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  Owned by Jim Bailey
Bolter # 18097
Raleigh, North Carolina
25 May 2008
# 2329

From Jim :

           I've been lurking on Stovebolt since finding it thru a Google search. What a great place for old Chevrolet trucks! I've enjoyed the Gallery pictures the most and am glad to find so many people with a similar interest.

Now to my truck

           I bought this former fire truck in 1997 after finding it in Windsor, Illinois. The truck had just been taken out of service, had only 4300 miles and had been garaged its entire life. [ Interior pix ] Totally rust free and original.

           I drove it back to Raleigh, North Carolina (840 miles) without any problems. We pulled the tank body and front pump off and installed a 12 foot dump bed from a burned out 1992 Ford. The bed fit perfectly and there was no cutting or modifying the frame or cab.

           We put on a quick paint job and put it back into a shop garage where it stays most of the time.

           I have recently put it back to work hauling away scrap metal from our trucking company. We have several years worth and with scrap selling for 10 to 12 cents a pound, it's a great way to make a few dollars. So far, I have made 11 loads and am about half way through. But the best part is being able to drive the truck with a load [ pix ] ! It has given no problems and is FUN TO DRIVE!

Now to the specs

  • 1957 Chevrolet 6400 series
  • 283 V8
  • 4 speed transmission
  • 2-speed vacuum shaft rear
  • 10 R 22.5 tires

           Truck bed is a 12 foot Godwin dump made in Dunn, NC. The dump works off a PTO on the transmission. The truck is geared for slow speeds and the motor is wound up tight at 55 MPH. The motor, trans, rear and all other components are original to the truck.

           Again its great to be part of Stovebolt! For more pictures, check my Webshots album (definitely check it out - this is a great looking WORKING dump truck. Love 'em, just love 'em! ~~ Editor w/prejudice )


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