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Owned by Doris and Murray Clark
Bolter # 18354
Ontario, Canada
20 January 2009
# 2519

From Murrary :

We are the proud fourth owners of this stock Canadian built 1954 Chevrolet short box. This Advance Design Chevy truck has a 5 window cab, chrome grille, hood ornament and hydromatic transmission. It is a unique truck.

This pickup started out on a farm near Miniota, Manitoba and was brought to Ontario in the 1980's by the first owner's nephew. He had the engine and hydramatic transmission rebuilt, interior re-done, frame and body sandblasted and repainted in the original colour. He last owned the truck almost 13 years ago, but could still remember details of the truck's past history.

We acquired this pickup from the third owner who had it 12 years. In that time, he only put 600 miles on the truck. So it still has under 67,000 original miles. His wife told him the truck or his '67 Chevelle had to go. So we bought the truck from him in Sarnia and drove it home to Kincardine, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron.

Since then it has been to cruise nights, reunions, parades and displayed at the week long International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show here in Ontario.

We have also acquired a horse drawn ice plow and ice saw [ pix ] that we haul around in the back of the truck to shows. These were used for cutting the big blocks of ice on rivers and lakes before electric fridges. We have a display of pictures of ice harvesting from our local lakeside town, along with the plow and saw. If any Stovebolters have memories of harvesting or storing ice for the summer, I would like to hear them. It was big business in some towns on both sides of the border.

As the fifth generation on our farm, preserving the past has become a new hobby. We have this cherished picture of my Father with his first truck, a 1947 GMC -- the same Advanced Design body style. Boys and their toys, I guess.

Thanks for the great site,

Doris and Murray Clark

Old trucks and farms ... what a great combination! Murray is going to work on getting us a picture of the '47 GMC and also of the ice plow! Excellent ... ~ Editor


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