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"Fred"

Owned by Rick Anderson
"rix65"
Bolter # 19791
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Talking about this truck
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01 September 2009
# 2654

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From Rick :

I've had a number of 'Bolts over the years but it had been a while. I took a job here in North Carolina (back into the car business after a 10 year hiatus) and the oil in my veins started to circulate again.

Well, of course as a Service Manager at a Chevrolet Dealer (yup still here), the 'Bolt bug came an' bit me. So, I'd been in town maybe a month, came walking out of the local Lowe's store and low and behold there was FRED -- just sittin' all by himself in the parking lot. Wow a long wheel base Chevy Stepside!!! Running, tagged and lookin' fer love.

I waited for the owner to come out of the store, met him and asked if he was interested in selling the truck.

"NOPE!" he says. "I'm gonna ...."

I gave him my card and off he went, about a month later he called. I agreed to his higher than I wanted price ... but I HAD to save FRED.

The guy had "customized" FRED with a cross between tractor trailer features (HUGE mirrors and enough lites for an airport, not to mention a rear homemade bumper that weighed about 200 pounds) and disco features (purple interior lights everywhere and a cheapie stereo with cheapie speakers).

So, Fred is a 1965 C-10 LWB SS; 230 six with internal alternator regulator and HEI. It has a 1985 T-5. I got it and did a complete rear axle overhaul w/ 3.08 gears, front discs new discs and calipers / bearings / seals ("72"), all new ball joints, tie rod ends, etc. Installed completely new rear drum brakes and all new brake lines and hoses. I relocated the fuel tank to rear of truck in frame (I'll never need a spare will I?).

I found an old but perfect complete ss bed -- no drilled or bullet holes, no bends. Okay, it is rusty but it's straight and all there -- bumper, brackets, rubber booties on the backs of the lamps, proper license plate bracket AND....... most of all ... it still has the rear splash / stone guards! Never saw those before.

So I've been sanding and prepping the bed and getting ready to start on the cab. I did get the cool blasted and painted ralley wheels (of, course with beauty rings and center caps) 9" rear / 8" front 30" tires. He sits nice!

Rick Anderson



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