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Owned by Pete Bernardi
Bolter # 19673
Melrose Park, Illinois

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

23 August 2010
# 2819

More pictures of my old truck

From Pete :

It all started when in January of '09, I had to retire. My Daughter and my Son-in-law gave me their 1952 Chevy 3100 they just bought on eBay, to keep me busy.

The old truck came home on a tow truck soon afterwards. My first thought was, "What did I get myself into??!!!!" Rust every where, all four corners, floor, fenders, and bed -- I mean every where!

I had never attempted anything like this before. So where do I start?

I spent more than a few days just sitting in the garage looking at this truck. After getting some books and reading about body work and general restoration, I devised my plan. I decide to start from the bottom and work my way up. I eventually tore it down to the frame and the rest is history.

Tools were the next hurdle. So the kids started the lend lease act for Pa Pa's '52. The mig welder came from one, body tools from another, etc.

I got help from all four kids and three kid-in-laws but best of all were the six Grandkids. They kept me laughing. No TV for them when I baby sat -- it was work in the garage on the truck, get dirty and have fun. Already started doing that, and when my little ones are in the truck with me, they wave their arms out the window and smile from ear to ear. They know they worked on her and helped PA PA .

Many thanks to everyone on the 'Bolt -- You're the best source of info I could have.


Pete, it will be good to see you and Denny Graham at the Reunion in Kansas City this year. Great story and great time with the childrens. It's much better than TV, hands down! ~ Editor


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