Matt Droege's

1955 Second Series Chevy 1/2-Ton Short Box

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04 April 2007
# 1909

From Matt :

           If I could only stop looking! In March, I bought another 1955 Chevy Second series 1/2-ton short box. It was a one owner from Gladstone, Oregon with all the original dealer sheets, options, and base price.

           This truck has a 6 cylinder and 3 speed on the column. I've never seen a hood bird except in pictures. All the chrome is original. The truck is all original but has been painted white over the original turquoise.

           It drives like a dream and has the original Oregon 1956 plates -- what a bonus. It also sports some 1956 Chevy car hubcaps. The cab is tight and everything works. It would be so easy and it would be a crime to not restore this truck back to original.

           Now if I can figure out how to tell my wife.

           Here's a little lineup. Notice the red peak of the new shop in the background. It's all about the trucks!

Matt Droege
Bolter # 6585
Creswell, Oregon

      Matt said he did finally tell his wife and at least she likes the color. ~ Editor

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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