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Owned by Mark Dobbs
"Red Truck"
Bolter # 18781
Charlotte, North Carolina
26 September 2008
# 2438

From Mark :

       If you want my history on why I like old trucks, read my bio on my web site. By doing so you will also get to appreciate some fine art on old cars and trucks. I have kept in touch with the owner of a 1955 1st edition Chevy for four years and asked for the first right to buy the truck if it ever was for sale. Seeing that the owner wasn’t interested in selling after the fourth year, I bought a 1950 panel van that is straight as an arrow. Even in primmer, that panel turned heads from the young and old.

       One week before taking the panel van into Fat Mans for a frame, I got the long anticipated call that the 1955 First edition was for sale and I was the first one to make an offer. After some back and forth on price, I drove to Bluefield, West Virginia and picked the truck up.

       I drove back to Charlotte with no speedometer, a loose tranny cooler, a heat gauge that went from hot to cold every 10 minutes (it eventually broke off 10 miles from home).

       The fun thing was I was keeping up with traffic (75 mph) and had numerous waves, honks of the horn with the thumbs up from kids and grandparents and an hand full of truckers.

       There are quite a few things on the truck that need some updating but overall it is a nice truck.

       Some of the features are a Mustang II front end, power steering, power brakes, A/C, power windows and a 350 small block Chevy engine out of a 1980 Blazer.

       Some pictures: interior / dash / driver's side view

       I am currently re-arranging a few things to get the truck right and will add more information as the projects are done. The only problem I have left to solve is I have no room for the 1950 panel van and it needs a good home. I intend to sell it and will list it on Stovebolt soon.

Best Wishes!

Mark Dobbs
Red Truck Media


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