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Matt Droege
"tri5trucking"
Bolter # 6585
Creswell, Oregon
 
01 March 2005
#1031

From Matt: 

      Hello!

      This is my 1957 Chevy 3100 short box pickup truck.

      I have been a '55-57 (Task Force series Chevy) nut since around 14 years old. This is the nicest one I have owned but that's until I get my '55 big window complete. [ pix ]

      This truck was originally owned by NBC studios. It ended up as a retirement gift to an NBC employee who eventually gave it to his grandson. The truck was then sold to a gentleman who restored it with great attention to detail. It then moved up to Oregon where it was sold again.

      I found it in a barn in the middle of a Christmas tree field. With some polishing and some tinkering, it now is my nice-day driver.

      The truck has a great history at NBC. I am told it once pulled a float in the Rose Bowl parade and have found out it was going to be the original truck for the TV show Sanford and Sons. The only reason it wasn't is because it would not start on the day of filming. So they got the red Ford.

      It was pure luck that I found the truck. It still maintains its originality except the paint and the seat upholstery. Its a 235 six cylinder with the floor 4 speed. It drives like a brand new truck would ... in 1957.

      Thanks for your great website.

Matt

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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