank and pulled out a grand less than he was asking in cash and with cash in hand we struck a deal and I was the proud owner of a copper 57 Stepside Dodge small window 2wd D100. while I waited for the tow truck to arrive Bob told me he had acquired the truck a few years earlier, off of Ebay, he and his grandson Justin (who owns a really nice award winning Custom 55 Chrysler with a hemi) went to Compton Ca, and he said a austrailian man who worked at a mercedes dealer ship was the previous owner. other than that I know nothing about the history of the truck.
The towtruck came and towed it about 20 miles down the highway to my dads house. I cleaned the bed out ( it was full of dead leaves almost to the top and I found a pair of leg burner side pipes that had been ripped off the truck and thrown in the back, also found a newer metal Sign of a 2nd Gen dodge viper (that I still have hanging on my wall)

My dad asked me if I was going to name her. I had never thought of naming my truck a few thing came to mind but I liked Penny because of the color which had probabily been painted in the 70's or 80's, it was a poor paint job that covered the factory "BayView Green" which was a very dark hunter green color. When I ripped the seat out I found a old pair of under wear and a penny that was stuck between the floor board and the seat frame, it had been bolted in there on purpose. the penny was so covered in dirt i was about to throw it away when i decided at the last minute to wash it off with some parts cleaner that was next to me, it shinned right up and read 1957 I WAS A SIGN!!!! So from this moment on she became "PENNY"


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gonna have to wait

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:58 am

study you guys are going to have to wait for 7 days to see pictures since the forum does not allow pictures for the first 7 days of registration.

hi joel welcome. i'll see what i can do about the pictures
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by 57 Fargo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:23 am

Good to see you and Penny over here too! Smile
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I like it...

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:54 am

I like it...its could definitely be improved like the buttons being in a different language... Question had to look at it a minute to figure out the translation Very Happy really don't like the 7 day wait thing kinda lame...
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by froy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:56 am

MoParJoel wrote:So my truck is not done but its not rough either i have never made a build thread to I thought of making one here, so I will post build photos up to now and then go from there.

Her name is Penny I named it because she was copper when I bought it back in 2008. I bought it from a man named Bob who owns a shop in Prescott, AZ. here the story on it; so one day back around 2006 I owned a 68 barracuda and needed parts, so I went to a popular junk yard called Desert valley auto, Parts in north PHX. I saw two 57's there a sweptside and a stepside one in front of the other and I never thought of owning a 50's truck but I fell in love the first time I saw the style of the trucks. I did not have the money at the time to buy them, so I left...months went by and I went back with enough money to buy them, and they had already been sold...I was so sad.

I went back to my house in Prescott, AZ and a couple months went buy and I got a lead from my dad who was keeping an eye out for these trucks he saw two 1) first 57 was a salmon pinkish color and white two tone it was sitting in a RV storage lot with the tires rotting off (its still sitting there to this day) and another looked to be a running copper colored truck on the other side of town, both were step side short beds. I really liked the salmon colored one and got ahold of the people who owned the storage lot, they gave me the phone number to the owners of the salmon colored truck, a woman I talked to said it was her dads who had died years back and they were waiting to bring it back east where she lived and that it wasnt for sale.

Again I was so sad...My wife said what about the other copper truck? And I had completely got so caught up on the Salmon colored 57 I forgot about the copper one! So I went over to Car Care by Bob a automotive repair shop that housed the 57 in its parking lot. I went in side and asked who the owner was and a technician said It was the shops owner Bob's truck. and he said Bob was not there and did not know when he would be in.
So again i left with no 57... a few weeks later I was in the area and Decided to stop by Again... and Bob was there, he mentioned he and his wife were talking about selling it the night before in bed, the problem was he had two pickups a 30's (I believe) Ford, that was in his family forever, and the Dodge which he like better but had no sentimental hold on. He said he did not want to sell it to some kid who wanted to butcher it and throw it away, after talking for a hour or so about the truck he shot me a price which was really high to me, so I told him I would see what I could come up with.

I went to the back and pulled out a grand less than he was asking in cash and with cash in hand we struck a deal and I was the proud owner of a copper 57 Stepside Dodge small window 2wd D100. while I waited for the tow truck to arrive Bob told me he had acquired the truck a few years earlier, off of Ebay, he and his grandson Justin (who owns a really nice award winning Custom 55 Chrysler with a hemi) went to Compton Ca, and he said a austrailian man who worked at a mercedes dealer ship was the previous owner. other than that I know nothing about the history of the truck.
The towtruck came and towed it about 20 miles down the highway to my dads house. I cleaned the bed out ( it was full of dead leaves almost to the top and I found a pair of leg burner side pipes that had been ripped off the truck and thrown in the back, also found a newer metal Sign of a 2nd Gen dodge viper (that I still have hanging on my wall)

My dad asked me if I was going to name her. I had never thought of naming my truck a few thing came to mind but I liked Penny because of the color which had probabily been painted in the 70's or 80's, it was a poor paint job that covered the factory "BayView Green" which was a very dark hunter green color. When I ripped the seat out I found a old pair of under wear and a penny that was stuck between the floor board and the seat frame, it had been bolted in there on purpose. the penny was so covered in dirt i was about to throw it away when i decided at the last minute to wash it off with some parts cleaner that was next to me, it shinned right up and read 1957 I WAS A SIGN!!!! So from this moment on she became "PENNY"


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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by froy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:00 am

57 Fargo wrote:Good to see you and Penny over here too! Smile

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i like your avatar what are your plans for her?
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by 57 Fargo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:48 am

Actually it's not mine yet....one I'm trying to buy! I have a 57 Fargo half ton, just no pictures of it handy right now
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by R.A.D on Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:30 am

I can 't wait to see what your doing to penny
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A little sneak preview...

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:48 pm

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Day I bought Her

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:23 pm

I guess its letting me post photos now! the day I bought it from bob...



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first photos days after buying it

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:28 pm

first photos days after buying it...



My old Ramcharger or AKA the Ramchallenger, and my old 68 cuda back there.

















Came with spare parts...


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the 230 flatty

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:30 pm

230ci flat head 6 backed by a 3 on the tree...



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Pennys first Mods

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:34 pm

Truck ran good and drove when I bought it it had no brakes so a new slave cylinder fixed that also made a insert for the glove box to have a stereo to I had tunes when working on her...





It had this giant late 40's 6V hudson radio mounted under the passenger side dash hooked up to one speaker
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by R.A.D on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:38 pm

Nice and spare part too
... what year is that box?
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Time for a V8!

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:38 pm

230 coming out!




My dad helping with the build.





The donor motor is out of my DD ramcharger so I had to car pool for a few weeks...



My dad and little brother lending some helping hands.

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360 mocking up...

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:42 pm


The 360 I rebuild a few years earlier for the ramcharger was out of a 78 w200 Now has a RV cam. and some Paint and valve covers.







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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rapidtransitrick on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:45 pm

i"m telling you that is a good looking truck!!
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Re: 1957 Dodge "Penny" build thread

Post by rapidtransitrick on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:03 pm

very cool Smile
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more...

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Small window Cab coming off..in favor of the big window...















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and more....

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The wife doing Hood Work....
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And coming together...

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:26 pm




My buddy Harry throwing in some wiring doing his part to help out...















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cleaning her up...

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geting it one color...

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:32 pm









Let my dad take it around the block with the new V8 power!
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First time with a V8

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two 57's

Post by MoParJoel on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:35 pm

Dad wanted a shot of his 57 j.c.higgens in Penny





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