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Matt Droege
Bolter # 6585
Creswell, Oregon
16 July 2007
# 1992

From Matt :

          In early July I purchased this 1957 Chevy 6500 dump with the factory V8 283. It runs and drives very well. This makes the first bolt I have with a dump which I've really wanted.

          The Task Force Chevy truck came from Walla Walla, Washington and was used to haul onions and spinach. The vents are full of spinach leaves.

          The truck runs and dumps great. It was repainted the green color 20 years ago but has stayed in good shape in dry Eastern Washington.

          I don't know what kind of bed this truck has. I don't see any markings. It has a Chelsea PTO and a single ram that raises the bed great.

          I'm dying to play more with it but my Fire Academy is taking all my time. It will be there when I'm done. I am looking forward to hauling some loads with it. I have been wanting a dump for a long time and this one will suit me fine. It also completes the "tri5 6500 trucks" for my favorite three years.

          I thought it looked like the big brother to my 1957 3100.  Here are some more photos in my picture shoe box.

Thanks and have a great summer,


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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