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1953 Chevrolet 6100 2-Ton
19 November 2007
From Norm :
Hi all! I ran in to this two ton old big 'Bolt in a building I was working on in Ohio. It is a 1953 Chevy 6100 2-Ton. It was originally a water truck for the Bellville Fire Department. It was then bought by a gravel company to spread water for dust control.
In the early 1980's, it was parked inside the building until I came across it. When I got it home, it was in pretty good shape.
I started by putting on a new fuel line, rebuilt fuel pump and cleaned the carburetor. I checked the oil and cranked it over. No fire ! So I took the cap off, filed the points and to my amazement, she started right up! Not a lick of smoke either! I knew then I wanted to fix this baby up. Here's the backside, and a picture after I had finished the springs.
I started with stripping off the tank and everything else I didn't want. I began with the frame and worked my way to the cab. It needed an exhaust manifold.
So far, everything works and the frame is almost done. My project for this winter is to do the cab and fenders -- so they are coming off.
As you can see in some of the pictures, when I started the sanding, I found the old fire department logo underneath the paint.
I hope you enjoy these photos. I love your web site and want to thank everyone for the help they have given me in the forums.
That's a great truck there Norm with a great start. It looks great with the work / paint that you've done so far. The cab looks fairly decent. Looks like the usual rust spot on the cab corners. They all seem to go there. Good luck on your project. It looks good just the way it is. I like the patina and the old fire house lettering on the doors. ~~ Mike "Burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome Panel Wagon