Evert de Bruin's
1953 Chevy 3100 Deluxe, 5 Window
17 January 2007
From Evert :
Being a Stovebolter since some six months now, I thought it was about time to share my Chevy adventure with fellow-Stovebolters.
For a couple of years, I have been looking for a Chevy pickup from the early '50s. After having completed the restoration of a 1958 MGA in the early 90's and a 1959 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 in the late 90's (and early into 2000), I wanted a pickup that would fit our old farmhouse in the Netherlands. I felt it should also be a kind of “workhorse” for the small jobs around the house.
My biggest interest being the restoration itself, I started looking at websites, resulting in finding The Stovebolt Page. And what a great Page it is!! And …. I found a truck from California, through a friend that spent some time in the US trying to find several Chevy pickups. He gave me a phone call when looking at my future Chevy 3100 Deluxe, 5 window.
The truck arrived early January 2006 at my place. My reaction was "Yes! I want that pickup!!"
The truck has a 235 block that has had a rebuild in 1974 and that carries a serial number that dates back to 1958-1960. Not original in that sense, but having the advantage of a better oil system.
Meanwhile the pickup has been completely disassembled, the frame has been blasted and got a twin-epoxy protection. The sheet metal has been cleaned of all paint and will be back from the (glass-bead) blaster next week. The truck will probably be finished some time by the end of 2007. It will be painted Burgundy Maroon and all original parts!
When ready, I will update this information with new pictures. Please feel free to check my blog for more information and pictures!
Thanks to all Stovebolters that responded to my technical questions in the forum!
Evert de Bruin
Bolter # 11288
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