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"The Zanemobile"

Owned by Claude Crisp
Bolter # 25856
Sumter, South Carolina

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06 December 2010
# 2841

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From Claude :

This truck belonged to a good friend of mine, his name was Zane, who unexpectedly died last January at 42 years old. He left behind a wonderful wife and two beautiful children. Julie, his wife, asked me to take the truck.

The old Chevy was sitting on an incline near their house on four flat, dry-rotted tires. The shift linkage was broken. The brake lines were shot. All 4 wheel cylinders were rotted and leaking.  The fuel system was suffering as well -- it was completely evaporated and gummed up. All of the  U-Joints along with the carrier bearing were needing to be replaced.

When I got the truck from Zane's wife, it was at the busiest time of my life. I am full time military and I knew a move was coming by summer.  I was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and was preparing for a move to South Carolina. I was stressed more than I could deal with.  The thoughts of salvaging this truck did not appeal at all.  However, I just couldn't bring myself to say no to Julie.

I agreed to take it home and the old truck in someways became my stress reducer. (Ahh .. the old "Stovebolt Magic" ~ Editor.)

Although I did not need a project, it has been my greatest joy to get the old truck running and drive-able.Once I heard it run (which was no small undertaking), I began to believe I could make something out of this truck.  Now, I love working on it.

I hope to keep the truck running and some day give it back to Zane's son when he turns 16 in nine more years.

Rebuilding old vehicles was not something I thought I'd ever do. I still have lots to do with the Zanemobile.  The floor shifter gets hung up so it needs adjustments.  All shocks are original and need replaced.  I need to change the flex brakes lines up front.  The origial slip yoke at the transmission was cracked and the one I found at a junk yard allows transmission oil to leak. 
I recently was overseas in Kuwait for a month. Upon return, I went out and pumped the gas a few times and the old truck fired right up. 

Lots of fun days left I'm sure.




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