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1949 Model 3107 Canopy Express

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26 September 2005

From: Mike,

        Boy, was I thrilled to find the Stovebolt Showroom on the web yesterday! What a well-done site (editor's note: Thanks!). I had to send a photo of my truck in the hopes that you'll add it to the showroom ( another editor's note: Yeah, Mike, the committee deliberated real hard over your truck!). 

        This truck is a factory-stock production model with a Thriftmaster 216 straight six (90 HP), 116" wheelbase, 3 on the tree and 4.11 rear end. Its original price was $1,502 FOB Oakland, CA. It was the first of 570 produced at the truck plant in Oakland and was purchased in San Jose in 1949. It was shipped to Hawaii for farm use in 1954 (yet another editor's note: the truck was in amazing condition, then, considering how harsh and corrosive the environment is here in the Aloha State).

        In 1962, it came back to the Mainland (California), where it was retired after having died in the middle of a garlic field. Mike spotted it from old Hwy 101 near Gilroy, CA and bought it in 1981. The body and paint work was completed in 1982. After 12 years, the truck was back on the road again in July, 1994.

        Body and paintwork by Alan Vivanco & David Rodrigues (D. Rodís Street Rods). Back on the road after 27 years in July, 1994.

        Best Regards, and keep up the good work.

Mike Ahlman

        You can see more photos and a longer description of Mike's beautifully done truck in the October/November '95 edition of This Old Truck magazine ~~ Editor

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