Jeff Brown's

1954 Chevy 1/2-Ton 3100 3-Window


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01 November 2004

From Jeff:

          Well itís been 18 months since I started this project, and now it is finished. I have really learned a lot during the whole process.

          It is a 1954 3100 3-window that was taken completely apart down to the last bolt and restored from there. It has a 230 I-6 with a M-22 4-speed. I want to eventually put the 235 back in but this engine was a fresh rebuild when I bought it.

          I am really proud of it as it is my first attempt at this type of project. I get a lot of looks when I drive it. Thanks Stovebolt members for all your help and advice.

Jeff Brown
"Flightrn54"
Bolter # 3456
Temple, Texas

          Jeff's got another truck that he started after this one. Another '54 but a 6400 Grain Hauler ~~ Editor


08 August  2003  

From Jeff  

          Well, it started out when I was 5-6 years old.  This truck belonged to my Pa. I use to help him haul hay to feed his cows in this truck.  After he died, when I was 10, my uncle sold the truck and I had not seen the truck since.  

          One day a couple of months ago I spoke with my uncle and told him I was looking for a truck to restore like Pa had and started asking him questions about year, make, model, etc.  He said, "I know where your truck is" and he offered to go find out if it was for sale.  A week later, the previous owner stopped by and asked if my uncle wanted to buy the truck back, and he said, "No, but let me make a phone call."  And the rest is history.  

          I was the proud owner three days later.  I purchased the truck mid April 2003 and it is now June and I am putting the frame and suspension back together.  I enjoy the work and will probably do more restorations in the future.  

         The previous owner  removed the 235 and put in a 230 from a '66 Bel Air and totally messed everything up from the motor mounts to the rearend.  But I am slowly getting it done correctly and am hoping to one day rebuild the original 235 and put it back in.  For now it is the 230 with mounts done right because it was just rebuilt and runs great.  The wheel picture is the disc brake conversion I put on the front end.

         I have taken everything completely apart, rebuilt, blasted, painted etc. and am in the assembly phase.

Jeff Brown
"Flightrn54"
Bolter # 3456
Temple, Texas

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