Victor Chavira's

1954 Chevy 3100 5-Window

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05 February 2007
# 1801

From Victor :

           First of all, thanks to The Stovebolt Page for giving us this very special forum to share our trucks and memories.

           My project is a 1954 five window 3100 that belonged to my late Father, Virgilio Chavira. He purchased the well-used truck in the mid 1960ís. Here is a photo of a family outing from 1971 and another shot of my father in 2001.

           After my father passed away, the truck fell into disrepair. Last year my sister Veronica literally dug the old truck out of the sand near a fishing village in Baja, California where my father was enjoying his retirement. That is the picture to the right here.

           Currently, all the body work has been blasted and primed by Alex at Blasting Specialties in Commerce southeast of Los Angeles.

           Iíll continue to post updates as the frame off restoration slowly progresses.

Victor Chavira
"V Chavira"
Bolter # 11986
La Puente, California

Postscript: Thank you very very much for posting my pictures and story. The tears well up in my eyes seeing my Father and his beloved '54 enshrined in the virtual halls of Stovebolt dot com. In reality, the truck belongs to my sister Veronica. I am merely a tool for restoring Dad's truck to showroom condition to the best of my ability. It's a personal quest to make every rusted bolt shine (there are many!!!) and straighten every dent. The person holding the freshly media blasted and metal etch primed door is Alex from Blasting Specialties. Soon, I'll pull out the non original 235 engine and deliver it up to Gene Beck for overhauling. Even though I grew up with that truck and my Father kept it running well for as long as I can remember, I have learned so much from reading through the forums and all the '54 Gallery postings. Thank you again for your enthusiasm and support. Sincerely ~~ Victor Chavira

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