Matt Droege's

1955 Chevy 6500

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23 August 2005
# 1205

From Matt: 

      Here is my blue '55 Chevy 6500. It's a good old runner we used last year to haul Christmas trees.

      I originally bought this truck as a parts truck and when I showed up to tow it home, the owner said, "I told you it ran." He had a small gas can to use as a temporary tank.

      They used the truck to move up from California and there it sat.

      I still talk to the previous owner and let him know the truck is alive again and he keeps finding little things for the truck and brings them by the house.

      Thanks for your hard work. The Stovebolt Page is a daily stop for me.

      That 261 continues to work no matter how long it sits. It got another job hauling lime and rock phosphate. I have farm ID for it at 18,000 lbs and I'm hoping to use the hauling funds to have the brakes fixed.

      Clearly I have too many project but I love them all.


Matt Droege
Bolter # 6585
Creswell, Oregon

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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