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Owned by Jeff Callaway
Bolter # 24782
Manhattan, Kansas

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23 August 2010
# 2818

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From Jeff :

Here is my 1946 1-ton. I purchased it on May 8, 2010 and drove it home (a little over 100 miles). I am the third (probably fourth) owner.

In addition to the history of the truck, the owner gave me the original Owner's Manual, Service Policy and a framed ad for the style of truck. He even found and gave me the original crank to turn the engine over. My goal is to keep this truck running until at least 2046.

I am not a collector. Rather, I value these "antiques" that are built better than today's planned obsolescence products. I prefer the concept of buying one good vehicle and having it (potentially) for life, as opposed to trading up every couple of years. Additionally, I can tinker and work on this truck, as opposed to the modern variety.

It is extremely original, and it was restored around 25 years ago and, of course, parked in a barn. Last April it was taken out, cleaned up, and overhauled. I intend to keep it as original as possible, but my primary goal is to keep the truck running reliably and well.

Anyway, this truck is 37 years older than I am, but in better shape than most trucks that have been built since I was born. Quality gear equals less waste.

I recently contacted the local car club, and I'm looking forward to learning all about this truck and tinkering on it.




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