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"Fred"

Previously owned by "mdfred"
of California


 

This truck was sold and sent overseas.


20 June 2008
# 2354


From Mike :

           Hi everyone! I am a proud new Stovebolt owner !!! I've got myself a 1951 Chevy 5-window 3100 with factory 4 speed and working original am radio.

           When I got it home, my wife immediately named it "Fred." My response was "Are you sure it shouldn't be a female name, 'cause I think it's going to cost me some money."

           I found the truck (which had been sitting in a back yard for the last 24 years) in Modesto, California. I was amazed that the tires aired up and held to this day (a month later).

           The truck now actually runs -- after numerous replacement fuel and electrical components. We have even taken Fred for one lap around the block.

           The truck is original except for the rear bumper, which I promptly cut off (I think it even had Ford tail lights and turn signals). The body is straight with some light surface rust. As you can see, the bed wood might need a little refinishing. [ Git out ... Editor ]

           The only history we know about our truck is that it was purchased second hand in the 1950's by the family I bought it from. They used it as an electrical service truck.

           I have worked at a local Chevrolet Dealership for the last 30 years starting as a technician (at the tender age of 20) working through the different positions and finished as Service Director. I have restored other muscle cars and my wife and I always wanted an old truck.  
 
           I have a question regarding the twin matched horns on the firewall which appears to be a another factory option. I plan to restore the truck to correct original, so would I leave the horns and remove the turn signals?

Mike

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