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  Owned by Mike DeBauw
Bolter # 08812
Lebanon, Oregon
12 June 2008
# 2349

From Mike :

           Here are a couple of pics of my 1954 Chevy. It is a 1/2-ton 5-window short box.

           Most of the nose | interior | rear passenger fender

           I purchased the truck about 10 years ago in Spokane, Washington and started what was to be (WILL BE) a frame-off restoration. Unfortunately, in the years since I started I have gone thru a divorce, lost both my parents, left Spokane after 35 years, moved to Oregon, remarried and built a new house -- with a GREAT new shop in which to restore the truck.

           Yes, I drug the truck with me everywhere. It spent five years in a storage unit inside and dry. But it is now home with me.

           I have spent my time and money collecting parts as I am one of those "got to have the options" freaks. The truck will look stock but be freeway worthy.

           One of my rarest pieces is an exhaust manifold off a 1954 corvette. I have an Offenhauser dual carb intake. I plan to grind off the fins and lettering to make it look like a factory stock piece. Using stock carbs and air cleaners, I will get the added performance and retain the stock look.

           I also have a 1954 Belair power steering pump to try to install factory-looking power steering. I don't know yet if it can be made to work but I do know I will have to modify the inner fender well for clearance.

           I have been around the Stovebolt site a while. My love of trucks goes clear back to my first 1955 1st series when I was in high school about 1973.

           This trailer [ pictured here ] is called a TRAILORBOAT. They were built in California in 1961. There are no real production numbers but it is thought to be very low. I do not have one but hope to make a serious search soon. I was starting to build a teardrop and while doing some research, I learned about the TRAILORBOAT and changed my mind. I plan to locate and restore a TRAILORBOAT to match the truck. If you put trailORboat into the computer, it will bring up a web pages dedicated to them.

           Thanks for the great work on the web site. I read it every week.




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