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Original Work Truck: 1953 Dodge B4D Flatbed


I keep looking at this picture and wondering why it looks so cool to me. I’m thinking because it looks like a toy truck, one you might like to have had as a kid. This (real) Dodge truck is in Everson, Washington and listed here on craigslist with an asking of $3,497. It’s completely original, even the paint, and it’s complete. There’s no word on how many years it was in the barn.

1953 Dodge B4D

I wish there were more pictures, but from what there is it looks pretty solid. It runs and the hydraulics work, so could this perhaps be a reasonable asking price? Somewhere someone must have a use for this old truck.


  1. Avatar photo Jason Houston

    Speaking of old toys, I have National Products one of these and I love it. And I like the funky paint scheme on this, too.

    Sure wish I could find a button to mute that dreadful noise…

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  2. Avatar photo Charles

    This truck looks very solid from the pictures!

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  3. Avatar photo Howard A Member

    Is indeed worth it. Almost looks like “olive drab”. I’d get it functional and use it as is. Not the desirable “Pilot House” cab, but still very useful, just not on today’s roads. ( unless updated dramatically) Great find.

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  4. Avatar photo JW

    I like it but as usual people on Craigslist and Ebay just don’t post enough desirable pictures and enough information to make a decision to even go look at what their selling.

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  5. Avatar photo Gary I

    I have two old dump trucks. I can turn more heads driving my 1966 international or 1970 C50 than a brand new $60,000 and up dump truck. I can’t believe I don’t see more old classics on the road being worked. Locally of course, I don’t hit the highway everyday with them. For what I have in them they have paid me back many times. The farmers who used most of these old dumps hardly used them. My Chevy had the original drivetrain and 64,000 true miles on it, sat in a barn for most of its life. Takes more work to keep them on the road, but some of us don’t have the funds to buy new.

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  6. Avatar photo jim s

    i too think there is not enough information to go on. seller needs to work much harder. nice old work/job site truck to be used at very low speeds and no hills. interesting find

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    • Avatar photo Harvey

      The weather in that part of the country will rot anything left outside. so my guess is that it has been under good cover .

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  7. Avatar photo Michael V.

    Seems like an oddly specific amount of money he wants. Why not just ask for $3,500?

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    • Avatar photo Wayne S.K.

      Wal mart employee…

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  8. Avatar photo geomechs Member

    We had a ’49 with a ten foot grain box and manual hydraulic hoist. I don’t know why Dad bought it because we never hauled grain with it. Maybe it was simply because it was a bargain at $300.00. That was in 1968. I pulled the sides off the bed and used it for picking rocks. I’ll never forget dumping the first load; the hydraulic hoist was double-acting; harder work than loading rocks. The truck eventually got promoted to fuel/field-service duty. I got attached to the old relic and started to fix it up. I used it for everything, even taking me to work when nothing else was available. Kind of miss the old relic. Dad sold it in ’79 when he sold out. It was an amazing investment because he got over $1500.00 for it.

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  9. Avatar photo Doug Towsley

    I agree thats a sweet truck, and seems like a good deal in my opinion even if the motor is froze up. If it were me, Id install a modern power train, power brakes and power steering but mostly leave it stock looking from the outside. Store the original parts. Would make an awesome work truck, or use it to go to swap meets and vintage events. With a good powertrain, you could pull a trailer with your show car, a bunch of motorcycles or all your camping gear and room to spare. Yuppies in their urban assault vehicles and suburus would be scared to tailgate or cut you off and if you did hit one, Old iron like this would barely suffer a scratch. Wash off the blood and paint chips and carry on. Bet you could squash a Prius flat without effort. No plastic here. Nice truck.

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    • Avatar photo Jason Houston

      As for squashing Priuses and other annoying automotive insects, you could do that just as easily without first destroying the 1953 Dodge. It’s still here today, not because it’s old, but because it’s good!

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  10. Avatar photo DENIS

    Odd price got your attention didn’t it?? I like the old truck and for that money, HELL YAH! Don’t even know what I would do with it…..

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  11. Avatar photo Ronald Weddle

    I have a 1953 Dodge B4D Work Rated truck that I am trying to find information about(value and how many on the road). I have looked every where. Anyone with info on my truck please let me know. It is a running driving truck with 1st place trophy’s. Has the flat head 6 with standard 3 in the floor.

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