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04 April 2016
# 3130

Owned by
Matt Droege
Bolter # 6585

1957 Chevy 10500 Tandem Short Logger


More pictures of my old truck


From Matt :

This is a 1957 Chevy 10700 tandem short logger I rescued from being scrapped.

The story on this truck (as you can see from the list below, I have quite a few), is that I found it on Craigslist in Washington state. The truck was in pieces.

The owner bought it at an estate sale. It hadn't been in use for a while, but it still ran. He and his friend, who were into hot rods, figured they could sell the 409 engine somebody put in it. Then they could make some money by scrapping the rest.

They drove it home, disassembled it and sold the motor, transmission, headache rack, and log bunks. Now it was a chassis with no cab or clip on it.

I made a deal on the phone for what was left and headed up to get it. It was located near Raymond, Washington and I was told it was a pretty well known log truck in the area when it was operating in the 1980's.

I brought a handful of body bolts up so I could bolt the cab and sheet metal on as best I could for transport.

When I had it home, I started the search for some older log bunks and a fitting headache rack. I did find some bunks and I'm working on the rack -- building one out of a couple I picked up.

This truck is rusty and may never see the road again but it was too cool to see die. So, now it is my yard art truck.

I'm going to give it a load of old cedar telephone poles when I get them home.

Originally this truck had the 322 Buick engine, an Allison Powermatic 6 speed automatic transmission, and a 3 speed power divider. It is a true "twin screw" tandem and also was equipped with an air system.



Matt has had quite a few Bolts. Added to the Gallery in 2016: a 1953 GMC 450 Pumper Tender; a 1957 Chevy 10500 Fire Engine; a 1957 Chevy 10700 Tandem Short Logger. In his collection: a 1955 Second Series Chevy 1/2-Ton Short Box; a 1955 3100 Second Series Stepside; a 1955 Chevy 6500; a 1956 Chevy 6500; a 1957 Chevy 3100 Shortbox; a 1957 Chevy 6500 Dump Truck; a 1957 Chevy 3800 1-ton and "lots of part trucks." A few he has let go (but they are still in our Gallery): a 1955 Chevy 3100 4 x 4 (sold to a good friend); a 1955 Chevy 4400 (sold and dismantled); a 1956 Chevy 3100 Shortbox (sold); a 1956 Chevy 4400 1.5-Ton Napco (sold)

Matt is 6'7" and wants to "fit comfortably in the cab." Matt says "They each have their own personalities. Even the worn out '55 6500 just keeps plugging along. I guess that's why I enjoy collecting them. I like a truck with a little history, and I know most of these trucks histories. It would be hard to call any my favorite" .~~ Editor



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